Category Archives: Salad

Couscous Salad

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

I have been making this recipe for so long that I have no recollection where it came from. It has been a family and friends favorite for years and years and goes well with so many things. I usually make it in the summer time to take on a picnic or for a BBQ (although I have made it for my step-son many times in other seasons). It is versatile and can be made with chicken stock, vegetable stock or just plain water. I always double the recipe so that there are leftovers. Couscous Salad Ingredients: 2/3 cup currants 3 Tsp butter 1 ½ cups stock 1 ½ cups couscous 1 ½ cups diced celery 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts 1/4 cup parsley (coarsely chopped) 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup...

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Warm French Lentils

Monday, 14 April 2014

I have these old old friends from way back when. David and Beth. They are wonderful, warm, lovely people. I was in their wedding. It’s true. My first foray into wedding life. Since I started out as David’s friend I was technically one of his grooms-people but in a Bridesmaid’s dress. I felt awkward in that dress – I will never forget. Anyway. . . I adore them both and we have started getting together regularly – about every four months or so. Well, actually, we’ve done it twice. But both times have been excellent. Prior to that we were all too busy with work and raising family. Kids are now in college or graduated and there’s a little free weekend time so there we were. The first time we got together was...

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Valentine’s Day – Red Is For Beets

Friday, 28 February 2014

Where to begin. Where to begin. A lot has happened this month - February (which stunningly is almost over) - and lots of good gastronomy happening. The first fabulous food event was on Valentine’s Day. A love and romance event with food of course as the party was hosted by my dear friend Victoria and her man Joel. The party was at Joel’s awesome beach house in Santa Monica. Victoria and Joel throw a good party and their friends are interesting, warm and lively. We were told to bring a song, a poem, or a joke. Very sweet. I brought none of those things. Kept my mouth shut. Shame on me. We had drinks and hor d’oeuvres (aka ‘snacks’) and then dinner on the deck. It was a perfectly warm February 14th night. Unseasonably so....

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Virginia’s Wedding Shower

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Sunday, July 21st, today was the day. And it was lovely. The bride to be was beaming and laughing. Her Mama was too. What could be better? All the girlfriends were here. The food was delicious (made by Marmalade – mostly) and the presents were excellent! Wine and lemonade flowed. My responsibilities were extremely limited and I got a lot of credit! All I did was bake two cakes (carrot cake and Road Oil Chocolate cake); make two salads (fruit and arugula with fig); and clean up the place (which Alan helped me with). Suzanne did the rest – including bringing over all the ridiculously delicious food, tables and chairs, party bags full of favors galore. AND, she ironed the tablecloths. A cinch (for me) and what a...

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Gingin’s Pre-Wedding Girlfriend Party With a Lovely Beet Salad

Thursday, 18 July 2013

I haven’t written about Virginia Ripley yet. Our beloved Gingin. Family but not by blood. By love and affinity. We absolutely could not live without her in our lives. I met Virginia when Alex was a month or so old. She was 6 or 7 and couldn’t have been more beautiful herself. When Alex was 18 months old, Virginia’s mother Cindy Ripley of Luna Garcia fame (lunagarcia.com) offered up Virginia as a Mother’s Helper - a notion I could not resist. And that was the beginning of a beautiful thing. I was a single mom and Virginia, Alex and I spent every Saturday together (or almost every Saturday) for so many years. She went through it all with me and had the final say on any guy who wanted to date me (there were only 3)....

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Thank You Ed! – Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad

Saturday, 22 June 2013

I’ve been on a vegetable dish experimentation binge for the past couple of weeks. I’ve made some good ones, some not so good ones – no bad ones. My family members and friends have been my tasters. One of the big hits around the table is Yotam Ottolenghi’s Moroccan Carrot Salad from his beautiful book Plenty. Won hands down over the zucchini in yogurt which I love. So... When Victoria Goldfarb invited us for dinner on Friday to visit with her Father Ed Goldfarb (our Oaxacan traveling mate), in town from Chicago – an invitation we couldn’t turn down! I decided that in addition to taking a green salad that I would take a vegetable dish. When Vic told me that “Joel loves carrots” the decision was made. But then I realized...

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A Little Ditty And Nothing More. . .

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Garbanzos or chickpeas. Why the two names? They don’t even sound alike. Well . . . the word ‘chickpea’ comes from the Latin word “cicer. “ Why? Who knows. The word “Garbanzo” comes from old Spanish “garroba” or “algarroba.” Why? Who knows. And get this, there are carbon samples that date garbazos from 7,500 years ago. Crazy right? The plants are really pretty – you hardly ever see them except at the Farmer’s Markets. Check them out. Here’s a really simple, lovely recipe that I saved, then tweaked, from a 2011 Bon Appetit. Chickpea salad with lemon, parmesan, and fresh herbs (from Bon Appetite 2011) Ingredients: 1 15-16 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained or 2 cups of cooked dried...

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Texan’s Part-2

Friday, 15 June 2012

I love kale and I want everyone I know to love it as much as I do so I frequently serve kale with the meal – whatever the meal might be…. The Texans came for brunch.  We had a frittata and naturally, kale… .  This salad, Kale and Brussels Sprouts, is one of my all-time favorites and is definitely a crowd pleaser.  It was well received.  In fact Andrew (Olivia's cousin as previously introduced) said he was going to have his mom look at my blog for the recipe!  She may be the first viewer!  Welcome Andrew’s mom!  I hope you let me know you were here! Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad (Bon Appétit magazine via Judith Nesburn) This is one of my favorite salads.  Not only is it delicious – really delicious – but...

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Kathy’s Cooked Cucumbers (Well She Prepared Them…)

Saturday, 28 April 2012

My husband and I just got back from Santa Barbara where we visited Alex my son and our dear friends John and Kathy Patton. Kathy recently received a copy of the Food52 cookbook from her friend Abra Bennett who is a cook/photographer/food blogger (French Letters – frenchletters.wordpress.com ). Abra won a few of the Food52 contests and as a result, she had several of her recipes published in the Food52 cookbook. If you don’t know the Food52 site – you could check it out – it’s worth it. Food52.com. So the four of us sat in the Patton’s back yard visiting and talking and I was reading the Food52 cook book – for hours (in retrospect, I think I was kind of rude to do that). I also took it to bed with me. (I am now afraid that...

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