What a month it’s been! The past two weeks I’ve been working several ten to twelve hour days for my regular job, plus teaching four cooking classes. Oh and let’s not forget the birthday parties, potlucks, family events and fundraisers. I’m lucky if I have enough energy to take a shower before I crawl into bed. I’m sure you’ve all had a time in your life where you feel like you’re doing a frantic dog paddle just to keep your head above water. So when you suddenly realize that in four hours you’re supposed to bring a salad to share for a potluck filled with people who have various dietary needs, you need a recipe that can be thrown together quickly with very little work. For me, this coleslaw is that recipe.The family event we were attending had people with diabetes, lactose and/or gluten intolerance, and vegetarians. This meant no creamy or mayonnaise dressings, and no honey or sugar in the dressing. It of course meant no bacon, an easy way to boost flavor in salads. But the hardest part for me was that winter just ended and it’s not really salad season yet, which makes it hard to put together a tasty one for twenty or more people on a budget.
This fast and easy apple cranberry salad recipe makes is full of cheerful colors, bright flavors, and fun textures. It’s also a great salad for the cool temperatures of early … Read more
I am a huge fan of Thanksgiving food. I love the roast turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and well, everything. BUT, Thanksgiving is not always a good day for people … Read more
Figs are one of the culinary joys of summer. Fresh figs are SO seasonal that, at least in Washington, you never see them any other time of year. The first … Read more
I have a reputation in our various circles of friends not only as the resident foodie, but also as the queen of salads. I love bringing salads to potlucks and parties because they’re so simple to make and a really affordable option if you know where to get your ingredients. This spinach salad is my latest favorite. At my birthday party I made it with dried cranberries, today I’m using golden raisins. Whatever dried fruit you use, this dish will probably the first one gone at your next event.
I’ve had a lot of different Chex mixes in my day. The ever popular Muddy Buddies are dangerously addictive (and bad for you) with their chocolate, peanut butter and powdered … Read more
We’re bringing our vegetarian recipe for stuffed acorn squash up from the archives. First published in 2010, it’s the recipe experiment that helped turn us into squash eaters! This vegetarian … Read more