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Week 51 – Roasted Broccoli Salad

Caramelly sweetness.  Slight crunchiness.  Addictively delicious.  Are you thinking of a holiday treat?  Well, now I am.  But when I started this narrative I was thinking about roasted vegetables.  I love most vegetables (except beets!) in their raw or pure state.  Depending on the variety, I also enjoy them grilled or mashed or sautéed.  But…

Week 50 – Pomegranate Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

One of the objectives of a long-term goal is to try things you’ve never tried before… to stretch your limits and master something new.  As I near the end of my ‘Year of Salad’ I am proud that I have met my own personal challenge.  Rather than continually serving the same basic green salad with store-bought…

Week 49 – Kale Salad

I am starting to make my list and check it twice.  My husband’s family is about to descend upon us for the Christmas festivities.  And since my family lives here in town, it means that Christmas dinner will be a lively, festive, crowded affair with many different food preferences and preferred Christmas traditions.  There are…

Week 48 – Sweet Potato with Chipotle/Cranberry Dressing

Even though sweet potato season means the end to fresh tomato season… I always look forward to the time of year when I can begin enjoying the delicious root vegetable in all its fabulous forms. Boiled and mashed with a dash of orange juice, roasted with a sprinkling of olive oil and salt, or sautéed…

Week 47 – Asian Cole Slaw

Thanksgiving is over. The turkey and all those decadent side dishes have been shared and put away. It was another truly fabulous feast, but now I crave something fresh and light. Something with a crunch. For me, Vietnamese food satisfies those cravings.  Bon Appetit Asian Cole SlawA perfect accompaniment to the delicious Banh Mi Sandwich.…

Week 46 – Brussels Sprout Salad

My family pulls together the massive Thanksgiving meal as a potluck. Each member of the extended tribe brings a dish or two and as the years have gone by, we have settled into a fairly regular routine. Everyone loves my sister’s creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes, my mom makes the most fabulous sweet potatoes and I…

The Hills are Alive with Color

From my shower, through a small window, I look out at a stand of trees. Gazing out, I plan my dinner menu, solve the design challenge that has me stumped, or daydream about white sand and sunny skies. It is a tiny peephole view where I watch the change in light and weather brought by…

Week 45 – Roasted Squash Endive Salad

Fall is in the air and, like clockwork, I am craving the bitter flavors of kale, collards and endive. There is something about the days growing shorter that causes me to long for a big pot of bitter greens served with a splash of vinegar. Especially when it is placed on my plate alongside a…

Hidden Surprises

Have you ever walked by a corner, seemingly a million times before, and suddenly something catches your eye?  It could be something your eyes passed over many times before, but that something causes you to pause and really see it for the first time.  Perhaps it is a new bloom, creating a colorful spot along the path.  Perhaps…

Week 44 – Oregon Salad

No year-long blog about salads would be complete without a couple of the classics, especially a classic that has convinced my incredibly picky daughter that she LOVES salad!!  Of course, if I had been the one to place the colorful plate of greens, berries and nuts on the table before her, she would have turned up…