Tomato, Cucumber Salad; picnics

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

I may have mentioned, once or twice, that it’s been a strange summer. It’s been cooler and wetter than recent summers, which has made my vegetable production…. unpredictable. I finally have tomatoes. They started ripening, slowly, a few weeks ago and are now producing multitudes daily. I’m making soup with the big, gnarly ones; peeling, … Continue reading…

Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad; a simple dish

Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad

I was looking through some photos this morning, trying to work out some facts for myself. We all know that memory can be selective, mistaken, and warped by our own perceptions. Being an impatient person who is always in a hurry, I wanted to know if my garden recollections were correct. This year, for example, … Continue reading…

Grilled Salmon Salad; hidden lettuce

Salmon Salad

This is not a main course salad…. although it could be. Sometimes, during salad season, we have salad for a first course instead of the main course. That gives us a chance to have lamb chops or steak or chicken as well as a salad. Can you tell I’m getting sick of salad? I think … Continue reading…

Spring Greens with Feta and Dates; a cormorant

Salad with Feta & Dates

A long time ago, when I used to travel (unlike this year) I was coming back to Europe on KLM, business class (loved upgrades!). As was proper, after the main course I was served a small plate of cheese. In this case it happened to be goat cheese and it was garnished with 2 dates. … Continue reading…

Bean and Roasted Pepper Salad; blog re-design

Bean & Pepper Salad

I’ve gotten very used to eating from my garden over the years. If we want a salad I pick enough lettuce or spinach for a salad. I pick the summer squash when they are big enough for two but before they will feed a family of six. Eating from the pantry is different…. There are … Continue reading…

Red Endive Salad; mini computers?

Endive and Beet Salad

Just because we eat with the seasons doesn’t mean we don’t have salads in winter. It just means we have different salads. The delicate lettuces of spring don’t seem right when we have fires burning and it’s cold outside. But the brightly colored endive that appears this time of year looks rather festive. Thus another … Continue reading…

Spinach and Chickpea Salad; internet woes

Chickpea Spinach Salad

After Foie Gras and Sauternes 2 nights in a row I think it’s time for a winter salad of Spinach and Chickpeas. Not that this is particularly healthy…. it has bacon in it, but it is the holiday season and one should be a bit decadent, right? For me, even though I don’t like hot … Continue reading…