The garden was producing baby greens, green onions, radishes, and herbs. I had cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from elsewhere. That’s how this salad was born. By topping the greens with the vegetable mixture, you get a lovely presentation and greens that stay crisp until they hit your mouth. For the most flavor, texture, and fun, be sure to get both toppings and greens in each bite! [by Wardee Harmon]
Finally, spring has arrived! I’m so glad for the longer days, bright flowers — and that feeling of hope that always comes with the calendar turn from March to April. You know what makes a perfect lunch for these light, breezy, sunshiny days? A salad of salmon, peas, and rice. It’s simple to make, and the refreshing flavor perfectly suits the mood of this new season. [by Lindsey Proctor]
My mother always made layered salad during the spring. She served it in one of her pretty clear glass serving dishes, and it frequently accompanied our Easter ham. I’ve seen many variations over the years, and I recently created my own healthier version, plus I love to serve it in individual dishes. [by Jenny Cazzola]
Looking for something pretty as well as healthy to serve your guests this holiday season? Here is an easy to prepare festive red and green beet salad. If you are not a fan of beets, perhaps it is because you haven’t really tasted them fresh! My husband did not care for them at all — until we began growing our own. Since both the tops and the roots can be eaten, beets perform double duty in the kitchen. For this salad, the beets are cooked and tossed warm with about two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Before serving, the salad is drizzled with olive oil. This makes for a very light, fresh tasting salad. [by Jenny Cazzola]
In our homeschool, one of my seven-year-old daughter’s favorite classes is Cooking Class. Yes, it is a big official name for an activity that most of the time is merely her helping me make dinner. But she feels important and we DO do special cooking projects as well. Last week, she and I sat down and made a list of what foods tend to grow in autumn. She then matched up her favorite recipes with that food list and we chose five to share with you. [by Kresha Faber]
Beets! When blessed with a harvest of beets (as we were last weekend), you can’t help but say to yourself, “Now what am I going to do with all these?” And of course *some* little people may be thinking, “Oh, NO, it’s time for beets again.” Facing reluctant beet-eaters, your best approach for familial happiness is to prepare beets in multiple ways. You’ll make full use of the harvest, plus get lots of beet nutrition in your diet. In this round-up of nutritious beet recipes, I’m going to begin with a brand-new recipe for fermented shredded beets, and then share other ideas for eating up those nutritious beets!
Herbal vinegar is easy to make and provides a simple way to add flavor to salad dressings, marinades, and every day meals. Herbal vinegars made using apple cider vinegar are suitable for cosmetics, too. This project requires some pre-planning, since the herbs must steep for at least a week (and often up to three weeks), but it’s worth it.