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Canary Melon and Cilantro Salad

June 17, 2012 Salads

Allow me to introduce you to the canary melon. Canary melon is amazing. It’s sweet and juicy, like honeydew dipped in sugar crystals. You could eat it like candy for dessert. I discovered this delightful fruit by happenstance. I asked the grocer about it and he sliced one up on the spot to let me [...]

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Greek Isles Potato Salad with Lindsay Olives

May 24, 2012 Favorites

As you may recall, I’m not a fan of boring potato salad. I don’t do the gloppy, goopy, mushy stuff. No thanks. However, I do like tangy, crunchy, soft, and filling. A good potato salad in summertime is hard to beat. Lucky for me, Lindsay Olives called. (I’m a huge fan of their olives which [...]

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Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato

February 14, 2012 Soups and Stews

I’m sure many of you will be dining out tonight in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Seeing as I’m flying out to Austin, TX at the crack of dawn tomorrow and I’ll likely work late tonight, my husband and I will probably order pizza and stuff our faces  while finishing up the second hour of Downton [...]

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Wheatberry and Tomato Basil Salad

August 24, 2011 Salads

I apologize for my infrequent posts of late. I’m afraid things are going to be this way for a touch longer, just another month or so. I beg your patience. I’ll still be posting regularly, just a bit less often. Blame it on the wedding, I find myself doing that for everything these days. Now, [...]

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Greek Lentil Salad

July 18, 2011 Salads

  Lately, I’ve been riding my bike to and from work everyday. It’s great exercise, but it’s hard to ride with a packed lunch- unless that lunch is light. In the summer, I like cool salads like this tangy lentil salad. It’s filling yet light and is an absolute cinch to travel with. You could [...]

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Super Simple “Pad Thai”

June 23, 2011 Dinner

I gingerly call this dish “Pad Thai.” I guess it’d be more accurate to say this is what I consider to be the home cook’s quick and dirty version. I realize that it’s probably deeply offensive among serious cooks that I call this dish Pad Thai at all, and so I’m hoping the use of [...]

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Black and Pinto Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro Dressing

June 7, 2011 Lunch

Let’s lighten things up a bit, shall we?   After back to back posts of sugary cocktails and fudgy cookies, I think we need something healthy and refreshing. A light, bright bean salad sounds perfect. And it’s ideal for summer picnics and potlucks. Ingredients: 1 can of black beans, drained 1 can of pinto beans, [...]

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Lightning Quick Pickled Purple Cabbage

May 18, 2011 Salads

I love pickled veggies, especially purple cabbage which is a staple in our house. We put it on everything from salad to tacos to soup. The texture adds a nice crunch to a dish and the vinegar gives it bite. Not to mention roughage. Too much? I’m not big on canning, so I make this [...]

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Vegan Chocolate Coconut Pudding and a Product Review

May 9, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

  Knowing my penchant for coconut oil, the very nice folks at Kelapo sent me a jar of their coconut oil to sample and review. They were kind enough to send a few original recipe cards for inspiration, including a recipe for pie crust and an apple pie smoothie, but in the end I went [...]

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Lemon Pepper Asparagus Salad

May 6, 2011 Salads

I’m kind of fixated on this dish as of late. Isn’t spring a lovely time for asparagus? I made a hearty Italian meal the other night and wanted a little something green to serve with it. A cold asparagus salad sounded perfect. Something simple and easy of course. I’ve noticed a few other asparagus recipes [...]

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