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


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