Salads

Blood Orange, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad

February 12, 2014
Blood Orange, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad

How excited am I that blood oranges are back? That excited ^. Also? This excited: Last spring, we planted a tiny blood orange tree in the backyard. And somehow it survived. We won’t let any blooms go to fruit this year but next year, man. Next year. Besides margaritas, one of my other favorite things [...]

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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

May 10, 2013
Kale and Quinoa Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Today should be “Garden Friday” where I show you how I somehow managed to make it another 7 days without killing the green things growing in my backyard. But it’s raining outside. Like, “you shoulda’ built that ark” raining. So instead of showing you our first zucchini, or telling you about my peach tree dropping [...]

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Spinach & Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese

February 4, 2013
Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

We now have a 3 year old! A 3 year old who eats things like quinoa, kiwi, prosciutto, and even a bite of sushi now and then. The crazy thing is that I can distinctly remember the first time I tried each of those foods – because I was far, far older than 3. But [...]

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PPQ: Field Greens with Spiced Walnuts and Goat Cheese

November 27, 2011
Field Greens with Spiced Walnuts and Goat Cheese

My contribution for this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe is last week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe. The group is baking up Snow-Tipped Sand Tarts this week. But I’m suffering from the usual post-Thanksgiving food coma burn out so turning on the oven for 5 minutes to roast a small batch of spiced walnuts was really [...]

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Kale with Pine Nuts and Garlic Vinaigrette

November 25, 2011

I woke up today with a jumbo-sized carb hangover. And you might have, too. Unless you were born with willpower. And then, well, I’m totally jealous. Last night, barely 30 minutes after I crammed the last load of dishes into the dishwasher and swore off cooking forever, I was in the kitchen, toasting pine nuts [...]

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Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

September 28, 2011
Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was one of the more fun and unique recipes in The Pastry Queen: Caesar Salad Pizzas, selected by Alice of This Home Plate. It’s exactly what you’d expect: romaine, parmesan, and croutons are tossed with an out-of-this-world homemade dressing. And then all that is put on top of already-cooked, [...]

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Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

June 29, 2011
Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Our garden continues to crank out zucchini like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily, “we” like zucchini! One of our favorite sides is grilled zucchini. But not just plain grilled zucchini. Noooo. We grew tired of plain grilled zucchini very soon after our plants started producing 3 baseball-bat sized zucs a day. Grilling the zucchini caramelizes the [...]

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Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

June 23, 2011
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch

There’s a popular Tex-Mex chain here in town (Chuy’s) that serves a ranch dressing/dip that, upon tasting, invokes one of two responses: – Pure bliss, while the angels sing and you bathe in their heavenly light – Confusion, wondering what the hype is all about over extra salty ranch dressing They call it “Creamy Jalapeno.” [...]

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