Current category: 'Salads.'
Jun 29, 2011
Summer is about to jump off the hook. We’re just a few days away from the numero uno, all-American, let’s-have-a-giant-food-fest-in-the-name-of-patriotism holiday. I’m joining in the new Whole30 that starts on July 1, so I’m shoring up my commitment to help me navigate our social calendar, which is currently bursting at the seams with get-togethers, travel, cookbook...
May 19, 2011
One of the things I love about spices and other seasonings is that – much like a good book – they can take you somewhere else in the world. When I mixed up a batch of tuna with lemon, black olives, mint, and piquant peppers, I was no longer in hot-and-humid Austin. For just a little while, I was on holiday, along the sunny coast of the Mediterranean, enjoying a light lunch before a jaunt along the...
May 3, 2011
And now, I will recreate my reaction to my Farmhouse Delivery basket this week…
[GROAN!] Radishes AGAIN! Jeez, Louise! I had to give away radishes at work the last two weeks in a row!
I. [angrily open Ziploc bag] Hate. [aggressively pull radishes from basket] Radishes. [shove radishes into bag.]
They are really pretty, though.
And so I was inspired to poke around for a salad recipe that...
Mar 1, 2011
Most of the time, cooking and eating is a social and creative outlet for me. Although I complain (sometimes a lot) about the scourge of making dinner, there is something uniquely satisfying about putting a plate in front of another human and saying, in essence, “I made this for you.”
But sometimes, I get to cook just for me. Those meals often feature things that make Dave wrinkle his nose:...
Feb 9, 2011
Dave is a fan of my homemade mayo, but he confessed a few days ago that since his Whole30, the idea of tuna salad left him cold.
“I miss the sweet pickle relish,” he said, oh-so-sadly.
Which got me thinking: is there a healthy way to make tuna salad with a touch of sweetness and crunch?
And then I remembered the Waldorf salad.
Between you and me, I’ve always thought Waldorf salad – made...
Dec 13, 2010
My mom makes a version of the broccoli salad below that is out of this world (much like the headwear above!), but it includes cheese and store-bought mayo, and that’s a giant no-no. So… I did a little dino-chow revamp on Mom’s recipe and voila!…
Salty Sweet Broccoli Salad
Ingredients:1 bunch broccoli1/2 medium red onion, diced1/4 cup raisins1/4 cup pecans, chopped4...
Nov 22, 2010
T-minus two days ’til Thanksgiving. Are you gettin’ ready?! You can see our menu for our Mostly Dino-Chow Thanksgiving™ right here.
I’m sharing the recipes for our Mostly Dino-Chow Thanksgiving™ in two batches. In the interests of full disclosure, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
1. Several of these recipes are *Special-Occasion Only, which means they...
Jun 24, 2010
We’re sneaking up on the next big summer holiday (hello, fireworks!), and I’ll be returning to Pennsylvania once again for a swimming-and-cooking extravaganza with my family. I just realized I neglected to share the final installment of our kitchen adventures from my last visit, and you don’t want to miss any of these recipes. They’re delicious and easy, perfect for summery cave...
May 27, 2010
This roasted beet salad was one of the stars of our recent Whole30 grill-out to make sure Melissa and Dallas of Whole9Life were properly fed during their stay in Austin. This salad is exotic, but not fussy or too weird – the flavors make sense but are also, magically, unexpected.
This recipe is for two bunches of beets, so it makes enough for a few meals. It’s easily halved if you don’t want...
May 3, 2010
I don’t usually like oranges. Sure, they’re sweet and juicy, but the white pith. I HATE the pith. So bitter! So sticky!
But when I saw this recipe in The New York Times, I was intrigued. Savory oranges sounded like something I would totally dig. I switched up a few things from the original, adding more olives than required because I like the bland, from-a-can variety, and I used sweet smoked...
Nov 19, 2009
The situation:I need a veggie-based snack. I’m not in the mood for a lot of chopping. It might be a particular time of the month, and I want something that tastes and feels like comfort food. I might also really, really, REALLY be craving salty snacks (like, if I was still the old me, I’d be snarfing a giant bowl of buttered, salted popcorn RIGHT. NOW.).
What I did:I chopped...