Fill your belly, fill your heart.

You can’t possibly imagine how excited I am to bring you the very first cooking video!

(!!!!!!! This needs more exclamation points!!!!!!!)

I have a Valentine’s Day themed show, and today you’ll learn to make Moroccan (heart)Beet Salad and Sauteed Purple Kale.

(Disclaimer: As the first video, it was also a lesson in lighting, angle, and amount of spoken information. I’m learning and am looking forward to improving for the next video! Please bear with me as I get the hang of this – I’m doing everything by myself!)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 (not part 2…. as it says in the beginning… I was too excited to count!)

Moroccan (heart)Beet Salad


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar (as a substitute for honey)
  • 1 Tbsp dijon (spicy brown) mustard
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bunches beets, with greens intact (if you choose to use them)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup red beans (or lentils; chick peas)
  • 1 red pear, diced

Put quinoa in a pot with the water. Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and turn heat to medium-low. Cook until all water is evaporated, about 15-20 minutes. Cut green stems off beets. Put whole beets into a pot so they are covered in water. Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and turn heat to medium-low. Cook until beets are soft and can be easily pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes. Remove the stalk from the beet greens so you have only the leafy green part. Run your knife through the stems to make smaller slices. Steam the greens until done, about 4-5 minutes.

Add tomato, beans and pear to a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients. When beets are done cooking, cut off stems and tails and peel the skins. Slice into 1/2-inch thick discs. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the beets to make the heart shape. Add quinoa to the mixing bowl with half the dressing and stir. Add greens and beets to the bowl with the remaining dressing, and stir.

***OOPS! I shot the entire video only to realize afterwards I had been saying the incorrect ingredient the entire time – woopsies! So anytime you hear me say “cous cous”, please substitute that for QUINOA (pronounced “keen-wa”). Quinoa is the grainy ingredient used in this recipe!***

Sauteed Purple Kale

  • 1 bunch purple kale
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, cut in half and sliced lengthwise
  • 3 cloves garlic (or less to taste) minced
  • pinch hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Cut stems off kale, roughly chop the leaves. Steam until done, about 3-5 minutes. Heat oil in a skillet. Add onion and sautee for about 8 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic, vinegar, and red pepper flakes and stir about 1-2 minutes. Add steamed kale and toss with ingredients for 2-3 minutes.

Thanks for watching! Your support has meant the world to me!

For You, my Loves… Valentine’s gift ideas!

I’ve spent the whole morning organizing, cooking and shooting the very first video! Please check back in a few days to learn to make a beautiful Valentine’s Day meal.

Until Then…

I was cruising around  for some last-minute gift ideas, and found these lovelies. The best gifts are always homemade, but who doesn’t love chocolate or beautiful art? And remember: loving yourself above all else is a good enough reason to get a little something for you!

Let’s start with chocolate, shall we?  I absolutely adore savory chocolate, so this bottle of Cocoas Passion blend of chocolate and chili pepper makes me salivate. Mix some of this cocoa blend with the non-dairy milk of your choice for a yummy and hot (wink-wink) treat. From: Beyond the Grain $5.50

Letterpress art is so graphic and beautiful! This gorgeous piece will hold it’s own even after the holiday has passed. Check out the rest of the shop for more equally adorable and sentimental posters. From: Roll & Tumble Press $20.00

Who doesn’t love a sexy, lip-lock kiss? You’ll probably get a lot more of them if you get this pretty necklace for your sweetheart. (Take a look at the custom pet-tags too! Pierogi would look so handsome with that rocket ship.) From: Ya Betta’ Supa Don’t $30.00

Speaking of smooches, this gorgeous hand-cut silhouette art will always remind you of the sorts of kisses that are so good, you actually want to kick your leg out from behind you. Tina’s shop has many more papercuts, as well as using this image in a beautiful pendant necklace. From: Tina Tarnoff $70.00

I’ll admit, I was searching for a gorgeous retro-inspired apron for myself when I came across these beauties. So cute, so kitschy, and also quite sexy in a very pin-up way. Imagine yourself wearing one of these babies with heels and just, like, mixing cake batter or vacuuming. I thought I read the price incorrectly, but no! they really are that affordable.  From: Apron Queen  $24.95

Any hot, steamy beverages (it is Valentine’s Day after all, and most things tend to be hotter and steamier than usual) would do well to be served in this absolutely stunning work of art. This handcrafted ceramic mug has typewriter font and the circled letters spell LOVE. Abstract and practical. Be sure to check out the “wall pillows” in the shop for very unique wall decor.  From: Stepanka $34.00

As mentioned, I have a weakness for letterpress art. And like any sappy girl who grew up with the late 1990’s emo scene, I love romantic poetry. Here is a collection of three individual cards, each printed with a poem by Neruda, Creeley and cummings. These would be perfect as a framed collection, or to give to as sentimental, romantic gifts.  From: Lark Press $12.00

I suppose there are many things one can do with chocolate sauce. Dip strawberries, cover your tofutti ice cream sundae, eat it right out the jar. It is Valentine’s day after all, but I want to keep this a family-friendly blog. So anything else you can do with a yummy vegan chocolate sauce is up to you… From: Emmys Organics $6.99

There is something inherently cute and fun about regular objects or foods made into candles or soap. In this case, it’s the latter and it looks as delicious as it smells (don’t eat!). Chocolate and pink coconut cream puffs as SOAP made from all natural, vegan ingredients. Every order is a set of three. From: Verbena Custom Blends $14.00

Hurry quick if you’d like any of these gifts in time for Valentine’s Day!