Your Choice: Boat, Wrap, or Salad

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Everyone always says that the only two things we can absolutely rely on are death and taxes. I think there’s a third sure bet, though, and one that’s a lot less depressing: Mexican food. Everybody loves Mexican food. Authentic Mexican food is all about freshness and flavor and whatever level of spiciness you enjoy. Most […]

Luxury (Yet Affordable!) Surf ‘n’ Turf

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This is taking the surf ‘n’ turf concept to the next level, folks – we’re bringing together the darlings of the surf (shrimp) AND the turf (bacon). And it only takes 10 minutes to throw all of this together if you have some pre-cooked bacon on hand. Even if you have to cook the bacon, […]

A New Take on Sweet & Sour – Spring-Into-Summer Salad with Strawberries, Asparagus & Pickles

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What do strawberries and pickles have in common? More than you’d think! In honor of spring shading (sunning?) into summer, I thought I’d try making a seasonal sweet-and-sour salad by tossing together strawberries and pickles. Roasted asparagus and Romaine lettuce provided the backdrop, and a creamy Dijon dressing tied it all together. It’s simple and […]

Guaranteed Summer Hits: Sweet Corn & Fresh Herbs

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Sweet corn, savory herbs, juicy tomatoes – what more could you want? Summer brings out the best on our plates. (Summer also means that my refrigerator tends to be a bit bare since a lot of my future meals are anchored to my garden dirt.) And now that we’re – sniff! – at the tail […]

HAVEN Garden Project Grows More Than Just Fresh Produce

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“Excuse me,” a little voice floats up from somewhere around my knees, “is this is a kiwi?” As I open my mouth to explain eggplants, a large squash whistles by my ear. My questioner’s older brother is knocking one out of the park with a zucchini one could favorably compare to baseball bat. A curly-headed […]

Spring is in the Air…and on the Plate

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Balsamic Strawberry & Broccoli Salad It’s strawberry season! Not to mention chive season and lettuce season. Cool evenings and not-too-hot days make for smoother, softer-tasting chives (as the season progresses, they get more and more oniony) and sweeter, softer-tasting lettuce (hot days = more bitter leaves). All of that means it’s the perfect time to […]

If A Hunter Were To Make A Salad

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Who says a salad can’t be manly? The term “salad” derives from sal, the Latin word for salt. A dish that’s salata or salada is simply one that’s been seasoned with salt – the original word has nothing to do with lettuce. And while some of the best classic salads are lettuce-based (Caesar Salad, Salade […]