Grilled Romaine

Grilled vegetables are so popular right now in all the restaurants.  I especially love grilled romaine.  The tender leaves are transformed into a tasty dish that is very easy to prepare with the new porcelain-coated grill plate from the Companion Group. This Charcoal Companion product was featured at the International Home and Housewares show recently…

Lunch at Eataly

So my foodie expedition continues in Chicago, and my excitement could almost not be contained when we walked from our hotel to Eataly.  It is difficult not be become an active food participant when you enter this one city block establishment, which expands to two stories. Not only can you purchase fresh food, staples, pantry…

shrimp pasta salad

Here is a perfect summer lunch recipe.  Actually, this recipe can be made one day in advance and used for a lunch, tea party sandwiches, summer snacks, or a light summer dinner.  Choose an attractive lettuce leaf to serve with the salad, such as bibb, Boston, mache or a red romaine.  The recipe was adapted…

Melon and cucumber salad

For Memorial Day weekend, we enjoyed this cool and refreshing salad made from honeydew melon and cucumbers.  I was inspired to make the recipe, which I found in Better Homes and Garden magazine, because of the interesting flavor profile and mix of fresh ingredients. This is an easy salad to pull together.  The main ingredients…

Herb and Bacon Red Potato Salad

Small red potatoes are very easy to work with when preparing summer potato salads. I like to use them because of their quick cook time, and tasty skins.  Almost all of my favorite potato salads leave the skins on the potatoes for that added texture and flavor profile. The inspiration for this recipe came from…

Spring Cara Cara and tangerine salad

A spring citrus salad can be so refreshing.  The pastel color of the fruit helps to make the salad presentation bright, light and fresh.  I chose to use Cara Cara navel oranges for my Easter salad this year.  I found them at Whole Foods this past weekend, and their sweet taste is delightful. This variety…

Rustic olive, tomato and bread salad

Here is a recipe for a side dish that is rustic and tasty.  Preparation is less than ten minutes, with a 20-25 minute baking time.  I prepared a smaller portion, but this is one recipe that can be sized up to make a large party platter.  The key to this recipe is the balsamic vinegar….

Asian inspired coleslaw salad

Here is a delicious salad for ladies who lunch, with an Asian inspired salad dressing. Actually, this coleslaw could be used for a great pot-luck salad, for the weekend football party, or even as a great burger topping.  The salad dressing, make with Asian chili sauce gives the slaw a great flavor profile. I purchased…

labor day antipasti salad

antipasti salad is perfect for a labor day barbecue.  i had all the ingredients between my pantry and refrigerator, so it came together in a matter of minutes. there are many variations, including those with slices of salami, banana peppers, and even various types of red onion or shallots.  this one was made with pasta…

a lettuce harvest from my garden

i am a beginning vegetable gardener.  i am still learning how to grow certain vegetables, and don’t always have perfect success stories in my garden.  that is why i am very happy to have the time to be able to practice gardening.  as a registered nurse, i have always favored the term “nursing practice”.  it…

cherry vinaigrette on homegrown lettuce leaves

  it was time to cut some lettuce leaves from my deck garden.  the single lettuce leaves were tender and delicious.  having grown to three to four inches in length, i simply cut them and washed and dried in a salad spinner.  the lettuce flavor is so mild and sweet, also being a great source…

cucumber salad

Jamie Deen has a good food cookbook featuring recipes using great ingredients–from the land, the sea, and the farm. one recipe caught my eye for cucumber salad.  i just had to make it.  i know this is one of those recipes that i seem to always see at other homes, but i have never made…