Salads

Watermelon Salad with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette

Watermelon Salad with Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

Last week, a picture of a pumpkin cheesecake popped up in my Facebook feed and I was like no. And then I went all Tracy-Morgan-from-Cop-Out. NO. NONONONONONO. HELL. NO. It’s July. And I want no part of pumpkin creamy salted apple Thanksgiving caramel candy corn baked casserole pumpkin anything. What I do want? Sweet, figure-friendly [...]

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Blood Orange, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad

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

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

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

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

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

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 Onions with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

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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