Tomato-watermelon Salad with Feta and Almonds

If my friend Marion recommends a recipe, I pay attention. Just trust me. Marion knows. That was why I was a little taken aback recently when Marion sent me a photo and a rave review of a watermelon and tomato salad. Watermelon? Yes. Watermelon and […]

Potato Salad with Goat Cheese

“Found a little patched-up inn in the village of Bulson. Proprietor had nothing but potatoes; but what a feast he laid before me. Served them in five different courses-potato soup, potato fricassee, potatoes creamed, potato salad and finished with potato pie. It may be because […]

Turkish Eggplant with Yogurt and Green Chile Oil

Does your food smile? Superstar (and perfectionist) chef Yotam Ottolenghi has been known to empty shelves displaying food in his delis because of the smile factor (actually, the no smile factor). In Ottolenghi’s food world, you have to be able to taste the food before […]

Bulgur Salad with Mangoes, Pistachios and Medjool Dates

Here is your history lesson. Stay with me here. We get to Fabio a bit later in this post. Dates were a staple of the Babylonian diet as long as 8000 years ago, putting the date in the running for the distinction of being the […]

Farro with Pistachios, Mixed Herbs, Golden Raisins and Dried Cherries

  I’ve been itching to try farro in a salad and, as you may remember, I have the better part of a four-pound bag of farro sitting on my pantry shelf calling my name (See Farro and Bean Soup). I couldn’t be more pleased with […]

Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette

I’ve found some beautiful beets at the farmers’ market lately. Not everyone is on the beet bandwagon, however. From what I read, President Obama and Michelle Obama aren’t beet fans. They requested that beets not be included among the vegetables grown in their beautiful organic garden. […]

Not My Mother’s Cranberry Relish

Warm, fuzzy Norman Rockwell images of American family celebrations aside, my mother always served jellied cranberry sauce straight out of the can at holiday meals. If your mother did, too, the lines the can made on the sauce are no doubt indelibly imprinted upon your conscious […]

Black Bean and Couscous Salad

Black Bean and Couscous Salad

    This salad is a stunner. Couscous laced with black beans, corn, red pepper, green onions and dressed in a lime juice and olive oil dressing… How could that not be wonderful? And, did I mention that it is fast to make? It can […]

Macaroni Salad

Comfort food. For me it’s macaroni salad. For as long as I can remember, when the going gets tough, I’ve turned to macaroni salad. Tax time. Macaroni salad. Doctor’s appointment. Macaroni salad.  Starting a cooking blog.  Macaroni salad. You get the picture. This is an adaptation […]

French Vinaigrette

  Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most elusive–a good toaster, a potato salad with a bright flavor and a really good vinaigrette, for example. Although I cook a lot and put salads toward the top of the list of foods I enjoy, […]