Zucchini & Grilled Corn Salad

Oh zucchini, let me count the ways… julienned, coined, grilled, sauteéd, stuffed, kabob-ed, gratin-ed, muffin-ed, pancake-d… (I know I’m missing a few)… Right now, my zucchini method of choice is the simple ribbon. Just raw. Tossed into salads. I mean, how pretty are they? (Also – how pretty are those plates!?) I very often make corn recipes where frozen corn will suffice – but not this time. This is the time of year where my midwestern roots shine through and I say – you need to get your hands on some fresh corn. And then don’t cook it too much. I grilled my…


Mango & Zucchini Lettuce Wraps

As the temps have been rising, I’ve been craving food that’s lighter and colder. Lately we’ve spent most evenings dining al fresco trying to live it up before the 100 degree weather sets in. Chill evenings call for chilled food and these lettuce wraps are just so refreshing…. a beautiful appetizer, or (in our case) a light dinner. The thing I love about Lettuce Wrap Nite is that you can eat lots of them without feeling too guilty. For me, eating light is never about eating less food. I piled this platter full of crispy romaine, julienned zucchini, thinly sliced…


Bright Spring Green Salad

This bright spring salad is a great vegetarian dinner side or lunch! Full of green veggies, soft mozzarella & fresh herbs, it's easy, delicious & make-ahead friendly.

If you’ve been following for awhile, you must know by now that I am a sucker for a patterned plate. Colors and shapes always spark recipe ideas, so I was super excited when the folks from Q Squared approached me to make beautiful food on their beautiful dinnerware. When I first laid eyes on these bright blue Heritage pieces, I knew I’d make a big chopped spring salad with a bounty of fresh spring greens. I blanched some asparagus and tossed it with sweet basil oil, peas, radishes and pistachios. I balanced the crisp veggies with creamy mozzarella, although sliced…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.