Garden Inspired

Sometimes the best recipe inspiration comes from the simplest ingredients – these recipes inspired by perfect produce coming out of my garden and farmers’ markets show exactly that!

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels sprouts are polarizing. You either really hate them or protectively feel the need to defend them against the haters. Those who hate Brussels sprouts aren’t complete monsters – the little sprouts can smell really bad and sulfuric if you overcook them and especially if […]

Smoky Cajun Baked Okra

Smoky Cajun Baked Okra

Okra is a vegetable I didn’t have a lot of exposure to before moving down to Nashville five years ago. The extent of my exposure was watching Tom Collichio exclaim his distaste for its slimy texture season after season of Top Chef, which I watched […]

Savory Watermelon Salad

Savory Watermelon Salad

It’s time to get grown-up about your summer watermelon. Melon salads that aren’t all the way sweet and aren’t all the way savory are all the rage right now, and I am here for it. We already dipped our toes into these waters with the […]

Peach and Prosciutto Pizza

Peach and Prosciutto Pizza

There are two phases of The Peach Truck excitement in Nashville – when The Peach Truck starts operating for the season, and when Freestone Peaches come into season. If you’ve ever eaten a peach early in the season and wondered why the pit didn’t easily […]

Garden Zucchini Fritters

Garden Zucchini Fritters

The first time I ever grew zucchini in the garden at our house, I was amazed out how quickly and easily the plant grew. It’s a plant that you start by directly sowing the seed into the ground, not by starting the plant indoors first […]

Marinated Peach and Tomato Salad

Marinated Peach and Tomato Salad

In Tennesse, peak summer produce has finally started to arrive. If you follow along with me on Instagram you may have seen my epic haul from the farmers market yesterday – I went a little crazy and came home with tomatoes, peaches, beans, zucchini, edamame, […]

Sesame Miso Shishito Peppers

Sesame Miso Shishito Peppers

There are few things I enjoy more than slow Saturday mornings spent perusing a farmer’s market. They are my favorite place to find unique ingredients. And if I find myself in a cooking rut, they spark creativity in a way no Pinterest perusing or cookbook […]

Garden Salad with Sesame Miso Vinaigrette

Garden Salad with Sesame Miso Vinaigrette

This is now my third spring with the garden at our house in Nashville, and I still maintain that this time of year is my favorite for the garden. It’s in late spring that the root vegetables and lettuces start becoming harvest ready, and the […]

Spring Salad with Crispy Goat Cheese

Spring Salad with Crispy Goat Cheese

Guys, I’m ready for spring. Ready for a new season and new life. I always love to observe how what we crave to eat changes with the weather and the seasons. Right now I’m craving fresh, green, vibrant things. If you live in Nashville or […]

Simple Roasted Baby Carrots

Simple Roasted Baby Carrots

I no doubt get my best recipe inspirations from trips to farmers markets or early morning strolls in my garden. There’s something about finding an ingredient that’s fresh at its peak that makes me so excited to get cooking. With my garden still dormant for […]

Sunchoke and Radish Tartine

Sunchoke and Radish Tartine

So we’ve already pretty well established that I love cheese and bread. I’m really just always trying to find socially acceptable ways to eat more of both. And Tartines feel like a pretty good way to do that while still adding in some vegetables for […]

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce

It’s late summer and tomato season is slowly rolling to an end.  Tomato season is something I await with such eager anticipation, and then by the end I am overwhelmed with the summer bounty.  The tomatoes in my garden keep kicking until well into September […]