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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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Salad Days

  I love salads, and never get tired of them. You might want to give some of these a try before we have to say good-bye to the luscious summer produce.  1.Beet salad. Start with roasted beets, preferably of different hues for a more spectacular presentation. Add mixed greens, goat or blue cheese, and walnuts. […]

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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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Farmer’s Market bounty

Farmers’ Markets have their full complement of produce this month, so hopefully this will inspire you to be creative with your favorite fruits and vegetables. –Make a summery salad of watermelon chunks and cherry tomatoes with feta or goat cheese, topped off with chopped mint and pistachios, and tossed with red vinegar and oil. It’s […]

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ABC’s of Pesto

Pesto is one of life’s greatest delights–whether it is made with arugula, basil, or cilantro. Make up a batch and freeze it in ice cube trays so you’ll always have some on hand: try it as a quick fix for a bland soup; to add a layer of complexity to a sauce; or to perk […]

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Up To Your Ears in Corn?

Corn is at its peak right now. Instead of preparing it in the traditional style, try rubbing each cob with olive oil and grilling it; the flavor will be incredible. Or, cut the kernels off the cob and make a salsa — put the corn in a bowl, add chopped red onion, red or green […]

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Grilling on the 4th?

Can’t decide what to serve for your July 4th bash? Why not follow the current fad and throw a new-fangled burger on the grill? Lamb, buffalo, chicken and tuna are more exciting and, for the most part, healthier than the all-beef variety. Moreover, these sandwiches will add a touch of fun and style to the […]

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Sniff, thump or squeeze your way to ripe fruit

Here’s the low-down on methods and secrets to picking perfect produce. Artichokes. These majestic orbs have a mysterious quality to the uninitiated. The key to finding one with a soft and flavorful heart is the tightness of the leaves. The overall look of the vegetable should be rounded, not spiked. (A hint about cooking — […]

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