Have you tried any of these recipes?

Have you tried any of these recipes? If you have, please leave a comment to let me know how it worked for you and if you suggest any changes!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dark Mint Organic Chocolate - a Review

Okay.  Fanny May Mint Meltaways.  After Eights.  Frango Mints.  We're talking tastes of this caliber here.

I recently tried The Alter Eco Dark Mint Chocolate without much in terms of expectations - I think my local grocer was out of the quinoa bar I usually get (think Nestle crunch but better).  It was delicious.  It is a little pricey, but my local chocolate expert said it is worth it.  

And it gets better.....

What if eating this tasty tasty chocolate nourished more than just your little soul?  The company Alter Eco is doing their best to be environmentally sustainable (which is important if we want to keep eating chocolate).  Their chocolate is organic.  They're trying to offset their carbon footprint.  They compost and recycle.  They plant trees.

So, now you can do your part and eat some chocolate!

Nom nom nom.......

Monday, September 2, 2013

Summer Squash Pomodoro á la Green Zebra

Every meal I have had at Green Zebra has been a good one.  When I do a tasting menu - I'm not left hungry, like I am at so many other posh restaurants.  The last time I was at Green Zebra, my entree was a summer squash pomodoro with rice.  Gluten-free.  Tasty.  Satisfying.  I made it at home and everyone loved it.  I'll share it with you today!  (serves 4)


  • Summer squash - 4 small, thinly sliced
  • Eggplant - 1 medium, cut into pencil-thick strips
  • Rice - 1 cup, uncooked
  • Garlic - one clove
  • Cremini Mushrooms - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Pine Nuts - 4 Tbsp
  • Fresh Basil - chopped, 8 Tbsp
  • Sauce - store bought, previously made and frozen, or from your own tasty recipe
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Olive Oil
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  1. Prepare the sauce if making from scratch.
  2. Cook the rice and set aside.
  3. Heat the sauce if using ready-made.
  4. Melt one tablespoon of butter with a little olive oil and sauté the summer squash.  Ladle sauce into low-bowls and arrange the squash on top of the sauce.
  5. Add a little more olive oil and sauté the eggplant, sprinkled with a little salt.
  6. Place a scoop of white rice in the center of each bowl, on top of the squash.  When the eggplant is cooked, add pieces to the side of the squash and rice on each dish.
  7. Add the other tablespoon of butter to the sautéing pan and melt with a little olive oil.  Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant.  Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently.
  8. Sprinkle each dish with 1 Tbsp of pine nuts.
  9. Grate black pepper onto each dish, top with mushrooms and fresh basil and serve immediately!
Green Zebra used sticky rice, and I used what I had on hand.  With sticky rice, you may be able to wrap the rice in the summer squash as I was unable to do.  If so, it'll be fancier, you can charge more (we're onto you, Chicago restaurants!), and it should look like this:

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