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


Jan 6, 2016

Thai Beef Salad

The holidays are fun!  Fancy cookies, colorful pies, glorious desserts! Stop me before I bake again!  Yes, I think it’s time for a salad.  Something like this super easy, tasty Thai Beef Salad!  

Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad from above

Nov 15, 2015

Fall Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

Yesterday I went to my first official holiday party—yes it’s time!   “Whiskgiving,” a pre-Thanksgiving potluck, was put on by a group of Wisconsin bloggers (Wisconsin Whisk), and came complete with carved roast turkey! The nice thing about blogger events is that I always come away with an idea for a recipe or two—this time Fall Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad.  … Continue reading

Sweet Potato, Arugula & Feta Salad, served

Oct 28, 2015

Sweet Potato, Arugula and Feta Salad

Today’s recipe for Sweet Potato, Arugula and Feta Salad comes from the Greek island of Ikaria by way of Diane Kochilas and Today Food.  The small Aegean island found fame in 2008 in a book by Dan Buettner about regions with unusual longevity.  I guess I wouldn’t mind getting a few recipes from people who (disproportionately) live to be 100!   … Continue reading

Tuscan Kale Salad

Sep 10, 2015

Tuscan Kale Salad

Kale is a great fall-into-winter green.  Hardy and nutritious, I hear tales of it surviving until Christmas in Wisconsin.  Over the years I have had my challenges with this dark green super-food, but today’s recipe for Tuscan Kale Salad marks a transition.  I now officially like kale.  I know that non-lettuce greens can be a challenge for other people too. … Continue reading

Spicy Cilantro Salad

Sep 6, 2015

Spicy Cilantro Salad

Are you a cilantro lover or a cilantro hater?  I used to be a hater—a card-carrying member of the “cilantro tastes like soap” club. But as I got older my tastes changed. So I was really excited when, a number of years back, I was served a Spicy Cilantro Salad.    The occasion was a family picnic and my mother-in-law brought … Continue reading

Cantaloupe Caprese Salad

Aug 9, 2015

Cantaloupe Caprese Salad

What makes a great summer dish?  Something that is light?  Fresh?  Easy?  And delicious, of course!  Just like this Cantaloupe Caprese Salad!   When the recipe popped into my email from Foodiecrush, I was intrigued.  Since I had four cantaloupes and a party coming, it went to the top of my “recipes to try” list!  Melon balls, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, basil … Continue reading

Greek Salad

Jul 26, 2015

CSA Greek Salad

Have you heard me whining (sorry) lately about being buried in CSA vegetables? Well, I still feel a little deer-in-the-headlights at the moment (have I mentioned I do two CSAs?). But I made a nice dent in the supplies today. I made a Greek Salad.  Topped with an an olive oil and lemon dressing and an array of fresh veggies–tomatoes, … Continue reading

Salad with Homemade French Dressing

Jun 21, 2015

French Dressing and Other Lessons I Learned from My Father

Father’s day is almost here and what better time to pay tribute to our fathers. As I’ve gotten older I have really come to appreciate the legacy my father left. Today I’ll be sharing a few lessons I learned from him, along with a French dressing recipe.  Going out in my childhood usually meant a white draped table, relish tray, … Continue reading