Cannellini Bowtie Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Salads)

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Summer salads are a great way to eat well on these hot summer days. Try out this Cannellini Bowtie Pasta that comes together in a flash. A few weeks ago I boasted how moderate the temps are here in San Diego. I spoke too soon. You knew that would happen, right? Last week it felt […]

Sunshine Cole Slaw (URS: Cabbage)

sunshine cabbage slaw

Cabbage can make a tasty, affordable salad, especially when purchased on sale. This cole slaw recipe bursts with sunshine flavors of lemon, carrot, and chive. Usually cabbage goes on sale about this time of year. In anticipation of the folks who actually eat boiled cabbage for Saint Patrick’s Day, you should be able to find […]

Spinach Salad with Oranges, Cranberries, & Sunflower Seeds (URS: Greens)

Spinach Salad with Oranges

Spinach Salad marinates in balsamic vinegar before being topped with orange slices, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds, resulting in a flavorful and sunshiny fresh salad. Since we started subscribing to an organic produce co-op, we’ve been the recipients of all kinds of dark, leafy greens. This is relatively new territory for me. Growing up our […]

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings (URS: Thanksgiving Side Dishes)

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I imagine that every family has its share of holiday dinner quirks. Apparently, a relish tray is common fare in some homes, though it might be called antipasti. Depending on your cultural background, be it ethnic or regional, you probably serve something unique at your house. At our house, Thanksgiving Dinner is somewhat of a […]

Loaded Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt, Bacon & Cheddar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Picnics)

loaded potato salad

One of my summertime resolutions is to include one picnic meal in our weekly meal plan. I know, big dreams. But, we have so many beautiful parks and beaches nearby, it’s a shame not to get out and about. I’m mentally gathering menu ideas so that I’m still jazzed about packing a weekly picnic six […]

Easy Taco Salad to Feed a Crowd – Ultimate Recipe Swap

Taco Salad

Labor Day is the ideal time to gather a crowd for one last summer hurrah. Host a BBQ or a pool party and just enjoy these last few carefree days of summer. It’s not a great party, though, without some great eats. And feeding a crowd can be a huge undertaking. One of my favorite […]

Salad with Cranberries & Feta (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cool Foods)

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a Fourth of July recipe. How fun! This week we’re talking cool food. Last summer I shared my version of Creamy Layers Gelatin, made with ice cream instead of Cool Whip. This week has me leaning toward a favorite salad of mine that couldn’t be simpler to prepare. And […]

Rice Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Food Allergies/Special Diet)


Many moms face the challenge of adapting their kitchen habits to accomodate food allergies or special diets within their families. It’s usually a question of good health, if not life and death that is at stake. So, although it can be a huge bummer, it is an important accomodation to make. Glutton that I am, […]