As a food blogger, I usually find myself looking for recipes that are different than what is already out there. While I think there is nothing wrong with that, when it comes to the meals I make my for myself, I usually go for recipes that are quick and easy to make with whatever is in season. Our farmer’s market is bursting with zucchinis and lately I have been making this 5-ingredient zucchini noodles dish on repeat.

5-Ingredient Zucchini Noodles Recipe - A vegetarian spiralized zucchini noodle pasta recipe made with olive oil, garlic, dill and feta.

Why should you try zucchini noodles?

Unless you are hiding in a cave for the last few years, you would know that spiralized vegetables are the new hype for some time now. Nowadays, they sell already spiralized vegetables in grocery stores. In my opinion, zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) are the best vegetable to spiralize. (more…)

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Let’s face it. We all love Nutella, but it is not the most healthiest food to eat. Here is a great alternative: This healthy chocolate smoothie recipe is sweetened with dates and made with all vegan ingredients. Guaranteed to cure all your Nutella cravings.

Nutella Lovers Vegan and Date Sweetened Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

I have been on the hunt for a good chocolate smoothie for sometime now. It is safe to say that I tried over 10 different recipes to finally end up in this one. In my quest for the “best healthy chocolate smoothie”, I wanted a recipe made with healthy ingredients and no refined sugars. I also wanted it to taste like milk chocolate. And when it comes to milk chocolate flavor, Nutella is my all-time favorite. The taste of cocoa mixed in with roasted hazelnuts and blended into a creamy concussion is to die for. (more…)

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This Mixed Berry Goat Cheese Bread Pudding is made by layering buttery brioche bread with a custard sweetened with maple syrup, seasonal berries, and goat cheese. A scrumptious breakfast bread pudding that will surely impress.

This post has been sponsored by Vermont Creamery, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Maple Sweetened Mixed Berry Goat Cheese Bread Pudding Recipe: Toasted Brioche layered with goat cheese and summer berries for a scrumptious breakfast dish.

One of my favorite perks of living in Vermont is the abundance of good quality cheese. Even in our small town, whether be in a farmer’s market or a local venue, you get to taste some of the best cheeses in the world and meet with the people who produce them. As you may remember, I got a taste of this last year when I was invited to Vermont Creamery’s – Vermont Cheese Camp. It is funny, because at the time I had no idea that I would be calling Vermont home in a relatively short period of time. I still remember thinking to myself, how awesome it would be to live in such a beautiful place with such great food. You know what they say, “Be careful what you wish for!” Now after almost a year, I am beyond grateful to be experiencing this on a daily basis. (more…)

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  • Traci | Vanilla And Bean - I can imagine if I visited Vermont, I’d be just as excited about all the local cheeses!  I’ve had Vermont Creamery’s goat cheese and it’s dreamy! There’s SO much here Aysegul!  What a fabulous post on bread pudding. Thank you for sharing all your tips and what you found! When I was in pastry school, we used leftover crossiants to make bread pudding – talk about high fat! And you can imagine how utterly delicious it was… you’re right, now’s not the time to skimp! I’ve never tried goat cheese in bread pudding but I can see how it would just add to the luxurious nature of it…  Such a beautiful post!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Traci,
      The combination of goat cheese and berries was a surprisingly delicious one. The magical flavors of sweet, salty and tangy. Plus, I think berries make the world a better place, no? :)) Oh and also croissant. Gimme all the butter PLIYSSZZ! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lili @ Travelling oven - Beautiful photos and such a gorgeous dessert, yum!! 🙂 ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Thank you so much Lili. Coming from such a talented photographer like yourself, it means so SO much.ReplyCancel

This raspberry lemon drop martini is my summer-y twist on the classic cocktail, lemon drop martini. Made with fresh raspberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice and Finlandia Vodka, it is guaranteed to impress.

This post has been sponsored by Finlandia Vodka. As always, all opionions are my own.

Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini: A refreshing cocktail recipe made with Finlandia vodka. #sponsored

Summer is in full force and we are gearing up for a busy August. Last month was all about family, but this month is going to be all about friends. We already have every weekend booked with friends coming over and we cannot be happier, especially if you consider the fact that we did not know anyone when we first moved to Vermont back in February. People around here have been so friendly and welcoming that my husband and I look forward to having them over and return the favor. (more…)

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I don’t know about you, but as far as I am concerned this Vegan Peach Avocado Salad recipe is the dictionary definition of summer salad.
Fresh yellow peaches, Persian cucumber, and avocados flavored with a simple dressing made with coriander, cumin, fresh herbs, and olive oil. With all the layers and layers of flavors, you will experience a little bit of sweet, sour, salty, hot, crunchy, and refreshing with every bite.

Fresh Peach Avocado Salad: A vegan salad recipe made with fresh peaches, avocados, and cucumbers. Super flavorful and refreshing.

The first thing people tell you in Vermont is that winters are brutal, but the summers make up for those cold winter days. When I first heard this back when we first moved to Manchester in February (on a 16 F day), I found it hard to believe. However, 2 months into summer I cannot agree more. It is truly delightful to be in Vermont in summertime. What I love about it the most is that it is not too hot. There is always a nice breeze and it almost never gets warmer than 75 F degrees, something that I am so not used to after 4 years of living in the Caribbean. (more…)

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If you have been following along you would know that I have been on a smoothie kick lately. Though we are having colder-than-normal summer temperatures here in Vermont, I have been enjoying one smoothie every day since the beginning of May. As a matter of fact, I switched from my usual oatmeal breakfast to a glass smoothie in the morning. It has been so great that I thought I could share a few of the reasons why I think smoothies are awesome during the summer months.

Benefits of Smoothies: Find out why it is good to have 1 smoothie a day.

With that being said, before I continue, I have a few disclaimers:

– You already know this, but I have to say: I am not a doctor so take these with a grain of salt. If you have a health condition you should always consult to your doctor before eating or drinking certain foods.
– As in everything, you should drink smoothies in moderation. Though they can be good for you, they contain a lot of sugars. The ideal amount is 8-12 ounces a day. If you are having more than that you might be doing more damage than good.
– The smoothies I share here on the blog (and drink every day) are free of processed sugars. Also, they are all homemade and I 100% know what goes in there. If you are using store-bought smoothie mixes (and powders) and thinking that they are good for you, you maybe mistaken.
– I do my best to live an active life. Even if it is a 30-minute walk, I make sure to get some sort of an exercise every day. If you are not able to do that then you should limit the calories you take in a day. Like I mentioned earlier, smoothies are high in calories and sugar and if you are unable to burn it off, then it might be better to not have any. (more…)

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  • Emily - Oh these photos are so colorful and vibrant and I am sitting here trying to imagine you whipping up all these different types of smoothies for the photos! I hope you had a fun smoothie party to celebrate! Those gold straws are so neat and I love how you summarized the benefits of smoothies. We’ve been starting out day with smoothie bowls too, and the kids think it’s such a treat. So glad your site and back up and running. Phew!!ReplyCancel

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