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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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Easy Balsamic Napa Cabbage Salad

Easy Balsamic Napa Cabbage Salad

| July 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

This salad is a cool, refreshing and easy dish to throw together — which couldn’t be more perfect for days like today (and tomorrow and Saturday), when the temperature soars well into the 90s or higher, with humidity to make it all the worse. Preparing it is as simple as rinsing and chopping three veggies […]

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Balsamic Pasta Salad

Balsamic Pasta Salad

| June 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

Rhythm. It’s the stuff that our days are made of. It makes things regular and predictable and gives us a sense of calm, even when chaos threatens. Finding a rhythm when something changes always take a little time. When Will started kindergarten in September, it took a couple of weeks back in to find the […]

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Summer Fruit Cocktail with Lime-Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

Summer Fruit Cocktail with Lime-Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

| May 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

For a long, long time I have avoided any recipes that fall into the fruit salad or fruit cup or fruit cocktail genre. As much as I love these delightful sweet salads, I just didn’t see the point in offering recipes for them. The reason was simple: fruit salad is ridiculously easy and adaptable, and […]

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Lime Black Bean Salad with Shrimp

Lime Black Bean Salad with Shrimp

| March 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

When it comes to citrus, lime is my clear favorite. Yes, I like orange juice and the occasional grapefruit. And yes, lemon is perfect for some dishes. But I save my lovin’ for the lime. Limeaid, lime in guacamole, Lime White Chocolate Cookies — I love it all. So, lime in a dressing? Naturally, when […]

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Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe

Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe

| November 29, 2010 | 4 Comments

This is the story of a vinaigrette. A delicious, sweet-tangy vinaigrette that I adore. Last year, I went to an event at Craftbar where I discovered my new favorite salad dressing: Shallot Vinaigrette. It was one of those edible moments where the fork glided into my mouth and I was instantly won over. Forkful after […]

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Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad

| September 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

At a family party this weekend, my cousin made a beautiful salad of heirloom tomatoes, red onions, herbs, nectarines and a light vinaigrette from a local farm. It was brilliant. The sweetness of the nectarines are a lovely contrast to the onions and tomatoes. And the vinaigrette really brought it all together. It was absolutely […]

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Cooking with Kids: Balsamic Tomato, Corn and Cucumber Panzanella Recipe

Cooking with Kids: Balsamic Tomato, Corn and Cucumber Panzanella Recipe

| August 23, 2010 | 4 Comments

Earlier this year, I made my first panzanella (aka bread salad). It was a fabulous, flavorful, fresh salad perfect for a summertime (and it’s so unfair of me to mention it, since that is one of the few recipes I kept to myself — I promise to reveal it someday). So, when I contemplated how […]

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CSA Day: Asian Napa Cabbage Slaw with Peanut Sauce Recipe

CSA Day: Asian Napa Cabbage Slaw with Peanut Sauce Recipe

| July 28, 2010 | 4 Comments

Waiting patiently has never been something I do particularly well … but when it comes to the CSA (that’s Community Supported Agriculture — I own a subscription for a once-a-week produce box at a local farm), I don’t mind the wait until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Somehow, it’s different and exciting — without driving me […]

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CSA Day: Caramelized Onion and Kale Salad and Other Great Ideas

CSA Day: Caramelized Onion and Kale Salad and Other Great Ideas

| July 14, 2010 | 3 Comments

Welcome customers of Shortt’s Farm CSA! Scroll down for a delicious Caramelized Onion and Kale Salad recipe and other fabulous recipes to use today’s produce. Last summer, on a clear August evening, my cousin popped over to my house and dropped off a container of a delicious, refreshing curly kale salad made with whisper-thin red […]

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