Marcus Samuelsson lends his name to a wonderful food blog.  I encourage you to check it out:   Marcus Samuelsson food blog. The most recent post is titled “The Best Seasonal Recipes for August” by Christopher Stewart, Aug 8, 2013.  (check out that salad above…how delicious does that look?!?) Some of the recipes from his blog may be a bit out there for most accounts, but the list of seasonal items that we should be offering & eating now is spot on!  Here are a few of my suggestions for recipes we can use in just about any  account!

Tomatoes –  Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn & Green Chiles  Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho…or ANY Gazpacho!!

BlackberriesBlackberry Spinach Salad  Also, Check out the Cheftec recipe for Berry Cobbler…it’s super easy & delicious!

RaspberriesRaspberry Lemonade   Quinoa Pilaf with Raspberries   And of course, that Cheftec Cobbler recipe!

PeachesBlackberry Peach Coffee Cake  Double bonus!  Grilled Peaches with Blackberry Basil Butter  TRIPLE bonus!!!

WatermelonWatermelon-Peach Salsa with Tomatoes  One of Rie’s favorites Watermelon Feta Salad

Celery – ok…not so many great recipes out there featuring Celery, but it’s certainly a star as a back up performer!  Chicken Salad, Chicken Noodle Soup, Potato Salad, Jambalaya, etc just wouldn’t be the same with out!

CantaloupeSpinach Cantaloupe Salad with Mint

In Cheftec – Rebecca’s Chilled Cantaloupe Coconut Lime Soup Yummmmmmm

Garlic – …see celery above….

PlumsChicken Breasts with Plum Salsa  Try some of the many ‘old fashioned’ style desserts too…Plum Buckle, Plum Crisp, Plum Clafouti.  They’re all similar, kind of different variations on the cobbler, and all delicious!

Potatoes – There are just WAAAY too many to choose from!  One of my faves, that uses many of these seasonal ingredients, is a Nicoise salad.  Use any type of seafood…tho it’s traditionally made with tuna (albacore canned or try the Ahi Tuna Pieces from PFG!) It’s got tomatoes, potatoes, green beans & garlic!  Works really well as an action station!

Tomatillos -Ok, this one was tough for me because I’m not very fond of tomatillos.  However, lots of folks are, so try these recipes: White Bean Chicken Chili (use FRESH tomatillos in it!) Add  Roasted Tomatillo & Garlic Salsa to your next Mexican food bar!

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The food is just incredible! I really mean it...I hope you know that I am not just saying this. It's so colorful, fresh, and special every day!"

Faculty Member 

Just a note to say thank you for all of the delicious food you and your staff serve each day. I never knew kale could taste so good!


Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding people. I brag about MG to my peers at other schools, and even to my friends and family!


Thank you so much for all the gluten-free options this year! All of your staff have been so helpful. They make a point to come up to me at meals and let me know what options you have for that meal. Salads are great, but sometimes a warm meal is just what you need!

Faculty Member 

Thanks for all of the good work you and your team did to ensure that last night’s welcome gathering for new faculty went off without a hitch. I’m so grateful for Team MG working so hard to make sure things are done the right way.

Head of School 

It’s an understatement to say we were surprised by the excellent quality of the food. We could not recall having a better tuna dish, even at the four-star resturants we frequent in Raleigh. Duke Integrative is a special place.


Many times I find a favorite thing out of the many items served during lunch, and although the featured spinach and fruit salad was visually stunning; the SHOUT OUT winner of the day hands down was the very delicious unassuming Vegetarian Pinto Beans!!! The onions were glistening and the peppers served as a complimentary color to the two different shades of beans...I have one regret and that is I didn’t think to take a picture!


Thank you for making pimento cheese today! It not only is divine, but also hit the spot. I now regret wasting 62.5 years of life on this planet in which I did not eat this heavenly mix. As I explore different recipes in my home kitchen I will try my best to live up to the standard demonstrated by what I had today.

Faculty Member 

Everything was usual! The food was scrumptious...and the weather was gorgeous!

Conference Client 

I would not change a thing! Your staff was not only professional, but warm and caring. They truly set the tone for a memorable night. The food was delicious...our family and friends left with hearts and bellies full!

Catering Client 

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the delicious food at Duke. Your food was such a happy and positive experience and it made the days there so much more enjoyable to eat healthy, but tasty, great food.


Thanks for the delicious soup and the new harvest salad - and thanks for removing half the calories out of the Farm Basket brownie...haha.


THANK YOU for your help today with the open house! Our visiting families raved about the personalized environment. We had a student tell us that Guilford went from his 3rd to 1st choice!


Thank you for all of your hard work on the meals and breaks for the Alumnae Board. The food was outstanding; everyone raved about each meal. Favorites included the grits on Saturday morning and the butternut squash soup on Sunday. YUM!!!


The amazing characteristic is that, on a day by day basis, you give us nutritious, varied, interesting, delicious food...not just something special for company. Please know how much you are appreciated and loved by this community.

Conference Administrator