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Tomato Feta Summer Salad

Tomato Feta Summer Salad

| August 24, 2012 | 7 Comments

With the risk of sounding a little tomato obsessed, there is a tomato salad that I just had to share with you. I’ve been making this constantly this summer — it’s my new go-to side dish. But you should also know that it’s crazy simple to make. So simple that I feel a little funny […]

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

| August 13, 2012 | 7 Comments

Whenever I am unsure of anything, I’m totally guilty of thinking about it a lot (read: overthink and analyze to death). And frankly, the past few years have given me a lot to think about. The good news? I can handle it better now. As I have gotten older, I have found solace in making lists […]

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Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

| July 31, 2012 | 6 Comments

Warm breezes, the sound of waves crashing on the shore, laughter … these are the things our happy summer celebrations are made of. And they are fueled by summer dinners where the chicken is grilled, the corn is freshly peeled and steamed and the salads are chilled. We had a bit of a celebration recently […]

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Lemony Farro Salad with Basil and Tomatoes

Lemony Farro Salad with Basil and Tomatoes

| July 27, 2012 | 3 Comments

If I had to laid blame for my recent obsession with grains, it would lay firmly on the shoulders of the dear Joanne of Eats Well with Others. After several potlucks at the Sweetnicks house, she’s opened my eyes to whole grains. Before trying her salads and side dishes, I’d only delved into the land […]

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Fruited Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash and Lime

Fruited Quinoa Salad with Summer Squash and Lime

| July 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

When I was a child and a teen, I was always in this great big rush to grow up. Adulthood seemed like a magical gateway to fabulousness, and once I reached there everything would be just perfect automatically. I imagined my dreamy life filled with dinner parties and cocktail hours and late nights. I filled […]

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Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

| June 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Once upon a time, I used to wonder why farmers markets didn’t open earlier in the year. Here in Connecticut, many don’t open until late June (though there are a few that open earlier), which seemed cruelly late. Why should we have to wait so long to have access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables? […]

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Berry and Gorgonzola Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Berry and Gorgonzola Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

| June 5, 2012 | 7 Comments

I feel like I am living in a Katy Perry song. Seriously. Last week it was hot — a steamy 96 degrees a week ago — and this week it’s so cold that we’re bundling up with sweatshirts and our fuzzy blankets. You know, the ones we put away weeks ago. And before we know […]

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Creamy Black Bean, Red Pepper and Corn Salad with Avocado and Cilantro

Creamy Black Bean, Red Pepper and Corn Salad with Avocado and Cilantro

| May 7, 2012 | 6 Comments

The sun. The warm air. The sounds of laughter and roar of the lawn mower. The scent of freshly cut grass. When I sat down earlier to write this blog post, all of these things beckoned me outside. I tried to soldier on but all I found was a sputtering of ho-hum sentences curving around […]

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Edamame Chicken Dinner Salad

Edamame Chicken Dinner Salad

| April 22, 2012 | 11 Comments

A salad like this is a perfect ending to a cheery day. It hits all the right notes — crisp, crunchy, sweet, savory and belly-filling. And despite the length of the ingredients list, it’s ready in 10 minutes or less. An invaluable recipe to have in your repertoire, right? This healthful salad was actually the […]

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Green Apple, Red Onion, Avocado and Red Pepper Salad

Green Apple, Red Onion, Avocado and Red Pepper Salad

| March 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

After a long day at Walt Disney World last week, all I wanted was a salad. It was tattooed on my brain — the kind of desire that trumps all other thoughts and options. Forget about the long menu with some truly amazing dishes. Show me the salads, people. So when Shawn, the kids and […]

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