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My Favorite Lentil Salad

Lentils are a funny little legume. They’re teeny tiny little bits of awesome. They aren’t particularly pretty or glamorous, but lentils are affordable and nourishing. Bonus: lentils are also super delicious.

I cook with lentils often. And by often, I mean I make the same two lentil recipes over and over and over again: this Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup with Cilantro and Bacon and this crazy delicious Lentil Salad. I’m sorry to all other lentil salads out there, but this is my favorite lentil salad. It’s just so unexpected and awesome. The lentils are mixed with dried cranberries, capers, goat cheese, greens, and a phenomenal dressing that uses every spice in the cabinet. (If you think I’m kidding, look at the recipe. So. Many. Spices.)

I don’t know what else to say about this lentil salad. It’s wonderful and delicious and I make it all the time. I love it, my husband loves it, even the baby loves it. Just give it a try, and I bet this will quickly become your favorite lentil salad. Just make sure your spice pantry is well-stocked before you attempt to make the dressing because it uses a LOT of spices. (I noticed that this recipe really taps into “The C Spices”: cardamom, cayenne, cloves, coriander, cumin, cinnamon. So if you find yourself making this salad without a recipe, just toss in all the c spices and a few others and you’ll be fine!)

Oh, one last note! The original recipe calls for dried lentils (which then have to be cooked), but I’m lazy and I skip that step and just buy the pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s and thus this salad is the easiest EVER. No cooking required. Thank goodness for the magic of TJ’s. 


my favorite lentil salad with goat cheese, cranberries, capers and spinach |


My Favorite Lentil Salad


  • Salad:
  • 1 pound cooked lentils
  • 1 shallot, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup capers
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • A few handfuls of arugula or spinach
  • Optional add ins: fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped pecans or almonds, green onions.

  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg


  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a small mason jar and give it a good shake until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked lentils, dried cranberries, capers, and sliced shallots. Toss with the dressing. Gently fold in the greens and half of the crumbled goat cheese, stir to coat. Before serving, crumble the rest of the goat cheese atop the salad. Serve at room temperature.
  3. This salad keeps well in the fridge for a few days.


Adapted from My New Roots






Pickled Nectarine and Burrata Salad

I blinked.

I blinked and suddenly it’s September.

I blinked and summer is already fading into fall. There are leaves on the ground and sweaters in stores.

I blinked and my baby is suddenly feeling less and less like a baby. Margot Louise will be a year old next month. (How did that happen?!) She refuses to crawl, but she is so close to walking. She is fierce and funny and stubborn and independent. She jabbers all day long. She devours (most) everything I put in front of her. She’s obsessed with my soba noodle salad and roasted sweet potatoes (with a touch of cinnamon and coconut oil). She hates blueberries.

She makes me feel all the things. (And now, a gratuitous cute baby pic!)

margot louise

Despite my best attempts, the blog has largely been ignored. I’ve been cooking and eating and eating and cooking. (If you don’t believe me, peep my Instagram feed.) I just haven’t written a darn thing. I warned you this might happen, and I had every intention of proving myself wrong. It turns out that I was right all along.

I’ve made this pickled nectarine and burrata salad at least 3 times this summer (and have been meaning to post the recipe for weeks!). The grocery store next to my house started carrying burrata cheese and I have very mixed feelings about this development. The problem is that burrata is so incredibly delicious and I want to eat it all the time. However, burrata ain’t cheap. You’ve heard the expression “champagne taste on a beer budget”? Well, I’d like to change that expression to “Burrata taste on a Velveeta budget”. I love me some burrata cheese, but my wallet does not.

That being said, this salad is totally delicious and the creamy burrata mixed with the pickled nectarines is OUT OF THIS WORLD. The cheese is worth every penny. (Note: if you can’t find burrata cheese or would like a more affordable substitution, fresh mozzarella would also work nicely in this salad!)

So, soak up the last of summer while you still can. Buy all the nectarines and all the burrata cheese and eat this salad every night of September. (Ok, that might not be the reasonable choice. However, I implore you to make this salad while nectarines are ripe and in season. Get on it!)

pickled nectarine and burrata salad |

Pickled Nectarine and Burrata Salad

Serving Size: Makes 2 plated salads


  • 2 nectarines, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • Fresh urrata cheese


  1. Mix together vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar and nutmeg. Combine nectarines and red onion in a small bowl and pour vinegar mixture over the fruit. Set aside and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour.
  2. Drain nectarines and onions (reserve liquid). Combine the fruit and onions with arugula, mint, and basil. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of pickling liquid with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Toss the arugula and nectarine mixture with the dressing.
  3. To plate, place a small portion of burrata in the center of a shallow bowl. Arrange salad around the burrata cheese. Drizzle with a bit of extra olive oil or dressing. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with crostini or crusty bread.

