Green Bean & Cucumber Salad

Here’s a quick and easy side dish for those hot summer days when you don’t really feel like cooking. If you have access to local produce, so much the better! You can do the only hot step, blanching the beans, in the morning when it’s still cool. Pop them in the fridge, and finish assembly…

Vidalia, Green Bean, and Bulgur Salad

“Vidalia onions aren’t just the most famous onions in the world; I think they may be the only famous onions in the world.” — Bobby Flay It’s almost Vidalia season! Less than two weeks from now, Georgia (USA) farmers will start harvesting these magnificent treasures. Yes, there are other sweet onions in the world. Yes,…

Confetti Slaw

  I have always loved spring. There’s something almost magical about watching nature come alive after a long winter. If you look closely, you can see signs already. To the casual observer, this was just another grey, drab winter morning. But there, on the tips of the dogwood branches, are buds. Hundreds of buds. How…

Potato Salad With Bells On

Looking for a fresh, tasty side dish to brighten up your dinner table? Look no further, you’re going to love this! It’s been a weirdly warm fall. After a rath er cool early summer, my garden was unexpectedly, delightfully productive in October. I wasn’t going to develop any new recipes this fall, but I just…

Vidalia & Cherry​ Tomato Salad

This deceptively simple salad is really quite delightful! So few ingredients, so much flavor. The combination of Oliva’s Cranberry-Pear Balsamic and Persian Lime Olive Oil is one of my favorites. The tartness of the tomatoes and Cranberry Pear Balsamic is a perfect balance to the sweetness of the Vidalia. The Persian Lime oil smoothly blends…

Egg & Olive

I remember this as one of my dad’s favorite lunches. Well, minus the whole wheat bread. He liked his sandwiches on swirly rye. As a kid, I didn’t much care for green olives. It was a rare thing to be granted food preference concessions in our house. You ate what was served, period. Egg salad was…

Italian Garbanzo Salad

Here’s one of my favorite pot luck recipes. It’s pretty simple, & really delicious. There’s a bunch of chopping, but other than that it pretty much makes itself, especially if you opt for the canned chick peas. This recipe fills my 4 quart mixing bowl! It makes enough to feed an army, so there usually are leftovers, which…

Minty Chickpea, Green Bean, & Tomato Salad

According to Wikipedia, chickpeas have been cultivated by humans for 7,500 years. The name “chickpea” dates back at least to the 1300s in French. The name “garbanzo” first came to English from Spanish, in the 17th century. Others call them Ceci/Cece/Chichi beans. No matter the name, they’re delicious and nutritious, and present in many of the…