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A Salad Bowl of Cherries

I LOVE cherries.  My favorite dessert of all time is cherry pie (not that cornstarch-y commercial pie either) I like the kind with a buttery, crumbly, bottom crust and a sugary lattice on top with an oozy cherry pie filling that barely holds together and bubbles through the lattice.  It may not look great…but mmmm, […]

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Fresh Ricotta and Beet Salad

I intended to blog about homemade Mozzarella and Buratta this week, but alas, I ran out of an ingredient that is somewhat difficult to source locally, and without it, the cheese will not be cheese. So I give you this recipe that I love to make at this time of the year when salads can […]

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Nicoise Salad

A Recipe for Salad Nicoise

For some reason, this salad always feels like spring to me.  I’m not sure why, since it doesn’t particularly use spring ingredients and can certainly be made deliciously all year round.  I think it is because many of us don’t think to eat a main course salad in the colder weather and this salad, while […]

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Orange Fennel Salad

About this time of the year, I am anxiously looking forward to produce that heralds spring: local asparagus, fresh fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, Vidalia onions and local fennel to name a few.  Yeah, I know you can get a few of these all year round from far away parts unknown, but there is nothing like […]

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Orzo, The Big Pretender: Asian Orzo Salad

While we are on the subject of rice, we should give a nod to orzo, which is NOT rice, but pasta.  Orzo can substitute for rice in many recipes and it looks similar, like a fat version of rice.  The cooking method is boiling, like pasta, not absorption; you will drain off the cooking liquid. […]

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Apple and Romaine Salad with Pistachios

Salads seem so summer.  Winter salads are always a challenge when it comes to having something seasonal, but light, to go with a heavy winter stew or elaborate cold weather dinner.  This salad is a nice light offering using ingredients that evoke crisp, fall weather.  It’s deceptively simple to make and your eaters will enjoy […]

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Southern Marinated Tomatoes

A chill is in the air.  The nights are in the 40’s.  Fall is here and my tomatoes are drooping, but I have a Custer’s last stand red crop.  I have made enough puree to fill a small country’s freezer.  Now what?  Ok, my next to last tomato recipe for 2013.  This one is a […]

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Mexican Corn Salad – “Mexicorn”

Another riff on a corn salad.  This dish, like revenge,  is always served cold and should be made a day ahead.  It’s perfect for entertaining and I have made large quantities of this salad for huge picnics and it’s always a hit.  Sometimes I spice it up with a minced habanero or add a teaspoon […]

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Kernel Krazy – Recipe for My Way Succotash

What to do with those two to three leftover ears of corn that just no one could finish?  Shave off the kernels, add a few things, and make Succotash…with a twist.  Pump up the protein by using edamame instead of lima beans (I hate those anyway)-if you can get them fresh, great, if not, the […]

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Strawberry Salad

Strawberry and Almond Salad

I love this time of year-getting warm, but not hot, planting gardens, green, green grass, and the blooming of beautiful fruit and produce in the markets.  For the past several weeks I’ve been covering asparagus.  Now it’s almost time for strawberries to come in from locales near to Pennsylvania shores and soon will be pick-ready […]

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