Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Kale and Goat Cheese

March 22nd, 2015 by katie

Hurry!  Any minute it will be blazing, sweltering, too-hot-to-even-look-at-the-stove and you will have missed the narrow window where both roasted winter vegetables and the freshness of a spring salad can intermingle.  There is so much going on in this dish its a shame to qualify it as “just a salad.”  It is a platefull of superfoods, a medley of textures, hearty but health conscious.  Make everything at once and enjoy for dinner or take your time and store each component in the fridge for amazing desk lunches all week.   Click here for the recipe »

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

August 13th, 2014 by katie

Fall is fast approaching but we can enjoy a few more simple salads while it’s still a million degrees outside!  This easy quinoa salad is bright and fresh and interesting and makes a great side or even main course while sweating on a patio.  If you haven’t experimented with quinoa yet, this is a great way to get your toes wet.  Add chopped pecans or crumbled goat cheese, diced avocado, mandarin orange segments,  diced chicken breast or some grilled shrimp.  Its easy and forgiving and impressive at a party if you don’t save it all for yourself!

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Tomato and Cucumber Summer Salad with Feta

August 10th, 2014 by katie

This is my perfect summer food.  You will see variations of this salad everywhere during the summer because it is truly best with the most amazing of garden or farmer’s market tomatoes.  My mom makes it with mozzarella pearls and adds diced avocado.  We also add chiffonaded basil when the garden is full of it or a bit of diced, sweet red onion.  I love it with roughly chopped garden tomatoes, like brandy wines.  Actually, I love it any way you make it but it’s especially delicious with an excellent creamy, aged feta.  You can use any flavorful Italian or Greek vinaigrette here because you don’t need much dressing when you have amazing tomatoes and cheese.  This salad lasts wonderfully in the fridge if you don’t finish it all in one setting! Click here for the recipe »

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Nespresso VertuoLine: for the big cup lovers

June 24th, 2014 by katie

Around here, we wake up with Nespresso every morning. Some mornings we wake up to a couple of Nespressos. each.  So I am delighted to share the newest in the line of Nespresso coffee makers-the VertuoLine!  The VertuoLine makes big American-style cups of coffee-perfect for entertaining, baking, and on mornings when even a double-shot won’t do the job.  This machine has the advantage of making both the big cups you need on early mornings and perfect espresso drinks for late nights and dessert pairings.  The best part is every cup-big or small-is topped with Nespresso’s signature foamy, fragrant crema.

Coffee Shake

serves 2, prep 5 min, recipe courtesy of Nespresso

  • 1 VertuoLine capsule, cooled
  • 2 oz cold milk
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • chocolate syrup, optional
  1. Brew a big cup of coffee, a strong flavor such as Stormio or Decaffeinato if it’s late.
  2. In a shaker or blender, mix coffee, milk, and ice cream until smooth and combined.
  3. If desired, line two glasses with a swirl of chocolate syrup and pour shake evenly into both glasses.

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About chaos

cha·os -noun 1. a condition or place of great disorder or confusion. My chaotic kitchen is the result of three kids, two adults, dog, cat, and fish, a food obsession, a wine drinking hobby, and too few hours in the day. Between trying to feed a family of five healthy, happy meals, watching my weight, saving my pennies, and staying partially sane I have picked up a few tricks along the way. So here they are: the very best tips, tricks, and recipes from my chaotic kitchen-to yours!

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