Tortellini Salad
This recipe is so easy to prepare.  Perfect for a light Dinner with some crusty French Bread!

6-8 ounce Package of your favorite Tortellini or make your own fresh!
3 T Parmesan or Goat Cheese Crumbles on top (if desired)
Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
1 C Broccoli Florets
8 Cherry Tomatoes halved
1 6 ounce jar Artichoke Pieces
2 T Fresh Basil, chopped
2 T Fresh Parsley, chopped
2 Green Onions, chopped
1/2 C Your Favorite Zesty Italian Salad dressing


Cook Tortellini according to package directions and rinse.  Set aside.
Combine the last 7 ingredients, fold in Tortellini, and Parmesan, and Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.  If using goat cheese crumbles sprinkle on top right before service.
Cover and chill for up to 8 hours before service.  Perfect for make ahead light dinner this summer. 

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Welcome to the Friendly Confines
100 years old and still Kicking!  It's going to be A Party to remember!  Young memories of sitting on the patio, hearing Harry Caray singing, "Take Me Out to The Ballgame".  You could always count on a rousing rendition lofting through the "Friendly Confines" in Wrigleyville. 
Happy Birthday and Many More!  Not too late to buy your tickets at
Seafood Pancakes a Fun Appetizer to Share
A visit to the campus of Purdue University was the perfect opportunity to head over to Maru Sushi, our favorite place for Sushi in the area.  Living in the Heartland of the United States is not conducive to the best quality Sushi, keeping in mind, I fell in love with Sushi in NYC at Blue Ribbon Sushi on Sullivan in SOHO.  Maru is a more relaxed sushi experience.  The service is always great and the Sushi is always fresh. 
The Seafood Pancake is a fun Appetizer to share for the Sushi shy. It is a Wheat Batter Pancake with scallions, squid, crab meat, and mussels.  It has such amazing flavor and the seafood is cooked perfectly.
Miso Soup
Love Miso Soup and theirs is perfectly balanced.  Along with the soup, 3 small side dishes are served, such as fermented sprouts.  
Ahi Tower
The Ahi Tower is another Must Try appetizer. The Tuna tartar is based in a sesame oil with crab salad and avocado over sushi rice.  Flying fish eggs, a creamy wasabi and sesame seeds finish out the dish.  Yummy. 
I always make my way to Maru if I'm craving some fresh sushi when visiting Purdue University.
To learn more about Maru check out their Facebook Page at
Fun Names for their Dishes Playboy Roll, VIP Roll, Purdue Roll, and Salmon Nigiri
It is definitely the day to choose to BEGREEN in every way possible.  So, I grabbed my favorite scarf and green shirt this morning and headed out the door.  Have you wondered how you can be more green?  Well, we can be more green with our eating and drinking habits.  Alter these and make an impact:

Eat Low on the food chain, slow food versus fast food

Stop buying bottled water

Hate Food Waste

If you eat meat, have one day a week that is meatless, Meatless Monday is perfect!  The related environmental cost (example-water for animal, and packaging) will be saved.  

Buy Locally raised, organic meat, eggs and dairy when you can.  This keeps the money in the local economy.
Learn more about sustainable seafood

 How can you potentially impact you entire community?  Check out this link to see what kind of action you can take:
Hey guys!  It is Spring Cleaning time Again!  You have to check out more AWESOME Kitchen Tips from

Thanks guys for the BEGREEN Tips.  We Love it!
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Today is National Egg Salad Day.  So I thought I would share this Fabulous light recipe. 
Yield 10 Servings


12 Hard Boiled Eggs
2 Avocados, mashed
1 t lemon juice
3 Celery Stalks, fine chop
1 Small White Onion, fine dice
2 t Dill or Sweet Pickle Relish
1 t Worcestershire Sauce
1 t Fresh Ground Pepper
1/2 t Kosher Salt
1/2 t Paprika
1 T Yellow Mustard
4 Strips Bacon, if desired

If using bacon, cook completely and cut into small pieces, set aside.  Hard boil eggs, cool, peel and dice.  In large bowl, add Lemon juice, Worcestershire, Mustard, Paprika, Relish, Salt and Pepper.  Mix in onion, celery and avocado.  Fold in Diced Eggs and bacon if using.  Chill covered for at least 30 minutes.
Flashing Back to when I was a girl!
So many choices when it comes to dying your Eggs!  Aisle after aisle of baskets, kits and candy can be dangerous to your waistline.  I remember spending hours with my Mother and Grandmother dying dozens of eggs.  The smell of vinegar, although overwhelming at times, brought me back to those pleasant memories of my childhood. 
We decided to take a "BEGREEN" approach this year.  Make dying eggs a fun family experience by choosing to dye them in a GREEN way. Using Natural colors as a dye will yield an antiqued and beautiful look in any basket!
Fresh Beets, turmeric, natural berry juice, grape juice and teas yields beautiful natural looking eggs and are some of my favorite ways to dye eggs.
Be sure to add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar to your water and boil for natural solution to dip eggs into.
Check out the table below to get some great Natural ideas for color!
Blue Blueberries/blueberry juice, purple grape juice, red cabbage, blackberries
Purple Violet blossoms + 2 tsp lemon juice, hibiscus tea
Brown Strong black coffee, tea, dill seeds, black walnut shells
Pink/red Red Chili Powder, Beets, , pomegranate juice, red grape juice, red onion skins, rhubarb stalks (chopped), raspberries, cranberries or cranberry juice, Red or Raspberry Zinger Tea
Orange Yellow onion skins (from about 12 onions), paprika, chili powder
Yellow Lemon peels, orange peels, carrots (shredded), cumin (ground), turmeric (ground)
Green Spinach,  green and matcha tea, golden delicious apple skins 

