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Mexican Street Corn Wedge Salad

Mexican street corn wedge salad

I’m back from a two week hiatus!  Sometimes you just need a little break and summertime is the perfect time to do it.  I had a pretty awesome break – I just got back from ten days in Portugal and my goodness did I eat and drink my way through that country.  Between the cheese, olives, and bread served before every meal, and the fresh caught grilled seafood, I was in glutinous heaven.   The wine was cheap, plentiful, and delicious and I drank at least a carafe with every meal.  I’m pretty sure that life with lunches of fresh grilled squid kabobs and a glass of rose is way better than that of microwaved veggie burgers at my desk… sigh.   Even though a diet of cheese and seafood it literally all I could ask for in life, my one grievance was the lack of fresh vegetables.  Portuguese menus focus mostly on seafood or pork with a side a steamed potatoes.  Though delicious, when I got home I was dying for a giant American sized salad.  The day after we got back I went to the market to see what was fresh and I was reminded that in the two weeks I was gone we were launched into Jersey corn and tomato season – The best time of year as far as I’m concerned!  On top of that, there were about 30 different kinds of lettuce to choose from.  This Mexican Street Corn Wedge Salad recipe is made with 100% farmer’s market veggies and totally got me back on track after 10 days of a mainly seafood diet.  I’m really excited about this one people.  I’m so excited that I’m hardly thinking about the fact that I’m sitting in my windowless office rather than bathing in the sun on the beautiful beaches of the Portuguese Algarve…ok not really, but this salad’s ALMOST that good!
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Arugula Caprese Pasta Salad

Arugula Caprese Pasta Salad

In NYC we’re constantly dealing with crowds.  How could we not with 1.6 million people living in Manhattan plus those that commute in every day?  Sometimes you’re caught  trying to walk up the stairs on the subway or walk through Union Square and you’re trapped with hundreds of bodies all around you and there’s no place to go.  In such situations, I take deep breaths, imagine that I’m in a happier place, and thank god that I’m tall and breathing from a different plain of air than everyone else.  Chad, however, dose not have this ability and has huge anxiety when caught in a crowd.  He’s figured out drastic ways to avoid them like lining himself up in the subway so it lets out right at the foot of the stairs so he can bolt out before anyone else.  He also refuses to go to places that are guaranteed to be a mob scene.  Like Soho (specifically Broadway) on a beautiful Saturday, Times Square on any day, and any bar that you have to elbow your way through a crowd to get a drink.  He also doesn’t go to NYC grocery stores, especially not during the post-work rush hour.  Since I genuinely enjoy grocery shopping and I have the ability to transport myself to the French Alps while waiting on line at Trader Joe’s, grocery shopping predominately falls on me.  However, sometimes Chad will do something nice and bring me home a few goodies from the market.  It’s usually when I’m away for the weekend and he’s missing me, but he always seems to find something good.  This week, I was on a girls trip visiting a friend in Virginia Beach and I came home to this beautiful bouquet of farmer’s market arugula.  I know I’m kinda a freak but this arugula was so beautiful it might as well have been a giant bouquet of flowers.  So I figured I’d reward him with one of his favorite summertime foods – Pasta Salad.   You can thank Chad for the inspiration because boy is this Arugula Caprese Pasta Salad GOOOOD!

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Kale Caesar Salad with Crunchy Croutons

kale caesar salad

I find it really shocking that this is the first time I’ve made a Kale recipe for you.  A lot of people ask me after reading my posts “do you cook like that every night?”  Well the answer is, I cook “like that” at least 3 times a week.  Mon-Wed I usually cook, Thursdays are reserved for post-work happy hour that usually turns in to late night pizza, Friday and Saturday – being the weekend – are always toss ups, and Sunday, when I’m in the city I cook, or Chad and I will grab sushi on our way home from our weekend travels.  So the answer is – I eat well.  But I better eat well considering the amount of time per day that I devote to thinking about eating (like every second).  Chad often asks on a night I make a “regular” meal why I didn’t choose to photograph it for the blog.  Well I can’t photograph everything and sometimes the meals I make I consider to be run of the mill and not particularly special.  So what do I cook on my off nights from blogging?  Well most often, whatever it is, it involves Kale.  That’s why I’m so shocked that a Kale recipe has yet to grace the pages of this blog.  And there could be no other recipe to introduce my kale-loving self to you than this recipe for Kale Caesar Salad with Crunchy Croutons.

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Green Goddess Salmon Salad

Green Goddess Salmon

The whole salad-for-dinner concept and I have recently become friends again.  You see, back in college I thought that a great way to counteract the over consumption of cheap beer and late night pizza binges would be to eat salads every. single. night. for dinner.  So, every single night I would make a large meal sized salad with lots of different meats and veggies.  And no matter how many different varieties I ate they all started tasting the same.  To make matters worse, the fact that I ate a salad for dinner didn’t really counteract those late night nacho runs to my sorority’s industrial sized (and stocked) kitchen.   So after college, just as I never thought I would eat another nacho again, I couldn’t fathom even one bite of a salad for dinner.  Besides, I was now poor and eggs and PB&J became my new diet.   As the years went by I (unfortunately very quickly) rediscovered my taste for nachos and more recently started to get back in to eating salad as my main meal again.  Just not every single night!  I don’t know if it’s the Chop’t that opened underneath my office or my more frequent trips to the farmer’s market giving me access to fresh greens but I am totally back into salads.  And now that salads are back, my creative juices are flowing again and boy do I have a salad for you!  This Green Goddess Salmon salad certainly puts all those collegiate salads to shame!

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Avocado Chicken Salad

chicken salad sandwich Everyone loves chicken salad.  It’s a lunch time staple that can be found in every bodega-deli-cafe in all sorts of tasty varieties.  The #1 ingredient that makes all chicken salads so delicious and beloved by all is the MAYO!  It’s creamy and delicious and wonderful, but like everything that’s creamy and delicious and wonderful it’s not so good for you.  With Memorial Day weekend less than one month away (AHHH!!) I need to consider curbing my mayo intake and that means no chicken salad until after bikini season (sigh).  I’m usually not one to deprive myself of anything delicious so I devised this recipe so I could have my chicken salad and my bikini too!

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