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!

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 […]

Squash & Pesto Breakfast Strata

Squash & Pesto Breakfast Strata

Seeing as it’s late summer, my garden is absolutely overflowing right now.  It’s not overflowing in the mid-summer “this is so new and exciting” kind of way.  It’s overflowing in a little bit of the overwhelming kind of way.  I’ve got tomatoes for days, more […]

Crudités with Homemade Aioli

Crudités with Homemade Aioli

There are few things better than eating fresh vegetables from your garden or farmers’ market.  There’s something about the intense seasonality of it that feels so satisfying.  When the fresh produce gets going, it’s best enjoyed simply so you can really taste the flavors of […]

Savory Carrot Tarte Tatin

Savory Carrot Tarte Tatin

I finally pulled all of the last of my carrots growing in the garden this weekend.  Knowing they were getting ready to harvest, I had been thinking of recipe inspiration all last week.  I knew I wanted to do something French inspired as carrots are […]

Baked Eggs with Garden Greens and Herbs

Baked Eggs with Garden Greens and Herbs

Anyone else’s garden going crazy right now?  There always hits that point in the middle of the summer when things just seem to take off, and my garden is definitely there now.  Sadly, this is also the time when my greens start to slow down […]

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet

Garden Herb Gin Gimlet

What is it about craft cocktails that feel so daunting to make at home?  When I read a cocktail menu out at a restaurant, I barely recognize half of the ingredients, which makes me think it would cost a fortune to stock a home bar […]

Classic Basil Pesto

Classic Basil Pesto

Every summer I look forward to the time when my basil plants finally grow large enough for my first batch of pesto.  It kicks off a cooking season where pesto is incorporated into as many Italian dishes as I can make.  Once you master the […]

Garlic Scape and Ricotta Crostini

Garlic Scape and Ricotta Crostini

One of the best things about farmers’ markets is the variety of produce you can find compared to traditional grocery stores.  Going to a market is always my favorite way to experience a new city or place.  I love spotting heirloom varieties of already favorite […]