Spinach Salad with Asparagus & Cara Cara Oranges

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  How could I resist picking up such a beautiful bunch of fresh spinach to use in my salad?  The obvious answer is that I couldn’t.  I almost gave it a little hug before I put it in my basket at the market.  Along with slender spears of Spring asparagus, French Breakfast Radishes, Cara Cara […]

crunchy green bean, radish and walnut salad with goat feta

green bean and radish salad

A bag of green beans and a basket of radishes were a few of my farmers market finds last night, I also ran into one of my daughter’s friends with her two young children in tow.  There is something irresistible  about a sweet little girl who wants to hold your hand and shop for fruit […]

Radish, Bacon & Walnut Salad and Recognizing Inspiration In Your Own Backyard

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My first French Breakfast Radish harvest this past week was very inspiring.  Seeing their little red shoulders finally pushing out of the ground after checking on them each week and finding several good size ones for harvest made my day.  Taking my favorite red bowl out of the cupboard and turning my radishes into a […]

Smoked Trout Salad with Key Lime Mustard Dressing and A Cookbook Giveaway!

Today I’m making an apple pound cake because all I can think about is baking with apples, I think I’ve become obsessed.  Baking with apples is one of my favorite things to do especially when I notice the birds and most likely raccoons are eating my apples from the back yard tree before I could […]

Favorite Spring Vegetable Pot-Au-Feu for French Fridays with Dorie

Change is in the air, nothing stays the same forever including a suggested recipe for warm weather vegetables from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  Referred to as a springboard recipe and in my case it was also an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ recipe as I reached deep into my fridge to pull […]

Spring Salad with Lemon White Truffle Vinaigrette

Today my thoughts on food have turned green.  All the breads and cakes I’ve baked in the past few weeks made the house smell wonderful but life in the kitchen is not all about the oven.  The salad bowl makes a daily appearance in my kitchen but barely makes it here every few months.  My […]

Greek Salad with Grilled Calamari

We enjoyed a fresh Greek style salad for dinner last night with a bottle of Russian River Valley Lynmar Chardonnay . I mention this chardonnay because both the Reserve Vineyard Designates and the Russian River Valley/ Sonoma Coast releases are some of my favorite wines. In the past it was poured by the glass at […]

Avocado and Orange Salad with Radishes, Pumpkin Seeds and Thai Basil

I’m just going to give a few reasons why I love Portland, Oregon. The first reason is the inspiration for my avocado and orange salad. In Northern California avocados are flooding our markets right now, just begging to be brought home to our kitchens so that we can enjoy them in salads, sandwiches, soups, sauces […]