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

Asian Salad Closeup

Nov 25, 2014

Asian Salad and a Dressing Giveaway

Sometimes it’s fine to take it easy.  Like making a nice Asian salad that looks special, but comes together in a snap (shhhhh).  The idea behind this dish (or at least the dressing) is from Wafu, a Canadian company that produces Japanese inspired salad dressings and mayonnaise.    In fact, Wafu means (literally) “Japanese-style dressing.”  They sent me a package of … Continue reading


Nov 16, 2014

Apple Pomegranate Salad & Serving Spoons Giveaway

I admit it.  I am starting to think about Christmas.  Just a little.  I blame it on the lateness of Thanksgiving, but I believe it never hurts to start your planning early.  Especially if your shopping list has one of those “people who have everything” on it.  If you do, read on for a great idea–and a recipe for Apple … Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Salad, Served

Oct 18, 2014

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Macadamia Nut Vinaigrette

Fall can be beautiful.  Brilliant leaves, colorful pumpkins, fire-lit nights.  But after four days straight of rain, my fall is downright dreary.  So I am making a lunch that brings out some warmth–a roasted vegetable salad with macadamia nut oil dressing. The initial inspiration for this came from Alysha of She’s on the Run who made a version of this … Continue reading


Aug 16, 2014

Bored with Bag Lunch? Mason Jar Salads Review & Giveaway

The Mason Jar Salads book arrived just in time.  You see for the past couple months, my kids have had summer jobs that extend over meals.   Early shift means bag lunch.  Late shift, dinner.  Snag a double shift, brown bag both.  I can’t begin to tell you how old PB&J has gotten.  

Caesar Salad Ingredients

Jul 3, 2014

Classic Caesar Salad

I had intended to post a cheesecake recipe today–something all decked out for the  4th of July.  Perhaps you will see it next year (sigh).  First my pan arrived late, then after two baking trials (which were good but not spectacular), I was out of time.  Happily, when I opened up my CSA box this morning, there was a beautiful … Continue reading

Artichoke Salad from above

Mar 1, 2014

Artichoke Salad with Pea Pods & Mushrooms

This recipe for Artichoke Salad with Pea Pods & Mushrooms came from one of Milwaukee’s old fine dining establishments, the Grenadier Restaurant.  Refined and elegant with a British Grenadier marking its entrance, it was a popular dinner destination back in the day–and helped to bring out the young foodie in me. I still remember my first visit there.  Seriously formal, they … Continue reading


Jul 13, 2013

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad

This Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula salad began as part of the Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Project, but never made it into print.  In my late-spring push to begin posting seasonal recipes (during harvest), then the bustling activities of summer, something had to give. Beach Trip Distraction Fourth of July Parade Distraction But this salad (and a couple more … Continue reading

Warm Pear and Hazelnut Salad

Jan 29, 2013

(Deceptively Easy) Warm Pear & Hazelnut Salad

What goes into a great salad?  For me, beyond the obvious good greens, the best salads have at least three of the following characteristics:  sweet, savory (or salty), creamy, and/or crunchy. Need an example?  Classic Caesar has salty anchovies, creamy dressing, and crunchy croutons.  Spinach with Hot Bacon Dressing has sweet sour dressing, savory bacon, creamy egg and crunchy water … Continue reading