Salads

Massage Those Collard Greens for a Terrific Winter Waldorf Salad

Massage Those Collard Greens for a Terrific Winter Waldorf Salad

It's always darkest before the dawn, or maybe "it's always whitest before the thaw" is more appropriate. Yes, I'm talking about Winter, just a little. Locked in the house, it's easy to fall into eating lots of comforting carbs. So we have to make sure that we are...

My Holiday Persimmon Salad

My Holiday Persimmon Salad

For such a beautiful little fruit, the persimmon kind of reminds me of a little orange bomb. Cut into it too soon and you will be rewarded with a bite of something so tannic and tart that you will not be able to eat it. Wait for it's little inner timer to reach the...

Brussels Sprouts, More Than a Baby Cabbage

  I made the trek to my wintry Farmer's Market on Saturday, where there was still a surprising wealth of produce. My teeth were chattering as I fumbled with my money with my blue fingers, speed shopping to get out of the cold. Then, I spied a quintessential Fall...

Magical Instant Umami, The Next Big Ingredient

  Sounds like a grand claim, doesn't it. I'm going out on a limb, predicting that once chefs and trend setters get their hands on this hard-to-find ingredient, they are going to be slapping it on everything. Remember when wasabi and edamame were unheard of, then...

Chasing Plenty in London, at The Ottolenghi Empire

Like many Americans, I was introduced to Yotam Ottolenghi by the rave reviews of his restaurants in London, which were so exciting that American magazines and newspapers splashed brilliantly colored photos of his food across their pages. Then he released his book,...

Packable Salads in Jars, Perfect for Summer

I have to say, I was a little late to this food in jars phenomenon. Sure, I used to can and still have cases of mason jars in my basement, awaiting the return of my DIY canning impulses. I keep a rotating stash of quart mason jars for my fresh juices, smoothies-to-go,...

What is Good Nutrition? Super Tasty Plants!

        March is National Nutrition Month. Isn't it nice to have a whole month to reflect on healthy eating? The thing is, there are so many differing ideas on what constitutes a good diet that it's easy to feel overwhelmed. I know, I read and...

Season, Savor and Sustain with Miso

There is nothing quite so perfect in this icy cold winter than a steaming bowl of soup. And a really delicious, healthy way to make a simple soup sing is miso. If you are not already a convert, miso is a salted, fermented paste from the Japanese pantry, and is often...

The Lucky Number Seven and Happiness

We all hear about how many servings of fruits and vegetables we should eat, ranging from the five-a-day of the USDA to healthy eating experts who nudge it up to 8 or 9. Too bad most Americans have a hard time getting up to five, unless you count french fries and...

The Best Weed Ever

Ok, maybe I tricked you into coming here after your search for "best weed". But, you are welcome to weigh in on my assessment. I really think that Purslane, also called "pigweed" could well hold the title of best weed. Maybe I should call it a wild-foraged plant, kind...

Start Seeing Black Pepper!

Salt and pepper are ubiquitous, such a part of our eating culture that we don't really pay them much attention. It's a shame, though, if you have ignored black pepper. Especially if you are using that horrible old pre-ground pepper that has been sitting in the shaker...

A Swedish Twist on Eating More Plants

Didn't we all know, deep inside, that the high-meat, low carb diet was bad for you? Well, another well-done study has been published that found that eating lots of animal fats was directly to blame for higher blood cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. This one, a...

A Sexy Salad for The Big Night

Well, it’s time for the big Valentine’s romantic meal, and lots of people are making reservations for gourmet restaurant feasts. They will dine on oysters and steak, cream doused pastas, and then a big chocolate dessert, all accompanied by plenty of alcohol. Then, if...

May is Mediterranean Month!

May is a good time to think about eating healthfully, with summer sneaking up on us, we all get a little bit more “into our bodies.” Getting active and moving around outside, hopefully that motivates us to think a little more about maintaining our health for the long...

Bill Clinton Sets a Good Example!

Some of us remember a time, a few years back, when Bill Clinton was not the best role model. In fact, wives around the world were probably holding his behavior up to their husbands as an example of how NOT to behave. Well, that time is passed, and Slick Willy is now a...

Better Know a Salad Green, Mache 101

So it's January and we are all trying to eat a little better. Or at least we all said we would. If you live just about anywhere in the US, you have been experiencing colder than usual temperatures, which seem to make it impossible to stop craving comfort food. I know,...

The Spy Teaches with a Side of Vegit Prop

First of all, I am generally as up front honest as can be. But the other day, I had a wonderful, positive time tricking people into learning how to eat more healthfully. It was not subterfuge, really. The cooking class was listed as Main Course Salads, and I composed...