in my cupboard: the walnut burger

I will admit that I’m not actually a huge fan of walnuts, so I wasn’t instantly drawn to the Walnut burger but I had the chance to sample it at a food show and it really is delicious. It is so different from the other “veggie” aka soy burgers I’ve had – in a good way!
This burger was made famous at the Trempealeau Hotel restaurant in Trempealeau, WI and is their top-selling item. They serve it on a whole-wheat kaiser roll with sprouts, tomatoes and mayo along with a variety of other ways (think stuffed mushrooms, walnut balls and spaghetti, etc.) I’m also trying to send my parents there for a weekend (the hotel looks adorable) if they can ever get away :)
I know they will be available around the Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa area so check your local co-ops!

I served mine with a salad, broccolini and a spicy sriracha remoulade sauce. In the sauce: 1 Tbsp. sriracha sauce and 1 Tbsp. mayo.
Walnut Burger Ingredients:
Walnuts, cheddar cheese, low fat mozzarella (we are in Wisconsin here….), bread crumbs, onions, tamari, organic eggs, canola oil, herbs and spices.

entertaining

As I was reading an article in the most recent Gourmet, it occurred to me. I was meant to live in the 50’s, host fabulous cocktail parties – complete with a too-cute dress, apron and heels – a dirty martini in one hand and a tray of hors devours  in the other…and while this sounds great to me in theory it didn’t take me too long to realize I would be forced to live without things like my iphone, laptop, blogs etc so I quickly got back to reality. But it is true, there is nothing I like more than having friends over for some cocktails and hors devours.

Here are some of the snacks I made last week:
Roasted & Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes
Eggplant Caponata with Olives & Leek Goat Cheese (amazing)
Italian Meat & Cheese Tray: Marinated fresh Mozzerella, Truffled Italian Cheese & Herb Encrusted Salami
Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Dip and veggies
Everything all together….

summer cocktail: white wine mojito

I came across a recipe for a white wine mojito in a special Whole Foods publication and was instantly inspired! I love wine and I love mojito’s so it was a no-brainer for me.

I changed the recipe a bit and this is what I ended up with:

1 bottle white wine
1 cup sparkling lemonade
1 cup chopped mint leaves
2 limes (sliced and juiced)

Mix in a pitcher with a little ice and drink away (well, in moderation of course!) – this was such a refreshing, fun summer cocktail – perfect for 4th of July celebrations and you could easily add some frozen blueberries and raspberries for an extra festive drink. I will be making this again very soon!

What is your favorite summer cocktail?

review: goraw pumpkin superchips

I bought these chips not knowing if I would like them, some of the “raw crackers” are too flaxy for me. These, however are great! They have agave so there is a hint of sweetness and I actually like snacking on a few with my smoothies.
These crackers are raw, vegan, organic and gluten-free and have pretty good nutritional stats as well:
Per 1 oz – 149 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g fiber
Goraw Pumpkin “Super Chips” Ingredients:
– Sprouted organic pumpkin seeds
– Sprouted organic flax seeds
– organic date
– organic agave nectar
– sea salt
I found these at whole foods but you can also order directly at http://www.goraw.com/