My Minty Strawberry and Raspberry Shortcake is like a Summery slap to the face. Slightly sweet, spongy cake builds the foundation for all of that sweet, strawberry goodness sandwiched with layers of fluffy homemade vanilla whipped cream. Each bite breaths little wisps of refreshing mint over your tongue and through your nose.
Last week I had the privilege of teaching a kids cooking class to the girls at The Settlement Home, a children’s agency in Austin. The Settlement Home’s mission is to promote healing and growth by providing a continuum of care, support, and resources. These classes are the most fulfilling work I’m doing right now.
When it comes to culinary standards and technique I am a great proponent of understanding the basics, knowing why we cook the way we cook, and setting a personal standard of excellence for the food I feed my family. At the same time, however, I am a busy mom with a career, side projects and volunteer work, and 3-4 hungry mouths to feed at any given moment.
Do you ever just want something quick and easy, but comforting and full of flavor for dinner? Oh sure, you do! Pasta salad is one of my favorite quick and easy meals to showcase all of the fresh healthy vegetables that are in season during the Summer months. Bonus points if you have access to fresh, home-grown vegetables!
This mushroom asparagus mascarpone pasta was a big hit in our house. Dijon and mascarpone perfectly balance each other and melt into tangy, savory, saucy goodness. The mushrooms add a meaty texture while the asparagus adds a bright crisp crunch. Make mouths water with this filling vegetarian dish that is brimming flavor.
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