Balsamic Mushroom Tart with Parsley-Walnut Pesto

The Kitchen Beet - Balsamic Mushroom Tart

Say  hello to your next favorite appetizer (or dinner, or snack). I realize that’s kind of a bold statement, but unless mushrooms aren’t your friend, I’d suggest you plan on taking this to your next gathering. Of course, you’ll have to taste test it first. (Be responsible!) And then you might have to taste test it again, just to ensure the first time wasn’t a fluke. And then you’ll know. It’s really just awesome.

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Rainy Day Soup: Asparagus, Broccoli and Zucchini with Red Lentils

The Kitchen Beet - Asparagus, Zucchini, Broccoli, Red Lentil Soup

I secretly don’t mind the occasional rainy day as spring turns to summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love sunny, breezy days as much has the next person who puts up with six months of Michigan winter. Azure skies and hot temperatures beg for activities I love – we must go to the beach, spend afternoons at the pool, hike, bike and dine out on the deck while we can! But there’s something about a rainy day that makes me feel like the appropriate thing to do is spend the entire day in the kitchen, with a pot simmering while I work on other food prep. I love the warming flavors of ginger, turmeric and cayenne in this soup, and most of the veggies can be purchased at early summer market.

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Spring Greens Power Bowl

The Kitchen Beet - Spring Green Power Bowl

The first week of June has garnered greater enthusiasm from me during these past few years, thanks to our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). It just started! Twenty-two weeks of beautiful produce! My love for supporting local farmers is apparent, and fresh, in-season food just tastes better. Our CSA has also challenged me to create dishes using ingredients I might otherwise not pick up (hello, kohlrabi).

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Farmer’s Market Love: Asparagus-Shallot-Tomato Salad

The Kitchen Beet :: Asparagus-Shallot-Tomato Salad

If you’ve been following my Instagram feed lately, my Farmer’s Market obsession is apparent. Our Opening Day was this past Wednesday, and I had been looking forward to it like a kid counting down for a holiday. I love the community that gathers at our beautiful market space, our ability to support local farmers, and the dirt I find in between radish leaves, reminding me these vegetables were just picked. There is something about seasonal eating that feels so right and natural – of course we should be eating food that hasn’t traveled far, supports our neighbor and was harvested just now because it was time to harvest, not because we were forcing it.

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Welcome to the “Even My Sisters Can Make It” Files: Southwest Quinoa with Spinach and Avocado

The Kitchen Beet :: Southwest Quinoa

I have four sisters, but none of them live in the same state as I do. Heather is the one you’d want to decorate your house, or make you a perfect cup of coffee. Sarada is the one you’d turn to for legal advice, and makes things simple when we’re all trying to be too complicated. Heidi can tell you anything you want to know about horses, and she gives the best shoulder rub. Hayley has the perfect accessory for any of your fashion woes, and she always cleans up my kitchen messes, so she might be my favorite to cook for! That’s my role. The maker of food. I count it a high compliment when I walk into one of my sister’s houses and they have ripe avocados, lime and garlic waiting for me on the counter. “Make us guacamole?!”

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