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Greek Salad

A Greek salad would go beautifully with chicken, beef or fish, and features ingredients that are plentiful in farmers’ markets around the area. Not only is it still peak tomato season, but cucumbers are available by the bushel as well. Most greek salads don’t call for any lettuce, but my sister made one last month […]

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Beet and Avocado Salad

Most of us either grill on the 4th of July or we go to a party where grilled meat  is the star of the show. Instead of the typical baked beans and slaw, why not serve a cool and refreshing salad?  This one is colorful and makes good use of ingredients that can now be […]

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Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Have you ever looked at those cute baby potatoes at the farmer’s market or in the grocery and wondered what you could make with them? Yes, roasting and tossing them with coarse salt is always a possibility. But what about grilling them whole and then making a non-traditional potato salad instead? Below is a link […]

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Beets with Mint and Basil

I love to make this dish in the summer because I have all the ingredients on hand in our garden. And, unlike some of the beet greens you find in the grocery, when beets are just pulled from the dirt the greens are usually unblemished. This is such an easy recipe (see below for the […]

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Grilled Potato Salad

I was at the Brookside Farmer’s Market the other day, where I bought some fingerling and Peruvian blue potatoes. The cashier asked what I planned to do with the spuds, and I told her that my favorite use of potatoes is a grilled potato salad with blue cheese vinaigrette. She asked me to describe it […]

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Spring Potato Salad

I have a niece who lives in New York City and just started a food blog, Season with Reason. For those who love cooking  local and seasonal foods, I highly recommend it to you. She focuses on ingredients and recipes, so you can enjoy the blog  no matter where you live. She also tackles nutrition […]

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Asparagus Season

To me, asparagus sings “spring”, a welcome song after a long winter. If you grow asparagus, you’re picking more than you know what to do with, and if you’ve been in the grocery store this month, you  can’t avoid the large displays of it. Avoid no more. Whether you want to make soup, salad, or […]

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Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Combining watermelon and tomato is all the rage, but it does sound like an odd partnership, doesn’t it? Well, don’t make any judgments until you’ve tried it, because it’s truly awesome. Sweet, tart, crisp, juicy and, above all,…fresh. And after a month’s worth of caprese salads, it’s time to change things up a bit. Here’s […]

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Roasting Beets

I love beets. I know they aren’t everyone’s favorite, but  people who wrinkle their noses at the mention of this root vegetable are often thinking of the canned beets of our childhood. I didn’t like those either. But fresh beets have a very different flavor than the canned variety. Here’s my primer on roasting beets […]

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Cafe Sebastienne

Café Sebastienne has been a perennial favorite since its debut in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in 1995. In the original and smaller dining room, colorful oils by Artist Fredrick James Brown cover the walls. Diners can also choose to sit in the enclosed courtyard, with its vast ceilings, bright sunshine and decidedly louder […]

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