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Creamy Caramelized Onion Soup

Once I made a soup entirely out of garlic. You could smell me coming from a mile away for weeks. That soup was made with ten bulbs of garlic, bacon drippings, heavy cream and topped with crumbled bacon. Then I served it with homemade bacon-cheddar bread. Whoa, that was one pungent meal. This Creamy Caramelized Onion Soup was inspired by that meal. I wanted to recreate a dairy-free version of the soup but without the intensely, overwhelming garlic. Onions were the answer. The main thing to get right with this is the texture. I’m not a fan of completely pureed foods. You might as well serve a jar of baby food. So the trick is to only puree half and leave the rest in their sautéed state. To add some crunch, I fried up an extra onion and used America’s Test Kitchen recipe for Crispy Onions. SO. Darn. GOOD! This Read More

Local Eats Project / Sustainability

Local Eats Project

Today is National Food Day! Hooray! In honor of this day, I’m launching a new project, the Local Eats Project. Recently I learned that less than 1% of all food purchased in the U.S. comes from famers markets. I want to boost that number! This is the BEST quality food available and too many people are missing out. Food from farmers markets is far more nutritious – for our bodies, our minds, our wallets, our environment, our economies and our consciousness. The Local Eats Project works like this: Once per month I will cook one meal made from 100% local foods, including fat/oil and as many fresh herbs and spices too. I will share the recipe here on Sparkle Kitchen to keep me accountable and to show how simple it is to create a fabulous meal from seasonal ingredients. These are the ground rules: Cook one meal per month using Read More

Appetizer / Dairy-free / Dinner / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo / Side Dish

Steamed Mussels with Leeks, Garlic and White Wine

This salad recipe is part of Selva Beat’s Farm to Table Challenge. The rules: “Make at least one dish, utilizing only items bought at the farmer’s market. Spices and oils excluded, of course.”  And that’s exactly what I did. You can read more here about how I sourced the freshest produce at the farmers market and check out all the other fabulous recipes here. 

20 Minute Meals / Appetizer / Dairy-free / Dinner / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo / Raw / Salad / Side Dish / Vegetarian

Fresh Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad

This salad recipe is part of Selva Beat’s Farm to Table Challenge. The rules: “Make at least one dish, utilizing only items bought at the farmer’s market. Spices and oils excluded, of course.”  And that’s exactly what I did. You can read more here about how I sourced the freshest produce at the farmers market and check out all the other fabulous recipes here. 

Appetizer / Dairy-free / Dinner / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo / Raw / Salad / Side Dish / Sustainability

Meals Straight from the Farmers Market

With early morning dew still on the ground, I grab my reusable grocery bags and I’m out the door. My neighbors are quiet, indulging in a few extra hours of sleep on Saturday morning. The farmers market is waiting and I want the best selection. The market crowds and things can sell out quickly. But I’ve learned this is not the norm in the rest of the country. Only one percent of all food sales come from farmers markets. Most food is bought from grocery stores or the massive super stores. And I get it. They’re convenient, reliable and I understand that people find comfort in the familiar.  Another argument I often hear against famers markets is that it is difficult to make a meal out of items purchased from the famers market alone. It requires multiple shopping trips and people just don’t have the time. Well I’m partnering with Read More