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Flower Salad

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I’m an enthusiastic but lazy gardener with a challenging backyard vegetable patch. To put it plainly, by the end of August, all my greens have either bolted (i.e. gone to seed) or been eaten by the neighborhood woodchuck, the tomato and cucumber vines are drying up, and most everything else has been swallowed by weeds. But […]

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Best Friends: Grapefruit and Avocado

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Some of the most inspired salads are based on a simple but sublime pairing – tomato and basil, chickpea and lemon, apple and peanut, pear and gorgonzola. This salad is no exception, though the pair I have in mind might surprise you: avocado and grapefruit. The grapefruit is sweet and assertive, the avocado, rich and […]

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Hummus is a Must

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Hummus is the little black dress of the home salad bar. Infinite variations abound, but the concept for this perennial staple remains the same, and simple. All you need are chick peas, tahini, lemon, garlic, and salt. A food processor or a very good blender (like a Vitamix) makes short work of combining everything. Elbow […]

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Rabe

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Broccoli rabe is one of my favorite greens. I think of it as the coffee of vegetables — bitter, intense, rich. Once you acquire a taste for it, the craving for it will surface at regular intervals. I often steam two bunches of rabe at once until soft and vibrantly green and stash most of […]

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Potluck Salad

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I’m calling this one Potluck Salad for two reasons. First, because it is indeed a dish I often contribute to potluck events. It’s easy and practical and fits a niche often neglected on the potluck table I find it reassuring to know, when approaching the lottery of a potluck meal that there will be something […]

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