Potato-less Potato Salad with Poached Radishes

Potato-less Potato Salad with Poached Radishes | @withfoodandlove

Potato-less potato salad.

Don’t judge me.

This is something that you want.

No, really.

Keep reading.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m out in Denver. Parading around my old neighborhoods and spending as many hours/minutes/seconds/breaths as I can with my nephew, and all the other people here that I love a lot. It’s Friday and it’s a holiday weekend {yay, summer!} and keeping this light on the words is best for everyone. So let’s jump right into this potato-less potato salad.

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Coconut Green Drink with Pineapple + Mint

Pineapple Mint Coconut Green Drinks | @withfoodandlove

I’m in Denver right now.

I’m writing this as my nephew naps. Catching up on all the last minute work stuffs I have on my plate, handing in freelance assignments, and checking off the essential to-dos on my never-ending {even when I’m on vacation} list. After that happens, I can have a proper break. I haven’t left St. Louis since Italy. I’ve been all work, almost no play. And this little break out west feels right.

Life here is slow and sweet.

Just as I remember it. I plan to cook for my family. Snuggle my nephew up. See some friends who I’ve missed dearly. Drink a lot of coffee. See my favorite band at my favorite venue. Breathe in that fresh mountain air. Virtually detox as much as possible. And hit up as many high-vibe, eat and drink places as I can. Because the Midwest does not exactly boost an impressive number of these.

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short + sweet | Carrot Gazpacho with Turmeric Cream

Carrot Gazpacho with Turmeric Cream | @withfoodandlove

Welcome to another edition of {short + sweet}.

Know that feeling when you are so excited for a major event to happen in your life, like a wedding or a party or a graduation or something super monumental. And then it happens and then it’s over and then you feel mega-depressed about it because it was literally everything you could think about and plan for for months? Is there a word for that? I feel that.

Thursday night was my inaugural pop-up and it was magical and every bit of awesome I imagined and more. Somehow I managed to take photographs in between the madness, and I’m going to post about it soon. For now though, you can get a few glimpses of the event, and listen to some chatter over here. Also! St. Louis friends, my next dinner will be in August. More details on that soon.

A few things making me happy during this short interim of despondency. Coffee and a lot of it. And this vegan turmeric cream, because it makes everything better, srsly. I’ve been drizzling it on toast, salad, roasted veg and everything in between. Raw cashews, blended with Simply Organic‘s freshly ground turmeric and a little salt and pep and that’s it you guys. Simplicity at it’s finest. And, it’s especially delicious over this almost raw, four-ingredient carrot gazpacho.

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Endive Radish Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette + spring ricotta toasts!

Endive Radish Salad + Ricotta Toast | @withfoodandlove

Radish salad on top of toast, because it makes perfect sense. And also because I can’t stop putting salad on everything. Like, pizza. But before we jump into the recipe – let’s talk about some mega-cookbook love.

There were a ton of plant-forward cookbooks released this winter and spring. All of them written by people I love and admire. I wish I could do a full-length post on each one about how wonderful it is, and I tried to do that actually, but I couldn’t find the time to give them all the proper attention they deserved. So here is a list of my favorites to inspire you in the kitchen and to cook and eat all the veg!

Ella’s new beauty, Cut The Sugar. A practical approach to reducing sugar in your diet without feeling deprived. Shelly shared a beautiful citrus and pomegranate salad on her blog from Ella’s book, you can check that recipe out here.

Amanda is a fermentation goddess. In Philly she taught me how to brew my own kombucha, and lacto-ferment my vegetables. She gave me my first scoby, and I had that baby for almost three years! I totally get that fermenting your own veg and brewing your own kombucha could be intimidating. But, Amanda’s new book, Ferment Your Vegetables breaks it all down, in a really beautiful, and easily digestible manner.

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Sweet Spicy Salty Coconut Margaritas + diy sour mix!

Sweet Spicy Salty Coconut Margaritas | @withfoodandlove

I realize this is the second boozy post in a row now, but please indulge me. I really love crafting cocktails. Probably more than I actually like to drink them. It must be all the years I made it as a bartender.

