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THIS is a salad favorite that came straight from my head. I mean, there was a recipe for some sort of salad something or other but it was one of those days when I hadn't grocery shpoped correctly and was missing ingredients. And then as I subbed in for those missing items, I thought of other items that would be delish and before I knew it, I had a completely different salad.   A totally tasty salad.   Hearty and filling, chock full of veg and flavor, a exture explosion.     &...

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Most days any salad I eat is dressed with balsamic.  It's everybody's favorite.  My ranch eating days were over when I turned 20.  I'm just not into that gloppy, heavy feel on a salad.   But every once in awhile I just love a good caesar salad.  Dressed with homemade caesar dressing that is anything but gloppy and dull.  It's think and bright and tangy.  This dressing is all those things and it's delicious.  And adding corn to a classic caesar transforms i...

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Who doesn't like having a plate of jewel-colored food set in front of you?     At about 1pm there is nothing I like better than a plate of vibrant greens contrasted with bright pops of color.  Just like this berry vinaigrette gives you.  It's food for your eyes and good for your body.         It's lightly sweet.  But with a nice cut of acid through it from the balsamic.  Use it on apples, pears, berries, grapes, corn or avocado.  The possibi...

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This is what I've been eating all summer.  It's my current favorite lunch salad.  And since we don't have  bounty of peaches and blueberries to mark our summer, I'm celebrating the produce I do have!  I make this while Nate slaps two sandwiches on white supermarket bread together and think, "I've definitely got the better end of this deal!"         It's crispy and crunchy, vibrant and fresh.  The broccoli and sunflower seeds make it hearty enough for ...

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I promise that we don't spend all of our days eating cookies, treats, cakes and decadent breakfasts.  Only with two little kids I've found it quite a challenge to ever get a photograph of anything we eat for dinner as I try to diminish cranky, grumbling stomachs while plating four plates all with different tastes (lots of peas for Canaan, no chicken for Eden, etc.) all while the sun sinks lower and lower.         But the other night we started early as Nate had a huge ch...

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, you're being bombarded with new ways to use up all of that leftover turkey.  Well, here's one more.  Generally the majority of my turkey finds its way into either fajitas or some kind of a taco soup ... well, what I can rescue before Nate turns as much of it into gravy sandwiches as he can.     Well this year I found myself with a plethora of leftover green apples, along with the turkey, due to my poor recipe reading skills.  This recipe I ...

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I'm in love with black beans.  Love, love them.  And here it is much, much cheaper to buy them dried and cook them myself.  So when I buy black beans I make the whole bag and then we have black beans for a long, long time.  This is not a problem for me or for Canaan, who likes to eat them like raisins.     I also love, love mexican food.  Especially when I'm pregnant.  Mexican food that involves black beans?  You just can't go wrong.     I a...

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On Bitchin' Kitchen (The Cooking Channel) she made this amazingly, refreshing looking salad.  It had blueberries, pomegranate seeds, a crisp and lemony pita, mint, and a middle eastern cheese I've never heard of.  It sounded SO GOOD, never mind that I could obtain almost none of these ingredients.   So when I went to a different market and found blueberries! for the first time since I've lived here this salad popped straight back into my head and I was determined to make it my own...

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Hello my lovely plates!  I miss you.  You are sitting neglected, all boxed up in suitcases until you and I find our next home.     That's how long it has been since I made this salad.  And I planned to tell you all about it shortly thereafter.  But those apples, those pitiful, pathetic apples kept coming back to haunt me.  Apples all mealy and overly brown looking.  It wasn't the salad's fault that I had a bad apple!     Peppery and bitter arugul...

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I think salads are absolutely beautiful.  They are often full of a mix of vibrant colors, incorporating colors like pops of fuschia on a rich green background.  They are the food-lover's version of a fresh bouquet of flowers.  Because I find them so beautiful, salads are one of my favorite parts of the meal to plate.  A good presentation can really help make other less leaf-loving people excited to try a salad out.     I bookmarked this salad recipe simply because of the presentation.  Th...

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