I announced earlier this year that I Feel Super Nourished, A Cookbook is due to hit the world all shiny and published sometime in the Summer of 2017. I am so excited about getting this passion project into hungry hands!
Well today I completed the first draft! That's nearly 100 recipes written and to celebrate, I'm sharing another favorite for you. It's timely, too, because as those of you with vegetable gardens know, cucumbers coming into season. Enjoy!
Homemade Dill Pickles
Fills 1 wide mouth, quart-sized mason jar
1 lb organic cucumbers (any variety will work, though Persian are a great shape), sliced into desired pickle shapes
3 full fronds dill
½ T multicolored peppercorns
1 t cumin
½ t garlic powder
½ c white vinegar
½ c apple cider vinegar
1 c filtered water
2 T kosher salt
Fill jar with sliced cucumbers, dill, and spices (not including salt). Secure lid and shake to coat cucumbers with spices. In a large, microwave safe bowl make brine by combining vinegars, water, and salt. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until brine boils. Pour brine into mason jar. Top the jar off with water if it doesn’t quite fill to capacity. Seal jar with lid and refrigerate. Within 24 hours, pickles will be cool and crisp! Yum.
Warm weather has arrived in Southern California and although I often reserve this-my most FAVORITE potato salad recipe-for summer months, it's going to be my contribution to family dinner this Easter Sunday. This is one of my favorite recipes period, actually. I should probably be charging you for it, but I can't put a price on Grandma's recipe! My Grandma always put dill in her potato salad, which is what made it so special. To me, her cooking meant playful weekends, stick-to-your-ribs, 1950's style lovin'. I enjoy making my own pickles for this salad once cucumbers are growing in the garden, but this weekend will used good 'ole jarred pickles. My point: the recipe is simple! I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine does.
Grandma’s Potato Salad
Serves 10-12 (I like to make a big portion for parties/family gatherings, but it’s real simple to divide for less servings)
12 medium organic potatoes (any variety will work, but I like yukon gold or red for a smoother texture), peeled and boiled
6 cage free hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 c homemade or store-bought, diced dill pickles
¾-1 c organic mayonnaise
½-1 t salt
½ t cracked black pepper
¼ c chopped, fresh dill
Start with chilled potatoes and eggs. Chop potatoes into bite-sized pieces (small enough for mayo to evenly coat) and eggs into smaller pieces. In large bowl, combine potatoes, eggs, and mayo. Stir to combine, allowing mayo to pull egg yolks into a creamy dressing. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Start with just ¾ c of the mayo and ½ t of the salt, adding to taste, as necessary. Serve cold and keep leftovers refrigerated.
In honor of today being the last day of August, I'm sharing a very summery recipe for grilled fruit. Grilling fruit seems to be a fad right now, and for good reason. When fruit is heated, its natural sugars create a juicy and sweet effect. Paired with the smokiness of a good sear, nature's favorite dessert now has a fresh face. Below is my favorite recipe for grilled fruit. It will vary depending on the type of grill you have and how hot you can get said grill, but it's also rather foolproof in that if your fruit isn't looking done, you'll just leave it be a few minutes longer. And yes, this recipe was both featured at the Nourished! dinner party and will be taking center stage in the side dishes chapter of the upcoming Nourished! cookbook.
Grilled Fruit (serves 12 as a side dish):
6 organic peaches, halved
1 lb large organic strawberries, hulled and kept whole
½ lb figs, stemmed and halved
¼ c extra virgin olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T honey
½ t large flake sea salt or kosher salt
½ t cracked black pepper
2 T chopped, fresh rosemary, plus 1-2 sprigs for garnish
Slice fruit and toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Place fruit piece by piece on a hot grill (as hot as it will go) and flip after 1-2 minutes, once grill marks appear. Figs and strawberries will be ready for a flip before peaches. Remove from grill and keep warm. In a small saucepan, reduce the fruit marinade and juices over low heat for 15-20 minutes. Drizzle over fruit and garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
What is your favorite healthy summer side dish? Share in the comments below!
Dill is the star of this month's Nourished! recipe. I fell in love with dill when I traveled to Turkey for two consecutive summers as part of my cross-cultural internship for my Intercultural Studies degree. The only experience I'd had with dill before those summers was having it sprinkled over my Grandma's potato salad. It was a distinct, peppery taste that I wasn't used to. I had little option, though, to go without it since Turkish cooking is smothered in fresh dill, especially if it's any sort of raw vegetable dish. I quickly began to associate the smell and flavor of dill with my time in Turkey and my mind and palate were changed.
Like all herbs, dill is very low in calories and high in flavor. It specifically contains beneficial levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. Paired with the fresh tomatoes and cucumber here in the salad, you've got yourself an immunity booster!
Enjoy this recipe full of seasonal goodness:
Turkish Tomato and Cucumber Salad
-1 organic cucumber
-2 large tomatoes
-2 large fronds of fresh dill, rinsed and coarsely chopped or 1 t dried dill
-1 T olive oil
-1 T balsamic vinegar
Peel cucumber lengthwise, in stripes (leaving half of the skin intact). Chop cucumbers and tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and combine in medium bowl. Add dill, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss salad and serve cold.