I promise real food is coming next.

In general, I don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And if you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed I don’t really do holiday themed things on my blog. But I was working on cataloging my new recipe index {yes – a new visual recipe index is in the works!} and I realized I don’t have any margarita recipes on my blog. So what better time than today to make that happen.

When it comes to margaritas I almost always choose to drink a classic one, on the rocks, with a salted rim. I rarely stray from that decision. A creamy, coconut margarita isn’t necessarily a flavor combination I’d gravitate towards. But, stepping out of your comfort zone is always encouraged. So, here we are with coconut margaritas on Cinco de Mayo. It all adds up somehow. I promise. Keep reading.

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The Aperitivo with Strawberry + Chamomile

The Aperitivo with Strawberry + Chamomile | @withfoodandlove

You guys, I’m doing a thing.

It’s been something I’ve had my heart set on for a while, but hadn’t really had the resources to let it live. Until now.

First though, let’s start at the beginning. My opinion of St. Louis had to have evolved gradually. But it certainly seemed to have changed drastically overnight. I don’t remember an exact moment in time when it happened. Just one morning I woke up and was like, oh I love it here. I don’t ever want to leave. In one calendar year I went from a reluctant and begrudgingly new Midwesterner to a full-on proud St. Louisan.

I’ve fallen completely in love with every aspect of living in St. Louis. The things that once left me underwhelmed now leave me full and satisfied. Most notably the burgeoning food scene and the beautiful people that make this city vibrant and alive. And for the past year there have been many real conversations in my home about me opening up my own restaurant. But because the length of our stay here is unknown, this seems out of the question. At least for now.

With this blog, I’m living the dream. I love my job. Yet I still have a burning desire to do more. Something more tangible outside of this space. I want to cook for people in real life. I want to foster an affordable, unique dining experience that everyone can enjoy. So with restaurant dreams on hold, I’m launching a pop-up event series! Every six weeks or so a new event/menu/concept will emerge. I’ll be doing the cooking and the serving. And you’ll be doing the eating, drinking, mingling and relaxing. All events will be plant-focused, featuring local Midwestern produce and goods. My first event is titled Late Spring. An intimate, plated dinner, underneath the stars, complete with hand-crafted cocktails and a fire pit.

Tickets are on sale now! For more details, click here.

p.s. If you have an idea for a pop-up or a venue or you’re a purveyor and you’d like to include your goods at my next event, send me a message. I’d love to collaborate!

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short + sweet | Beet + Berry Smoothie Bowls

Beet + Berry Smoothie Bowl | @withfoodandlove

Welcome to another edition of {short + sweet}.

I mentioned that when I was out in LA a few weeks ago, I ate my fair share of berry smoothie bowls. And, I’m still doing a lot of that. This one though is inspired less by my California daydreams and more by what’s growing in my own backyard.

Last year around this time my beds weren’t even built. We were still kind of unpacking boxes, scrambling around, getting acclimated and settling in from our big cross country move. And I don’t think I even planted anything until late May. But this year my spring garden is in, and it’s been consistently warm here for almost two months. Which feels so luxurious when you’re from the east coast. Another notch on the, things I love about St. Louis list.

Spring gardens produce such nourishing foods. A collision of fragile greens and hearty root vegetables. In my beds right now, amongst other things, is kale, beets and my favorite perennial, lemon thyme. The perfect ingredients for berry smoothie bowls. If you’ve never had or smelled lemon thyme please try to make that a priority. It’s the most magical herb, with both sweet and savory applications. Gardening brings me so much joy. It’s a time for me to slow down, focus on a single task, and listen to the birds with the dirt under my feet. Growing your own food is empowering. And meditative. The time I spend out there brings me closer to finding inner peace. If that even is a thing. Do you have a garden? Big or small, even a windowsill herb box counts.

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. I’m headed out to celebrate the earth with the rest of my city at one of my favorite places in all the world. Follow me on Snapchat to see some behind the scenes action of St. Louis Earth Day 2016.

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