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Raw Kale Salad from Rabbit Hill Inn

by BnB Finder August 12th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes, Salads
Raw Kale SaladKale has been a fad ingredient for the past couple years.  Although it is on many restaurant menus, there's a decent chance that it isn't making many home dinner menus successfully.  Kale can be a tricky ingredient to incorporate.  Cooked or prepared incorrectly, and you will turn your family into enemies of this delicious green.  However, with a little bit of help, kale can become a family favorite. This recipe from Rabbit Hill Inn just might do the trick!

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Shrimp & Avocado Cocktail- An Indulgent Start to Dinner

by TT July 28th, 2014| Appetizers, Recipes, Salads
shrimp avocado cocktailJuly has been the month of cold dishes.  Icy cold from the refrigerator, refreshing on the palate sort of dishes. I will end this month with another delightfully cooling dish, but this one is special.  It isn't an any night of the week dish (at least in my opinion.)  Rather this is a special occasion, dinner for two sort of recipe.  Of course, I could be biased, as this was the first course for my husband and my anniversary dinner.

However, I think I can make a case for the elevated status of this dish.

  1. Ingredient #1- shrimp.  Although shrimp is a
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Strawberry Rhubarb Salad

by TT June 30th, 2014| Recipes, Salads, Tapas Monday
strawberry_rhubarb_saladWe end the month of June with one final salad recipe.  This salad is different than the other four recipes that I shared this month; it is a side salad.  It definitely can't have a protein added to make it a heartier meal, at least in my opinion.  For me strawberries, rhubarb, and chicken don't blend well.

This salad does put an interesting spin on the typical side salad.  Without a lettuce or grain base, it is light.  The strawberries add a delightful amount of sweetness, and the rhubarb adds tartness and crunch.  I served it last week with a
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Blueberry & Chicken Salad

by TT June 23rd, 2014| Recipes, Salads
blueberry chicken saladI love salad. It truly is one of my favorite things to eat.  I don't mean that in a typical girl, "I only eat salad" sort of way.  I mean it, as in it is a go-to item that I order at many restaurants.  Caesar salad probably is my favorite, but I always am looking for other salads to please my palate.  A little variety goes a long way in keeping the usual order of salad interesting.

There are a few key components to an ideal salad for me.

  1. Good lettuce as a base- Iceberg lettuce won't cut it.  I prefer
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Kale & Quinoa Salad

by TT June 16th, 2014| Recipes, Salads
kale quinoa saladKale and quinoa are both newer to me ingredients.  I have cooked with both of them for only a handful of years.  As they are more recent additions to my cooking repertoire, I always am seeking new ways to utilize them.  This salad was a fabulous discovery, as it included both ingredients, not only in one meal but in one dish!

Depending on how much time you have you can make this salad and serve it immediately as a room temperature dish.  If you have a little bit of time or want to make this in the morning before beginning
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Taco Salad

by TT June 9th, 2014| Recipes, Salads
taco_saladThis salad is a long-time family favorite, as in it is a recipe that I enjoyed when I was a child.  If I remember correctly, my aunt gave it to my mom, and it became a salad that was made on a semi-regular basis by my mom.  When I became a mom and had children old enough to eat salads, this was one of the first that I introduced to them. Although my kids typically have been open to vegetables, I knew that this salad would be a hit due to two of its ingredients- black olives and tortilla
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Chicken Broccoli Couscous Salad

by TT June 2nd, 2014| Recipes, Salads
chicken broccoli couscous saladMy cooking is seasonal.  I don't mean that I only cook items that can be locally sourced at that time of year but rather that I cook based on the weather. For example, winter is the time for stews, soups, and crockpot dinners.  My mom finds this style of cooking to be amusing.  Living in Florida, they would have much fewer chances to make a winter dish, such as chili, if she followed my thinking.  So, she'll often tell me, "It's 95 today, and I have a pot of chili simmering."  To each her own.

With warm weather here, kind
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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, etouffĂ© (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 sautĂ©ed 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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