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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

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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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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Arugula, Corn and Pepper Salad: An Easy Late Summer Salad

Arugula, Corn and Pepper Salad: An Easy Late Summer Salad

| August 23, 2011 | 2 Comments

We’re off to enjoy some late summer freedom today, but before I go I wanted to share this ridiculous easy salad. It’s perfect for late summer, and takes just minutes to toss together. You start with peppery arugula. I use the stems in the salad since they add that extra pop of pepper. Then you […]

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Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

| August 11, 2011 | 5 Comments

The gravel crunches under the tires as I pull up to the farm where I belong to a CSA program (a CSA is basically a share in a farm’s harvest; I receive a box of veggies and fruit every week in the summer). It’s this grabble-grabble sound that almost sounds like it’s talking to you, […]

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