Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad - vegan and gluten free. Perfect for summer picnics at the park!

I remember going through a phase a few years ago when I made tabbouleh on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. We just couldn’t get enough of the stuff. I first had tabbouleh back in college. I’ve mentioned before the awesome Global Vegetarian kitchen that was available to us in our dining hall. Growing up in the middle of nowhere my previous experience with global cuisine was Chinese take-out and the …

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Baltimore Herb Festival 2015

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It is no secret that I love and look forward to the Baltimore Herb Festival at Leakin Park every year. (You can read about previous trips here, here, and here.) This year the weather was cool and breezy which was perfect for poking around all the vendor tents to see what treasures they had. Some of our favorites: Hillcrest Nursery– super-friendly people selling certified organic herb plants in just about every …

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Growing Chives & Simple Spaghetti with Chives

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Have you ever grown chives? I have. More accurately I have “grown” chives. Chives never seemed to do well in my garden and it wasn’t until last year that I learned why. During a chat at the 2014 Baltimore Herb Festival, speakers Andrew Pengelly and Suzanne Bouchard educated the attendees about how some herbs don’t thrive because of the soil they are grown in. What I did not realize is …

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Guilt Free Baked Blueberry Donuts

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What is it about donuts that makes them so amazing? In these Guilt Free Baked Blueberry Donuts, it’s the light cloud-like texture that reminds me of angel food cake and the sticky sweet melted bursts of berry throughout. Did I mention that these donuts are only 125 calories per serving and have less than 1 gram of fat? I wouldn’t lie to you. Like I said, they’re amazing! I used …

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May Garden Update

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I find it difficult to comprehend that we’re in the midst of May. I don’t think I’ve done a garden update yet this season and there’s already been so much to talk about. It doesn’t look like much, but oh, how the garden has grown over just the past week. Apple blossoms have turned into tiny budding fruits, covered with a delicate fuzz. I’m fascinated by all the fuzzy plants …

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Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups

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Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups are a non-traditional way to serve one of my favorite traditional Mediterranean dishes. I found the recipe for Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma on the NY Times website and decided to use that as the inspiration and main recipe for this dish. Instead of serving the Chicken Shawarma as a platter with rice, pita, and mezze sides like hummus and chopped vegetable salad I’ve decided to combine it …

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Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

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It’s been a while! My apologies for that– things got very busy over here and something had to give for a little bit. Unfortunately, the first thing to be neglected is often the blog. (And the laundry and dusting.) Rest assured I have some things lined up to share with you, starting with this delicious Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad. This Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad is inspired by the coarsely chopped …

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Lemon Garlic Hummus

Lemon Garlic Hummus recipe from Kikiverde Handmade

Today I’m sharing you with a recipe for a bright, creamy Lemon Garlic Hummus that is perfect for dipping. This Lemon Garlic Hummus is the perfect blend of flavors for your everyday snacking hummus and goes will with veggies for dipping as well as alongside Mediterranean dinners as a condiment. My recommendation if you’re going to make hummus at home (and you should, because it’s so easy!) is that you …

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Weekend Update: DC Cherry Blossoms

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It has been a rather busy couple of weeks over here. We celebrated Easter and the arrival of actual spring-like weather which means a lot of time spent outdoors. Yesterday, Michael and I woke up at 5 so that we could make the short drive down to Washington DC and view the cherry blossoms in peak bloom. The light at sunrise is just perfect for taking photos and the earlier …

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February & March Book Report

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Once upon a time way back in 2007, I had a page here on the blog called Voracious Reader which is a list of books I’ve read throughout the year. It’s still here, it’s just hidden because it’s a mess. I’ve missed updating the page with the books I’ve read, so I decided that this year I’m going to do something a bit different. I’m going to share a post …

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Ham Salad Spread

Classic Ham Salad Spread | Kikiverde Handmade Perfect for spreading on tea sandwiches or as an appetizer dip with crackers & fresh veggies. Great for using up leftover ham after Easter or Christmas!

I’m almost positive that I wrote up this recipe for Ham Salad Spread once before to share on the blog and then lost my nerve. I remember taking photos and worrying, they’re gonna hate this. It tastes delicious, but more importantly, it looks like cat food. Yet here I am, sharing the recipe. Why? Because it’s delicious and simple and not everything can look like it’s straight out of a …

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Weekend Update 3/29/2014

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After a gorgeous 70-degree day on Thursday, I thought that perhaps maybe the spring-like weather would decide to stick around. No such luck. Yesterday, as we stepped out of the house to go to the Annual Spring Garden Party at Community Forklift the thermometer read 30 degrees. Luckily, it had warmed up to 32 degrees by the time we arrived. Despite the cold weather, it was a lot of fun. …

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Clickbait 11

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Clickbait. You know you can’t resist. This post may contain affiliate links that help support this blog, time-wasters, and actual helpful or interesting pieces of information. Like Buzzfeed, but 10% less obnoxious. Formerly known as Sunday Smorgasbord. So, what am I clicking on this week? Check it out: My daffodils are in full blossom and you what that means– the start of allergy season. I found this list of Yoga …

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How to Frame a Print

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Taking art to a professional framer can be expensive, unless you have a specialty piece (or money to spend) you don’t generally need the services of a custom framer. Luckily, framing your own art is something that you can easily learn to do on your own. When I was in design school, I did a lot of framing. Each art piece had to be mounted on presentation board, then matted …

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Easy DIY Easter Bunny Cake

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My mom made an Easter bunny cake for my brother and I just about every year that we weren’t traveling for Easter. I remember being so amazed at how fluffy the coconut was and how, to me, it looked just like bunny fur. They were works of art. Last year, when we were invited to an Easter celebration with friends I decided that I had to bring an Easter bunny …

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