Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kale, Brussels Sprout, Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette



Food prep and construction toys.  Yep, that pretty much sums up my afternoons lately.

Also, as a busy mother, wife, woman and whatever other roles I am called into for the day- making a dish that does well as leftovers wins in my book.  And, for the most part- salads are usually excluded from that list.  Except THIS ONE!  I would venture to say, it is even better day after!  Go ahead and make this 1-12 hours in advance, let it sit and marry up.  The "massaged kale" thing was not a fad because people like massages, it's because time is beauty people!  Work that dressing, then walk away and take a nap!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Citrus Salad with Mint and Tarragon Vinaigrette


Hello dear citrus lovers out there.  I know we could debate the best way to cut an orange, but I'll just make this easy for you: have you ever tried this?

Chop off north and south poles so it stands up nicely.  Then slice off the outer skin and pith, starting at the top and working to the bottom, leaving as much fruit on as possible.  Now with your perfectly sitting ball of juice, turn it on it's side and slice through the center and out come little sunshines, perfect flowers, citrus gems!  About 5-6 per fruit.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Salad with Citrus Almond Butter Dressing


A salad should never be "just" a salad.  It deserves a little more love than that.  

I spotted a dressing online and before I could even try it, my girlfriend made it FOR us while we were visiting.  It was as good as I had hoped.  I've been varying a few ingredients, to make my own version.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Venison "Back Strap" Medallions


Dinner looks different these days.  Cooking is beyond strategic.  Sautéing anything includes tossing scraps down to my toddler who inevitably thinks he is going to die of hunger 30 minutes before dinner, no matter what time we eat.  Moms, you know how it is, right?

Believe it or not, I still love nothing more than to cook food for my family.  Even cooler is when I know exactly where the food came from!  My buddy Keith brought home a deer this year, and real friends give you meat for Christmas.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Day Off Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes... quintessential to a day off.  And these must be consumed in your pajamas.  They taste better that way.  Monday is our day off, so I finally decided to get this recipe to you.

My husband decided to start making this "pancake making tradition" happen when possible.  He typically lets me do most of the cooking (as I tend to enjoy that sort of thing) but he took it upon himself to find the perfect pancake recipe from scratch.  Of course, I couldn't stay completely out of it.  


After about 10 versions, we are here to share the Ritter's day off pancake recipe!

I personally love the almond milk with the coconut oil in this recipe.  If you don't have banana, they are wonderful without as well.  Enjoy!