Cool Stuff – Soups & Salads
“Quinoa Salad”

In just a few hours, I’m going to be picking up two of my favorite people from the airport, Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple. Then we’re jetting off to Joshua Creek Ranch, the place where I shot that magazine cover a few months ago, and guess what we’re doing there? We’re shooting the Girl Hunter book trailer! It’s going to be so fun. I can’t wait to […]

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“Summer Salad”

I spent hours weeding yesterday. I think it was approximately 400 degrees out. There were four of us weeding my great-aunt’s former vegetable garden at Tulipwood that I ambitiously thought we should “plant” this year. All of it. I don’t think anyone has ever successfully completed the task of  taming all of that garden. It is big. There are many deer. Many woodchucks. A 7-foot deer fence and underground fence […]

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“Purslane Salad”

I have a thing for purslane. I think I inherited it from my grandmother. She is just obsessed with it. Whenever I visit she says, “have you seen any purslane in the garden?”   It is such an intriguing plant, purslane. For one, it is everywhere, in many countries, from the sidewalk cracks in the cities, to your vegetable garden, likely where you don’t want it to be. It is […]

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“Apple Cider Potato Salad”

It begins with an Amish man. Like most of my stories do. Okay fine it doesn’t begin with him, it begins with a 5 pound sack of potatoes that we purchased at a run down store in a vacant town across from this abandoned house that I really want to buy and fix up but am told I’m wasting my time because it would cost more than it’s worth. Waaaaah. […]

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“Tomato Bread Salad”

In case you missed it, or if by some small chance you don’t know about The Pioneer Woman, (is there anyone left on the planet that doesn’t know about The Pioneer Woman? I think they even frequent her site from the space station) I posted a lovely recipe for one of my favorite salads — Tomato Bread Salad — a short while ago on her site. She was busy taping […]

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“Clam Chowder”

Also known as… “how to cook a clam.” Word on the street is that my clam digging pictures are freaking you out. I’m sorry to give you the heebie jeebies. But they taste good, I promise. Besides, don’t you want to know what to do if someone drops you on an island somewhere and tells you to fend for yourself? Here is what I did with the horseneck clams from my […]

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“Root Soup & Polenta”

Because she loves you, Grandma Pellegrini made you a Valentines soup. She even put hearts in it. It’s a work of art. And because he loves you, Gordon snapped some photos of it. And because I love you, well… I’m just writing to tell you about it. I can’t take any credit. I can just share. This is a root soup, colored with red beets. It is delicious, I have […]

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“Red Quinoa Salad”

Guess what this is… I’ll give you one clue… It’s not a leotard. Okay, I’ll give you another clue… Now guess? Okay, okay, geez, one more clue! Red quinoa!!! If you’ve never heard of it before, you’re not alone. It’s been slowly rising to stardom recently but hasn’t reached full celebrity status yet. It’s a grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds. It’s considered a “pseudocereal,” whatever that means… not […]

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“Black-Eyed Peas and a Little Luck”

Black-eyed peas are one of those things I only think about on December 31st when I superstitiously rush around looking for them. You see, it was ingrained in me from the time I was a small plump infant, that this is the thing you’re supposed to eat on New Year’s Day for good luck. I’ve never really loved them. But then again, I’ve never really cooked them. So, armed with […]

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“Moroccan Lamb and Beef Stew”

This is one of my favorite stews. It is perfect for the really cold months and for large gatherings when you have a lot of people to feed. In isn’t your everyday beef stew. For one, it has equal parts lamb in it and then it also has a middle eastern flair…a little dried fruit, a little ginger…it’s a good thing. I recently made it for our Christmas party and […]

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