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Roasted Radish & Brussels Sprout Flatbread

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I am about ready for these teaser 70 degree “summer days” to turn into the real deal! Last week I enjoyed this delicious grilled flatbread with a glass of red wine on my rooftop, and this week I am battling through the rain in my winter coat on my way to work…

Here is a recipe for one of my favorite vegetarian flatbreads made on the grill in hopes of warmer weather! Enjoy!

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Chicken Caprese Pull-Apart Bread

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Looking for the perfect appetizer?  This pull apart bread takes just a few minutes to throw together and is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Each bite is a great combination of creamy yet fresh flavors, which are all brought by the addicting basil dipping sauce!  Read more

Batch Bakehouse- Madison

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|1402 Williamson Street, Madison WI |

Retail – Tuesday – Sunday 7am-6pm

When visiting Madison my main goal was to really dive into places off the beaten path.  Madison having such a “hippy” vibe and reputation for fabulous vegan food, I knew that there would be a possibility I would run into a few hidden gems! One of them being Batch Bakehouse right outside the downtown area in the Marquette neighborhood in what looks like an old warehouse. Read more

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Spotted dog is what the Irish Americans call “Irish Soda Bread.”  Irish Soda Bread is a traditional product of a poor country. This was because it was made with only the most basic of ingredients, which included flour, baking soda, soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt. One of my favorite facts is that a cross was traditionally cut on the top with a knife to ward off the devil and protect the household. From the earliest of times in Ireland,  bread-making was an integral part of daily life in almost every home.

Made in just about 2 or 3 minutes and baked in only 30-40 minutes, this Irish Soda Bread might just be the easiest bread you will ever make . By the end of culinary school in Ireland, I probably could have made this bread with my eyes closed! This bread is also terrific canvas for experimenting with different variations and uses. Some of my favorite variations are with olives, sun dried tomatoes or caramelized onions. Read more

Vegan Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

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I recently visited an adorable little café in downtown Geneva, IL where my parents live called Moveable Feast. I came across this brand of extremely good looking nut butters, called Big Spoon Roasters. Flavors like Chai Spice, Peanut Cocoa, Almond Ginger…enough said?!  My mind was automatically overcome with all of the recipe possibilities with these innovative flavors!
I created a recipe with breakfast on my mind this morning and decided to test out a vegan French toast. It then hit me… the peanut pecan nut butter from Big Spoon Roasters I had in my pantry! Lets do a stuffed French toast piled high with berries.

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Turkey Avocado Sandwich

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I believe that we eat certain foods in a particular way in order to remember who we are. As simple as how you build a sandwich or the style of soup you choose all stems from a subconscious feeling of comfort and memory. For me, I will always choose the combination of turkey and avocado on my sandwich because it was what my mother always packed in my lunch box! Those flavors evoke a sense of nostalgia for me, that I know will always be with me.

I hope that this sandwich encourages you to fall into your comfort zone of the flavors you love! That’s what a sandwich is and should be! Read more

Homemade Soft Pretzels

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My love for making soft pretzels all started with the Super Bowl a year ago! We had experimented with Wisconsin beer brats with pretzel buns… and let me tell you, I will never go back to a normal bun! Being from the Midwest we love our football, but I must say I am secretly one of those people who really comes for the food and commercials! In honor of the 50th Super Bowl quickly approaching, I thought that I would share my pretzel recipe with you!

The best part about pretzels is that you can make any shape that comes to mind! Seriously, feel free to go crazy and let your artistic side break through! Read more

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