Kale and Kamut Salad

Kale and Kamut Salad

Meet my current obsession and daily lunch and dinner for the past week.  I love everything about this salad.  The sweet butternut squash, the sautéed kale, the chewy Kamut and the toasted pine nuts.  YUM!  You NEED to make this salad.  First make the Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce (also completely yummy!) and with the squash that you have leftover you already have half your salad ready to go! If you’ve never had Kamut before I highly...

 
Rainbow Salad

Rainbow Salad

You know Skittles were really on to something when they told you to taste the rainbow.  Unfortunately their rainbow contains: sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, apple juice from concentrate, less than 2% - citric acid, dextrin, modified corn starch, natural and artificial flavors, coloring (includes yellow 6 lake, red 40 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 2 lake, yellow 5, red 40, yellow 6, blue 1 lake, blue 1), ascorbic acid (vitamin...

 
Cucumbers in Sesame Dressing

Cucumbers in Sesame Dressing

I was missing my dad today, thinking about his garden and all the good things that he grew. One thing he grew a lot of were cucumbers. Not only did he like to make all kinds of pickles but we always seemed to have a cucumber salad on the table at dinner time. Sometimes it was a sour cream sauce and others a tangy vinaigrette. I was reminded of this salad when talking with Sarah the other day about sesame seeds being a good source of calcium. ‘Got...

 
Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

Chopped Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

I absolutely love my food processor and my magic bullet but the kitchen tool I use most often is my hand chopper.  Which is saying a lot since I use my magic bullet every single morning to make my daughter a smoothie for breakfast.  Honestly though I use my hand chopped for just about every meal I make.  Anytime a recipe calls for chopped or diced veggies I whip it out.  Chopped nuts and chocolate chips for cookies and baked goods - hand...

 
Zucchini and Rice Terrine

Zucchini and Rice Terrine

I woke up a few days ago feeling ‘chef-y’. Yes, I often dream about food or I should say cooking food. Maybe I shouldn’t watch ‘Chopped’ before going to bed.  Anyway, I wanted to make something different so I went searching through my list of possible blog recipes and came across Tian De Courgettes or Zucchini and Rice Terrine. A terrine is ”A meat, fish, or vegetable mixture that has been cooked or otherwise...

 
Bulgar and Leek Salad

Bulgar and Leek Salad

Fall is hands down my favorite season.  In fact my husband and I would have gotten married just weeks after knowing each other if it weren’t for the fact that we wanted to get married in the fall.  This fall will be our first one spent in Southern California.  I’m not sure how I will cope.  I’m already starting to have withdrawals.  No leaves turning color, no fall smells (can someone please bottle up some of that delicious...

 
Kale Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

Kale Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

I love salad and have often thought about challenging myself to a “year of salads”.  A new salad every day for a year. There are so many combinations of vegetables, fruits, proteins, nuts and seeds. It wouldn’t really be that hard to mix up different combinations each day but for me what really makes a salad is the dressing. There are lazy days where I just drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over my salad ingredients and call...

 
Carrot Cake Sandwich Spread

Carrot Cake Sandwich Spread

My granddaughter Keegan is all girly girl. When her brother Caleb is off playing with his friends and Keegan comes to my house on her own she insists we have a ‘girl day’. She is very specific as to what that means and believe me she came up with this idea on her own since I have never been nor ever will be a girly girl.  On ‘girl days’ we sew, make jewelry, or cook among other things. This last girl day we invited our Barbies...

 

Mango Couscous Salad

Lately I’ve been having the breakfast blahs.  See, I’m not an oatmeal person.  In fact oatmeal really creeps me out.  I don’t know if it’s the mushy part or gloopy part or what but it’s just not gonna happen for me.  It’s not that I haven’t tried to like oatmeal, I have!  I’ve added blueberries, strawberries, peanut butter, all sorts of yummy things to it and I still can’t get myself to eat...

 

Panzanella Salad

When I was younger the running joke in my family was ”would you like to have some salad with your croutons”?  To this day I still LOVE croutons but I only use my Homemade Croutons - store bought croutons are almost always filled with preservatives and added sugars, YUCK!  Now, I don’t even like tomatoes but I loved this salad.  The bread chunks soak up tons of flavor and remind me of croutons on a salad.  The cucumber...