Beautiful Natural Colored Eggs
Happy Holidays All!
I really enjoy Spring Cleaning and the freshness it brings.  Let's BEGREEN everyone and try these Fabulous kitchen tips!

Every once in a while, my dish machine doesn't smell clean.  After running an empty detergent cycle, it still smelled the same.  The only lemon I had on hand (I know hard to believe, but true) was an old lemon container of Countrytyme Lemonade with a little left in the bottom.  So, I thought what the heck!  I dumped it into the detergent slot.  I was shocked when it actually worked.  A week later, it still smells so much fresher!  If you have fresh lemon, just place 1/2 of a fresh cut lemon into silverware basket.

Love coffee?  Did you know lime builds up in your coffee maker?  Eventually, this causes the lines to clog.  Simply run through a teaspoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of salt.  This will help clean your pots as well.  I usually run through three full pots of water afterward and let dry.

Some people really like the crud that develops on their coffee pot.  I prefer to use some crushed ice, salt, and lemon juice.  Do a little dance with the coffee pot, swirling vigorously and watch your pots sparkle again!  This also works well for teapots.

Do you have a pan that has a burned crud?   Well, use a Vinegar, Baking Soda and Water slurry.  Let it soak overnight and clean in the morning!

Copper pan cleaners can be very harsh!  Sprinkle a teaspoon of regular salt into a cup of ketchup and plaster onto the copper portion of your pan.  The acids and salt will eat up all of that tarnish.  Let soak for at least 30 minutes and wipe clean.

Is your Microwave impossible?  Take a microwave safe bowl and pour in a couple Tablespoons of lemon juice.  Heat for 3 to 5 minutes.  Use a sponge to wipe away the crud.  Use baking soda and water to clean the exterior, followed by some vinegar water. 

Is your garbage disposal smelly, dull and greasy?  Sprinkle a couple Tablespoons of Baking Soda and pour over some vinegar.  Let it bubble up and soak for about 10 minutes.  Run hot water and disposal for a couple of minutes, then throw in some Ice Cubes.  Problems solved!  I also Love the smell of citrus and will sometimes throw in a few lemon or orange rinds to freshen the entire kitchen.

Your kitchen is perfectly clean and ready for your dinner party.  Then you notice nasty water spots all over your faucets.  Just grab some wax paper and rub to remove.  Easy and painless.

Grease spill in the kitchen?  Try using regular table salt to soak up the mess.  Easily wipes up with a paper towel.

Stuck on Stove?  No problem, just rub a little car wax and let sit for a minute.  Wipes off so easy and ready to clean.  One time I even used a little corn oil.  It makes cleaning your stove so much easier!

Can't get rid of that Funky smell in that beautiful glass jar you would like to reuse?  Try using a teaspoon of mustard powder in your wash water and a small glass brush. 

Are you looking for a better smelling freezer and fridge?  Have you already tried baking soda?  Well, try dampening your cloth with warm water and sprinkle on Vanilla Extract.

These BEGREEN tips will have your Kitchen smelling Delicious in no time!

For more BEGREEN Cleaning Tips, check this out

The Green Metropolis Fair is now in it's 5th year.  It is free to all and will feature sustainable, free trade, and organic exhibitors.  Conferences, hand's on experiences and demonstrations are a few of the fun activities for the whole family.  Local businesses will be part of the Retail Marketplace and their handcrafted artisan products, along with offerings from around the World will be offered.
I am So excited to be assisting at this fun Festival featuring Chicago's sustainable living & wellness communities!  With a name like Claire Vert, it just seems appropriate to become part of the event.  
  • FREE entry, all are welcome!
  • Hands on family-friendly activities: farm animals, composting, gardening stalls and more!
  • Retail market with local sustainable business vendors.
  • Food market with local restaurants and chefs.
  • Presentations on organic gardening, sustainable living, energy savings, composting, CSAs, and more!

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Join us at the NRA's Restaurant Show at the Fabulous McCormick Place Convention Center on Lake Michigan!
Mary Sue Milliken, Rohini Dey, Susan Ungaro and Lorena Garcia are just a few of the talented and amazing people were were able to meet and enjoy getting to know.  Coming May 17-20th we will meet more skilled and successful industry professionals!  Join Chef Thyme Savor there and register today!
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