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Posts tagged “Garlic

Hummus Shawarma Layer Dip

Hummus Shawarma Layer Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mediterranean #LayerDip #GameDay

This is a leftovers recipe. I made Venison Shawarma for the all day potluck at work last month. There was a lovely lemon tahini yogurt sauce to go with it … and homemade pita bread. Hell, I made a DOUBLE batch of lemon tahini yogurt sauce because I really really didn’t want to run out […]


Morel Pecan Pâté & Weekly Tasting

Morel Pecan Pate & Weekly Tasting Review ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #vegan #mushroom #pate #recipe

Recipe adapted from Food & Wine A tasty mushroom pâté made with dried morels, pecans and baby portobellos. The perfect accompaniment to a nice glass of red wine. I fell in love with pâté when I dated a guy who worked at a French restaurant many years ago. It feels like a lifetime ago now, but […]


Spicy Tamale Pie

Spicy Tamale Pie ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #texmex #casserole #recipe

A spicy Mexican ground beef, corn and black bean filling topped with crusty cornbread, this Tamale Pie is a hearty, healthy and easy meal to celebrate the season. The chiles open up the sinuses, too. I included options to make this gluten free as well. The recipe makes enough for two pies, which you can […]


Feast of the Seven Fishes Chowder

Feast of the Seven Fishes Chowder ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #seafood #chowder #recipe

There is an Italian tradition that fascinates me every Christmas when I hear my Italian foodie friends talk about it. The Feast of the Seven Fishes. It’s traditionally served on Christmas Eve. I’ve read about it a lot, but I’ve never experienced it. It’s not so much about actually eating seven fishes as it is […]


Venison (or Beef) Shawarma

Venison (or Beef) Shawarma ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Lebanese #Gyro #Taco #recipe

with lemon tahini yogurt sauce  … adapted from Mama’s Lebanese Cuisine If you remember the movie The Avengers, they were talking about Shawarma throughout the movie and if you stayed until the very end, you got to see the super heroes going to the local shawarma restaurant (in full costume) for dinner. That scene intrigued […]


Festive Marinated Cheddar Appetizer

Festive Marinated Cheddar Cheese Appetizer ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #appetizer #recipe

A stunning appetizer that you can easily make ahead of time and keep in the fridge until the big day. Be prepared for it to go fast because in my experience people just LOVE this stuff. I finally found the perfect way to marinate cheddar cheese! Okay it’s not the first time … there was […]


Caramelized Roasted Beets

Caramelized Roasted Beets ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beet #recipe

Adapted just slightly from Honest Cooking Sweet and savory roasted beets add a vibrant red color to your table. Serve over greens or simply by themselves. For a lovely touch, sprinkle with crumbled goat or blue cheese and maybe some toasted walnuts. it seems so long ago that I made these! In real time, it […]


Smoky Supper Soup

Smoky Supper Soup ~ A hearty meal in a bowl, with a nice smoky flavor from grilling the veggies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

Adapted from Fountain Avenue Kitchen My friend Ann at Fountain Avenue Kitchen is an endless source of recipe inspiration for me. She and I are totally foodie sisters … and when I saw this recipe from her, with a fresh eggplant from my mom’s garden in my fridge, I just knew I had to make […]


Zoodles Cauli-fredo

Creamy alfredo sauce lightened up with some cauliflower puree (that you would never guess is there), tossed with zucchini noodles. You could use regular noodles too, if you prefer, or a mix of zoodles and pasta. Gosh I made this recipe soooo long ago! I was making grilled pizza for a cooking class at work […]


Marinated Havarti Cheese

Marinated Havarti Cheese with Tarragon & Dill ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #appetizer #recipe

with Tarragon & Dill Years and years ago, my friend Justine from Full Belly Sisters posted her recipe for marinated cheese. I was intrigued by the recipe and I wanted to try it, but it took me a while before I actually did. I decided, one year, to give my coworkers on my team all […]


Easy Curly Zucchini Fries

Easy Curly Zucchini Fries with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #spiralized #zucchini #fries #recipe

with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce Delightful little curly fries made with zucchini from the garden! Mom and dad brought me 2 big beautiful zucchini from their garden the last time they came to visit. I used up part of one of the big ones in lovely  quick breakfast scrambles, but it quickly became apparent that […]


Sunflower Kale Bulgur Pilaf

Sunflower Kale Bulgur Pilaf ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #yummy #SideDish #recipe

Bulgur and kale join together with corn, bacon, dill and sunflower seeds to make a scrumptious side dish that can be served hot or cold. It’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own, or you can serve it along side pork or chicken. I made this last summer with some of the gorgeous […]


