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Corn and Tomato Caprese

It seems that I can’t get through a summer without some kind of corn and tomato combination. This one wasn’t even on my rader. I’d been mulling over the idea of some kind of stone variation on caprese, maybe with peaches, maybe not. I’d gone so far as to buy a tub of fresh mozzarella…

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Thai Mango Salad - impromptukitchen.com-7

Thai Mango Salad

On Christmas, Jeff and I cooked a Thai feast out of the Pok Pok cookbook. We put together a list of dishes to try and spent the week before the holiday scouring small Asian grocery stores for exotic and unfamiliar ingredients. On Christmas day we gobbled up stew and sticky rice and pad thai. The…

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Carrot and Avocado Salad (4 of 4)

Carrot and Avocado Salad

A few weeks ago I was in Santa Monica and found myself with an excuse to visit Huckleberry for brunch. Their cookbook came out last year, complete with a showstopping picture of berry swirl bread on the cover, so there was really no decision to make – we were going. When we walked into Huckleberry the…

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Lentil Carrot Salad (4 of 7)

Lentil and Carrot Salad

I do a lot of thinking while I’m running. I wouldn’t call it my best thinking. Most of my thoughts are taken up by “my legs are tired” and “what mile was the turnaround point” and “am I going fast enough.” But I do have a lot of time for thinking. I went for a…

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Greek Salad (5 of 5)

Greek Salad

I was one of those kids with a messy room – clothes strewn on the floor, books and papers piled up on the desk, stuff everywhere. Things got swallowed up in the mess and resurfaced months after they were no longer needed, often broken or with missing pieces. I existed in that state of disarray…

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Guacamole Salad (6 of 6)

Guacamole Salad

I had planned to share a holiday-themed post today. Something Cinco de Mayo esque. Maybe something taqueria-esque or heavy on the lime or maybe even a margarita-something. I spent a while thinking about what to make and then I spent a while worrying about it. And then I decided that it wasn’t worth it because…

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Chickpea Salad (8 of 8)

Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

“Does anyone here have any dietary restrictions?” has become a normal question in my life. It comes up almost every time I eat with friends, either at a restaurant or at someone’s house. More often than not there’s at least one person at the table who is vegetarian or vegan. But a few weeks ago…

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Celery Apple and Fennel Salad (2 of 3)

Celery Apple and Fennel Salad

Spring is the hardest thing to wait for. Not that patience in anything is really my strong suit, but I remember waiting out the last few weeks of winter as an excruciting exercise. No matter how much you love snow, and I’m not one who loves it very much at all, by March it’s not…

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Grain Salad (1 of 4)

Spring Farro Salad

Most of the blogs I read are food blogs or at least touch on food in some way. A lot of them end with a recipe for some dish or other so I can recreate the dish at home. I rarely do it. Often I’ll make a note of an interesting flavor combination and take…

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Darby's Salad (4 of 4)

Darby’s Salad

I love this salad so much that I’ve actually written about it twice. As a teenager I was a jerk. It’s not like I was unique in my obnoxiousness, I was pretty much like most other angsty teens. I was sullen and withdrawn, too cool for everything, especially things that involved family. And the things…

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