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Garlicky Romaine Hearts Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

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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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

With minimal time and effort, you can whip up this fresh, flavorful Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe. Perfect on salads! Whenever I am unsure of anything, I’m totally guilty of thinking about it a lot (read: overthink and analyze to death). And frankly, the past few years have given me a lot to think about. …

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Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw

Forget traditional coleslaw recipes. This Tangy Cranberry Almond Coleslaw recipe is a perfect sweet-tart salad for all your warm weather gatherings. This post was sponsored by Hellmann’s. All opinions are my own. Warm breezes, the sound of waves crashing on the shore, laughter … these are the things our happy summer celebrations are made of. …

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Roasted Tomato, Basil and Chickpea Pasta Salad

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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Creamy Black Bean, Red Pepper and Corn Salad with Avocado and Cilantro

The sun. The warm air. The sounds of laughter and roar of the lawnmower. 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 the …

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