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Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramp, and Broccolini With Poached Egg and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette

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There’s nothing better than seeing fresh organic spring ingredients at the grocery store,  especially when majority of these vegetables have such a short season. You really know spring has sprung when you see ramps! Ramps are sometimes called wild leeks or spring onions, look like scallions, but they’re smaller and slightly more delicate.

So here’s a quick salad to celebrate these beautiful Spring flavors!

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Purple Gnocchi with Asparagus & Blue Cheese

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Gnocchi, like perogies, have been a staple comfort dish in my family since I can remember.  My mom would prepare it with a basic red sauce or simply tossed in melted butter.  When it comes to delicious fresh gnocchi, it is always better to keep it simple!

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Asparagus, Brussel Sprout, & Pancetta Salad

Asparagus Brussel Sprout Salad

This past weekend I moved into the city and I am no longer living out of my large bag, or more familiarly known as my “traveling studio apartment.”  Chicago has finally become my home after a long dreaded job search and I can officially call myself a Catering and Sales Manager at Rockit Ranch ProductionsRead more

Whole Grain Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes

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Inspired by the vegetables and herbs growing in my backyard, this pasta dish incomparably encompasses the flavors of summer. Even though I must admit I love to indulge in a overly cheesy baked spaghetti dish, the brightness of the ripe tomatoes and savoriness of the garlic in this recipe are simply all you need.

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Balsamic Asparagus Breakfast Pizza

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It’s quickly coming to the end of asparagus season!  So let’s eat them up while we can! Nothing is better than pizza and breakfast,  so to combine the two might just be the most brilliant food idea ever thought of. In this pizza I chose to showcase the asparagus because, let’s be honest, we need to savor it for the short amount of time we do have it! Read more

Healthy Pizza’s on the Grill

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The idea of making pizza dough might be intimidating or just plain time consuming to some. The recipe below is a one that doesn’t take any pre-planning or overnight rising of the dough. It’s an awesome recipe, that is perfect for the grill!

Pizza’s on the grill are also a fantastic idea to get kids involved in cooking or for any party. All you have to do is prep the ingredients and the cooking is up to the guests, no hostess stress involved! Making individual homemade pizzas was always a wonderful memory for me growing up. Read more

Pistachio Crusted Chicken with Roast Asparagus Salad with Pomegranates & Goat Cheese

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Oh, the go to chicken dish! Everyone has one…but why not change it up? This Pistachio Crusted Chicken will bring a new flavor to the table with no added time.

I have also found that the addition of pistachios is a terrific way to add a little more nutrition and also protein to your diet. This Pistachio Crusted Chicken would be a great addition to your salad at lunch to help maintain a full feeling throughout the day and cut back on some snacking! Pistachios are a wonderful source of potassium and vitamin K and the key to maintaining a low cholesterol and healthy heart! Read more

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