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June 2015



Blueberry Cobbler

Written by , Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Vegetables, Vegetarian


My husband, Tim, is the sweets person in our home. I can devour an entire tray of roasted summer squash, a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips, or a plate of bruschetta. But, when it comes to desserts I just don’t really need them all that often (except the lemon curd with strawberries and meringue that we had for dessert on my birthday… or the homemade vanilla mascarpone and chocolate swirl ice cream bon bons that Tim made for my birthday… I need those right now). So when Tim hollers from the other room that a sweet treat that I’ve made is really good, that’s when I know it’s something worth sharing.


Since it’s tougher to experiment with baking than with regular cooking, I don’t do it all that often. There’s just too much room for error. But, I had success a few weeks ago when I made some whole wheat parsnip cookies, so I adapted those as a starting point for a blueberry cobbler.


Any fruit could be used, depending on what’s in season. But, it’s berry season right now, and we’ve got about 6 pounds of blueberries in the fridge. Some might end up as jam, a few in desserts, but most will just be eaten raw. That’s usually my preferred method for consuming berries.

But, while raw is often best, this cobbler got super thick and syrupy. I might just eat the berry portion on their own if it weren’t for the yummy topping that I can’t get enough of. But, if there’s extra, may I suggest those berries over ice cream? And the cobbler topping, well if there’s extra (I had extra because I used a smaller pan), they make great cookies.


That topping has veggies. Sorrynotsorry. Tim yelled that there were squash and carrots in his cobbler. They won’t make your cobbler taste like vegetables, don’t worry. But, my suggestion is that if you have picky family members who don’t like to see anything green at dessert, just stick to parsnips. They’re not as noticeable.


Other items of note: I used a gluten-free flour blend (from Gluten-Free-Girl and The Chef). You can substitute whole wheat or all purpose if you prefer. I used maple syrup as the only sweetener. No refined white sugar here. I’ve been on a maple syrup kick as of late, using it to sweeten everything from yogurt to coffee. But, honey would be great too. Just remember that honey has a distinct taste and may be a bit sweeter than maple syrup, so adjust accordingly. I might go for half honey, half maple syrup to start.


This is a perfect summer dessert for your next barbecue or picnic, but it can also be enjoyed for breakfast. Just add a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Happy Eating!

Blueberry Cobbler

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Blueberry Cobbler


  • 1/2 C gluten-free flour
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/4 t baking powder, sifted
  • 1/4 t baking soda, sifted
  • 1/8 t cinnamon
  • pinch ginger
  • 1/4 C butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1 C combination of parsnips, carrots, and summer squash (for picky eaters: parsnips are the least visible), grated
  • 1 t lemon zest, chopped
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 T orange juice
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 C blueberries (strawberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, blackberries, apricots, apples, pears, or persimmons may also be used - chopped if larger fruit)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Place a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Whisk flour through ginger. Mix in butter with a pastry blender or fingers until chunks of butter are pea sized or smaller. Add oats through parsnips (if veggies weren't grated already, place butter mixture in the freezer while you grate).
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together maple syrup, egg, and 1 t vanilla extract. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet. Stir to combine. Set dough in the fridge while you do the next step.
  4. Whisk cornstarch through 1/4 t cinnamon. Toss with the fruit. Pour fruit in a greased 6x6 or 8x8 baking dish. Top with a large spoonfuls of dough*. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until topping is no longer gooey and fruit is bubbly and hot (baking time may vary depending on the size of the dish - I used a 6x6 dish). Let stand for 10-20 minutes before serving.


* Extra dough may be dropped onto an ungreased baking sheet and baked for 12 minutes, cooled for 5 min on the baking sheet, and then cooled on a cooling rack.



