I am in LOVE with this salad. It's light, easy and really delicious. The recipe comes from Marissa Lippert of NYC's Nourish Kitchen and Table. If you like avocados, corn, lime and a bit of jalapeño, this is the salad for you. Shaved Corn Salad Serves 4 1 small jalapeño chile 3 ears uncooked corn* 1 avocado, diced 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp lime juice 2 tsp lime zest 2 cups basil* 1/4 cup chives* 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil* On an oiled baking sheet, broil jalapeño, turning once, until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes. Cool, seed, chop and set aside. With a knife, shave the kernels from corn. In a bowl, combine kernels, 1 tsp jalapeño, avocado, onion, juice, zest, and salt and pepper to taste; toss lightly. In a small pan, blanch basil and chives in boiling water 15 seconds; drain. In a food processor, puree herbs and olive oil. Strain into a jar. Drizzle tbsp over salad and serve. *I tweaked the recipe a bit. Not sure if the "uncooked corn" was a misprint, but I boiled the corn for 10 minutes before shaving the kernels off the cob. I also made the basil oil the first time, but didn't think it made much of a difference, so I skipped it the second time around, and it was just as delicious. I served this salad with some quinoa and an arugula salad. The jalapeño lime combination gives it a subtle kick. This salad is perfect for a summer picnic.
I’ve always been a healthy eater. Foods that are nutritionally sound have always been my go-to. I know that my mum influenced me greatly in this regard, but many years have passed, and when given a choice between a slice of pizza or a hamburger, and a salad with quinoa, avocado and chickpeas, I choose the salad every time. I’m also not a big meat eater either. It just doesn’t sit right in my body. But one thing I do LOVE is CHOCOLATE. Not the dark chocolate that’s good for you, but milk chocolate. I especially love nibbling on Ghirardellis’ milk chocolate chips, which, of course, I buy for baking cookies. Yeah, right! Continue reading Yummy Cacao Nibs
This macaroni & cheese recipe is one of those dishes that pleases everybody, from old to young. I have my sister-in-law, Colleen, to thank for this recipe. Although I'm not a big meat-eater, I think the secret to this recipe is the addition of ham and the Panko-Parmesan topping. It's very easy to make. Continue reading Panko-Topped Macaroni & Cheese
A tomato tart is a perfect dish to bring to a dinner party. It complements any meal, in any season. The real flavor comes from the caramelized onions so any tomatoes will do. My dear friend, Lori, gave me permission to share her delicious recipe. Continue reading Tomato Tart
On a day-to-day basis, my breakfast and lunch regime is pretty boring. I have to be out of the house by 7 a.m. to get to the high school where I teach. I get approximately 20 minutes to eat lunch, and do a myriad of other things that teachers try to accomplish on their lunch "break". Therefore, what I wolf down in the morning has to not only make me happy, give me fuel, but also be convenient. A few years ago, I started eating granola for breakfast. I sampled various brands, but I always found the store-bought brands, even the many niche, health food store brands, too sweet. (Also, and I'm a bit embarrassed to mention this, the store-bought brands, for whatever reason, sometimes gave me gas.) Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised, while staying at the darling Nantucket Youth Hostel, that granola is VERY easy to make, and even easier to customize. Continue reading In Search of the Perfect Granola
At the holidays, I like to give my teaching colleagues a small token of my appreciation. Last year I found a relatively inexpensive yet practical gift in the food section of Target~a tin of Harney & Sons Fine Tea. I've found myself drinking more tea lately because as I get older, my body tolerates the caffeine in coffee less and less (sniff!). (BTW, I am not being paid to promote this tea, I just love both the packaging and the flavors.) I chose to give the Chocolate Mint tea because of the decadent flavor and the red tin. I wrapped it up with a bit of craft paper and tied it with some cute baker's twine from HomeGoods, inscribed a message on a chalkboard gift tag using a Bistro Chalk Marker, and voila! A practical yet festive gift. Continue reading Cup of Tea?
I love Valentine's Day. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved getting out the red & pink paper, lace doilies, scissors and glue so that I could make my friends Valentine's day cards. (More on card-making in another post.) I have continued to do this into adulthood. Valentine's Day has never been about romance for me, or great expectations from a man (tho' I have a remarkable husband); it has always been about celebrating my friends and family. Therefore, one of the traditions that I did with my mum was making gingerbread Valentine's Day cookies. My mum passed away a little over two years ago, but she is with me every time I pull out her gingerbread cookie recipe. Since I had a snow day today (i.e., no school), I decided to make my mum's gingerbread cookies so that I can share them with my book club buddies tomorrow night. Continue reading Valentine’s Traditions