Hostess Gift: Your Best Dressing Recipe ~ Yes, I Am CHEAP


Bring a party gift of your best vinaigrette recipe THIS WAY; your host will totally dig it.  No matter that it’s just a recycled jar. Once the dressing is consumed and the jar is washed, the recipe is still there and he/she can prepare it again and again.

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Creamy Pumpkin Dressing for a Romaine & Green Apple Salad


Potluck with fellow food bloggers, there’s a little self-imposed pressure to come up with a yummy dish that’s not a common recipe and also looks good in a photo. This Food Bloggers LA (FBLA) lunch meet-up had a PUMPKIN theme for the food. Think breads, cakes, cookies? Not me… I STILL think a buffet needs […]

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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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Emperor’s Farmers Market Salad


Entitled “Cucumber, Carrot and Tomato Salad,” the recipe served 130.  That’s a good sized “cooking for a crowd” recipe, but considered small at Project Angel Food.  This was my cooking task last week with fellow volunteer, Sarah.  Since it had great blogging/household dining potential, I wrote the full size recipe on a box sticker to […]

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Nicoise Salad for Two Friends

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Friend Laura turned 49 this week and we originally planned to meet at a restaurant for a birthday lunch.  But this past month, I had been telling her about a speech I’ve been making here and there, none of the dates worked for her; she convinced me she really wanted to hear it (the subject […]

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Signature Salad Dressing

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Not one of Oprah’s best recommendations.  From her show What Ya Cookin’, Nashville? back in 2003, I printed out a salad dressing recipe by a local home cook named Dee.  “This garlicky salad dressing will add pep to all kinds of leafy greens!”  Oprah raved!  Hack, hack, it coated my tongue with oil and garlic.  […]

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