Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates

Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates

Have you ever tried pomegranates before?  Up until a few years ago, it was a fruit that I always passed by in the supermarket.  Mostly because I didn't really know what to do with it.  One day, Wegman's, my all-time favorite supermarket had a big display of these, and I couldn't resist.  We got home and peeled one open - and that's when the love affair began.  These beautiful magenta seeds where behind the dark red exterior.  Both my son and I devoured an entire fruit in one sitting. Using the pomegranate seeds in a salad is probably my favorite way to eat this delicious fruit.  They add amazing color, texture and flavor to an otherwise ordinary salad.  This Harvest Salad with Pears and Pomegranates is the complete opposite of ordinary.  It will definitely be on my Thanksgiving Continue Reading...

Garden Salad with Pesto Grilled Chicken

Garden Salad with Pesto Grilled Chicken

  One of the many things I love about summer is having a garden.  Granted, my garden is only a 4'x4' self-made garden box, but it works for our tiny suburban back yard.  Last night I was talking with my neighbor Bethany who planted several items in planters and like us,  had several items grow like crazy and others that haven't done much at all.  (Bethany has a bumper crop of basil, and I had only two small sprigs that haven't grown more than two inches.  I've had a decent amount of tomatoes, yet the squirls have got most of hers.)  Between Bethany's basil and my tomatoes, we were both happily willing to trade one for another.  I love it!! My experience with Bethany, it not unlike the millions of other neighbors across our country.  I would like to think that having a garden Continue Reading...

Farmers Market Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinagrette

Farmers Market Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinagrette

For the past several weeks I've been hitting my local farmer's market on Saturday mornings.  Our local farmers are bringing their delicious fruits and vegetables, and the artisan bakers, honey apiaries, and ranchers are all bringing their best breads, pastries, honey, beef, chicken, pork and eggs.  With a cup of coffee in hand, this makes an amazing Saturday morning.  Eating locally has its benefits, too. I realized this past weekend, that the farmers market has nearly every ingredient for one of my most favorite salads.  I've made this for company, and brought it to potluck events.  Inevitability, I am ALWAYS asked for the recipe.  Yes, it is that good! I first had this salad at my Aunt Denise's house in Vero Beach, FL a couple years ago.  It blew my mind!!  The sweet, savory Continue Reading...