June 2015



Fennel Pizza

Written by , Posted in Baking, Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grilling, Herbs, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Main Dishes, Pizza, Quick and Easy, Vegetables, Vegetarian


It can be tough to transition from one season to the next. I never quite know what I’m in the mood for… Do I still want a hearty winter veggie soup, or am I ready for snap peas and asparagus? I have a few go to dishes that make the transition a bit easier and blur the lines, if you will. Things like pasta, soup, stir fry, shepherd’s piechicken pot pie, and enchiladas all work well no matter what the season.

So does pizzaaaa!

Ridiculously well.

One of the great things about pizza is how adaptable it is. For example, you could exchange the regular crust for gluten-free, make a cauliflower crust, use corn tortillas, or even grill some eggplants and top them with sauce and veggies. You can omit the cheese, change the veggies, and add more herbs. You can grill it, bake it, or cook it in a skillet.

Hello versatility!

Today I went with the spring variation. It was perfect for what we got in the Abundant Harvest Organics box this week: fennel, carrots, and basil.


I adapted this crust and cooking method recipe. It’s become a staple in our home. The crust freezes well and is a synch to make.


The recipe calls for stove top cooking, then finishing in the oven. But, it’s too hot for the oven today, so I just covered it and left it on the stove for a couple of minutes.


This allowed the veggies to soften just a bit, but they still had some crunch. If you don’t like crunchy veggies on your pizza, no problem. Just do a quick sauté before you top the pizza. You can even use the same skillet. Just wipe out any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the skillet before adding more oil and your crust.


Here are my variations by season:



Everything feels fresh and new, bursting with color and flavor. Depending on how early it is in spring, I may want to use thinly shaved asparagus instead of summer squash, bright green peas instead of fennel. But, because we’re actually right smack in the middle of one of these transition periods, I’m using what’s in season, and thankful for every bite.

Toppings: Summer squash, carrot, fennel.

Herbs: Basil and parsley (after cooking) and fennel fronds (before cooking).

Sauce: Olive oil and garlic.

Cheese: Cheddar and parmesan, or ricotta and parmesan.

Method: Skillet, grill, or oven.



During the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, I love to have a simple pizza. I would probably choose 2-3 of the toppings, so the pizza isn’t overwhelmed. I want light and easy. Serve it with a quick salad of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and chopped almonds, with a balsamic-olive oil vinaigrette for a perfect summer treat.

Toppings: Summer squash, tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, or eggplant.

Herbs: Basil (after cooking) and thyme (before or after cooking… any time… get it?!).

Sauce: Tomato.

Cheese: Mozzarella, cheddar, or feta.

Method: Skillet or grill.



It’s finally cooled down (ahem, maybe, depending on where you live – around here fall is the hottest time of year). The first root veggies are starting to appear. Things like beets, cozy sweaters, and hot chocolate are exciting again. For this pizza, I would go for everything listed.

Toppings: Arugula (or kale or mâche), suuuuuper thinly sliced beets, halved cherry tomatoes, and a smidge of horseradish.

Herbs: Cilantro and chives (after cooking).

Sauce: Tomato.

Cheese: Blue, mozzarella, parmesan, or feta.

Method: Oven, skillet, or grill.



It’s cold! I want something hearty and filling.

Toppings: Really thinly sliced sweet potatoes and cauliflower, swiss chard (or spinach, mustard greens, collards, or kale)

Herbs: Rosemary (before cooking).

Sauce: Olive oil and garlic.

Cheese: Blue, parmesan, or feta.

Method: Oven or skillet.

Happy Eating!

Fennel Pizza

Yield: 2

Fennel Pizza


  • 2 personal sized pizza crusts
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne (optional)
  • garlic, minced
  • summer squash, very thinly sliced
  • carrot, very thinly sliced
  • fennel, very thinly sliced
  • fennel fronds, torn
  • 1 C cheese, grated (cheddar and parmesan mixture)
  • fresh herbs (basil, parsley, and thyme), chopped or whole


  1. Top crust with olive oil through cheese.
  2. Cook using your favorite method. If grilling or cooking in a skillet, cook one side for 2-3 minutes first, flip, then add toppings. Cook for 2-3 minutes more, and either cover with a lid or cover the grill and turn the heat to low or off and cook for about 1-2 minutes more.
  3. Remove from pan and top with fresh herbs.



