Roasted Kale and Butternut Salad (5 of 6)

Kale Chip and Butternut Salad

It is super uncool to talk about kale salad right now. It’s so last year, so overdone. And on top of that it’s January and kale salad qualifies as a healthy food which means it’s also cliché to post this here. That’s what we’re dealing with: an uncool cliché. But I’ve already been holding onto…

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Roast Beef Salad (5 of 8)

Roast Beef Salad

On Friday night we sat on the living room floor and played video games. We left the dishes unwashed and the laundry unfolded. We didn’t tidy up. Instead we rummaged through a box of random cords and wires to find the game controller that would let us play Super Mario Bros 3. Several hours were…

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Caesar Piadina (7 of 10)

Caesar Piadina

The chain restaurant I worked at in high school had a secret menu. It wasn’t like the In-N-Out secret menu which everyone kind of knows about. We didn’t publicize it or even publish it anywhere. But if you wanted an “old” menu item, it was probably still on our point-of-sale software and we could get…

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Larb

While we’re on the topic of salad, and non-traditional salads at that, let’s talk about larb. Have you had larb yet? Because, besides the unfortunate-sounding English name, it’s totally worth eating, and then eating again. It’s that kind of good.

Broccoli and Bacon (8 of 9)

Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Everyone had a dinner chore in my parent’s house. My mom cooked, my dad cleaned, my brother emptied the dishwasher, and I made salad. I’m not sure how and why salad got sliced off the dinner cooking, or how I escaped more boring chores like setting the table, but every night I made salad. Sometimes…

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Caraway Carrot Salad (9 of 9)

Caraway Carrot Salad

It’s that time of year when my refrigerator bin is constantly full of carrots, but this winter I’m one step ahead. It’s not that I’ve embraced snack times full of carrot sticks – although they are an excellent vehicle for cream cheese when the bagels are stale. Nope, it’s that I’ve teased out what I…

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Tabouli Cauliflower

Is it too soon to talk about cauliflower? New Year’s resolutions often involve healthy eating and fresh starts but it is only January 1. It’s a day for hangovers – both food and alcohol – and resting from the holiday festivities. But if you’re interested in something with less booze and more vitamins then cauliflower…

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New Orleans Slaw

Before Boston Market became the big chain that it is, my home town rotisserie chicken restaurant was a small place called … well I don’t even remember what it was called. I don’t even remember the chicken. What I do remember is what they called New Orleans Salad which was really a type of caraway-heavy,…

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Warm Cauliflower and Pear Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette

I have a tendency to read food magazines the way other people treat fashion magazines except that food magazines aren’t necessarily built like that. Unlike a fashion spread where you see an outfit and you have some idea what it’s made of, the pictures in food magazines are sometimes misleading. They look so delicious and…

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Rubbed Kale Salad

During dinner parties I’m not a fan of serving a big green salad as part of the meal. A green salad at the end of the night, when there are inevitably leftovers, is a sad and greasy thing. The greens are wilted, there’s a pool of dressing at the bottom of the bowl, and the…

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