Wild Rice from Minnesota with kale and garlic #epicure #food #vegan #vegetarian #minnesota #recipes

Top New York Chef’s interpret America on a plate - Tuna burger, cabbage tzatziki, house pickles, Red Rooster hot sauce, and Old Bay potato chips, with white peach and sage sangria.

Top New York Chef’s interpret America on a plate - It’s a white pizza: the base is our fresh-made mozzarella, and Prairie Breeze, which is a cheddar from Iowa. We’ve got some cherry tomatoes, sun gold, and other small ones on top. The red spots—the fireworks—are red onion, sugar, white-wine vinegar, apple-cider vinegar, salt, and habanero peppers. That’s where the heat is going to come from. And purple basil, from the rooftop garden. 

Top New York Chef’s interpret America on a plate - A summer succotash composed of all local vegetables from the market: corn, cherry tomatoes, fava beans, scallions, garlic scapes, basil, squash, zucchini, snow peas, nasturtiums, and Johnny-jump-ups.

Top New York Chef’s interpret America on a plate - Pasta alla ceci: garlic, olive oil, plum tomatoes, celery leaves, parsley leaves, ditalini pasta, chickpeas, parsley oil.

Charred and raw corn with chilies and cheese (or not) @bonappetitmag #epicure #vegan #vegetarian #meatless #food #plantbaseddiet

A vegetarian grilling day by @bonappetitmag …yes we made everything on page 83 and the hard work paid off! #epicure #vegan #vegetarian #meatless #plantbaseddiet #food #healthy #veggies #grill

Summer Recipes, Reads and Travel Tips

We are really embracing our vegan and vegetarian lifestyle while enjoying a ton of flavor. I’ve been posting pictures on Instagram of our weekend food fest and think I need to share the recipes. I also read a book a couple weeks ago that has me digging even deeper into how I procure food. I encourage everyone to open their mind and give it a read. 

Grilled Portobello Chili Burger with Simple Slaw

This burger has a bite to it that is irresistible! I have made this for guests and they love it. I am sure to give them a good 4-5 hours to marinate before throwing on the grill. Want to make it vegan - cut out the cheese! Click the link above for the recipe.


Moroccan Salad

This recipe is from a book I bought in Morocco.


I was really inspired with the Moroccan Salads served to us at the Riad Myra in Fes, Morocco. Light and full of flavor. And this was so easy to make!


What you need: 

  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 small onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar (I used a white balsamic)
  • some black olives if you like

Wash and peel the vegetables. Cut them into small dices then combine in a salad bowl. 

Mix together the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over teh salad, mix well. Garnish with black olives. 

Saving the planet - one book at a time!

I’m not sure how Ishmael landed on my list but I always pick the highest rated books from my list to read. I was drawn in by the subtitle as mind and spirit are something I care about but I had no idea what this book was about. After I got over that the dialogue is between a guy who wants to save the world and a Gorilla (yes it’s true), I was amazed at where the dialogue ventured to. Have you ever pondered how people lived centuries ago - gathering the food the needed for the day. There was not this concept of vast acres of land being used for mass producing food and people going to a grocery store to stock up for the week. It was seasonal food being gathered as it is needed. When did the agricultural movement start and where has it taken the fate of the world? Read this book to find out. 

Ishmael (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

But land abuse cannot brighten the human prospect. There is in fact no distinction between the fate of the land and the fate of the people. When one is abused, the other suffers. The penalties may come quickly to a farmer who destroys perennial cover on a sloping field. They will come sooner or later to a land-destroying civilization such as ours.” — Wendell Berry

Travel Tip

If you have long hair and travel or you just don’t like to wash your every day, you must discover dry shampoo and conditioners. I just found these a year or so ago in a Birchbox. For all the years my mom has owned a hair salon these are new to me. I don’t like to wash and blow dry my hair every day - it takes too much effort and makes it super dry and brittle. But if I don’t my roots get very oily. I was using baby powder but it can leave a white residue and my hair looking grey. You apply the shampoo to your roots, the condition to the your ends, and you are good to go for the day. Many professional stylists use these as styling tools as they have some “hold and mold” attributes. I’ve also found a more environmentally friendly line as well.



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