Italian Chopped Salad

Wow, writer’s block stinks. I blame January.  It’s the middle of winter, it’s cold, it’ dark all the time, and there’s absolutely nothing interesting going on.  Nothing.  At.  All.  I suppose one could say that finding a new salad recipe is interesting but that’s not what I really had in mind. I’m really into this salad combo, but I’m especially loving the Kalamata olives and chickpeas.  And this salad dressing is the bomb digity.  I have to admit that I’m not always in the mood to make a dressing because it tends to take too much time, but this one is quick …

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Sweet Potato and Hard Boiled Egg Salad

I don’t usually like unitaskers.  You know, a kitchen gadget that only has one purpose.  However, I have an exception today. I’m talking about an Eggsact Egg Timer.  It was one of the best things that we registered for when we got married.  I don’t mean to sound like a infomercial but this thing really works and it’s under $5!  Yes, we registered for something that was only $5.  You never know what someone’s budget is and we wanted to make sure everyone had a shot at it.  That was eight years ago and we still use it all the time.  It …

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Red Quinoa with Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella

It’s a mad dash to the holiday finish line. The other day I looked in the fridge and noticed that it was basically empty.  When did that happen?  I had butter and eggs (and everything else that I needed in the cabinets to make cookies), but I had nothing to make “real food.”  You know, something to eat for dinner (aside from cookies of course).  Please tell me someone else can relate. I went to grocery store yesterday and got something other than cookie ingredients, but I’m still left with the thought of “I don’t want to cook or I don’t have time to …

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Greek Salad

How do you make a Greek salad? If you ask 10 Greeks how to make a Greek salad you’ll get 10 different recipes.  When my husband and I visited Greece, a Greek salad was considered a plate of feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and maybe olive oil.  If that’s what you’re into then check out my recipe for what I call a genuine Greek salad.  I think at the end of the day, if you have good feta cheese then you can’t go wrong with whatever else you add to the plate. A few weeks ago I had dinner with my parents and my …

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Cucumber Quinoa Spinach Salad and Lake George Vacation

Salads are a great way to recover from a food coma. Last weekend was our annual vacation to Lake George, NY with my family.   My family and I used to go when I was kid and now we’ve made it a tradition to go once a year as adults with everyone’s families.  We eat, swim (or in my case lay out by the pool), shop, and eat some more.  It is great to get away from reality and relax.  No agenda.  No calorie counting. Every year I bring a variety of homemade goodies, which always includes cookies of some sort like these …

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