Sherried Tomato Basil Soup

Sherried Tomato Basil Soup with Marinated Feta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #soup #recipe

with marinated feta Tomato soup is one of those things I want to make every year. I was a little worried this year because of yoga teacher training … I haven’t had time to visit my parents like I normally do in August, which is where I usually get my ample supply of garden tomatoes. […]


Easy Baked Green Bean Fries

Easy Baked Green Bean Fries ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #baked #appetizer #recipe

Last week I got a totally unexpected text from a coworker … she had just visited her parents’ garden and they had a big surplus of green beans and she was wondering if I wanted some.  “Oh yes!”  I responded, telling her I wanted to make green bean fries.  (In my mind, I was thinking […]


Bulgur Corn & Asparagus Salad

Bulgur, Corn & Asparagus Salad w/Marinated Feta & Dill Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #asparagus #bulgur #salad #recipe

with marinated feta, toasted pecans & dill pesto A hearty, yet lively and healthy, salad celebrating the springtime flavors of asparagus and lively sunflower dill pesto, tossed with nutty, chewy bulgur, peas and sweet corn, and topped with toasted pecans and marinated feta. I almost don’t have words for this salad … it’s just something that […]


Shrimp & Roasted Asparagus Salad

Shrimp & Roasted Asparagus Salad w/Feta, Pine Nuts & Lemon Avocado Crema ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #shrimp #asparagus #dinner #recipe

with marinated feta, toasted pinons (Pine nuts) and lemon avocado crema A super simple, yet super scrumptious, easy summer meal that’s on the table in about 30 minutes. Faster than take-out and oh so much better (and better for you)! I first made this salad a little over a month ago. back when my daughter’s […]


Zucchini Bruschetta

Zucchini Bruschetta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #lowcarb #glutenfree #appetizer #recipe

Adapted oh so slightly from The Dinner Mom A low-carb yet delicious version of bruschetta with zucchini rounds stepping in for the bread. Yes, my friends, zucchini is your friend! I freaking adore bruschetta, but I’ve kind of mostly given up bread, not because I’m gluten free or anything, but I notice that when I […]


Sunflower Dill Pesto

Sunflower Dill Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dill #pesto #recipe #glutenfree #dairyfree #nutfree

I learn the most amazing things from vegetarians. I don’t know what it is about them, but vegetarians seem to have a streak of culinary creativity that is just pure genius. Perhaps it’s because they’ve removed meat from the equation so they have to find other means to add deliciousness to their meals … I’m […]


Beef Bruschetta Buddha Bowl

Beef Bruschetta Buddha Bowl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinnerinabowl #recipe

Beef (or venison) slow cooked in juices until fall-apart tender, served on a bed of spinach with a bruschetta tomato mixture, farro, and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzled with bacon ranch dressing on at the end for even more flavor, this pretty buddha bowl is full of colors, flavors, protein and, as any good buddha bowl […]


Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto w Cashews

Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto with Cashews ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cilantro #pesto #recipe

Who says basil should get all the pesto glory? I love to mix up pestos with all sorts of other fresh herbs … and cilantro has to be my #1 favorite. This zesty pesto goes well in anything Mexican: salsas, enchilada sauce, rice, beans … or slather it on chicken, fish, steak, burgers, quesadillas … it’s […]


Spanish Asparagus Revuelto (Scrambled Eggs)

I was searching around the interwebs for new ideas for asparagus and I stumbled across this gorgeous recipe from  The New York Times and I was intrigued. Revuelto, what a beautiful word … I’ve never heard that before. What does it mean? Google quickly helped me solve that conundrum. Revuelto means scrambled eggs. Ah! Of course! […]


Copycat Nebraska Runzas

Copycat Nebraska Runza Pocket Sandwiches ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #cabbage #sandwich #recipe

Guided by tips from here, the Runza web site and bunches of other posts … Nebraska is a nearby state. There’s a thing in Nebraska that I never quite understood … well, okay, there are a couple things in Nebraska that I don’t really get. First of all, they’re really really really serious about their football. I don’t […]


Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad

Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad w/Bacon Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bacon #salad #recipe

with Bacon Ranch Dressing Roasted asparagus with fresh greens, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped sweet onions, bacon crumbles and topped with a homemade bacon ranch dressing … this salad is so satisfying! And, dare I say, one that could tempt any salad-hater into a territory they might be okay with. I think the bacon ranch dressing […]


Bacon Asparagus Ribbon Pizza w Zucchini Crust

Bacon Asparagus Ribbon Pizza with Zucchini Crust ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #flourless #pizza #recipe

Zucchini crust recipe is from My Humble Kitchen A simple, but ah-mazing healthy pizza with a zucchini almond crust, shaved asparagus ribbons, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, mozzarella cheese and basil chiffonade (cut into ribbons).  The crust is completely gluten free, but so flavorful and delicious … and it uses 4 cups of zucchini! I’m so psyched for […]

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