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Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Breakfast Radishes, Spring Red Onion, Sour Cherries, and Smoky Toasted Almonds - DOWNTOWN EPICURE. Pan-Roasted Mushroom Clusters with Farro Pilaf and White Wine Dashi Sauce - DOWNTOWN EPICURE. Chamomile Mung Bean Soup with Farro and Lemon "Yogurt" - DOWNTOWN EPICURE. Beet, potato + avocado salad with horseradish vinaigrette. Pin it!

beet, potato + avocado salad with horseradish vinaigrette

Any one of my friends will tell you that I’m pretty enamored with the whole Momofuku collective of restaurants and the Dave Chang/Christina Tosi-worship/obsession thing. I have the cookbooks, subscribe to Lucky Peach and dream of future trips to New York for some ramen, birthday cake truffles and a cup of cereal milk soft serve often. Like crazy often. The whole thing is just too cool without trying to be too cool. You know? There was a heaped schmear of creme fraiche on the bottom of the plate, lovely cooked beets all diced on top, capers, rough chopped parsley and fresh horseradish. A little snag: I can’t eat creme fraiche every day. Pin it! Beet, potato and avocado salad with horseradish and shallot vinaigretteserves: 4-6notes: dice the shallot as small as you can so that the vinaigrette gets all in there and softens the pieces up. Make the vinaigrette: Combine the minced shallot and vinegar in a small bowl.

Peel and pit the avocado. You might also like… Exciting news + Dark chocolate, pear + rosemary cake {gluten + dairy-free} Erin’s bali garden stew w/ toasty cashews + shallots » The First Mess // healthy vegan recipes for every season. I never thought I would have a vegetable garden in my backyard this year.

Erin’s bali garden stew w/ toasty cashews + shallots » The First Mess // healthy vegan recipes for every season

It seemed like this silly thing that I would finally, finally get to when the deck and kitchen were both finished, the shed was built and the porch was stained. My dad grows enough vegetables to feed 75 or more people, so I figured I could just glom onto that and be satisfied. Beet, Orange, Olive and Walnut Salad recipe on Food52. Author Notes: This recipe was given to my by my Aunt Suzy several years ago in a collection of recipes using preserved lemons.

Beet, Orange, Olive and Walnut Salad recipe on Food52

Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail. Hi all!

Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail

Does everyone have big Easter plans? Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, don’t you always feel the need to be brunching every Easter Sunday? Healthy holidays: caraway + horseradish broccoli quinoa salad » The First Mess // healthy vegan recipes for every season. I am dead-set on a holiday decor extravaganza at my house this year.

healthy holidays: caraway + horseradish broccoli quinoa salad » The First Mess // healthy vegan recipes for every season

I’ve got some sweet garlands, birch trunks, old hydrangea blooms sprayed with GOLD, the lights, lanterns, a boxwood wreath, lime green osage oranges, grapevines, spruce cuttings, pine cones, and some jute rope and pretty ribbon to finish it off all nice. That’s just the outside stuff. It’s kind of soothing clipping branches and jamming them into frozen boxes of dirt in the name of merry-making. It’s definitely frivolous, but in the moment it feels way too important. Also, having a hot drink in your snuggy gear after–that feels way important too. Roasted Winter Squash and Sage Tart. Growing up in the porn capital of the world in the 80's and 90's, I inevitably developed a valley accent.

Roasted Winter Squash and Sage Tart

One night I said to my dad over a dinner of Trader Joe's quiche, 'Is this crust, like, whole wheat? ' My dad smirkingly replied, 'It's not only like whole wheat, it is whole wheat.' You thought you were pretty clever, huh, dad? The nutty richness of this tart crust reminds me of those heady days spent shopping at the mall, seeing movies at the mall, and just hanging out... at the mall. Pear and Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby recipe from Food52. Author Notes: I'm always a little creeped out by eating something called a Dutch baby.

Pear and Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby recipe from Food52

But I get over it because they're so tasty and easy and lend themselves easily to all sorts of fun flavor combinations, making them a lovely dish for a festive meal. They're wonderful for breakfast, brunch, or a light supper. I actually learned to make them just a couple of years ago from a friend. Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler. [Photo: Kelly Carámbula] With citrus season in full swing, it's easy to whip up a bright and invigorating cocktail in no time.

Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

One of my favorite combinations recently has been the bittersweet flavor of fresh ruby red grapefruit juice paired with the sweet, spicy notes of ginger. Moonlight Sonata recipe on Cooking is more fun with friends.

Moonlight Sonata recipe on

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Author Notes: If Beethoven had been a mixologist instead of a composer, this might have been one of his signature pieces. Food52 Review: This Moonlight Sonata is anything but a lullaby! Serves 8-10 1 very ripe mango Juice of 1 large navel orange 1 cup chopped peaches (frozen, home-canned or fresh) 4 twelve–ounce bottles of GUS (Grown Up Soda) - or other very dry - ginger ale One large bottle seltzer water OR a bottle of Prosecco OR a combination of both Limeade ice cubes made from homemade limeade (Please see note below.)