Salads

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

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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Watermelon Salad with Grapefruit-Mint Vinaigrette

Watermelon Salad with Grapefruit-Mint Vinaigrette

Next to blackberries and peaches, the fruit I look forward to most during the summer is watermelon. It brings back such fun memories, back when life was simpler. And there were fewer diapers to change. My parents always kept a huge watermelon chilling in our fridge. After dinner, we’d go out to the front porch [...]

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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon & Ranch Potato Salad

Three day weekends around our house are usually celebrated in a very predictable way: hammers, drywall dust, 5 trips to a home improvement store, and a cook-out… or three. This weekend is no different. A laundry list of to-dos has set the theme for this weekend’s menu: quick & easy. There’s a baking dish in [...]

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Fall Salad with Roasted Pears and Blue Cheese

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Ina Garten? Really, I do. She has that librarian voice that can make a person go from nutso to calm and collected, in seconds. I received Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics for Christmas and it’s quickly becoming a household classic. One of the first recipes that I [...]

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Lemony Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese

Chopped Asparagus

But first, a riddle: Q: What’s green and finally cheaper than a gallon of gas? A: A pound of asparagus! Asparagus is one of my favorite green things, next to avocados and money. I’ll gladly take a big helping of asparagus piping-hot from the oven, roasted with garlic and red-pepper infused oil or baked in [...]

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Wedge of goodness

Wedge Salad

“You’ll be so proud of me. I ordered lettuce on my hamburger at lunch today.” Aaahhh. The ongoing adventure of trying to get my husband to eat more plants. And for the record, I was extremely proud of him. Even more so when he responded, “Let’s eat a salad,” when I ask him what he [...]

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Creamy Pasta Salad with Bell Peppers and Grapes

Pasta Salad

Me: So what do you need me to bring for Father’s Day Dinner? Mom: Whatever you want. Me: Cool! I’ll bring dark chocolate brownies and a pasta salad. Pasta salad? Did I really just say that? I have never been a big fan of pasta salad – or “macaroni salad,” as it’s known in this [...]

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A Summery Salad & A Guilty Pleasure

Balsamic Nectarines & Spinach Salad

Lunch at home alone is always uneventful. I typically sneak downstairs for a quick bite of leftovers and then spend the rest of the hour watching All My Children. What’s for lunch, who was kidnapped (and by whom), who’s going to jail – all very important questions to me at noon each weekday. Last night’s [...]

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