January 2015



Bulgur Wheat with Sausage and Apples

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Grains, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Quick and Easy, Rice, Sausage, Vegetables


I am a big fan of quick weeknight dinners. I’m all for slow-cooked, braised, take the whole afternoon to cook kinda meals. But, most weekdays I’m tired, there are dirty dishes in the sink, and I just want to eat something. Now.

This dish kinda has it all. It’s simple, but satisfying. Especially if you have some crusty bread with butter to go alongside. We did not, but maybe if I plan ahead for eating the leftovers we will. 😉


Bulgur wheat is one of my go-tos. It’s similar tasting to brown rice, but cooks quicker. Also, bulgur is a fun word to say. The dog is staring at my while I repeat it to myself right now.


I made this over the summer for the first time. I used zucchini. Since it’s winter and I had a bunch of carrots in my garden, that’s what I used this time. They went nicely with the apple-sausage combination I had going on. I think butternut squash or sweet potatoes would also taste great, if that’s what you have on hand.


While the bulgur cooks, the rest of the meal comes together. It’s a really quick and easy dinner to prepare. A little chopping, two pots, and you’re ready to go.


I added a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt and a splash of whole milk for creaminess. And the first time I made it, I added some parmesan cheese. I didn’t have any this time, but if I did, I’d definitely add it, so I left it in the recipe.


We will probably have the leftovers for dinner tonight, even though I haven’t figured out the bread situation.

Happy Eating!

Bulgur Wheat with Sausage and Apples

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 3 or so.

Bulgur Wheat with Sausage and Apples


  • 1 C bulgur wheat (I used coarse) (could use brown rice or quinoa to make it gluten-free - adjust cooking time accordingly)
  • 2 C water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 C carrots* (or zucchini in the summer), chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2 C apple, chopped
  • 2 fully cooked sausage links (I used Argentine inspired), removed from casing (could substitute lentils to make it vegetarian)
  • 2-3 T Greek or plain yogurt
  • splash whole milk (any kind you like - cow, almond, coconut...)
  • 1/2 C parmesan, grated (optional)
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  • *butternut squash, pumpkin, mushrooms, corn, cabbage, onion, celery, leeks, spinach, or tomatoes would also be yummy additions. Cooking time may vary depending on the type of veggies used.


  1. Bring the bulgur and water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook partially covered for about 15-20 min or so (or until tender).
  2. Heat a pan, add the olive oil, and when it's hot, add the carrots, some salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the apple and cook for about 5 minutes more. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes more, or until the sausage is heated through.
  3. Stir in the yogurt, milk, and parmesan. Cook for 1-2 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  4. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.



June 2014



Aaaand We’re Back… With Squash’n Eggs

Written by , Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Dinner, Eggs, Gluten Free, Herbs, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Main Dishes, Quick and Easy, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian



So simple.

So simple that I didn’t think about posting this until I’d started chopping the zucchini…

I mean, it’s eggs. It’s squash. It’s cheese.

There is fresh savory. You could use any fresh herb that pairs well with eggs.

It’s so simple.

But, then I thought, you might need simple. Right? For those lunches or dinners when there’s just nothing to make… then you spy the carton of eggs.

Eggs and pasta (sometimes together) have rescued many a meal at my house.


Squash is gonna be around for a while. I don’t like to eat the same thing, prepared the same way, over and over again.

This is not the same old squash.

These may be the best eggs I’ve had in a long time. Ok, except for the Eggs Benedict that I tried for the first time a few weeks ago. Right. I almost forgot. Those were excellent. Let’s call it a close second.


It all starts with some butter. Many of my favorite meals start with butter. I used salted butter. Unsalted will work fine too, just add a bit more salt to the dish.

