Sushi Night

We do lots of fun meals that can be customized for each member of the family – pizza and okonomiyaki are two of our faves.

We finally got the kids to try sushi by taking them to a rotary sushi bar, with the cool conveyor belt rolling tons of different types of sushi past our table. I hate to be the parent who uses gimmicks to get their kids to try new things, but honestly, I’m just so happy that we can all go out for sushi. I’m willing to own up to the bribe. They liked it so much that they wanted to have sushi more often, so we started to DIY. Continue reading

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No-Knead Bread

 

No-Knead Bread {The Reluctant Hippie}

I have tried a lot of bread recipes. A. LOT. They tend to be a ton of work, and the loaves have always turned out dense and tasteless.

Until this recipe.

You GUYS. I can bake bread. This is dangerous. Everyone loves it far more than we should, especially considering how easy it is to make.  Continue reading

Roasted Grape Tomato Soup

Roasted Grape Tomato Soup {The Reluctant Hippie}

Do you remember when the first grape and cherry tomatoes came off the vine? We gleefully popped them in our mouths by the dozen, savoring the sweet, juicy wonderfulness. After awhile, though, the allure wore off. Now, we have 50 of these suckers ripening each day. I needed something to do with them.

The sweetness of the grape/cherry tomatoes is perfect for soup – no need to add any sugar to the mix. This soup is a lovely way to transition from summer to fall. Continue reading

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce {The Reluctant Hippie}

This cool, creamy concoction is a great way to make use of all of those cucumbers that are coming off the vine right now. Use it as a sauce or a dip – it’s delicious on crackers, chips, raw vegetables, and gyros. And on lots of other things, too! Continue reading

Lemon Parmesan Swiss Chard Salad

Lemon Parmesan Swiss Chard {The Reluctant Hippie}

This recipe comes to us courtesy of the Aurora Farmers Market. Each week, they purchase produce from their vendors and whip up a vegetable dish, a smoothie, and an infused water. Farmers Market visitors can sample the creations and take home the recipes.

This past week, they knocked all three dishes out of the park. The watermelon-infused water tasted like a sugary juice drink, the cinnamon-plum smoothie (made in a bicycle-powered blender!!!) was delicious, and this Lemon Parmesan Swiss Chard Salad was unbelievable. I hunted down the market vendor who had swiss chard this week and brought the recipe card home.

This salad is a little more work than your average leafy green salad, but it is completely worth it. Trust me. The lemon, garlic, and cheese wrap the chard in so many layers of flavor.

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Chilled Cherry Soup

Chilled Cherry Soup {The Reluctant Hippie}

One of our farmer’s market scores this past weekend was a basket of sour cherries from one of the local organic vendors. The Hippie Husband’s first inclination was towards cherry pie, but he consented to trying something a little less sugary and a little more intriguing. Continue reading

Grilled Garlic Scapes

Grilled Garlic Scapes {The Reluctant Hippie}

The farmer’s market tables are a little bare this early in the summer, especially for the local growers who are committed to sustainable practices. One of my most trusted growers, Greg Cowan (“The Tomato Guy”), was offering garlic scapes last weekend. We bought a dozen and later wished we’d bought even more. Continue reading