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Tips to Quick Pickling Just About Everything!

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Being an absolute crazy pickle lover, I will never really understand people who don’t like pickles. Not to mislead you into thinking I do not have pickle hating friends… I do.  Before the burger can even touch the table they are throwing all their pickles my way… I mean c’mon, it cant get much better than that!

This weekend it was my goal to dive into learning how to pickle some of these delicious summer veggies, without necessarly having to learn how to/buy the equipment to can.

Quick pickling is also a brilliant solution for preserving an assortment of vegetables from the market or your garden. It also gives you the freedom to get a little creative with the different types and quanities of herbs and spices!  I highly recommend all my pickle lovers to give it a try for themselves!  Read more

Summer Herb Potatoes

Summer Herb Potatoes

Simple, yet delicious! After cooking school, I have really come to appreciate each individual ingredient and I really believe that this recipe below highlights the beauty of these potatoes! Instead of coating them in sour cream or yogurt, I decided to keep this recipe light with a burst of fresh herbs.

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Greek Yogurt with Melon & Nut Brittle

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The summer season provides us with so many beautiful fruits.  I am all about simplicity,  but I think it’s about time we experiment with pairing these fruits with some of the other bright summer flavors rather than than serving them alone. I love the saying, “what grows together, goes together.”  Some of my favorite summer combinations have been fruits and herbs.

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Fresh Herb Steak and Eggs

Fresh Herb Steak and Eggs

When thinking of steak and eggs you probably imagine a large, greasy meal of meat and eggs. Well it doesn’t have to be that way. Steak and Eggs can be a healthy start to your day when the right ingredients are used, and given that they are cooked in a smart way.

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Pomegranate & Tomato Summer Salad

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One of my favorite memories at Ballymaloe Cookery School was walking into the green house with the feeling of just stepping into a rain forest of tomato vines from floor to ceiling. The vibrant colors of the tomatoes ranging from green to deep red could not even be captured by a camera they were so naturally beautiful.

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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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