Artichoke Hearts & Blood Oranges

I’m not sure if there are many other combinations of flavors that can surpass briny, tangy artichoke hearts (water packed) and bright, fresh, sweet orange.  And the opportunity to use blood oranges, with their cherry/berry intensity; well, it was too good of a salad-making opportunity for me to pass up. Spinach Oven roasted carrots Marinated,…

Arugula with Roasted Fennel & Cauliflower

The clock is always ticking on produce.  Nature brings fruits & veggies to the table on its own cycle and I look forward to the arrival of each new season’s bounty with equal measure to the part of me that will miss something when it goes out of season for the year. When I saw…

Celebrating Purple

Purple abounds on my table this week.  I hadn’t planned it as such, but my lunchtime salad is dark, deep, and gloriously purple, thanks to purple/red cabbage & tart dried cranberries and my evening plate also glows violet featuring purple kale & red onions, mixed with black rice and roasted sweet potatoes.  There must be…

Fresh Fennel & Roasted Golden Beets with Orange

This salad has everything I love: texture contrast (crunchy, chewy, & smooth); bright colors (gold, purple, white, & green); a little sweetness and some saltiness; and a heft that makes me feel full.  3/4 of a fennel bulb was waiting for me to use it and I had originally thought I would buy another, roast…

Roasted Corn & Hatch Green Chile Soup

My friends have called me “the Soup Whisperer” because, as I do with salads, I get a creative idea for a soup “starter” and then compose a pot that builds on and enhances whatever the inspiration was.  I used to give out “Soup Certificates” for the holidays: handmade “coupons for soup” that had lots of…

Green Papaya Salad with Avocado

I’ve made lots of variations of  green papaya salad over the years (I’ve shared 10 on this site to date). Before it becomes the bright orange tropical fruit, an unripe papaya reveals itself as a crisp, light, mildly-cucumberesque vegetable that is most often seen at Thai restaurants as som tam salad.  On a recent night…

Autumn Salad

Spinach Roasted sugar pumpkin Marinated, baked tofu (apple cider jam, Dijon mustard, Thai red curry paste, Bragg’s liquid amino acids, red wine vinegar) Red onion Pink apple Cilantro Tangerine zest Dressing: Dried Chile Colorado  (dry skillet toasted & rehydrated) Thai red curry paste Red wine vinegar Apple cider vinegar Tangerine juice Fresh ginger Apple cider…

Fennel & Golden Beets with Tart Cherry Dressing

Kale Fennel Roasted golden beets (olive oil, whole cracked fennel seed, coriander seed, black peppercorns, salt & thyme) Red onion Marinated, baked tempeh ( Bragg’s liquid aminos, balsamic vinegar, pomegranate molasses, Grainy Dijon mustard) Dried Bing cherries soaked in mandarin juice Mandarin zest Parsley Goat cheese Dressing: Mandarin juice Red wine vinegar Balsamic vinegar Olive…

Mint Chutney Coleslaw

Green cabbage Granny smith apple Sugar snap peas Quorn chicken cubes Salted peanuts Cilantro Dressing: Mint chutney (Mint, cilantro, serrano chile, coconut, salt, lime juice) Tangerine juice & zest Rice wine vinegar Agave Salt Cayenne

Green Papaya & Dried Hibiscus Blossom Salad

Green papaya Marinated, baked tofu (soy sauce, chinkiang black vinegar, brown sugar, red chile flake, garlic) Dried hibiscus blossoms Salted peanuts Green onion tops Red chile flake Lime zest Dressing: Rice wine vinegar Lime juice Green onions Cilantro Ginger Garlic Salt Sugar Cayenne Amchur Fish sauce Braggs’ Liquid Aminos Peanut butter powder