 Recipe adapted from Epicurious


Warm Curried Cauliflower Salad with Dried Cranberries, Cilantro, and Almonds

The other day I confessed to my husband that the blog is stressing me out. I know that I’ve neglected the blog recently, and that my posts are spotty and infrequent. I just feel so guilty about it. It sucks. But you know what else sucks? Feeling guilty about my blog. Frankly, it’s just stupid. I started this blog because I was working at a job I didn’t like and I desperately needed a creative outlet. I found so much joy in cooking and I wanted to share that joy with others. So, I cooked and I wrote and I found so much freedom in the process.

But here I am, nearly 5 years later and my life has changed drastically. I quit my job and started my own freelance marketing business. I started working for a farmer’s market. I had a baby.

In addition, blogging has changed. It’s become much more of a business. It feels much less like a community, and more like a competition. It’s become about imagery and props and styling, not about content. To be honest, I’m a little tired of it. I’ve been mulling over these thoughts for awhile, and then I read a recent post by Michelle at Hummingbird High and it really resonated with me. She spoke honestly about her thoughts on blogging, and it was refreshing to read someone speak openly and honestly about the current state of the blog world.

When I started this blog, I was working a 9-5 desk job. Blogging was strangely easier in those days, as I would come home after work and would work out the frustrations of the day in the kitchen. It was the best kind of therapy. These days, I don’t have set work hours. I’m a stay-at-home mom, sort of. I’m also a working professional, and I love my work. I’m juggling a lot. I have eight hours of childcare a week. Eight.

The reality is, I just don’t have a lot of time to devote to the blog right now and I feel I need to take a little time and reassess my priorities. I want to write and post for the right reasons, not out of stress or obligation. I started this blog because it was really good for me. It brought me a lot of joy and satisfaction. (It certainly wasn’t a source of stress!) I need to get back to that place.

Lest you panic, I’m not shutting down the blog. I promise, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still post recipes, but I’ll post when I feel it makes sense. I’ll post when I feel inspired. I’ll post when I find a little spare time. I’ll post when my kid starts napping regularly and gives me a few hours to myself. ;)

I’m still here, I just need a little reboot.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for understanding. Chances are, I’ll post more frequently now that I’ve gotten this off my chest.

I feel better already.


warm curried cauliflower salad |




1 head cauliflower

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro

1/4 cup slivered almonds

4 green onions, sliced thinly

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1.5 tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste



Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with foil or Silpat.

Trim the cauliflower into small (half inch or inch) florets.

Mix together the olive oil, spices, and minced garlic. Toss cauliflower florets with oil and spice mixture, making sure that cauliflower is well coated.

Place cauliflower on lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, flipping once, or until fork tender and browning along the edges.

Remove cauliflower from oven and allow to cool slightly. Toss with dried cranberries, almonds, cilantro, and green onions. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve warm. (Note: I squeezed a little lime juice over the top of the salad before serving and it was delicious!)

Shredded Brussels Sprout Caesar with Bacon

The first time I made this Brussels sprout Caesar salad was for Thanksgiving dinner. I posted a photo of the salad on my Instagram feed, and a couple of people asked if I’d be sharing the recipe. I responded with a resounding yes, and let them know that I’d be posting the recipe the following week.

That was 3 months ago. (But who’s counting?!?)

As I’ve said time and time again, this business of having a baby is time consuming. It’s completely awesome, but it takes every spare ounce of energy that I can muster. And when I do finally get a few moments to myself, I have to use that time very wisely (i.e. working on projects for my clients, taking a shower, doing laundry, etc.) The ole blog tends gets left in the dust.

But, I am determined to get back in the saddle. I’ve been cooking a lot lately, and it feels great. I’m still trying to find the time and energy to photograph and write about food, but I’m getting there. Baby steps, people. Baby steps. (Please tell me you’re reading this in Bill Murray’s voice. What About Bob? is the best.)

So, it took me 3 months to get around to posting this Brussels sprout Caesar salad recipe. This salad is worth the wait, I promise. It’s all of the best things, tossed together into one tasty salad: Brussels sprouts seared in bacon fat, mixed with a tangy yogurt Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, and crispy bacon.

