pack and go lunch: tangled red cabbage salad

pack and go lunch: tangled red cabbage salad |

Food memories are strong memories.

When I was a kid, my mom used to make a delicious red cabbage salad with cucumbers.

She sliced the cabbage very thin, and dressed the tangly strands with red wine vinegar and olive oil.

The salad was left to marinate in a particular bowl, allowing the acidity from the vinaigrette to soften the vegetables….

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orzo picnic salad

orzo picnic salad |

Over the weekend, we went to 3 birthday parties.

Not cool adult parties with vintage wine and civilized cheese platters… kid parties.

When I was a kid, birthday parties consisted of a small group of children, usually at our house, with parent supervised games and a Carvel cake. Nowadays, you have to sign waivers just to let your kid play in one of those crazy bouncy houses.

Let’s talk about party food too-

The amount of doughy pizza I consumed this weekend was just ridiculous. In a good way. All that warm sauce and bubbly cheese… Then, of course, there was plenty of dessert to cleanse the palate; ice cream cake, regular cake (adorned with red #5 frosting) and cookie platters.

You know those soft-baked chocolate chip cookies they sell at Costco?


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red heirloom spinach salad with soy-ginger vinaigrette

red heirloom spinach salad with soy-ginger vinaigrette |

Glorious, isn’t it?

Leave it to a pile of pretty red leaves to coax me out of my blogging hiatus.

Curiosity doesn’t rest. Not in this house.

I’ll be honest with you-

I’ve made this salad before. Chunks of avocado and clementines are tossed with tender green leaves and drizzled with a salty-sweet vinaigrette. A sprinkle of sesame seeds blankets the top for a subtle texture on the finish. It’s delicious.

But guess what?

I can have that any day.

What is it about heirloom produce that’s so utterly fascinating?…

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