Category Archives: salads

Kimchi

Kimchi is, quite definitely, a bit challenging for the novice taster. Although the flavor is a wonderful explosion of sour & sweet & salty carried by a succulent crunchy bite, the aroma is enough to clear the room. A Korean … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

I first started making this recipe a couple of years ago, after having it for dinner at the home of my kitchen idols, Shelby & SJ.  They served it as a first course, as I recall, with little comment.  I … Continue reading

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Tomato Papaya Salsa

Papaya is a wonderfully versatile fruit, perhaps because it is not too sweet. Its ripe flavor is subtle, hinting at the subtropical mango and durian, but without the cloying sweetness that characterizes those fruits. Unripe, it is fantastic shredded and … Continue reading

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Avocado Strawberry Salad

Strawberries are apparently not actually berries at all! OMG! THEY’RE NOT EVEN FRUITS! Well, horticulturally, anyway. Strictly speaking, a berry has seeds on the inside, whereas a strawberry has seeds on the outside. However, those little pips you can see … Continue reading

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Larb Gai

This is an great little dish with plenty of interesting flavors to get your taste buds jumping. It’s my version of the Thai specialty, sometimes also called laab gai. “Gai” means chicken, but this is also good with pork. It’s … Continue reading

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Chicken Salpicon

I first had this dish in El Paso, Texas on a hot summer night. Arriving late at night at the home of an old El Pasoan after a day of dusty driving, I was welcomed with a huge Mexican ceramic … Continue reading

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Beet Kraut

This may be the simplest “recipe” I’ve ever posted, but it’s also one of my new favorites. In the great Venn diagram in the sky, the intersection of Set A (people who love sauerkraut) with Set B (people who love … Continue reading

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Tomato-Lemon Gazpacho

Well, our heirloom tomato season has peaked, and now the slow, sad falling action begins, as the baskets show up a little less bounteous at the farmers’ market. We begin to say goodbye to the Purple Cherokees, the Eve’s Purple … Continue reading

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Lobster Potato Salad

Lobsters’ lofty price seems to put them out of consideration for anything but exotic grand preparations like Thermidor or the traditional simplicity of boiled (or steamed) lobsters. Desiring lobster, but looking for something a little new, I decided to take … Continue reading

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Eggplant Caviar

The story with this dish, sometimes called mock caviar, is that Russians invented it for when they really really wanted some caviar, but couldn’t afford it. And if you focus on your knifework and get the mincing & dicing right, … Continue reading

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