Folks, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Brussels Sprout Caesar with Bacon |


Shredded Brussels Sprout Caesar with Bacon

A warm Caesar salad, made with shredded Brussels sprouts, crispy bacon, and a tangy yogurt Caesar dressing. Adapted from


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced very thin
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 anchovies, minced
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. First, cook the bacon. (I’m more of a stovetop bacon kind of girl, but feel free to cook the bacon to your liking!) Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat, flipping once, until the fat renders and the bacon is good and crispy. When ready, remove the bacon from the skillet and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan, and pour off the rest of the grease.
  2. Next, make the dressing. In a food processor or blender pulse together the greek yogurt, anchovies, garlic, mustard, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste, and adjust seasonings if needed.
  3. Heat skillet with reserved bacon grease over medium heat. Toss shredded Brussels sprouts in the pan, making sure to evenly coat with bacon grease. Cook the sprouts for 4-6 minutes, until warm and browning along the edges.
  4. Remove sprouts from the skillet and toss with a few spoonfuls of the dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with grated parmesan cheese and crumble bacon over the top of the salad. Serve warm, with an extra dusting of freshly grated black pepper.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt and Thyme

I’ve officially been a mom for over 3 months. Time flies when you’re having fun, and it especially flies when you’re sleep deprived and love-drunk on a tiny little human. Motherhood is crazy that way.

Right at the 3 month mark, I felt a distinct change. I started to feel normal again. The baby started sleeping a night (for more than a couple of hours at a time!). I wasn’t a pro at motherhood, by any means, but I felt like I was getting the hang of things. And that’s precisely when disaster struck: my computer died. My hard drive failed and the data was deemed unrecoverable. Thankfully, I had a lot saved to cloud storage and have hard copies of some of my important documents and photos. It certainly could have been a lot worse. But, still. My computer died. It wasn’t fun.

Then, in the midst of dealing with the fallout from my computer dying, the baby got her first cold. I know, I know. It’s just a cold. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but somehow it is? They’re just so little and tiny and helpless and it’s hard to see them feel crummy. And, when the baby feels crummy she doesn’t sleep well (and when the baby doesn’t sleep well, nobody sleeps well). So, that wasn’t fun either.

I could tell you more about my rotten week, but it would probably bore you. You know how it is. Sometimes life is exhausting and unpredictable, and you just have to go with it. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. And that, my friends, is exactly how I’ll segue way into talking about this cookie recipe. (Like how I did that?!?)

Truth be told, I had a lot of recipes and ideas to share with you all. And then my computer died, and a lot of those recipes/photos/etc died with it. So, I went back to the drawing board and I found myself wanting to make something simple, classic, and comforting. So I made a big ole batch of dark chocolate chunk cookies. These cookies are nothing new or exciting, but they were exactly what I needed. They’re rich and chewy, speckled with dark chocolate, sea salt, and thyme. I can say with all honesty that these are the best cookies I have ever made

One of these days, I’ll get back to blogging regularly. I’ll (hopefully) post inspiring seasonal recipes and drool-worthy photos. I’ll find my rhythm and I’ll find the time. Until then, please enjoy this chocolate chip cookie recipe.

dark chocolate chunk cookies | rosemarried



Recipe inspired by Baking Bird


2 sticks salted butter, softened

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

12 ounces (or more!) of quality dark chocolate*, roughly chopped

Optional: flake sea salt, for sprinkling atop the cookies

*I used a mixture of random dark chocolate bars I had in the pantry, but most of the chocolate was from local chocolate purveyor, Woodblock Chocolate.



Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.

In a large bowl (or the base of a stand mixer), mix together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until combined.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and thyme. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix until combined. Fold in the dark chocolate chunks.

Spoon the dough into evenly sized balls (about 1 tablespoon each), and place 2″ apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and cool cookies on a wire rack. Top with flake sea salt, if desired.



Turmeric Coconut Tea + Friday Favorites

I’m tired, friends. It’s Friday, but I only know that because the internet told me so. At this point in my life, the days all blur together. I’m managing to keep a tiny human alive, which is no small feat. These tiny humans are hard work! (Fun fact: I’m currently typing this while wearing the little one in a wrap and bouncing on a yoga ball. Oh, and she’s crying because she’s overtired and is refusing to sleep. It’s one of those days.)

But when life hands you a cranky and overtired baby, you just gotta do what you can to get through it. I have to remind myself that it’s a phase, and it won’t last forever.

It’s precisely days like this that I make myself a big cup of Turmeric Coconut Tea. It’s all the good things, in one little cup. It’s warm and wonderful; comforting and healing. It lifts my spirits and soothes my tired and weary bones. Whatever your troubles may be, I promise this tea will help. It may not fix all your troubles, but it will certainly brighten your day. It’s just that kind of elixir.

Coconut Turmeric Tea | Rosemarried

I originally discovered this tea on 101 Cookbooks, and then re-discovered it when my friend Kirsten posted about her coconut milk variation of the tea.

