Mexican Caesar Salad with Cilantro Lime and Pepitas

Mexican Caesar

Fans of Caesar salad may be surprised to learn that this classic dish was actually invented in Mexico. The chef was actually an immigrant from Italy who was working in Tijuana during the time of prohibition. So while the dish may have originated in Mexico, the Caesar salad is not really traditional Mexican fare. Our … Read more

Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

Potato Salad Bacon Egg

This recipe joins together two of my favorite backyard barbecue side dishes, potato salad and stuffed eggs with bacon.  I really love stuffed eggs. Making them ahead of time, and finding a good spot to store them before they get mushed in the fridge (especially when it is stocked up for a party) can be … Read more

Brussel Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Brussel Sprout Slaw Recipe

I’ll be the first to admit that, for many years, Brussel sprouts were not my favorite vegetable. As with most vegetables that I didn’t appreciate, I think uninspired presentations and a good dose of overcooking are to blame.  Over the years, however, my husband and I have become Brussel sprouts converts. Possibly stumbling upon and … Read more

Romanian White Cabbage Salad – Salatǎ de Varzǎ

Romanian White Cabbage Salad with Dill

Traditional Romanian cuisine is particularly known for its meaty dishes. Roasted pork knuckle, a variety of sausages, cabbages stuffed with pork, or savory meatballs (chiftale) are on the top of the menu.  Alongside such dishes are often very simple salads, which are meant to offset the heavy entrées. Romanian White Cabbage Salad (Salatǎ de Varzǎ) … Read more

Beetroot Salad with Horseradish

Beet Salad

If you love beets, beetroot salad is another way to enjoy this healthy delicious vegetable. Best of all, the recipe has only a few simple ingredients and is very easy to make. Beyond the beetroot, our favorite part of the salad is the addition of horseradish. It gives the salad a spicy kick and makes … Read more

Georgian Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

Georgian Salad

Dishes from the country of Georgia, which is situated above Turkey between Europe and Asia, tend to be on the heavy side. Fans of comfort food will find plenty to enjoy during a visit to this beautiful Caucasus region of Eurasia. Georgian tables are often filled with dishes meant to share, such as freshly baked … Read more

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

spinach pkhali

This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings … Read more

Salad with Fruit, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

fruit and nut salad with feta cheese

I first made this salad when trying to figure out what to do with a fig flavored balsamic vinegar that I received as a gift. Since then it has become a household favorite, even when I only have regular balsamic on hand. The fresh bright flavors make a wonderfully refreshing appetizer or light meal, especially … Read more

Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also … Read more

Watermelon Orange and Onion Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Watermelon Orange Onion Salad

Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling … Read more