Salads

Fresh Beet, Feta & Pistachio Salad

  NEVER open a can of beets again, if you can help it. Fresh. Roasted. Sweet. Dense. Beet, Feta & Pistachio Salad – not what I first planned to make for my sister, Janie’s wedding shower. But two days prior to the party, Larry and I were treated to a media tasting at hip Ray’s […]

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Gorgeous Green Greek-ish Salad

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Some lovely things, I’ll just never be in real life — Southern is one. Another is Greek. I love Greeks. My high school/college posse included two Greek brothers, John and George, who provided a peek into an ethos far removed from mine. They may have been native Californians, but they were GREEK. Loud. Multi-generational home. […]

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Jalapeno Lime Coleslaw for a Crowd

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OOPS, forgot to take a “hero shot” photo of my Jalapeno Lime Coleslaw before we dug in at Laura and Jeff’s July 4th gig. No worries, it looks like any other coleslaw, but but but…  has a tang and a punch, really worth checking out yourself.

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Hollywood Bowl Picnic for Speed Demons

Sunday morning, I awoke thinking about Sunday dinner. We had tickets to Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks at the Hollywood Bowl.  Larry is Mr. Ticket; if a concert is coming to LA, he’s all over it. I’m not such a die-hard concert-goer; I love to picnic, however. He loves concerts but loathes the parking. Our […]

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Guest Post by Lynne at Cook And Be Merry

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Lynne Says: Patti has been so kind to share her knowledge about blogging with me. At her class, “How to Become a Serious Food Blogger,” I took TEN pages of notes and felt like I had struck gold. Patti thought her readers would like this recipe from my blog Cook And Be Merry for Shrimp […]

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Guest Post by Rachael at La Fuji Mama: Warm Beet Salad

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From Rachael: Hello friends of Patti! When Patti asked if I would be willing to help keep you all entertained while she was away, how could I say no? I’ve found that I’m a total sucker when it comes to beets. It’s especially bad when the beets are looking good at my local farmer’s market. […]

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Saturday Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Friday, we start “refrigerator management,” our ritual to unearth mismatched or unplanned-for things in the fridge and figure out meals to use them up. We don’t waste food, including leftovers. I grocery shop once a week, that’s it.

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Faki Salata – Greek Lentil Salad

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Yes, it has been a while since I attended LA Greekfest but I had one more recipe from the cooking class of salads to share with you: this tangy Faki Salata. One of the instructors brought her own jar of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and used it generously here.

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Thai Green Papaya Salad

Well, I now know what to make when our four-couple Gourmet Club has a Thai themed dinner – this delicate Thai Green Papaya Salad. The dressing is Thai-YUM, I wanted to lick the bowl.  It’s a combo of textures, too – crunchy almonds to crisp cucumbers to soft papaya to airy fried rice sticks. But […]

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Thyme and Goat Cheese Tart Topped with Mixed Tender Greens in Champagne Vinaigrette

This isn’t exactly how we eat around our home, putting salad on top of a cheese tart. Yet, as swank as this appeared, our “Thyme and Goat Cheese Tart Topped with Mixed Tender Greens in Champagne Vinaigrette” (whew, the name alone is a mouthful) was neither pretentious nor weird. This was the salad course during […]

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Greek Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese and Olives

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The simplest salad of all presented at LA Greekfest’s cooking class: Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese and Olives. Just those three ingredients, no dressing. Slices of watermelon, chilled Feta cheese in bite size pieces Black olives, Kalamata or others, pits removed, sliced Remove rind and seeds from melon.  Cut into triangular pieces.  Place on a […]

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Greek Potato Salad from LA Greekfest

Some cooks need an actual recipe to feel comfortable, so this was the PERFECT demo to help break free from those shackles.  LA Greekfest instructors Akrevoe Emmanouilides and Pitsa Captain were “a little of this, a little of that” cooks, and the audience ate it up. By the end of the salad session, we all […]

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Garbanzo, Onion and Tomato Salad from LA Greekfest

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OPA! For years, I’ve wanted to attend Greekfest at LA’s stunning St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. I’m a native Angelino, yet had only been inside once before for the wedding of our favorite Greek, Helen. Larry’s been there often; his high school, Loyola, is next door.  No waiting for the right year, I attended yesterday, […]

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