Welcome to Inspired by the Seasons
I am Liz, an avid farmers' market shopper, gardener and recipe developer based in Oregon, Wisconsin. I hope this site will offer you ideas to add healthy inspiration to your next meal whether it is finding a recipe from that ingredient you just picked up from the market or the veggies your neighbor just dropped at your door.
Our family's weekly visits to farmers' markets where we were struck by the beauty of the local produce and locally produced items inspired me to seek new cooking possibilities. This website has also grown from my experience with my own vegetable garden and the variety it offered to our dinner table. My work with the recipe page for American Skillet Company allowed me to revisit some personal skills and passions: photography, recipe research and experimenting with different flavor combinations. I then joined Instagram and discovered other food bloggers who shared my interest in ingredients and how they came together in unique and beautiful recipes. The encouragement friends and family gave me the support to continue to find new ways to keep meals healthy. What you will find here are simple recipes that make the most of the ingredients from a short trip out to your garden or quick stop at the local farmers' market.
Do you have any burning recipe questions like why I don't use Tahini in my hummus? Or maybe you would like to work together? Send me an email, I look forward to hearing from you!
Click on the images below to check out a sampling of my seasonal recipes.
The other significant passions in my life, not necessarily in order of importance, include my two college age children (ok, adults), my pun driven husband and patient yellow lab who sits in the kitchen doorway during my prep sessions waiting for veggie scraps. My out-of-the-kitchen fun includes hiking, kayaking in the summer and cross country skiing in the beautiful Midwest winters.