Much of our summer food is cold – salads, chilled soups and sandwiches. Mostly I prepare the the salads and soups early in the morning and put it in the refrigerator to chill for four our five hours. Not only are they cold, but the flavors have had time to meld. (more…)
Category Archives: salad
While I know how important fresh veggies are, I am not ready to go to a raw food diet. . . I know cooked veggies are good, but the heat does kill some of the phytonutrients. Simply put, fresh is always better. My question is: how many salads can you eat without dying of boredom. Which means, of course, that I am always trying new ideas and combinations to keep myself entertained. (more…)
The story goes that Waldorf Salad was created by Oscar Tschirky, the Maître D’hôtel at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The year was 1893. Benjamin Harrison was the new elected president of the USA. The USA was entering a serious depression after the stock market crashed That depression signaled huge changes in American life and was accompanied by violent strikes, Populist crusades and a 12% unemployment rate.
Few people remember the depression, lots remember the salad. Funny how life works.
Because Pasadena, CA (where I used to live) has a large Armenian population, there are several excellent Middle Eastern restaurants within a 5 mile radius. I ate at a couple of them regularly. Since moving away from Pasadena, the things I have missed most (and been unable to find) are even passable falafel, tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghannouj and baklava.
The absence of good middle eastern cuisine forced me to learn how to make my own. Part of the learning process has been trying out healthier versions of these standards. I have actually gotten pretty good at it, even if I do say so. I now make oven baked falafel, oil-free hummus and baba ghannouj and gluten-free tabbouleh. The only thing I haven’t bothered with is baklava for obvious reasons. (more…)
One of my most favorite comfort foods is beets. As a teen, chronically worried about my weight, one of my favorite snacks were beets. I’d lay out slices of hot beet on a plate, spread a tiny bit of butter on each slice and then salt the whole plate. Not a lot of calories, but lots of flavor. Just ignore that part about butter and salt; what can I say. . . I was young! (more…)
I’m on roll so I am just gonna go with it. I promise I know how to make something besides Mexican and Italian. but the tomatoes and onions have inspired me so this week.
Taco Salad is a big favorite around our house. We have sampled versions of Taco Salad in lots of restaurants; we like ours best. It is an incredibly easy salad to make but it is truly a complete meal with lots of bulk and lots of phyto-nutrients. It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish to turn out this incredible food.
No long weekend this year; the fourth is right in the middle of the week. I hate when that happens.
Traditionally the 4th is a time for “All American” picnic foods. Things like hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, pasta salad. strawberry shortcake and cherry pie. I have the Hamburgers, Baked Beans and corn on the cob covered. That just leaves the salad and dessert.
My favorite part of gardening is watching the seeds sprout and poke up through the ground. My second favorite part is harvesting the food. Third, is eating it.
It is immensely gratifying to actually see the results of all your hard work. Watering, weeding, keeping after pests and fungi is hard work. Never mind the transplanting and soil prep. It’s definitely work! But there are so few things in life where you can actually see, taste and experience such tangible and direct results.
Harvesting means menu planning. Now, in the winter menus are usually about the finished product – casseroles, soups, stews and meatless meatloaves. In the summer it is about making sure I have cooked rice and beans in the fridge, nuts in the pantry and a few things in the freezer.