Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry spinach salad is one of my go-to salads for dinner parties — whether they are fancy or not-at-all fancy. This salad always gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it. Since strawberry season is just around the corner, it’s a great time to share this!

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Caesar Dressing

One of the most popular salads we sold in my old restaurant was Caesar salad. This is generally made with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons and a Caesar dressing. There’s lots of different ways to make this dressing, but today I want to show you how I like to make it. The main ingredients are mayonnaise, garlic, oil, anchovies, parmesan cheese, and mustard. I read somewhere that the original version of Caesar dressing did not contain anchovies, but they are more popular now and I do indeed prefer to use them.

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Corn Salad

My favorite thing in life is to get together with friends and family to enjoy great food. Even with the pandemic we have found ways to have socially distanced dinner parties. We recently were lucky to have a gourmet taco feast with friends. I needed a good side dish to go along with our fish tacos and pork carnitas. I harvested some sweet corn that morning from my garden and thought about making a corn salad. I love corn salad especially if it has good ingredients like avocados. This adds creaminess to the dish and — who doesn’t like a good corn salad?

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Blueberry Parm Salad with Whisky Vinaigrette

Several months ago before Covid-19 some friends and I took a shopping trip to Portland, Oregon. We spent the whole day eating and shopping. One of our stops was at an oil and vinegar store, something you can’t find in the small town in which I live. I love visiting this type of specialty store and sampling the great variety of delicious oils and vinegar’s that you won’t find in a regular grocery store. I bought some interesting types of vinegar including an interesting whisky vinegar.

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Taco Salad

I feel like I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking, cleaning and eating nowadays. I love cooking but some days I want something quick and easy. To me this means getting help from a grocery store or local restaurant, like a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken. I have been testing out recipes with ready-made ingredients from the store to speed things along. You can still tweak it to make it better than you could buy. I think this can help those of you with little time for cooking.

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Traditional Style Potato Salad

How to cook potatoes and eggs:

To cook the potatoes, place the peeled potatoes in a large pot of water and add about 1 tbs salt. Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for up to 15 to 25 minutes. To test the potatoes, use a knife to gently pierce it in the middle. If the knife goes in with little effort, it’s done. Turn off the heat and wait till it’s cool enough to handle.

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