Italian Kale Salad with Crispy Polenta Croutons

Italian Kale Salad with Crispy Polenta Croutons

Sometimes you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. That’s certainly the case when it comes to making a mouth-watering kale salad. There’s nothing this tough plant likes more than being worked over, breaking down the fibrous leaves with your fingers to reveal its tender side.  It’s called massaging, but we’re not talking about a gentle, relaxing rubdown —… 

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Blueberry-Rhubarb Muffins with Streusel Topping

Blueberry-Rhubarb Muffins with Streusel Topping

We bought a new house recently and, as ridiculous as this is to say, one of the things that had me most excited was finding some rhubarb plants thriving in the somewhat overgrown front yard. The deal hasn’t even closed yet and I’m already dreaming about all the things I’ll be able to make next year… 

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Macadamia-Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Mango

Macadamia-Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Mango

When it comes to breakfast, I’m an oatmeal kinda gal. I eat it all year round —  stick-to-your-ribs porridge when it’s cold outside, and a light muesli with berries when it’s warm. I got hooked years ago while on our honeymoon in Ireland, where I’d skip the “full breakfast” in favor of a big, steaming… 

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Roasted Beet and Lentil Salad with Tahini-Dill Dressing

Roasted Beet and Lentil Salad with Tahini-Dill Dressing

    I’m beginning to think I should have named this blog A Salad Adventure. I don’t know about you, but this time of year it seems I could eat a salad at every meal. The return of warm weather just makes you want to leave the heavy, stodgy comfort food of winter behind and lighten… 

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Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad with Chipotle Crema

  It just doesn’t feel like summer in our house until we’ve eaten this salad. I’ve been making some version of this one for years. I went through a phase where I added rice, and for a while I loved to throw some spicy barbecue sauce into the dressing. But when my husband came in the other night and said… 

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