Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Dressing

There are some foods that only get made once a year or worse yet, only once. Not the bad foods that no one wanted to eat in the first place but the good things that were made for a special occasion and then never thought of again. These mustard-dressed Brussels sprouts* were almost one of…

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Avocado Chicken Salad

True story: On nights when we’re having roast chicken for dinner I’ll skip a second piece of meat in favor of some extra vegetables. It’s not about trying to be healthy (although it’s a side benefit) but I know that the pieces I don’t eat can be chicken salad. And I love chicken salad. In…

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Tomato and Corn Salad

Sometimes I need to shake things up. I need to make things differently. I need to fix things that don’t actually need fixing. That’s how I got to this corn and tomato salad. It was inspired by one of my favorite recipes, one I’ve been making since Gourmet published the recipe in August of 2009….

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Celery Caesar Salad

One of my first dates with Jeff was to what is now one of my favorite restaurants – Ten Tables. At the time it had only one location with literally ten tables. Keep in mind that we started dating in college so there weren’t a lot of real dates – just talking on the phone,…

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Chermoula – and a salad rant

I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that many dishes have a rough equivalent across cultures cultures. Dumplings for example – almost every culture has its own version of a hearty filling wrapped in dough. I love that there are some food combinations that are so basically delicious that people independently figured out how to…

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Winter Panzanella

Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned buying a bunch of beets and having a few leftover? (No? Well I’ll wait right here while you catch up.) I bought them primarily to make a winter version of panzanella, another in my list of fancy sounding dishes that do not actually take much work to put…

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Chimichurri Couscous

Parsley gets a bit of a bad rap. It’s so often the unfortunate garnish or the superfluous ingredient that people seem to dismiss it as a serious ingredient. For years when a recipe called for parsley I would like as not skip it. I saw no real point in using parsley, other than for color….

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Quinoa and Roasted Beet Salad

Beets were not something I really ate as a kid. My parents suffered through canned beets and boiled beets and they saw no point in making my brother and I suffer too. I grew up thinking of them similarly to lima beans – one of those gross vegetables that mean parents make their kids eat…

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