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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Lemony Three Bean Salad

Lemony 3 Bean Salad with Tomatoes

Do you have recipes that started with something you saw in a magazine or newspaper, that you've changed a little every time you make it? By the time you've been making the dish for 4 or 5 years, you almost forget where you started. But then you revisit where it all began and see that all the bones of the recipe that made it so good the first time are still there after all these years. That's how it is with this recipe. I first saw the original recipe on Food52 a few years ago. I made it right ...

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15 Ways to Eat Corn OFF the Cob!

15 Ways to Eat Corn OFF the Cob

If you love corn, and looking for new ways to take advantage of all the fresh ears piled in heaps at the markets right now, I've put together a roundup of recipes I've found for Parade Magazine's Community Table. In case you haven't seen it, here's a link to the article!   ...

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Watermelon and Peach Salsa #FoodNetwork

watermelon salad with peaches, cucumbers, and lime.

  It's roundup day for the Food Network's blog, FN Dish, and the theme is watermelon. I confess I wasn't a lover of watermelon until the last couple of years. When I was kid I could never understand what the fuss was all about. It was messy, full of huge black seeds, and not sweet enough for me. Times change, so do our taste buds. Now we have seedless watermelons at our fingertips, and they're plenty sweet for me now. All summer long, I almost always have watermelon in the refrigerator for ...

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10 Ways to Enjoy Quinoa and Get Healthy This Summer!

10 quinoa dishes for summer from salads, casseroles, and patties to an apple crumble.

  Quinoa is an easy way to healthy up a dish. I keep a stash in the refrigerator and add it to salads, breads, wraps, and crumble toppings for an extra hit of protein and nutrients. Earlier this week, I did a round-up for Parade's Community Table of 10 of my favorite quinoa dishes that I make on a regular basis through the summer. Go check them out and pick at least one to make in the next week! If you're looking for a fool-proof recipe for cooking quinoa, here's my go-to recipe. Feel ...

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19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

19 Ways to Eat Cherries All Day, Every Day

The cherry season is way too short for me. So while these little beauties are in the markets, we snack on them in the car, add them to salads, purée them into soups, and add to grains dishes. They're full of antioxidants, and are the perfect refreshing treat on a hot summer day. If you're looking for new ways to take full advantage of cherries this summer, go check out my latest post for Parade! I've included breakfast options with chia seeds and muffins, several salads, summer drinks, ...

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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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Asparagus Gribiche: #SundaySupper

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I love to garden. (Rewind. Whrrrrrr.) Let me rephrase. I love going into my back yard and harvesting vegetables to eat, and love the idea of having grown them myself. But I’m not terribly successful at the actual gardening part. I have issues. I lack patience.     I don’t have the patience to properly prepare the soil, which is apparently crucial to a successful harvest. My soil amending consists of tossing a bunch of whatever I find in the shed into the area I plan to plant. If the ...

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Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Caramelized Onions

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with caramelized red onions

Warm Brussels sprouts salad with caramelized onions and dressed with a maple dressing. Perfect fall and winter side dish! I'm so excited to announce that I'm now part of the Food Network #FallFest blogger group. Today we're celebrating Brussels sprouts. I know, I know. Brussels sprouts are divisive. You either love them or grimace "Bleeeegh" when they come up in conversation. But I contend that these tiny cabbages have come a long way from the gray-green bitter lumps we shoved around our ...

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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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Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Artichokes

http://theweiserkitchen.com/recipe/quinoa-tabbouleh-stuffed-artichokes/

Gluten-free, vegan dish of artichokes stuffed with tabbouleh made with quinoa, parsley, mint, and cucumber. To my mother, adventurous cooking meant scrupulously following a recipe in her dog-eared Mama Leone’s Italian Cookbook for veal scallopini. “It  involves cooking with real sherry,” she told us, feeling so 1960s hip. But most dinners in our house were a rotation of roast chicken, grilled steak, pasta, with an occasional stuffed pork chop. Really good food, but a bit ...

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Well-Seasoned Potato Salad with Mint

Vegan Spicy potato salad with mint

Vegan, spicy potato salad tempered by mint and lime juice. It’s officially BBQ season with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend here in the States. We can BBQ year-round here in California, but it doesn’t become a party until this last weekend of May. It’s one of the few times of year I still make potato salad. Not because I don’t love it, but because my body loves it a little too much. So although I’ve dog-eared Rinku’s new cookbook Spices & Seasons: Simple Sustainable Indian ...

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