It's my first year as a Mother, and we have big cooking plans to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend! We've put together three menu ideas to inspire cooking and good food shared with the ones you love.
Madeline's First Tastes
It is a muggy August evening here in Port-au-Prince. The fan is fighting a losing battle to keep us cool as we wash dishes together at the sink. Madeline’s bedroom door is open, and we hear her quiet hiccups as she sleeps. It is hard to believe that this time last year we were cooking in our Pittsburgh kitchen, planning our baby’s birth in a country we had never before visited. Madeline will be 7 months old next week, and each day her little personality gets bigger. She is a warm and pensive little baby, who adores her sleep. Madeline has figured out that the world is best when put in her mouth, and this week mastered crawling. This month has also marked Madeline’s introduction to solid food, and our excited creation of her first tiny meals. Her hands down favorite flavor combination is beet watermelon puree, with Paul’s Massaman curry a close second. Her least favorite; her papa’s attempt at a spicy potato leek soup. As people who love to cook, it has been thrilling to see Madeline’s world expand with every taste. Dorky new parents that we are, we both sit with rapt attention for each new bite: there’s a squint of her eyes, a slight cock of the head, and a furloughed brow, her tongue slowly rolling the new flavor around her mouth…and the moment of decision: food, or not-food. Luckily for us, Madeline has all but once given our weird concoctions the benefit of the doubt. To the joy of first tastes.
4th of July Grilling Favorites
It is a holiday week in both our home countries (Canada and the US), and we are celebrating with family and food. We've put together a collection of our most popular grilling recipes to inspire your summer cooking. Check out Paul's fantastic spelt flatbread on the grill, or my favorite Grilled Greek Salad with delicious caramelized halloumi cheese, our flavor loaded burgers; turkey feta, cheddar ancho or portobello, or, if you just need a change from plain old hotdogs, ditch the bun and make loaded hotdogs! We hope you have a chance to share delicious smoky foods with the people you love this weekend!
Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Milkshakes
Hello Spring, let’s milkshake! We’re feeling pretty chipper this week with balmy breezes and glimpses of sun, and we thought we'd celebrate the changing of the seasons with Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Milkshakes. To make these ridiculously good milkshakes, we roasted strawberries to concentrate their rich sweetness, and boosted the flavor with tangy buttermilk. Feeling like spring cooking? Try our Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, our decadent Hazelnut Tart with Fresh Strawberries, a light Herb Potato Salad or make-ahead Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal.
Our Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Milkshakes recipe is also featured this week by our friends at The Food Tasters!
Summer always finds us in a cooking frenzy with gorgeous produce coming to market from local farms. We've put together a collection of some of our favorite summer vegetarian recipes to inspire your cooking. Click directly on the photos above (or the links below) to go to the recipes.