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Week 43 – Grilled Radicchio Salad

Sometimes delicious things come in ugly packages.  Celery root is the first to come to mind.  I find kiwi to be less than appealing until you peel the rough, mottled skin to find the sweet, juicy meat underneath.  And I have to admit that the grilled radicchio I made tonight wasn’t the most photogenic salad…

Week 42 – Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

The great thing about making salads is that they are composed of a little of this and a little of that.  A salad can start with the base from a great recipe, but then it can be tweaked and modified with tasty ingredients that are available from the fridge or seasonal ingredients that are available…

Week 41 – Roasted Pear Salad

My family has a weekly tradition.  We like to sit down to Sunday dinner.  I feel a little spoiled, because my young family is actually able to sit at the dinner table together most nights.  But between soccer practices, music practice, homework and all the adult meetings we pile on our plate, these can, most…

Week 40 – Broccoli Waldorf Salad

There are many classic American salads.  Coleslaw, potato salad and iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing have long histories.  Then there are the salads that were created in a moment of inspiration, although some might say there was also an element of desperation.  Caeser Salad was created by the Cardini family (there seems to be…

Week 39 – Fall Quinoa Salad

There are a couple magical weeks each year when we can find all the fresh, bright summer vegetables as well as the earthy, comforting fall vegetables. In Oregon, the time is now. This week, the Farmer’s Market was bursting at the seams with tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant as well as squash, pumpkin and kale. I…

Week 38 – Cauliflower Salad

I’ve tried growing cauliflower in my little vegetable garden.  Unfortunately, success has not been mine.  I plant my little seedlings with all the hope that comes with a freshly turned section of the garden.  I tend and pamper and wait expectantly for those beautiful buds to emerge.  But alas, a month or two in, I…

Week 37 – Greek Salad

The kids are back in school.  We are settling back into our routine of carpools, soccer practices and piano lessons.  The kids are coming home tired and happy and full of stories to share.  I, too, have refocused my energy, settling into a new work routine.  The sidewalk, underfoot, is beginning to be crunchy with…

Week 36 – Green Zebra Salad

A couple weeks ago, I was gazing longingly at my tomato vines wishing and hoping.  What a difference a couple weeks make.  Over the last few days I have dried cherry tomatoes, made tomato jam and am hoping to can a portion of the bountiful harvest this weekend.  But my favorite way to enjoy this…

Week 35 – Crab Salad

My husband and I went to Maine for our honeymoon.  The adventure was a journey of compromise.  You see, I am a planner.  I like to know what I am doing, where I am going and when it is all happening.  My husband wanted this adventure to be spontaneous.  And so we compromised.  We did…

Week 34 – Summer Garden Salad

The kids are heading back to school next week.  I will be sad to see summer end (especially since it arrived in the Pacific NW only a couple weeks ago!), but mostly I will miss the wonderful playtime I have had with my children.  This year we tried something new.  I have a friend who…