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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 | 7 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 | 12 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

Crispy, tart, crunchy, sweet and creamy … this recipe for Green Apple, Red Onion, Avocado and Red Pepper Salad has it all. 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 […]

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Buffalo Chicken Salad, Simplified

Buffalo Chicken Salad, Simplified

| January 18, 2012 | 7 Comments

When Shawn and I used to eat out (a frequent occurrence in our pre-children days when money was plentiful and bills were not), I would order Buffalo Chicken Salad whenever it was on the menu. I loved the crunch of the fried chicken, the spice of the buffalo wing sauce and the creamy coolness of […]

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Loaded Caesar Salad (and the Eat. Live. Be. Reboot)

Loaded Caesar Salad (and the Eat. Live. Be. Reboot)

| December 7, 2011 | 6 Comments

Caesar salad is basic. Predictable. Boring, even. I mean, maybe you’ll find some well-seasoned chicken or delicious shrimp on a special Caesar, but generally it’s the same thing: romaine, Caesar dressing and Parmesan, mix well. Oh, and croutons. Repeat. But who says it has to be that way? Who says that Caesar salads can’t be […]

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Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnut and Dried Cranberry Salad

| October 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

So. I’ve had a couple of butternut squashes in my fridge. They’ve been taunting me. Staring me down. Begging me to do something, anything with them. But I was nervous. It’s been years since I handled and cooked squashes in their whole form. Typically, I take the easy way out and buy squash that’s already […]

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