Sunday, January 8, 2012

Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad

It's the new year, which means that everyone could probably use some detoxing to reset and recover from the holidays, which have inevitably wreaked havoc on our bodies. I'm in Week 2 of my DIY Clean Program cleanse, so I have been stocking up on great recipes for whole, healthy eating, such as this one, and will be posting a collection soon for anyone in need of some detox recipe inspiration. But, for now, let me rave about one of my favorite recipe finds so far— a leafy green salad topped with roasted almonds, Parmesan and a tangy vinaigrette.

Whether you're cleansing, dieting or simply making an effort to eat healthier, this recipe provides a tasty way to stay on track. Packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber and low in cholesterol, fat and sodium, it's a veritable nutritional powerhouse.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Caramel Corn with Smoked Almonds & Fleur de Sel

Happy 2012, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Mine busy, but filled with lots of friends, family, and of course, delicious food, so I can't complain. I have quite a few posts coming that I'm really excited about. Some may be completely new to D*lish (hint, hint: crafts) and some will most likely be out of order, so bear with me. Anyway, on to the recipe at hand, caramel corn!

I'm not usually a huge fan of popcorn and all it's variations, but when I saw this recipe for caramel corn as part of Graham Elliot's tree-trimming menu for Epicurious, I knew I had to give it a try. I think Graham Elliot is a genius (if you're out there, I love you!) and upon dining at his restaurant several months ago, I was a popcorn convert. Instead of bread and butter, Elliot serves dangerously addictive truffle popcorn with Parmesan and chives. I was stuffed before the 10-course meal even began!

My friend, Emily, hosted a New Year's Eve party at her apartment this past weekend and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out this gourmet take on a carnival classic. Let me say, it did not disappoint. It was whimsical and delicious with a lovely crunch. After the first bite, I was hooked.