Warm Cheesy Roasted Portabella Caesar Salad

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When I saw these portabella mushrooms at a local grocery store, I swooned and my head filled with images of meaty roasted portabellas on a salad. Everything else I had imagined cooking vanished (I had really planned to stuff mushrooms with St. Patrick’s Day leftovers). I just wanted my warm portabellas and cool salad. We’re…

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Cucumber, Carrot and Edamame Salad

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There is so much good all around us, if we only take the time to see it. Goodness is bright and beautiful. It fills us up and reminds us that we aren’t alone. That’s such an important thing. Good was in the Christmas cards that arrived, sharing the kindest of well wishes in the aftermath…

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Garlicky Romaine Hearts Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

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Paige’s blondish-brownish hair swung below her knitted cap as she climbed the stairs to her school bus today, heading off to kindergarten. She sunk onto the first seat, sliding to the window and looking out at me with her big brown eyes. Immediately, her little hand rose  and started waving. I did the same, wearing…

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Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

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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

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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

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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

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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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