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Cappello’s

Capellos

Nothing is more inspirational than to witness someone becoming successful with an idea that has been driven by their passion. Benjamin Frohlichstein from my hometown of Saint Charles, IL partnered with his friend Stacy Marcellus to create a completely unique food company for an unsaturated market.

Cappello’s all began in a small Colorado kitchen. Stacy and Ben quickly began brainstorming ways to be the best gluten-free and grain-free product on the market.  Their mission was simple, to provide fresh, uniquely delicious options for gourmet food-lovers, healthy eaters and people with dietary restrictions. Little did they know the dedication to their once small idea would lead to being in 864 grocery stores, including Whole Foods, in 48 states and growing!

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Warm Quinoa & Vegetable Salad

Quinoa Vegtable Salad

There are so many people and hands that go into creating one dish. We easily forget about this. Our society has come to a point that if we can't directly see or feel something, its not there. I fell in love with food because of the story it tells. Not by cooking exactly, but by the story of how the ingredient came upon the plate has always fascinated me. We fail to remember the artisans of cheese, the farmers of the organic carrots, or even the coffee roaster who provide you with the robust aroma and satisfying jolt of caffeine every morning.   These are the hands that need acknowledgement because, end of the day, my part is simple. My role is to take these beautiful ingredients that are given to me and unify them to become one piece of art.

Next time you are in the kitchen, I encourage you to stop to reflect on the love already put into these ingredients

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My Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

This is my twist on a Caprese Salad. It’s definitely one of my favorite sides during the summer time when tomatoes are at their peak, but I couldn’t resist when I saw tomatoes and basil in the fridge this morning! Not only is this salad a wonderful addition to any cut of steak or chicken, but would be perfectly delicious filling a whole plate in my house!

I used a simple balsamic reduction, which results in a pretty presentation and gorgeous flavor! You will literally start putting it on everything after the first time you make it.

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