the Recipe

Layered Maple Apple Cake with Maple Cream Drizzle

Who doesn’t love a dessert with apples upon apples upon apples. This decadent apple cake is inspired by the traditional Jewish version served on Rosh Hashanah, which is celebrated at the beginning of the fall and the beginning of apple season. I’ve added my own little twist with sweet, high quality maple syrup and topped with maple cream (what?!). Make this dairy free by opting for almond milk and apple sauce in place of the milk and butter. There is absolutely no reason not to have fresh fruit cakes and crumbles on every menu for fall, especially at the High Holidays and Thanksgiving dessert table.

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Kimchi – Hoisin Glass Noodles

Kimchi is one of the most delicious ways to get your gut health on. The crunchy, strangely addictive fermented veggie can sometimes scare people (ok I get that the scent is a bit intense). But I am telling you, this recipe will trick them into loving the thing. The simple dressing dials down the intensity of plain kimchi, without loosing its flavor and healthy gut-boosting lactobacilli bacteria (since there is no cooking involved with the veggies). Add in avocados or pair it with a meat for a full on delish dinner. This is also totally vegan, gluten free, and dairy free, which means all your ultra healthy pals will think you’re totally in tune with their super trendy lifestyle.

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Deconstructed Chicken Parmesan Kebabs

These little cuties are probably one of the most popular dishes I make that have both kids and parents fighting for the final skewer. These baked morsels of plump and crispy chicken, rich roasted tomato slices, and ooey-gooey cheese are baked, not fried, and satisfy that craving for heavy chicken parmesan, but in a way lighter form, and are perfect for entertaining or feeding little fingers.

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Hoisin, Ginger Steak Kebabs with Kimchi Hoisin Glass Noodles

Using a simple Asian style marinade, these steak kebabs are flavorful, easy to prep ahead of time, and are ready in under 10 minutes on a grill or broiled in the oven. Make our simple, gluten free, Kimchi glass noodle salad for a no cook side dish that is perfect for any summer BBQ or lunch date. Add in any of your favorite easy to grill veggies to the kebab, making this your new completely customizable dish for all those picky eaters in the family, all done in under 30 minutes.

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Vindaloo Curry Spice Roasted Baby Potatoes

Indian spices and roasted potatoes go hand in hand. I love how fragrant the kitchen becomes from these small but seriously delicious potatoes. I like the baby potatoes because they roast well in a small amount of time, allow for the flavors of the spices to really come out in every bite, and look pretty when they come in a variety of colors.

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Spiced Vindaloo Kafta Kebabs with Potato, and Onions

These Vindaloo inspired Indian kafta or meatballs are packed full of flavor from fragrant Vindaloo curry spices, fresh lemon juice, and ginger. These might be one of the most surprisingly delicious and popular dishes I’ve made in the last year. Make them with beef for a richer ball or opt for turkey meat to make it a lighter, more lean dish. Even those skeptical family members who swear they don’t like curry will be heading for seconds and thirds.

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Entertaining Essentials: Summer Veggie & Salami Pasta Salad with Yogurt, Cashew, and Herb Dressing

Summer cooking should be bright and full of the freshest produce. This pasta salad has an Italian spin with a tangy cashew pesto vinaigrette and chunks of high quality Salami. The vinaigrette is made with Greek yogurt which gives a lighter taste than a cheese based pesto. I love finding new ways to incorporate raw nuts into dressings and sauces, adding depth of flavor, a smoother, more decadent consistency, plus extra protein. Packed atop a bed of greens, this is one of the prettiest, most brightly colored platters you’ll put on the table, which is exactly why I pair it with a bouquet of summer’s best friend, the sunflower.

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Summer Veggie & Salami Pasta Salad with Yogurt, Cashew, and Herb Dressing

Summer cooking should be bright and full of the freshest produce. This pasta salad has an Italian spin with Salami and a pesto type vinaigrette, without the heaviness of cheese. I love finding new ways to incorporate raw nuts into my dressings and sauces, adding depth of flavor, a smoother, more decadent consistency and of course some protein. Packed atop a bed of greens, this is one of the prettiest, most brightly colored platters you’ll put on the table, which is exactly why you should pair it with a bouquet of sunflowers.

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Entertaining Essentials: Veal Scaloppine Summer Salad Topped with Corn, Leek, and Asparagus Sauté

My easy to make, crispy light veal scaloppine served over this main dish dinner salad is going to be your new go to for all warm weather, summer entertaining. I promise you’ll impress your pals at the next alfresco dinner party or casual date night with these bright colors, bursts of citrus, and simple farm fresh ingredients that combine to make, if I may say so myself, summer salad perfection.

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Veal Scaloppine Summer Salad Topped with Corn, Leek, and Asparagus Sauté

My easy to make, crispy light veal scaloppine served over this main dish dinner salad is going to be your new go to for all warm weather, summer entertaining. I promise you’ll impress your pals at the next alfresco dinner party or casual date night with these bright colors, bursts of citrus, and simple farm fresh ingredients that combine to make, if I may say so myself, summer salad perfection.

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