There are a number of ways you can make this tea. I start with a mug, and add to it a heaping spoonful of ground turmeric and a heaping spoonful of raw honey. I then add a dash of hot water to the honey and turmeric, and stir together until a paste forms. I then fill the mug with equal parts hot water and hot coconut milk (which I boil together on the stovetop), and stir until the paste dissolves. I then add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a couple grinds of black pepper, a dash of cayenne, and a cinnamon stick. That’s how I like my turmeric tea, but feel free to make it to your liking. I imagine that it would be wonderful with a bit of freshly grated ginger, and I’ve often wondered how it would taste with a glug of whiskey. (A turmeric toddy, perhaps?)

That, my friends, is how you make a delightful cup of turmeric coconut tea. And, since it’s Friday, I thought I’d leave you with a list of a few of my favorite things. Just because.


I made this pasta recipe this week, with kale and sage pesto, brussels sprouts, and a brown butter bread crumb topping. It requires a lot of ingredients and has quite a few moving parts, but it’s worth it. I will make this recipe again and again.

This article about the first 3 months of motherhood. This kind of honesty is comforting and refreshing. It’s not all rainbows and roses, people.

Grantland. If I could write for any website, I honestly think it would be Grantland. That may sound strange coming from a food blogger, but I have a secret dream of being an edgy feminist sports writer. I think sports (and sports fans) are an interesting reflection of culture, and I am constantly intrigued by Grantland’s take on sports culture in America. If you don’t believe me, read this brilliant article on Kobe Bryant (and why we love to hate him).

Stammtisch. This new(ish) German brewpub is our current favorite spot for a weeknight meal and/or brew. An excellent selection of German beers? Check. Family friendly? Check. A television for Blazer watching? Check. Incredibly delicious German food? Check. Great service and friendly waitstaff? Check. Stammtisch has it all.

I recently started working with Water Avenue Coffee Co. and I cannot say enough good things about these folks. First of all, the coffee is delicious.  And everyone who works there (baristas! roasters! owners! drivers!) are all so darn nice. It’s just an awesome company, all around. I’m really excited about working with them. Here’s to a coffee-filled 2015!

My slow cooker. Since having a baby, I’ve found that the slow cooker is my best friend. It’s just so darn easy. You just throw in your ingredients and walk away. Some of my favorite slow cooker recipes are for pulled pork, pumpkin curry, pot roast, and tomato soup. Oh, and I really want to try this slow cooker beef ragu recipe.

Margaritas. Oh, how I’d missed margaritas. My husband got me a bottle of Mezcal for Christmas (and he made a big batch of homemade sour mix!) and I forgot how good a margarita can be. After nearly a year without them, I’m glad to welcome margaritas back into my life. (For what it’s worth, my favorite margaritas in Portland can be found at Por Que No?, Xico, and Bunk Bar.)

And that’ll do it for today’s favorites. The baby is awake (again) and crying (again) and so I must go. Happy Friday!



Cranberry Rum Punch

Lordy, I don’t know how all you mom bloggers do it. I barely have time to shower each day, let alone cook a meal. And finding time to photograph and write about said meal? Forget about it. 

All of that to say, I’ve been having trouble finding the time to devote to the blog. And I’m strangely ok with that. It’s good to step back for a bit and take time to be with my family. I’m getting to know this tiny daughter of mine and I’m figuring out how to be a mother. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s also the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s pretty damn wonderful.

The other day, however, my husband held the baby while I concocted a recipe for this celebratory cranberry rum punch. I snapped a couple of quick photos, scribbled down a recipe, and happily drank a glass of said punch while the baby slept peacefully in his arms. It was wonderful.

So, here’s to 2014 – it’s been one for the books. I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds. Cheers, and happy New Year to you and yours!

cranberry rum punch |


For the cranberry syrup: 

1 cup fresh cranberries

2 large strips of orange zest

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses


For the punch: 

1 cup golden rum (I use Fleur de Cana)

1 cup ginger beer**

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Cranberry syrup, to taste (up to 1/2 a cup)

A few dashes of orange bitters

Orange zest and cranberries, for garnish

**You can substitute soda water for ginger beer. The cocktail will be less sweet, but won’t have that spicy ginger kick.



To make the cranberry syrup, place the cranberries, water, molasses, orange zest, and brown sugar in a small pot. Simmer over low heat until the cranberries have broken down and the mixture has a thick and syrupy texture. Using cheesecloth or a mesh sieve, strain out the fruit (reserve for another use). Set syrup aside to cool.

To make the punch, combine rum, ginger beer (or soda water), and orange juice. Add in cranberry syrup in small quantities. Stir and taste until the punch is to your liking. Add a few dashes of orange bitters. If serving in a punch bowl, garnish with round orange slices and fresh cranberries. If serving by the glass, serve over ice with a strip of orange zest.