Parsley, Scallion, & Carrot Top Pesto

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pesto recipe with parsley, scallions, and carrot tops

Pesto is one of my favorite things to make. It can be made with a variety of ingredients and used in a ton of different ways. I’m always playing around with variations other than the traditional basil and pine nut pesto you’re probably familiar with. This recipe was an outcome of one of those late-night test sessions.

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Recipe: Sesame-Crusted Tuna and Miso-Maple Brussel Sprouts

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sesame crusted tuna and maple miso brussel sprouts | The Emerald Palate

Brussel sprouts and maple syrup might not be top of mind when you think, “Japanese cuisine,” but it sure can add a hearty and sweet dimension to a typically light, acidic dish. So instead of serving sesame-crusted tuna on top of a salad, try this version and serve a more substantial main dish for tomorrow night’s dinner.

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Retro Flare

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Capitol Hill, Seattle Street Style: Canvas hobo bag

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A Finger-Licking, Slow Cooked Asian Short Ribs Recipe

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Slow cooked Asian short ribs recipe

I’m convinced short ribs are one of the best cuts of beef.

They are full of flavor; beefy to the point of almost being gamey. This recipe takes advantage of the short ribs’ full favor by searing them to form a brown crust and then cooking them slowly in a Crockpot to ensure the meat falls off the bone.

In addition to being full of flavor on their own, short ribs also pick up the flavors of Asian ingredients really well. Read on to try this super easy slow cooker short ribs recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Summer Vacation Outfit Ideas: 12 Pieces, 8 Looks

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‘Tis the season for summer vacations. Since we do a lot of traveling, we’ve learned how to minimize packing woes while maximizing the wow factor of our outfits. We found the must-have summer bag that does it all – you can wear it whether traipsing through the city or lounging on the beach. Pair it with any of the 11 other essential summer packing pieces, and you will have countless options to mix and match no matter the destination.

Women's Summer Travel Packing Style Guide | The Emerald Palate

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Adria’s Guide To Shopping & Eating in Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville TN travel guide

I traveled to Nashville last week and was excited for the opportunity to explore the local scene for good shopping and eats. However, since my trip ended up being a foodie’s disappointment, I’ll focus mostly on shopping in Nashville vs. eating out. Luckily, this guide will be continually updated as I visit this client again in the future — so stay tuned!

Read on for my guide to shopping in Nashville that includes bad ass vintage shops, a Google Map, and one awesome hipster coffee shop.

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In Our Closet: Brooklyn Shopping Finds From My Trip to NYC

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Brooklyn Shopping Guide | The Emerald Palate

Yes, I know, I’m obsessed with Brooklyn.

You might have just seen my breakdown of the best vendors at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg last week. You might have also seen my Brooklyn shopping guide article.

Well, I tried my hand at some more Brooklyn shopping during my visit to New York City a few weeks ago. I headed to the Brooklyn Flea (as always) and stumbled upon a great new boutique in Williamsburg. Check out the items I found and where you can get them (even if you’re not planning a trip to NYC anytime soon).

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Looking for a Healthy Alternative to Alfredo Sauce? Try Sunchokes With These Recipes

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Healthy Sunchoke Alfredo Sauce Alternative

Sunchokes are one of my favorite vegetables. If I see them on a menu at a restaurant, I’m like, “SOLD!”

I was at the Ballard Farmer’s Market last Sunday and saw a ton of sunchokes. I’d bought some with the intention of making some sort of puree underneath grilled meat, but mid-week I was inspired to pair it with pasta and see if I could make an Alfredo sauce with it.

If there’s one thing you should know about me, I. love. pasta. I grew up thinking Alfredo sauce was “healthy” (hey it’s milk right? Oh the woes of growing up in an Italian American family!), and it wasn’t until college that I had the painful realization how bad Alfredo sauce was for your health.

I regularly look for healthy alternatives to Alfredo sauce, relying on milk, cream cheese, and bechamel to recreate this creamy favorite. I also regularly see varieties with cauliflower in it, so I thought, hell, why not sunchokes.

Below are my interpretations of a healthy alternative to Alfredo sauce. I’ve provided three different versions, starting at the healthier and ending with a more indulgent variety. Choose your adventure and tell me in the comments what you think!

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Celebrating Spring with Polka Dots

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Travis spring street style

It’s been getting warmer here in Seattle. To celebrate, we’ve been busting out the warmer weather wear, including colorful shorts and summer shoes.

One of our favorite patterns for this transitional season? Polka dots. They can add a subtle three dimensional component to an otherwise colorful palette and can play a subtly nautical role in any outfit.

To see where Travis got his mini polka dots, read more.

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