Gluten-Free

Springtime Salads – Peas and Peanuts

The now-defunct Embers Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Michigan served a salad that I have never forgotten. Sweet and creamy, their Peas and Peanuts was made with Miracle Whip and Spanish peanuts. Taking advantage of fresh spring peas makes this salad worth revisiting with roasted, unsalted peanuts and a lighter vinaigrette. (Although it is still pretty great with a mayonnaise base as well!)

Profiles in Flavor - Africa Cooking Class

Profiles in Flavor – Africa Cooking Class

Exploring new cuisines can be intimidating, especially if the spices and flavorings are unknown to you.  Profiles in Flavor – Africa is one of a series of classes I created to help take the mystery out of several wonderful cuisines.  We look at a ‘shopping list’ of staples you would need to cook foods from that area, and taste lots of new flavor combinations.  Once you know the typical protein, carb and veggies found in an area’s cuisine, you can enjoy eating and cooking it much more often!

Herbs in Cooking part 3: Chef Christy’s Favorites

Now that we’ve covered several wonderful ways to incorporate herbs into your menus in Herbs in Cooking parts 1 and 2, I thought I would see what my favorites were.
I went to my spice shelves and took a quick inventory. Here’s what I found when surveyed my most-used (dried) seasonings. I have lots more, but these are the ones that I run out of and replace.