zucchini california latkes + maple apple compote

astellar zucchini california latkes
feeds 2 – 4

in a medium bowl:

2 zucchinis finely grated ( I used a box grater)
1/4 yellow onion finely diced
2 stalks of green onion diced
1 egg
1/2 cup half and half or milk
1/4 cup flour
pinch of s + p
fresh herbs – dill . thyme .
cover and let rest for 20 min to let zuc’s absorb huevo mixture.

while you wait you can make your:

maple apple compote

in a small bowl:
peel and dice 2 granny smith apples
(i like this variety because they are tart!)
1/4 finely diced yellow onion
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp brown sugar

2 pats of unsalted butter in a hot pan

add apple mixture
cook till sugar dissolves
3 min

now back to your zucchini cakes…

I cook these on my all clad nonstick pan.
medium heat.

spoon zucchini mixture onto hot pan (like potato pancakes)
2 min
cook 2 more minutes

(finish in warm oven if need be)

serve with maple apple compote

if you like:
and a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche.
garnish with fresh dill in cream.

bon appetit.

food and floral styling for ayesha curry

14141666_10154514566929319_4311365392199473438_nI had the pleasure of food and floral styling for a passion project for Glad for No Kid Hungry featuring Ayesha Curry. The footage looks beautiful as does Ayesha! Fun to see my kitchen tools, knives, and food in action.

“Ayesha Curry shares why she believes it’s important to give back and discusses her work with No Kid Hungry. See how you can do little things each day to help others in your community.”

One act of giving inspires another.

Share your act of giving in the comments.




flower crown

my dearest friend, Jen, recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Maxwell! It made me remember her wedding and the flower crown I assembled for her special day. So beautiful! Congratulations, my dear. Cant wait to snuggle bebe Max! ♥

photos by: Angela Mae Photography

6 (67).JPG

such a babe!!

oatmeal bar = heart healthy way to start the day

astellar oatmeal bar

This is my husband’s breakfast  setup. Great way to stay full until your next meal!

Here we have:

gluten free steel cut oats +organic  bananas + blueberries + blackberries + sliced almonds + cranberries + chia seeds + shredded unsweetened coconut + califia farms unsweetened almond milk.

potato leek soup

astellar potato leek soup


3 tbsp olive oil

8 medium potatoes, peeled + chopped into 1″ cubes

2 large leeks, sliced into rounds (immerse in bowl of cold water to wash + remove sand, drain and pat dry)

2 carrots, peeled + sliced

3 celery stalks, washed + chopped

6 cups veggie stock or 6 cups water + 1 veggie bouillon cube

1 tsp chopped fresh dill (optional) || at the end

1-2 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp cracked black pepper + more to taste


Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add leeks and potatoes, and sauté for about 5 mins, stirring constantly. Add in carrots, celery, salt, and pepper. Saute for another 5-10 minutes. Add veggie stock and bring soup to a near boil. Reduce to low heat, cover pot, and simmer for about 45 minutes. At the end of simmering, use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot. (If you don’t have an immersion  blender, you can use your blender, just make sure to cool your soup first!)  Give your soup a taste and add s + p per your liking. Garnish with fresh dill or parsley.

**To make this a creamy soup, add 3/4 cup of cream or half and half.

if you make this soup, i would love it if you take a picture and tag me on INSTAGRAM : @stellarmich

check out more pictures of my food on instagram: #astellar

easter gnocchi


I love Easter Sunday. Or what I like to call GNOCCHI Sunday. My sis in law brought her family’s Italian tradition from Australia over 6 years ago. Each year we get better and better. This year jess made 475 potato gnocchi.


She makes potato gnocchi with her signature sugo.


I would sell my soul to be able to eat that. But alas, my nightshade allergy prevents me from that.
So I make my ricotta version.


Hand rolled over the back of a fork.


I make the ricotta gnocchi with my tomatoless sauce.


Humboldt grassfed beef + applewood bacon + ground pork + truffles tomatoless sauce with the ricotta gnocchi. Yum.

Some other personal family highlights:


I picked out her fit. ❤


Eating her greens.


This face.

Little Jaeden Van hunting for eggs.


I almost forgot! The godfather of the gnocchi and sugo, Fulvio (jess’ dad) was in Australia making some at the same time! Facetime is AMAZING.
Family time is so important to me. Holidays and traditions are a perfect way to celebrate that love.

%d bloggers like this: