One of my favorite local publications, actually one of my favorite publications period, is a little magazine called Edible Wasatch. This seasonal magazine is packed full of bios and stories about local farmers, restaurants, chefs and producers. The best part of the magazine though, is the local recipes.
Every time a new issue of Edible Wasatch hits the shelves I rush over to my local cafe and snatch my copy up and head right home to get cooking. The recipes featured are always exciting and easy and accessible for all to make. The directions are never complicated but the end result is always something fantastic.
The first recipe I tried was the mackerel pate and as luck would have it, I had been holding on to a can of fancy mackerel for months just waiting for the perfect recipe to inspire me to crack it open. I truly wish I would have ordered more cans of this little fish because the spread was amazing. I substituted aiolo where it called for creme fraiche and added just a pinch of cayenne for a little kick.
The second recipe I tested was polenta with meatballs and tart cherries. I was planning on making something using the last of my ground turkey for dinner so I substituted the pork in this recipe for that and the cherries with the cranberries I had on hand. I had never used fruit in my meatballs before and the added sweetness was so delightful. On their own, each dish is lovely but together the polenta and meatballs really make something special .
Head over to http://www.ediblewasatch.com/ to find these recipes and more. I will be trying out their kombucha cocktails this weekend from their feature ‘The mother of all cocktails’, how cute!
As a nursing mama it is super important to have a quick and easy protein snack on hand. I spend a lot of time nursing and a most of that time is in a rocking chair far away from the kitchen. I made this recipe to keep on the table next to me for when I inevitably become ravenously hungry and no one is around to fetch me a snack and I am just to tired to try myself.
Of course the kiddo, the dog and the husband saw my tasty treat and snagged a few and it quickly became a house favorite. Packed full of protein and yummy raw honey sweetness, it really does taste like candy but I assure you it is powerful protein magic. These are quick to make so if you are juggling kids and dishes and giant dogs you can whip these up in no time, hand over a few to everyone and get a few moments of peace.
They are great for hikes or post workout , snacking while nursing or silencing the brood. They will stay fresh in the fridge for weeks (or freezer for a cold snack) so go ahead and double or triple the recipe!
I love coconut, not just for its flavor but for its amazing healing properties. It is cold and flu season and with everyone just getting over being sick I have been trying to add coconut oil to all of our foods to help boost our immune system.
Sunday morning I was craving a warm , sweet and filling breakfast but when I opened the cabinets I realized I forgot to buy whole wheat flour at the grocery store so pancakes and waffles were out of the question. We did however have some cornmeal and coconut milk and I decided to experiment a bit and see what happens.
These corn cakes were a hit with my family and after eating breakfast everyone was energized and ready to get some projects we have been putting off done. Perhaps the coconut oil and milk gave us an energy boost or perhaps it was just having a belly full of good food.Either way these corn cakes are a much healthier alternative to pancakes drowned in syrup and are a nice fresh and exotic twist to an ordinary breakfast. Enjoy!