Citrus Salad with Blue Cheese is sweet & bright for winter. And with lettuce, fruit & cheese, it’s extra healthy when it counts!

Jan 26, 2017

Citrus Salad with Blue Cheese

It’s okay to fail.  Sometimes it’s even positive. You see, if every batch of my new marmalade had worked, I wouldn’t have created this delicious Citrus Salad with Blue Cheese.  Yes, this month I made my first marmalade—three batches of it.  And one of them failed.  The flavor was good, but it was syrupy rather than gel-like.  What to do … Continue reading

Oct 23, 2016

Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad

I’d like to claim it was inspiration.  Or the product of a finely tuned palate.  Alas, this Spinach Pear Pomegranate Salad was the result of things left over in my refrigerator. But isn’t that what seasonal eating is all about?    Of course everyone knows that “leftovers” can be the makings of fine eating (does your family fight over them … Continue reading

Greek Pasta Salad

Oct 6, 2016

Greek Pasta Salad with Orzo

Greek food?  Lately I’ve been obsessed with it.  Could it be all those gorgeous tomatoes sitting on the window sill?  So today’s Aegean-inspired recipe is a Greek Pasta Salad bearing the last of fall’s tomatoes and cucumbers.  But before I start, I must confess a deep dark secret (shhh). I am a die hard pasta salad hater, one of a … Continue reading

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad Closeup

Sep 28, 2016

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad & a Giveaway

The fall leaves are turning late this year.  No problem—they will change when they are ready, in a bright profusion.  And while we wait, how about some great color in this Fall Colors Raspberry Salad? This recipe was inspired by a delicious organic raspberry lime salad dressing I just got from Litehouse foods. I love raspberries, but usually find raspberry … Continue reading

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Aug 18, 2016

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

August is crazy if you have school kids!  And it doesn’t matter if they are old or young. Young kids outgrow their school clothes, need $376 of (really specific) school supplies and are anxious about their new teacher.  Older kids start school sports, end summer jobs… and maybe even fly away to college at dawn (Mom sobs.)  So it was … Continue reading

Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad (Panzanella) from above

Aug 11, 2016

Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad (Panzanella)

Back in the day, serving bread on salads was big.  Of course, that bread was typically chopped, seasoned, and rebranded as croutons.  But the concept was legit—bread in salads is delicious! This time, it’s served up torn and marinated in a Grilled Vegetable, Bread & Tomato Salad, or Panzanella.   Wikipedia describes Panzanella as “a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes … Continue reading

Jul 1, 2016

July 4th Grilled Fruit Salad

I love hanging out (even virtually) with other bloggers.  Nothing like a bunch of clever cooks and a food challenge to push you to new levels.  So this week I made a Grilled Fruit Salad, decked out for the 4th of July, for a Wisconsin Whisk link party.  Wisconsin Whisk is an organization of Wisconsin food bloggers who do outings … Continue reading

Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad closeup

Jun 18, 2016

Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad

You may already be somewhat familiar with today’s Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad. There is a popular version circulating on the internet, prepared with spinach.  But I prefer my mother’s version–made using butter lettuce.  I like the way the sweet-tender lettuce pairs with the juicy berries and contrasts with the crisp pecans.  All topped with a rosy poppy seed dressing.  A … Continue reading

Apr 27, 2016

Tricolor Coleslaw with Olive Oil Dressing

Do you count your five-a-day?  Maybe even nine? I am talking about the number of fruit & vegetable servings recommended by the USDA—and getting enough can be a challenge!  Why not make it easier with today’s tricolor coleslaw–two servings (or more) in a big helping!    Recently I have decided that, when I make a recipe, I will ask one … Continue reading

Thai Carrot Slaw Closeup

Jan 31, 2016

Thai Carrot Slaw

I am big on cooking local food from scratch.  But sometimes you need a little help–you never know when a small crisis is going to hit! That’s why I love a food that has options, like this Thai Carrot Slaw.  With julienned carrots in a slightly spicy, peanut-y sauce, it can go local or pre-cut and super-simple. Recently a light … Continue reading