Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad . . .

with a YUMMY yogurt dressing.  My new FAVORITE salad!  I think I’ve eaten it 5 of the past 9 days.   I’m a pushover for anything with cucumber in it, and the herbs give this salad such a fresh and sparkly taste.  Super easy to make — it’s gonna be your favorite salad too!  Don’t […]

Parsley, Lemon and Cannellini Bean Salad

Bright, fresh, tangy and satisfying.  This is another rockstar recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new book  Plenty More.    His recipes are easy to make and have surprising flavors that make my mouth so happy.  I hate canned beans, so I always make mine from scratch–plan ahead (four hours in a crockpot).  The second recipe below for […]

Spaghettini and Shrimp with Toasted Chile Crumbs

It’s still winter here, and tomatoes look like . . . well, except that they’re kind of round, they still don’t look much like tomatoes right now.  So, summer tomatoes probably sends this recipe over the top, but my mom gave me some heirlooms that were pretty darn good.  This is very quick to make […]

Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing

Duh-Freaking-Licious!! I know, I say this about everything I make, and in truth I don’t post the disaster recipes like the Bacon Bourbon Chicken that caused a major fire in my barbecue the day after I made it. This recipe IS an end (or beginning) of summer super yummy salad. Serve it icy cold and […]

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Feta and Sunflower Seeds

Mary made a version of this for me last week, and it was so good! I’m not a zucchini fan unless it’s raw, and this turned out to be a perfect summer salad. The version Mary made had the same lemon and olive oil dressing, but it also had pinenuts, Parmesan and basil. This is […]

Mozza Salad: I could eat this EVERY night!

My most favorite salad in the world with the most badassical garbanzo beans I have ever had, and that says it all considering I used to gag on garbanzo beans.  SERIOUSLY! DO NOT MAKE THIS SALAD UNLESS YOU MAKE THESE GARBANZO BEANS. Okay.  OKAY!  Make the  #*!&$ salad and open a can of beans, but […]

Apple and Escarole Salad with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts

My current favorite salad — reminds me of Portland.   Serves 6 2 T. apple cider vinegar 1 T. minced shallot 1 t. Dijon mustard Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 T. extra-virgin olive oil 2 oz. whole shelled hazelnuts (about 1/2 cup), toasted and skinned 1 lb. (about 2 large) sweetish apples […]

Corn, Edamame and Green Beans: My New Favorite Vegetable Salad

In a serving bowl toss fresh corn, edamame, blanched and cooled green beans, diced avocado and a few toasted cashews.  Moisten with dressing (recipe below), top with fresh sprouts and a drizzle of hemp seeds.  DUH-LICIOUS! Dressing: 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped shallot 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh […]

Butternut Squash Panzanella

Serves 6 4 c. peeled and diced butternut squash (1/2″ dice) 1/2 cup + 2 1/2 T.  olive oil 1 T. chopped fresh sage gray sea salt (or whatever!  this is what the original recipe called for) and freshly ground pepper 1/2 lb. Brussel sprouts, ends trimmed, sliced in half 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced […]

Steak Salad with Watercress, Shallots and Stilton

Last night’s dinner. umma-umma-umma-yummmmmmmmm!! Serves 4 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard Kosher salt 12- to 14-oz. strip steak or rib eye (1 inch thick) Freshly ground black pepper 4 large shallots, sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 1-1/2 cups) 6 cups (lightly packed) […]