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Fregola with Feta & Arugula and Sesame Sauce

June 1, 2016

The first time I ate fregola pasta was in 2009 at Nancy Silverton’s restaurant Mozza. My friend Michele and I had gone there for our birthday dinner, and I wrote a detailed post about it. I had a lamb dish where the fregola and sauce were hidden under the slices of meat. It is so [...]

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Haricot Vert & Dandelion Salad with Bacon & Dried Cranberries and A Spunky Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette

March 14, 2016

If you are looking for a green salad to serve with your St. Patrick’s Day dinner this week, and by that I mean green beans and green greens, a celebration of the color green, this is the salad for you. Plus those Irish accents of bacon and Dubliner cheese. Yes, yes and yes.

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Nectarine & Corn Salad with Lime Ginger Cilantro Vinaigrette

August 30, 2015

Stone fruit and corn on the cob are piled high at the market now, celebrating the last soft days of summer. I wanted to create a salad using these wonderful foods with a zippy vinaigrette to complement their sweet flavors. According to my family members, I succeeded, in spades.

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Three Bean Salad

June 17, 2015

I think this is one of the best picnic and BBQ party salads of all time. It is one of those dishes that once you start eating it, you can’t stop, because there is something about that sweet vinegary garlicy flavor that is just addicting. It has soft beans, crunchy beans, celery and onions, plus [...]

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Red Lentil, Carrot & Avocado Salad

March 17, 2015

Do you ever go through your pantry and check all the expiration dates to see what you need to use up? Well, that’s how I happened to be making a red lentil salad. The weather was hot and I didn’t feel like soup, so salad it was. For me, there are three nice things about [...]

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Waldorf Turkey Salad

February 4, 2015

Following Thanksgiving I had some great turkey leftovers. After the obligatory turkey, butter, salt and sourdough sandwich, which I look forward to every year, I needed to find something new and different to use them up. I also had a lot of celery left from making the stuffing. I had apples and pecans on hand. [...]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado & Pecans

November 15, 2014

As Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, I am finalizing my chosen side dishes and making my shopping list. I decided on this brussels sprouts dish, because I thought it would be a nice color contrast to the Roasted Carrots & Parsnips I will also be serving. I discovered this dish in a Food & Wine magazine [...]

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Fennel Romano Coins & Salad Greens with Buttermilk Sriracha Dressing

September 19, 2014

Did you know that September 7th was Grandparents Day? Yes, I’m sure you all did. But here I am, a grandmother 3 times, and I’m without a clue. As usual. But the wonderful thing was, it coincided with me meeting my new granddaughter, Coralina (Coco for short), for the first time. She was born March [...]

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Thai Beef Salad from Patricia Rose at Fresh Food in a Flash Cooking Class

July 14, 2014

I am a cooking class junky. I love going to cooking classes. So imagine my happiness when I was recently invited to the Main Dish Salads Cooking Class by Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash. Her classes are hands-on and it is so fun to watch her students preparing her recipes, cutting and [...]

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Grilled Shrimp & Potato Tomato Avocado Salad

May 24, 2014

Memorial Day. The kick-off of the summer grilling season. We wait all year for this day, don’t we? Well, I do. So I wanted to make a stellar salad with grilled shrimp and all my favorite salad veggies for this venerable holiday. Not only tomatoes, avocado and grilled little potatoes, but also olives and red [...]

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Rib-Eye Carpaccio with Salmoriglio Oregano Sauce

April 23, 2014

In my experience, there are two kinds of beef people. On one side of the spectrum are the rare or medium rare guys, who want theirs soft and red, possibly still kicking. And waaay on the other side, the well-done guys, who for some unfathomable reason, want theirs gray throughout with the texture of leather. [...]

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Brunch Roasted Shrimp & Pineapple Salad from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen and A 20 Year Anniversary

April 12, 2014

Easter Family Brunch was the theme of the Lunch With Friends class at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach last week. Who doesn’t look forward to a holiday brunch, with delicious dishes set out on the board and you get to fill your plate to your heart’s content and your tummy’s satisfaction. The [...]

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Tofu & Soba Salad with Peanut Sauce

February 6, 2014

I moved. I divested. I am about a ton lighter in possessions and I feel great. Lean and mean. Moving is such a bitch, but when it’s over, such sublime relief. *Big sigh*

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Butternut & Quinoa Salad with Lemon & Honey

November 7, 2013

I am still in Thanksgiving mode and working on my side dishes for the big feast. I really like this one, with the soft sweet butternut squash, the crunchy nutty quinoa and the nuggets of garbonzo chewiness. I love the herby note of cilantro and sweet honey lemon vinaigrette that ties the whole thing together.

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Shrimp Salad Sandwich with Spicy Lime Aioli

September 6, 2013

I love leftovers. There’s just no two ways about it. And I swear, leftovers are the mother of invention, at least in my kitchen. So there I was, making a thousand spring rolls and my fridge was filled with 8 containers of different dipping sauces. And the recipes make a pretty fair amount, too. I [...]

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