Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chopped Chicken Salad

Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad

There is a favorite family salad on this site called Sumi Salad. The recipe has been around long enough that it is starting to fall into the realm of “vintage” recipes. I think that I got the recipe from my sister in-law, Anne (with an ‘e’), well over 20 years ago and the salad has been dearly beloved (and craved) around my house through all that time. When I saw a recipe for Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad recently, my first thought was, “Hey! That’s Sumi Salad on steroids!”  Continue Reading

Watermelon Fruit Salad with Honey Mint Vinaigrette

Watermelon Fruit Salad withHoney-Mint Vinaigrette

In my post about Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette I mentioned that ever since the end of last summer I have had an idea for a recipe with watermelon. And now, girls and boys, the time has come for this very lovely Watermelon Fruit Salad with Honey Mint Vinaigrette.

Human bodies have a diurnal pattern of waking and sleeping, eating and eating some more, activity and sluggishness, etc. Our hormones rise and fall in cyclical patterns throughout the day as well. (I am not talking about *those* hormones. We do have other kinds of hormones, you know!)

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Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad With Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Sometimes in life you just have to have a salad, like all summer long. All summer long, nuttin’ but salads. And watermelon. I’ll do a post or twelve starring watermelon another time. I have one (recipe, not watermelon) that has been brewing in my brain since the end of last summer–does that mean that I have fermented watermelon thoughts after all this time?

….. Wait a minute. I get sidetracked so easily when I write. Have you ever noticed that I have that issue? I start out talking about one thing and then switch to something completely unrelated. I especially want to talk to you about this Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette Dressing.  Continue Reading

Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Is it salad weather yet where you live?

If not, don’t throw a snowball at me for asking that question. And if it IS salad weather where you live, consider yourself shunned.

Let’s diverge from an inane conversation about the weather. I was babysitting last night and the following is a conversation between Gavin (7), Kade (4) and me (older than dirt).

Kade, handing me the fortune from a fortune cookie: “MomMom, what does this say?”
Me, lying: “It says, ‘Clean up your room before you go to bed.'”
Kade, rolling his eyes: “Ohhh, man. Well, I’m not doing it.”
Gavin: “Kade, if it says you have to clean your room then you have to do it!”
Kade: “No I don’t. They aren’t the boss of me.”
Gavin: “Kade, yes you do. It says it on that piece of paper. They know what they’re doing because they are fortune tellers and that means that you have to do what they say. That’s your fortune.”
Kade: “No. They don’t know what they are talking about.”
Kade, handing me another fortune: “MomMom, what does this one say?”
Me, lying again: “It says, ‘clean up your toys before you go to bed or else they will be taken away from you.”
Gavin, acting the part of the bossy older brother: “Ha, ha Kade. See, Mom says the same thing, so, it’s true. You do have to clean up or else you’ll get your toys taken away!”
Kade, turning the paper upside down: “Now what does it say.”
Me: “The same thing.”
Kade: “No it doesn’t cause it’s upside down. If it’s upside down it can’t say clean up your toys.”
At this point I give up, roll over onto the floor, and play with the baby. I like the baby. He doesn’t talk yet.Continue Reading

Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Pasta Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

We’re having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave…” Have you ever heard that old song? Anyway, Utah may be having a heatwave, but there is absolutely nothing tropical about it.

When it’s hot, I find it difficult to think about cooking or eating. I turn into a nibbler and my kitchen creativity vanishes. I thought about a number of different recipes, and even made a few of them, but then something familial would take place and lickity-go-split, recipes would fly right on out of my head. Continue Reading