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How to Make a Great Salad

How to Make a Great Salad

| February 7, 2009 | 6 Comments

Earlier this week, Glamour Magazine’s Storked! blogger Christine Coppa asked readers what they like in salads. The responses were plentiful with ideas. Me? I like lots of veggies, a bit of cheese and usually a protein. Mmm. But that got me thinking about how my salad style has really changed. I used to think that […]

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Heirloom Tomatoes with Blue Cheese Dressing

Heirloom Tomatoes with Blue Cheese Dressing

| August 21, 2008 | 3 Comments

When I first saw the heirloom tomato with blue cheese dressing recipe in Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten (great cookbook, by the way), I wasn’t enthused. I despise mayonnaise and the dressing includes a hearty dose. Instead I made a tangy, tasty vinaigrette to serve over my heirlooms. It was very tasty and […]

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Me, Myself, and Cabbage: Classic Coleslaw

Me, Myself, and Cabbage: Classic Coleslaw

| August 15, 2008 | 0 Comments

As far as summer salads go, coleslaw is a classic. It’s great with everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to fried chicken. But as classics go, there are millions of variations with differing ingredients lists and must-haves. Some are more saucy, some are less. Some have the traditional creamy dressing and others have oil and […]

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Homemade Garlic Croutons

Homemade Garlic Croutons

| July 10, 2008 | 4 Comments

“Hun, are you done with this bread?” That’s the kind of thing that Shawn might say to me while the leftover, slightly stale bread dangles inches from the trash heap . . . but not any longer. He’s now an official homemade crouton convert. I buy bread at the farmer’s market here every weekend. We […]

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Baby Spinach Salad With Candied Almonds

Baby Spinach Salad With Candied Almonds

| January 31, 2008 | 3 Comments

I get really stressed out when I have to plan a menu. Typically it goes something like this: Pull every cookbook out of my bookcases and scour them for just the right dishes. Find nothing that meets my expectations and reluctantly put them back — after double checking the ones that I think should be […]

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

| September 5, 2007 | 1 Comment

Nearly every weekend this summer has included a trip to my cousin’s farm. Will and I have carefully selected the farm-fresh and mostly organic produce and coveted it all week long. There were overflowing pints of blueberries that Will would finish before the day was out and tiny, sweet orange cherry tomatoes that would burst […]

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Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

| August 26, 2007 | 4 Comments

When I was pregnant with Will, I ate everything in sight – except lobster (one of my favorite foods). The favorites during that time were sausage and pepper grinders, nachos and anything from McDonald’s. I couldn’t have chosen a worse diet really. This pregnancy is the polar opposite. I still like lobster, for one thing. […]

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Zesty Black Bean, Corn and Cucumber Salad

Zesty Black Bean, Corn and Cucumber Salad

| June 19, 2007 | 0 Comments

The good news is that I had tremendous success grilling clams in beer on my parents’ gas grill this weekend. The bad news is I forgot my camera and have zero photo evidence to show for it. So how to grill clams on a gas grill will be a story for another day, I guess. […]

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Memorial Day Salads

Memorial Day Salads

| May 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

I can’t believe it’s Memorial Day already. Yea for warm weather, swimming and lots of beach time! Boo for overpriced gas and higher electric bills. Can’t have it all, can we? Tomorrow, we are heading to the beach for a family day and probably a barbecue. Nothing quite compares with sand, surf and family on […]

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French Dip Panini and Caprese Salad

French Dip Panini and Caprese Salad

| May 15, 2007 | 6 Comments

Dinner tonight was a pretty quick combination of recipes. First, I threw together Rachael Ray’s French Dip Panini (with a few minor modifications). Then I whipped up a two-minute caprese salad (which coincidentally is a perfect inclusion for Sweetnicks’ ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday). Honestly, I dare say this is the first Rachael Ray recipe I have ever […]

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