warm autumn spinach salad

warm autumn spinach salad | theclevercarrot.com

On the rare occasion, as a kid, we went to TGI Friday’s for dinner as a treat.

My mom would order the warm spinach salad and I had a chicken quesadilla (exciting!).

To this day, I distinctly remember that salad being really strange. Why on on Earth would anyone want to eat a pile of spinach with raw mushrooms and warm dressing?!

Luckily, tastebuds evolve….

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a simple apple crumble cake

a simple apple crumble cake | theclevercarrot.com

Recently, I found a 2 lb bag of Gala apples at the bottom of the crisper drawer.

They were slightly bruised, slightly wrinkly, and immediately dismissed by the boys as suitable afternoon snacks.

But what looked like trash was an inspiration for treasure.

A baked treasure.

In the form of an apple crumble cake, I created a sweet treat that celebrates the change of seasons and all things Fall……

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summer tomato salad with tangled herbs

summer tomato salad with tangled herbs | theclevercarrot.com

I spent the majority of the afternoon slicing red onions.

The plan was to caramelize them, but the late summer heat crept in so fast I didn’t know what to wipe away first; the tears streaming down my face or my forehead.

And then the phone rang.

It was my dad, inviting us to the beach.

At that moment, I realized caramelized anything in 800 degree weather sounded just as exciting as filing taxes.

So, I grabbed a few juicy tomatoes and made this salad to enjoy by the waves….

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