Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

tomatillos

This season’s garden has been a learning lesson. First, I approached it with more pre-thought and planning than I’ve ever put into a garden. I planned seedling start dates, crop yields, test soil pH and balance, and plotted and schemed about every aspect of my would-be bounty. Now, some of that planning time was well spent. I have bell peppers for the first time ever, more arugula than I know what to do with and a gorgeous eggplant plant that I was certain I would kill immediately. All that planning, but it turns out it was a plant that I didn’t plant, didn’t tend to, and thought was a weed initially, that produced my first batch of tomatillos.

Tomatillos, aka “Mexican husk tomatoes”, are a member of the nightshade family; a group of vegetables that also include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Tomatillos are originally from Mexico as the name suggests, and taste like a slightly sweeter version of a green tomato. Slightly tart and citrusy, these fruits need to be peeled out of their husk and are extremely versatile and great in salsas just like this one!

Continue reading

Mini Meatloaves with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

completed

Happy fall everyone! I have to say, this is my favorite season. The golden colors, the crisp bite to the air, the gentleness of the air and the promise of snow, I love it all. This is finally the time when I can start wearing sweaters again, drinking cider like its water and making warming, comfort-food meals. This recipe for mini meatloves with garlic mashed potatoes is a new favorite of mine. It comes together simply, makes for a great dinner and makes some wonderful leftovers for lunch the next day.

Continue reading

It’s Official, Messy Kitchen Happy Belly is OPEN For Business!

IMG_20160401_145910904

I have wonderful news to share today, I have received my official certification from the City of Littleton to become Littleton’s first cottage food producer. Remember these beautiful jams that I teased you all with long ago? Of course you do, and of course, you’ve been dying to buy a batch to share with your friends and family! I’ll be offering:

  • Jams like the strawberry and roasted ginger strawberry shown above and many more
  • Gluten-free baked goods including (but not limited to), brownies, cakes and cupcakes, cookies, pies and bread.

Please visit the Messy Kitchen Store, listed at the top of my home page, to learn more and place your order!! You can view the full menu of items I’m offering by clicking here. 

Sunny Summer Pizza

finished 1

The summer squash are coming in at our community garden. Golden and sweet, their misshapen bodies offer some wonderful summer flavors. After excitedly harvesting several from the thicket of squash leaves, we were faced with the-“well now what?” moment. Grilled with some olive oil and rosemary, these squash are delicious but we wanted something a bit further out of the box, hence the creation of the summer sunny pizza! This light pizza starts with zesty basil pesto, and finishes with creamy fontina cheese and salty, crispy proscuitto. Sure to be a summer favorite, this makes for a beautiful weeknight dinner or an easy meal to share with friends and family.

Continue reading

Honey, Vanilla and Orange Panna Cotta with Fresh Garden Strawberries

finished

The first strawberries of the year are coming in! These berries a small, alpine variety that are jewels of summer sweetness. Pop one in your mouth and you’ll hear the sound of an ice cream truck and feel the cool of your neighborhood pool on a hot July day.

berries

I wanted to do something special with these delicacies and I wanted to make sure that I highlighted them as the star of the show, rather than muddling their flavor. To that end, I went out of the box to create a fresh, colorful summer dessert that shows off the berries and compliments them with other sweets from the earth.

Continue reading

Exciting News! Messy Kitchen is now on SideChef!

logo

In a very exciting turn of events I have been asked to be a Content Partner for the SideChef app! SideChef is a free app for both iOS and Android platforms aimed at helping folks cook at home. The app interactively guides you through recipes from various home cooks and chefs alike. Check it out here: http://www.sidechef.com/

I’ll be joining an impressive list of content partners including Abundant Harvest Organics, BravoTV, Garlic and Zest, Roots CSA, Vincenzo’s Plate, The Edgy Veg, Alexandra Cooks, Vodka and Biscuits, Bob’s Red Mill, Lodge Cast Iron, Bird Pick Tea & Herb, and more!

I’m finishing up my application steps but soon you’ll be seeing the Messy Kitchen logo on the list of partners! Check out the full list here: http://www.sidechef.com/partners/

This blog of mine is always surprising me. Messy Kitchen Happy Belly just started as a fun way to share recipes with friends and now it may be leading me on a different journey. Here’s to exploring all of life’s possibilities!

 

 

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri and Spiced Corn

 

final from topHere’s a great recipe for your Memorial Day celebrations that can be prepared inside or out. This recipe takes skirt steak, a relatively inexpensive cut of beef, and combines it with a flavorful chimichurri sauce to bring out the best in both. The spiced corn is a welcome compliment to the dish’s flavors and adds just a pinch of sweetness.

Continue reading