Tag Archives: Vegetarian

A Simple, Elegant Appetizer

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Sometimes it is the simple preparations that make the biggest impression on clients and guests, especially when you highlight fresh ingredients.

Last summer, I was catering an event for a French-American school family, and my clients requested this appetizer. Ever since then, I have tried to work it into menus for other clients. Continue reading

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Stuffed Squash

 

Fall creations 037The first restaurant at which I worked in Seattle was Julia’s in Wallingford. I was in charge of creating dinner and lunch specials, and for the most part they were vegetarian or vegan.

Here is a recipe from that time that would be perfect for Thanksgiving, because it will serve a crowd of 12 as a side dish. If you’re serving a smaller crowd, however, it is simple enough to cut the recipe in half (or in thirds) to serve fewer diners. I recently served it as a side with my Turkey, Sweet Potato & Kale Loaf. Continue reading

Cherry-Almond Scones

Scones (instagram)About a year ago, I purchased the cookbook Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining. After completing the Whole-30 challenge, I became intrigued by the Paleo diet and started reading more about it. While shopping at Whole Foods, I came across this book. It has great photos, as well as several recipes I wanted to try. One was a recipe for orange scones that look delicious.

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Beat the Heat

Cucumber buttermilk soupSummer is fading in Seattle, but the forecast still calls for some sunny days. A great way to cool off on days when the temperature rises above 80 degrees is with a fresh, chilled soup. Continue reading

Rainbow Carrot Slaw

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Here’s a great salad recipe that pairs well with the Thai Chicken Meatballs I posted earlier this week. Continue reading

Apple, Fennel, and Grapefruit Salad

fennel saladPeople often think salads must include lettuce, but this is a favorite of mine for plated events in the spring or fall.

At events, the salads are often placed on the table prior to the guests sitting down. Salads might sit for as long as 10 minutes before all of the guests arrive, and the beauty of using fennel and apples in this situation is that they do not wilt—or at least not to the extent that leaf lettuces do. Continue reading

A Healthy Spring Breakfast

Chard_breakfastAfter my 30-day Whole9 challenge ended in February, I took what I learned from the challenge and adapted my regular diet to include some elements of a paleo-type diet. I reintroduced dairy because I felt like I needed the calcium, for example, and added back chocolate, well, because I love hot chocolate. Continue reading