Lemon Chicken Salad, Nutrition info: yay or nay

I’m trying something new…. And I need your opinions. I’m using a new service from Edamam that adds nutritional information to my recipes. (update: service cancelled, recipe in my own format…. never mind….) In theory this is all good, right? But I kind of feel like I’m exposing myself to the world. I have two … Continue reading…

Sausage Salad with Baked Zucchini Rounds; The Bike Ride

It’s summer. We played yesterday. One is supposed to play in the summer. We even had a picnic. No photos of the picnic, though – we were starving. After this lovely salad, I’m going to bore you with pretty pictures of the canal we biked along.. I’m not a fan of raw zucchini. I have … Continue reading…

Ham, Asparagus and Mozzarella Salad; it’s organic!

 A cold salad can be just the thing for a hot summer evening.  The eggs are hard-boiled and the asparagus blanched. As to the rest, it’s just a matter of assembling and serving.   The small mozzarella balls are great for tossing with a salad; if you can’t find them, just roughly chop half of … Continue reading…

Chicken and White Bean Salad with Crispy Red Onions

I think I’ll stop complaining about the rain and my potager and my herb garden and all the other stuff. We’re luckier than many – our roads are intact and the house is not buried in mud like these: Flooding in France. The pilgrimage site at Lourdes was flooded for the second time in a … Continue reading…

Salad with Sausages, Peppers, Lemon and Potatoes; the update

One of our long-time favorite summer meals is simply grilled sausages with grilled peppers, onions and potatoes. It’s one of those meals that requires no thought, minimum effort and can be handled easily sitting in a lawn chair somewhere near the barbecue – preferably sipping a chilled summer wine. But when there is spinach and … Continue reading…

Traditional American Potato Salad

Traditional American Potato Salad, at least the Mid-Western version I grew up with, has, like so many classics of cuisines around the world, as many iterations as there are cooks. Some dressings are cooked, some not; some add eggs, celery, peppers, onions or pickles, some not. My particular favorite used lots of mayonnaise and good, … Continue reading…

Salad with Barley, Sausages and Pesto Rosso; the update

The weather has been lovely, warm and sunny (although we are desperate for rain) and has been busy painting and repairing. One of the more challenging projects was to extend the shutters on the door opening onto Juliette’s Balcony. There had originally been a door there; the former owners replaced it with a window and … Continue reading…