Grilled Peach Salad with Halloumi Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Arugula

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Our summer sun has disappeared briefly into the gray clouds of “Fog-ust” this month in the Bay area.  I cheated and made this salad on our grill pan inside, as grilling outside huddled in the dark in long pants and a sweatshirt doesn’t have quite the allure of grilling while relaxing outside in your shorts on a warm evening.  For those of you having a legitimate hot August, feel free to do this recipe all outside, cooking the peaches, chunks of red onion and the halloumi cheese on the grill and tossing them from the grill straight to bowls full … Continue reading

Fresh Corn Salad with Halloumi Cheese

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I hate corn on the cob.  Let’s be clear, I adore fresh corn, but I require it be off the cob.  Four years of braces left me with a horror of gnawing the delicious kernels off the cob.  No discussion of typewriter or rotary style here, please let me grill my corn and slice it off the cob to happily consume with a fork.  I love this method of making polenta from fresh corn, but rarely do I approach a summer weekend with that much ambition.  Summer begs for simplicity, just slice, assemble and eat.  If you’ve been in my … Continue reading

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Maple Dressing

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Fall at the farmers’ market has a whole different feeling, and while I miss the fresh berries terribly, I do love how forgiving fall produce can be.  I lugged home a heavy bag today, filled to the brim with butternut and delicata squashes, onions, garlic, a bottle of apple cider and several pomegranates.  One of my pomegranates escaped and went rolling down the sidewalk in front of me, but I just scooped it up and it was really no worse for wear. Fall produce can be just as pretty as it’s spring and summer brethren (I love the colors of … Continue reading

Corn Salad with Red Onion, Epazote, and Cotija Cheese

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Summer meals can be delightfully lazy.  Buy pretty ingredients (not hard at all during the California summer), combine them in a bowl and crumble on some cheese or drizzle on some olive oil.  Serve at once, preferably outdoors with good friends. Unfortunately most of our summer meals here in Berkeley are still eaten inside.  Once the sun deserts us the temperature drops with shocking speed.  Where just 5 minutes ago we were blissfully warm clad in shorts and a tank top, suddenly the sun drops below the horizon and we speed into the house in search of sweatshirts and blankets.  … Continue reading

Tomato, Cucumber, and Mozzarella Panzanella

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So I’m not actually a salad person.  This may come as a surprise, since I’ve just offered you blog posts about salad all week.  When I go out to eat, a salad is the last thing that I ever think to order.  I like salads, but I always feel like they’re so easy to construct at home that it’s silly to order one out.  In a restaurant, give me pizza, homemade pasta, or perhaps Gather’s vegan “charcuterie.” Something that’s a pain, if not down right impossible, to make at home. When I do eat and make salads, I like them … Continue reading

Asparagus Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Hard Boiled Eggs

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In a rather convoluted way, this salad started with garlic aioli.  Months ago now, J and I were eating at Canary Square, a restaurant in Jamaica Plain.  We’d split an order of fries to start, and our waiter offered to bring us a second dip in addition to the house-made ketchup.  A side of garlic aioli came out with the fries.  As I dipped in my first fry, I had to summon massive amounts of willpower not to go at the little container of aioli with my spoon and then my tongue.  Silky smooth and garlicky, the aioli was a … Continue reading

Kale Coconut Salad

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When you move to California (having never even visited before), you falsely feel like you have some sense of the place.  TV and movies promise palm trees, sunshine, and surfers.  While I knew I was moving to Northern California and not San Diego, I was still surprised our first morning here (in August no less), that I needed to pull on a sweatshirt to go search out a local coffee shop.  I always find myself explaining to friends and relatives back home that my part of California is usually always 67 degrees.  Even in August.  Even in November. So this … Continue reading

Strawberry Edamame Salad with Ginger Honey Lime Dressing

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This was one of those meals that come together while I stood in front of the fridge.  Usually when I stand in front of the fridge with the door open, I just find myself eating cheddar cheese, so this was a happy surprise.  I’ve been keeping a bowl of cut up strawberries in the fridge (to distract me before I can reach for the cheese).  I also had some edamame in the freezer, and when I mixed the strawberries and edamame together, I just grabbed some sunflower seeds from the cupboard for crunch.  I thought the dressing idea was at … Continue reading

Wheat Berry, Lentil and Butternut Squash Salad with Balsamic Reduction

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Have you ever had a coworker peer over your shoulder at your lunch and proclaim “wow! that looks really … healthy…”  Let me warn you in advance that this salad will definitely get the reaction.  So just calmly thank your coworker because you’ll be prepared. I’ve failed to make a balsamic reduction about ten million times.  I’ve reduced not enough and just had extra pungent vinegar.  I’ve reduced too much and made rock candy.  I’m still not sure what voodoo magic J had to work to save that pan.  By some rule of randomness, I finally succeeded, but I’m not … Continue reading

Radish, Cucumber and Apple Slaw with a Spicy Honey-Lime Dressing

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We’ve had more radishes in our CSA lately.  I never know quite what to do with radishes.  When we get beets in the CSA box, my brains goes “juice!” or “roasted with goat cheese and walnuts!”  When we get kale, my brain has 5 instant ideas, and with tomatoes the ideas seem boundless.  I always have more ideas than tomatoes.  With radishes though, I always think “radishes are so cute!”  I never seem to think “wow, I’m so glad these are in my kitchen so I can roast them in a honey-balsamic glaze.” Although, now that you mention it, that … Continue reading