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While the Rest of the World was Sleeping

Once a week a girlfriend, Cxx, and I go for a walk.  We live in the same neighborhood and we both have children the same age (both of us being late-bloomers).  We both love ice-cream, are in a love-hate relationship with our bodies and struggle daily with the balance between work and family.  And we…

Anticipation

My son started developing his Christmas list in July.  Now, I realize to some, this might sound like a greedy enterprise.  However, for my six year old boy, the Christmas list becomes a fine-tuned art.  It might seem a stretch, but drafting the list is viewed as an opportunity to practice hand-writing and spelling, two…

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 16 – Slaw with Peanut Dressing

Spring is in the air, but the new spring vegetables just aren’t quite ready for harvesting (at least not in my yard). In the meantime we must continue to dine on winter vegetables. This salad is another excellent dish that bridges that gap between winter and spring. The cabbage and celery root are winter leftovers,…

Week 14 – Frisee with Bacon and Dates

One of my favorite appetizers is a little bite-sized Spanish tapa, especially when it comes from my favorite Portland restaurant, Toro Bravo. Bacon is wrapped around a date, which is wrapped around a slice of almond. It is then warmed through and a sweet glaze is drizzled across the top. It takes just one of…

Week 13 – Celery Root, Apple Salad

  At my local supermarket this week, there was only one vegetable (besides beets!) that came from local sources.  And so I set myself a challenge to figure out what to do with what might be called ‘ugliest’ vegetable.  Enter the celery root.  Also known as celeriac, this vegetable is available during the long months…

Week 9 – Leek Salad

When is a salad a salad and when is it a side dish?  I have been asking myself this earth-shaking question as I’ve researched leek salads.  The tough, fibrous nature of leeks supports the notion that the vegetable should be eaten only after it has been sautéed, grilled or braised.  Since leeks are one of the few local…

Week 7 – Tangelo, Walnut Green Salad

I have been searching and searching for a salad using citrus. But I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, until I stumbled across this recipe. Citrus season is about over, but I had to give this salad a try and I was so glad I did. This salad, using common winter ingredients, speaks…

Week 6 – Salad Lyonnnaise

I realize the cliché in telling the story of a French salad on Valentine’s Day. But the fact remains that some of my favorite memories shared with my husband have taken place in France. This salad reminds us of those long leisurely dinners that are more about the delightful setting and wonderful conversation then a…