A heap of zucchini (or whatever squash you have on hand) is plomped into the hot buttery skillet to cook on its own for a few minutes.


When the eggs join in they don’t need too long to cook, so don’t forget about them.


What really makes this dish is a bit of extra sharp cheddar cheese that’s sprinkled in. But it doesn’t just melt on top, it’s stirred in, so maybe there will be some crispy bits. Those are the best part.



That’s it. Done. Easy as… eggs.


Serve with some fruit, some homemade blueberry jam laden toast, and you’re golden.

Happy Eating!

Squash ‘n Eggs
Recipe Type: Main, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Eggs, Squash, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Vegetables, Quick and Easy
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
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Serves: 1
A delicious, quick, and easy way to use summer squash, while making the best eggs.
  • 1 T salted butter
  • 1 C summer squash*, chopped
  • 1/2 t savory (or any fresh herb that compliments eggs: dill, basil, chives, parsley, tarragon, thyme), chopped
  • pinch salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 C sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Heat a skillet over medium. Add butter. When butter is hot, add squash, savory, and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Whisk eggs, milk, and salt in a bowl. Add to the skillet. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until eggs are mostly set, stirring occasionally.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese, then stir cheese in. Cook 1 minute more.
*Depending on what’s in season, other veggies could be added, like: bell peppers, broccoli, greens, tomatoes, radishes…




October 2013



For a Simple Supper – Argentine Sausage with Zucchini and Bulgur Wheat

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Grains, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Thoughts, Vegetables

ArgentineSausageBulgurWheatI really love to menu plan. But that doesn’t mean that things always go the way I have intended. Sometimes it means grilled cheese or some sort of re-heated leftovers from the freezer. But, occasionally inspiration hits and a new meal is concocted.

This is such a meal.




We tried this Argentine sausage a while ago. I absolutely love it. It may be my new favorite. I don’t know why I had never tried it before. I didn’t know what I was missing. Now I do. We had a lot of zucchini in the fridge. It needed to be eaten. Perfect, because I wanted to eat it. And then we had bulgur wheat in the pantry. I bought it aaaaaages ago, thinking I would do something with it and never did. I was going to use rice in this meal, but why not switch it up?!

It comes together in a snap. Yeah, the bulgur wheat takes a while to cook, just like rice. But it’s not really that long. Pop it on the stove and then work on the rest. They’ll probably be done closer to the same time than you may have expected.

If you have other veggies that you want to use, I think that’s a good idea. If you have Italian sausage instead of Argentine, please use it! The basics of this dish are that it’s a grain, with some veggies, nuts, a bit of cheese, some fresh herbs, and some excellent olive oil.


If you don’t have something in this recipe on hand – here are some other ideas that could work well:
Italian sausage, red pepper flakes, chopped rosemary, lemon zest, broccoli, and bulgur wheat or rice.
German sausage, onions, dijon mustard, parsley, dill, and bulgur wheat or rice.
Italian sausage, kale, onions, bell peppers, red pepper flakes, thyme, bulgur wheat or rice, with a drizzle of cream when you serve.
So many ways you could transform this simple dish.

Argentine Sausage with Zucchini and Bulgur Wheat
Recipe Type: Main, Easy, Dinner, Meat, Vegetables
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time:
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1 C bulgur wheat
  • 2 C vegetable stock (water or chicken stock are fine too)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 Argentine sausages, cut into rounds
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 t red pepper flakes
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 T fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped, for topping
  • parmesan cheese, grated, for topping
  • 1/4 C walnuts, chopped, for topping
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  1. Cook wheat (similar to cooking rice): Add stock and wheat to a medium pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Heat skillet, add oil. When oil is hot, add sausage and zucchini (if using fully cooked sausage – if not, cook sausage until it’s almost done and then add zucchini). Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Add seasonings, lemon juice, and garlic to skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add wheat and herbs. Stir and cook 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with tomato, walnuts, parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of excellent olive oil.

Happy Eating!