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Carrot & Dried Cranberry Salad

by TT September 30th, 2013| Recipes, Salads
carrot_saladLast Sunday, the favorite NFL teams in our household were both playing at 1:00 pm.  The Patriots game would be watched on tv, and the Ravens game would be followed online.  So, with this simultaneous double header and everyone home, a round of snacks were in order.  On the menu, we had buffalo tenders, etouffé (an odd choice, yes, but quite tasty), and chips.  We needed one more item to complete the list, and our 17 year old son kindly suggested carrot salad.  Yes, carrot salad may seem like another interesting choice, but it was done as an offering
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Asparagus & Pea Salad

by TT July 8th, 2013| Recipes, Salads
asparagus_pea_saladThe growing season in New Hampshire is quite short, so I try to utilize fresh, local ingredients when they are available.  Already we have enjoyed beet greens, fiddleheads, strawberries, cherries, rhubarb, and spinach from the farm near our house.  I know that in the coming weeks there will be more variety, including blueberries, squash, and much more.

As I wrote last Monday, my husband and I enjoyed a five-course meal on a recent weekend.  After my first course of Capocolla Crisps, I followed that with the third course of asparagus and pea salad.  Knowing that both of these ingredients
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Watermelon & Celery Salad

by TT May 27th, 2013| Recipes, Salads
watermelon_saladLast week I wrote about the 7-course meal we made for our 17 year old's birthday celebration, sharing the recipe for caramelized orange peel.  As you may have guessed, creating a meal with this many courses provided more than one new recipe.  So, while there were tried and true dishes, such as sautéed spinach, we did get to experiment a little.

One such dish was the watermelon and celery salad.  I have made plenty of fruit salads over the years, but the addition of celery made it unique.  When I was deciding on how to turn the watermelon into
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Extra Crunchy Apple Salad

by TT Jr. October 31st, 2012| Recipes, Salads
October.  The month of apples.  Seeing as the picking season has just come to an end I'm sure everyone's fruit crisper drawers in their refrigerators are chock full of those juicy red fruits.  But as delicious as they are, they are kind of a one note fruit.  You can make them into pies or crisps, eat them raw, put them into the usual fruit salad.  But it's all always the same.

Well, in my apple salad it's a different combination: apples, yogurt, some seasonings, and a handful of cereal.  My recipe makes about three or four servings, and if you
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Raspberry Apple Feta Salad

by TT Jr. July 25th, 2012| Recipes, Salads
This past week was insanely hot.  Specifically Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tuesday night, I was at Canobie Lake Park with my best friend so I was not home for dinner, although Wednesday all I had was gymnastics from 1-4 p.m. like I do every other Monday through Thursday.  And man was it stifling out!  To try to cool down our palates I decided to make a crisp, cool, experimental salad.  I knew I wanted to make a raspberry vinaigrette, and what better to pair with fruit, than more fruit!  My mind immediately went to watermelon.  But, after some consideration,
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Waldorf Salad Revisited

by TT January 23rd, 2012| Recipes, Salads
After spending most of the afternoon at our daughter's gymnastics tournament, we were thinking of a meal that would be quick to prepare and filling.  My  husband suggested homemade steak subs with lots of veggies, and that seemed like a perfect solution.  Knowing that the subs themselves may not be filling enough for my husband and teenage son, I suggested we have a side with it.

Yes, chips would have been the quick answer, but I was hoping for something healthier.  I also knew that our fruit bin was filled with apples.  I haven't consumed many servings of Waldorf Salad;
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Artichoke Salad

by TT August 4th, 2011| Recipes, Salads, Tapas Monday
On a recent Tapas Monday, I lacked creativity.  I had a meeting near a great Italian specialty shop, so I decided to seek inspiration there.  As I knew would happen, I wasn't disappointed.  I found more cheeses than one would need for a dinner for two, assorted cured meats, and interesting crackers.  However, cheese, charcuterie, and crackers don't necessarily make enough of a meal, at least when your dinner companion is a man with a hearty appetite.

As I was checking out their olives, I noticed that they also had roasted tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil.  While I normally would
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Warm Beet Green Salad

by TT June 13th, 2011| Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes
As I was preparing this post, I was thinking about my affinity for greens.  Although I tried, I couldn't think of a green that I don't like.  Escarole, swiss chard, kale, callaloo, and spinach are among the leafy vegetables I enjoy.  In fact, the green I like least is iceberg lettuce, as it lacks flavor.  Most other greens deliver fabulous flavors, some with more bite than others, and make a great side dish or ingredient in a salad.

With a love for these vegetables, I try to share it with my children.  I understand that kids aren't supposed to adore vegetables,
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Warm Cole Slaw

by TT January 14th, 2011| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
This year, my husband and I each created some goals. The goals fell into separate categories: as an individual, as a couple, and as a family.  Being food-centric people, several of the goals involved food, such as trying a new fruit or vegetable each month, taking the family to a new-to-us restaurant each quarter.  One of the goals my husband created is for our family to use only produce, meat, and dairy items that are locally sourced.  Actually, he wanted to locally source all food, but as I am the main grocery shopper and explained the logistics of that, together
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Mexican Black Bean Salad

by TT November 19th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Black Bean SaladAfter a Sunday afternoon spent shopping for outdoor gear and winter sports attire for two of my children, an easy to make dinner was in store for us.  As we were without my husband due to business travel, the idea of using legumes, his least favorite food item, was high on my list.  Plus, we were having our dear friends, Miss Vicki and OT, join us for dinner, so I wanted something that we all would enjoy but wouldn't keep anyone busy in the kitchen.  Thus, a simple Mexican menu was planned.

I already had decided to make fish tacos, as
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Brussel Sprout Salad

by TT November 8th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Brussel Sprout SaladWhile my husband and I often bemoan the lack of specialty markets, as we live in a rural setting, we also are grateful for the abundance of local farms.  Unfortunately, many of our local farms close after Halloween, and we are left with nothing but grocery stores for our produce, cheeses, and more.  However, we discovered a farm that is only 30 minutes away is open year round and has a magnificent offering of produce, locally raised meats, cheeses, and other items.

While shopping at this farm this weekend, we were seeking some vegetable to use as the base in a
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Broccoli Salad

by TT August 13th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
In our house we always are trying new recipes.  Sometimes they fail miserably, sometimes they simply exist, and sometimes they are huge winners.  Last night I tried three new recipes, and all three were hits.  It was kind of like a hat trick for me.  Granted, two of the recipes were courtesy of cookbooks and online searches, but the third was all mine.  So, it was quite pleasing to have such good results.

As the other two dishes were ribs and french fries, I wanted to have a healthy veggie dish to round out the meal.  Broccoli is always popular in
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