A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Salad

Purple Viking Potato Salad

Purple Viking Potato Salad

Our CSA introduced Purple Viking potatoes to the share last year.  They are a gorgeous potato–purple skin streaked with pink, and a creamy white flesh.  They are so pretty that I always want to do something with them that shows off those colors.  Last year […]

Shaved Asparagus Salad

Shaved Asparagus Salad

This is hardly a recipe.  I saw it on Smitten Kitchen awhile back, and it’s one of my favorite things to do during asparagus season. http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/05/ribboned-asparagus-salad-with-lemon/ I guess I should have looked at the Smitten Kitchen post today as I forgot about using Parmesan.  That […]

Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette with Frisée

Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette with Frisée

Obviously there is a consistent theme of recipes using CSA produce during the summer! I always look forward to receiving frisée in the share, and I think a creamy garlic vinaigrette is perfect with this.  And I don’t add anything else. It’s simple: 1 clove […]

Roasted Red Peppers, Goat Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts and Spring Mix orArugula

Roasted Red Peppers, Goat Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts and Spring Mix orArugula

Tonight was all about adjusting to what was in my kitchen.  This is a favorite salad, but I usually make it with arugula.  Turns out I didn’t have any, but a spring mix of baby greens worked fine. This was also the first time I […]

Thai Beef Salad!

Thai Beef Salad!

I love Thai Beef Salad!  If it is done right that is. I’ve tried a few different recipes and haven’t been able to recreate what I was looking for…until now. This is simply delicious. Naturally I will make a few tweaks, but overall, the recipe […]

Roasted Red Peppers and Arugula–A Favorite Salad

Roasted Red Peppers and Arugula–A Favorite Salad

The other day I roasted a red pepper before it descended to a state only fit for the compost bin.  I put it in a jar, covered it with olive oil, and put it in the fridge.  I knew one of my favorite salads was […]

Orzo/Pea/Parmesan Pasta Salad

Orzo/Pea/Parmesan Pasta Salad

I liked the dish, and would have liked it even better with basil in it (I left it out because Steve doesn’t like basil).  But it wasn’t great and Steve hated it (so maybe I should have just left in the basil!).  So I’m not sure […]

Asian Peanut Vinaigrette from Food.com

Asian Peanut Vinaigrette from Food.com

My friend Liz recommended this salad dressing and tonight seemed to be the perfect night to try it out. You can find it on Food.com, here: It was easy. I just gathered up the ingredients and whisked them together.  I guess you can’t see the […]

Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

I love getting cucumber salad when I am at a Thai restaurant.  It took me a ridiculously long time to think about making it for myself. It’s so simple.  I usually like to mix the salt and sugar with rice vinegar while I start chopping. […]

Basic Cucumber Salad

Basic Cucumber Salad

I’m headed out of town for a few days and needed to use up some veggies that would not be good by the time I get back. One item was a cucumber. In the summer it is not uncommon for me to simply slice up […]