Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2013 was a fabulous year for you, and that 2014 will be even better.  Once again, I am entering the new year unencumbered by resolutions, which has become my own kind of tradition, I suppose.  Sure, there are projects to be done, a whole house full of rooms to be organized, and there are certainly pounds to be lost.  But I can’t be bothered with all that in the face of a brand new year, fresh with possibilities.  Also, I’m extremely distracted at the moment by this falafel salad.

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

I’m fully aware that the blogging world is probably glutted at the moment with “recipes” for salads.  But this isn’t that kind of salad.  This is a salad that is only a salad because it really wants to be.  What?!  I don’t even know. I just ate a big plate of this and I’m giddy about it. It’s so good. [Read more...]

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry SauceThe first time that my now-husband spent Thanksgiving with my family, I asked him a few days before what dish he really liked out of the whole meal.  His response was, “Oh, I really like cranberry sauce!”  I asked him who in his family made it, so I could get their recipe, make him feel more at home.  And then, my dear husband says, “No… like the jellied one… in the can!”  So I was kind of off the hook on the cranberry sauce thing.  That year I had the jellied cranberry sauce for the first time.  Not bad.  Not bad at all. [Read more...]

Chive Oil

Chive Oil

If you usually hang around here for the meal ideas or easy dessert stuff, don’t get discouraged.  ”But, Christina,” you say, “When are we going to get a recipe that has more than 3 ingredients? This is getting ridiculous.”   Well… not today.  Today, you get a recipe with two ingredients.  Maybe three if you count salt.  Sorry. Tomorrow I will post a recipe for boiled water that will blow you away.

I know I literally just wrote a tomato salad post saying how it was so simple that I felt stupid posting a recipe.  Well this puts that post to shame.  Chive oil?  Can this be worth an entire post? Really? [Read more...]

Simple Tomato Salad

Simple Tomato Salad

I hate to complain. I really do.  I know I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, because I probably went into a thing about pumpkin-flavored stuff last year, but really. Can we stop oohing and ahhing over pumpkin spice lattes?  

I get it.  Some people like pumpkin.  Some people are really into fall and this signals the beginning of fall for them.  But, people.  There are still peaches at the markets.  And eggplants.  And tomatoes.  Beautiful, sweet, juicy tomatoes that will no longer be here a month from now.  Can we just take a moment to revel in these things while they’re here?  Because, I hate to break this to you, but, um… that’s not real pumpkin in your drink.  It’s pumpkin-flavored syrup.  Available any time of the year.  In January, you’ll still be able to drink mocha-peppermint-cranberry flavored caffeine, but good luck finding tomatoes that take your breath away or a peach that will dribble its sticky juices down your chin.

Simple Tomato Salad

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Corn and Radish Salad with Jalapeno Lime Dressing

DSC_0235It’s sweet corn season, when you can bring home armfuls of the stuff for pocket change. Crunchy, sweet, milky sweet corn- one of my favorite things. For the next month, sweet corn will be a staple around our house, especially because it’s so versatile and also just so very, very good.

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Radishes are another one of my favorite things to seek out at the farmer’s market, but they are a bit harder to come by in August. Radishes are everywhere in the spring and early summer, but by now, I mostly get funny looks when I ask the vendors if they have any stashed somewhere. But I really love them, and they’re not impossible to grow later in the season… are they? My tenacity paid off when I found one farmer with three beautiful bunches left. I snatched up all of them and left the market a happy camper.

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Mango and Roasted Ancho Quesadillas

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The inspiration for these quesadillas came to me while I was watching my son eat lunch.  Now, if you have ever watched a toddler eat, you know that it can, at times, be less than appetizing.  They have a way of creating such messy havoc of the food in front of them that it’s no wonder they get such a bad rap for being picky eaters.  Frankly, I wouldn’t want to eat what’s on the highchair tray at the end of a meal either. Most of the time.

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Kohlrabi Pie with Dill and Feta

Kohlrabi Pie with Feta and DillKohlrabi used to kind of be my thing.  I loved picking it up at the grocery store when I was able to find it, because inevitably, someone would come up to me and say, “Now, what do you do with that?” or, “What does that taste like?”  And I would say, “Boil it, roast it, mash it, anything!” or, “Sort of like a cross between a potato and a turnip!” Many a random grocery store conversation would start this way.

Kohlrabi Pie with Feta and Dill

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