Plum Salad with Avocado and Mozzarella

Plum Salad with Avocado and Mozzarella

This may be my last post for a little while. I head to Italy today, and am so excited. I'm going with a small group of students (which makes us all sound younger than we are) who all study Italian from the same teacher, and she's leads immersion trips every year. She's got a fabulous sense of humor, discovers out-of-the-way restaurants that feature local delicacies, and has an iron rule that we cannot speak English until the second course of dinner is served to our table each evening. So, ...

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Gazpacho Shooters #SundaySupper

Gazpacho Shooters

Gazpacho shooters are a perfect way to kick off a summer party. I like to start a summer party with cheese, crackers, hummus, and some grapes or cherries. Just as I put the meat / fish on the grill for the non-vegetarians in the group (which is usually everyone), I bring out a pitcher of gazpacho and little glasses. If the gazpacho is more puree than chunky, guests can drink it right from the glass. But I like my gazpacho a little chunky, so I serve it in a short glass with a spoon.   ...

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Baby Bok Choy Couscous with Mangoes and Strawberries

Baby bok choy couscous salad with mangoes and strawberries, dressed in a lemon garlic dressing.

I’ve been hot on the trail of healthy greens lately. I was a Kale Girl all last year; I blogged about the benefits of watercress last month; and now I’m delving into Asian greens, possibly the most nutrient greens of all. Asian greens have been grown in China for over six thousand years -- although I got mine somewhere much closer, from Jade Asian Greens in Southern California. In fact, I was lucky. They shipped a huge box of their lush greens to my home (one of the many benefits of being a ...

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Watermelon Salad with Feta and Verjus Vinaigrette

watermelon and feta salad

Watermelon and feta salad with verjus dressing for a super-easy summer salad. Ver-what? Verjus isn't a mainstream ingredient, and yet it's been around since the Middle Ages when it was used as a sauce ingredient, tenderizer, and condiment. It's pronounced ver-jue, translated as "green juice", and is extracted from unripened grapes. Verjus is much softer than the brash edges of vinegar, think green apple tartness instead, but is often used as an alternative. What I particularly like ...

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Celery Root Lettuce Wraps

lettuce wraps with celery root

Lettuce wraps of a celery root salad with beluga lentils - a healthy appetizer for your next party! Get ready to Stuff, Roll, and Wrap this week! We've got a great lineup of dishes this week - something for every occasion ranging from your next party to casual school night dinners. This Sunday Supper event also coincides with this month’s Weekday Supper and Sunday Supper Movement magazine monthly theme of “That’s a Wrap!” And a huge thank you to Amy at the Kimchi Mom blog for hosting us ...

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Kale, Cabbage, Blood Orange Winter Salad

winter salad of kale, cabbage, blood oranges with tahini miso ginger dressing

Crunchy salad of strips of kale, cabbage and carrots, dotted with blood orange slices, and tossed in a tahini-miso-ginger dressing. Winter is loosening its long, cold talons, even here in the mountains. As we say goodbye to March, the familiar feeling of change is in the air. Daylight lingers a little longer; the damp earth smells pungent of decaying leaves; snow turns to a soaking rain during the day. Through the rain-splattered window, the ...

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Fennel, Celery Root and Apple Salad

healthy raw shaved salad fennel, celery root, apples, buttermilk yogurt dressing

Healthy, easy raw salad of shaved fennel, celery root, and apples, tossed in a buttermilk-yogurt dressing with a hint of mustard. In late November I signed up for a give-away on EA Stewart’s The Spicy RD blog. I haven’t participated in many of these give-aways, and haven’t hosted any at all, but EA was giving away a pedometer. Now I have wanted a pedometer for a few years now. I’ve torn out reviews of pedometers I’ve ...

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Bowl of Mango Sunshine

Bowl of Mango Sunshine slider

Refreshing fruit soup to celebrate lush, tropical mangos with accents of coconut and lime.   On a warm afternoon or evening, nothing hits the spot better than diving into a cold, refreshing fruit soup. Soups made from strawberries, cherries, or plums at their peak of ripe, full flavor are all favorites. So when Food52 staged a competition last week for mangos, the first second thing I thought of was a mango ...

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Strawberry Cream Cheesecake Tians

Strawberry CreamCheesecake Tians- Improv Challenge

Small tians luscious strawberry cheesecake bites lightened with ricotta cheese for a perfectly easy dessert for spring and summer. One of my favorite desserts is strawberry cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. It's so simple, and so satisfyingly good. When the weather turns warm, and I want to increase my time spent outdoors, I look for easy dishes that don't compromise on flavor or presentation.  This dessert fits the bill. I can make it in about 20 ...

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