Twice-Roasted Beets with Fruit and Avocado Feta Cream ♥ A Five-Star First Course!

My latest beet salad recipe: Roasted beets roasted a second time, this time with summer fruits like grapes and cherries and blueberries. Served warm! On the side? A gorgeous-green creamy sauce of no more than avocado, feta and buttermilk mixed in minutes in the blender. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Primal. Vegetarian. Do you have a certain way you like to "entertain"? There are so many styles that work! This summer, we've become enamored with simple but sumptuous suppers at the kitchen table (or on the patio, heat permitting), just two couples, room and reason for real conversation. Food-wise some times I wonder if we hit the repeat button a little often but the rhythm works for us. A small nibbly. A first course salad – all summer it's been a variation of Twice-Roasted Beets. Beef from the freezer, simply cooked. A simple vegetable or two or three, at least one from the garden. A fruity dessert. It's easy to prepare, effortless to serve, quick to cl

Spiral Zucchini Noodle Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing ♥

The Recipe: A simple zucchini salad, just zucchini noodles and carrots tossed in a lovely Homemade Catalina Dressing, all made with accessible pantry ingredients. Weight Watchers Friendly, WW 2 PointsPlus. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Not just vegan, " Vegan Done Real ". The Conversation: How I finally came to use the spiralizer purchased almost two years ago. Amazon, the chiding conscience: "You purchased this item on August 25, 2012." Me, hanging head in shame about the object of Amazon's reminder, the spiralizer I purchased two whole years ago but never once pulled out of the box let alone used. Me, grateful to Mari Moilanen, the Finnish food blogger who blogs in English at Something Tasty . It was Mari's Zucchini Spiral "Noodle" Salad salad, which she served at the photography workshop I attended in Helsinki in June, which inspired me to dig out the long-neglected spiralizer on our very first day back!

Raw Tomatillo Salad with Blueberries ♥

Today's quick 'n' easy summer salad recipe: Anyone else wonder what-in-heck to do with all the fresh tomatillos that are so beautiful right now? Try the tomatillos raw in this simple salad – isn't it pretty?! – just be sure to follow my quick technique for making tomatillos taste extra sweet and citrusy. Weight Watchers Friendly, low-carb, gluten-free, paleo. Not just vegan, " Vegan Done Real ". Every year, I seem to fall in love – head-over-heels in love – with a new vegetable. It's never a new-to-me vegetable, instead an old friend suddenly experienced with new tastebuds. Last fall, it was the tomatillo! When the garden threw off one husk-wrapped, heavy-in-the-hand fruit after another, I tried to figure out how to use so many tomatillos. For a couple of weeks, they sat in a basket on the counter, sure to go bad, waiting on my decision. By accident, I figured out that the direction that you cut tomatillos makes a difference! If you cut them lengthwi

Microwave Summer Cream Corn ♥ A Reader Recipe!

Today's "plain" corn recipe with "hardly plain" results: Just fresh sweet corn cooked in the microwave, tossed with butter, a little milk or cream and seasoning. So easy, so summmery! Real food. Paleo. I was thrilled to see this easy recipe for cooking fresh sweet corn in the microwave pop up in my InBox. Thank you, Janet! I love it when readers share their favorite recipes! Let's let Janet herself tell the story. "Summer Cream Corn was my mother's recipe. I've never written it down until now but I've been making it for forty years. Yesterday my granddaughters ate two helpings – they love grandma's corn! You can tweak it the way you would like it – it's just too easy." "Take twelve ears of white delish summer corn (or more for a larger amount). Cut the corn off the ears, then scrape down the ears to get all the milk out. Put in a microwave for 6 minutes, then add a little water, stir and cook another 6 minutes. Do th

Vegetables 101: What Is a Tomatillo? What Are Tomatillos?

So many vegetables, so many that are unfamiliar! This is the latest in an occasional series of posts, quick, easy and practical information about out-of-the-ordinary vegetables. Recipe suggestions included! Today's subject? One of my very favorite summer vegetables, the tomatillo! If you've never seen a tomatillo growing on the plant, you're in for a treat, they are so pretty! WHAT ARE TOMATILLOS? A tomatillo may well look like a "green tomato" (that is, an immature, unripe tomato) and is some times even called a green tomato. But a tomatillo is not a tomato at all, despite its outer appearance! First, a tomatillo is smaller than a tomato, ranging from the size of a golf ball to a baseball. Second, a tomatillo stays green, where an immature green tomato will eventually ripen and turn red. HOW TO PRONOUNCE TOMATILLO? The word is pronounced [toe-muh-TEE-yo]. The plural of tomatillo is tomatillos [toe-muh-TEE-yoz]. OTHER NAMES FOR TOMATILLOS A tomatillo is a

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad ♥

Today's festive potato salad recipe, made with a mix of red-skinned, white-skinned and amazing blue-colored potatoes. Packed with summer vegetables: red bell pepper, radishes and sweet corn. Perfect for 4th of July and other American patriotic holiday gatherings. Not "low carb" (it's potato salad, after all) but still, a "lower carb" potato salad, thanks to so many vegetables and a higher measure of protein thanks to the addition of eggs and Greek yogurt. Happy Canada Day to my Canadian family, readers and visitors! Happy 4th of July to my American family, readers and visitors! I'm so proud of my "mixed" heritage! Call it the " Finnish potato effect " but since returning from our trip to the Baltic last month, we've cooked potatoes left and right, inside and out, forwards and backwards. Ten days ago, I mixed up a big batch of potato salad for the summer potluck with our "mushroom club" friends: all the dishes follow

Finnish Summer Potato Salad ♥ An Ode to Finnish Potatoes

Today's Recipe: Perfect for your Midsummer celebration this Friday and Saturday, a simple potato salad of new potatoes and a simple vinaigrette, made just like Finns make potato salad during summer. Gluten Free. Paleo. Not just vegan, " Vegan Done Real ". Today's Conversation: A guide to the special spuds that come from Finland, a national obsession with potatoes this time of year. A quick note: With this recipe, I'm experimenting with both a larger and a vertical-orientation photo. If you like it or if you don't, please do say! I don't expect any problems but just in case, especially on mobile phones and tablets, please do let me know if something's a little wonky. ~AK I know, I know. Is a potato – a plain ol' potato ??? – worth so much adulation? But yes, Finnish potatoes are special. They're firm but soft when cooked, the flesh is a pretty yellow color with thin and light-colored skins that peel easily with no more than your fingers. The