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Swiss Chard Pasta

Sunday, June 8, 2014

simple swiss chard pasta – with chickpeas & basil

What’s your favorite green? Right now, I’d have to admit that mine is swiss chard. I have these vivid memories of my mom sauteeing it with garlic and olive oil, and as simple as that sounds, it’s ridiculously delicious. So when I saw a vibrant bunch of red stems at the farmers market, I scooped them with Big Tasty Plans. You can thinly slice them raw into salads or on tacos, blanch them for a savory topping, or gently sauté them with alliums for a rad side dish.

Simple Swiss Chard Pasta

These big, leafy creatures are full of nutrients too. Vitamin K, A, and C are found in the gorgeous leaves and stems, similar to other plants in the chenopod family (think beets, spinach, and quinoa). To ensure your chard has the most nutrients possible, pick ones that have firm stalks and crisp leaves with no browning or yellowing.

Simple Swiss Chard Pasta

Maybe it’s my mom’s Italian background, but I thought these savory veggies would go great with fresh pasta. After window shopping in Eataly, I found some beautiful orecchiette to pair it with. (Do you window shop for food too? Is that kinda crazy?) The tender little “ears” are perfect for scooping up morsels of chickpea, garlic, and onion. Then, the tender leaves of swiss chard and basil swaddle them in green, earthy flavor. Hot dang, this tasty dish knocked my tastebudded socks off!

Simple Swiss Chard Pasta

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Asparagus Tart for Mother's Day Brunch

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Asparagus Tart for Mother’s Day Brunch

Moms are the best. Or at least, I think my momma is the best person in the world. Along with rearing two great children, she’s an amazing person to boot. I’m thankful for the way she taught me to love vegetables, how she stays true to who she is no matter what, her entrepreneurial spirit, and the unlimited love she pours into her family. Even when I was an obnoxious, sassy teen, I still recognized what a beautiful role model she is. And now that I’m making my own way, I’ve come to appreciate the light she is even more.

So I hope that you have the chance to give thanks to your mom tomorrow. And if homemade food is planned, then I highly recommend this flavorful, seasonal dish full of roasted asparagus, sweet carrots, and savory tart crust. It’s good stuff.

Asparagus Tart for Mother's Day Brunch

Asparagus Tart for Mother's Day Brunch

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Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears – Spiced Curiosity

Thursday, February 13, 2014

cardamom french toast with balsamic pears – valentine’s day breakfast

Hope y’all are staying warm in light of this crazy weather phase. Over here we got at least a foot of snow overnight…with more to come! While one of my friend’s loves to venture up to Cold Spring to play in deep, frozen water, my immediate reaction is to nestle underneath a heavy blanket with a good read. (Maybe build a snowman or two.)

Staying at home inevitably leads to cooking up experiments in the kitchen. And with Sweethearts & Singles Day close by, why not make it a lil’ romantic? While holed up with cookbooks and a hot kitchen, I start dreaming up a decadent breakfast in bed. After a few runs with overly fancy scrambled eggs and dried-out buttermilk biscuits, I’m excited to share Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears.

Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears – Spiced Curiosity

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Sweet Potato Sage Gnocchi – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian #meatlessmonday

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

sweet potato sage gnocchi

Though my Italian ancestors are choking on Prosecco at the thought, let me tell you that this combo of pillowy pasta and sweet roots is downright amazing. I was wary of messing with a traditional gnocchi recipe, but I wanted to finish the sweet potato recipe roundup with a bang. Thankfully the experiment turned out delicious, and even pretty nutritious.

In case you missed the previous posts, sweet potato is rich in Vitamin A carotenoids (note the rich orange flesh), Vitamin C, and manganese. Along with these benefits, the roots also have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes (with which you traditionally make gnocchi). Russet potatoes taste great, but why not experiment with these nutrient-dense, toothsome beauties?

Sweet Potato Sage Gnocchi – Spiced Curiosity #vegetarian #meatlessmonday

Despite cooking with this blasphemous ingredient, I researched and tried to keep the dish as accurate as possible. I found out this crucial fact: gnocchi needs to be pillowy. Soft. Light. The opposite of its signature ingredient, potato. So to successfully transform dense roots into great pasta, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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