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Fiddlehead & Potato Salad

I think I have missed the wild leek season. I went into our back forest to check on our transplants, and they are doing well but not expanding. Give them another couple of decades, I guess. We don’t have any fiddleheads growing in our woods but I did find some in a local shop. They make a good addition to …

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Butter Lettuce with Pineapple Ginger Dressing

Butter Lettuce Salad Butter Lettuce Salad with Pineapple Ginger DressingA perfect salad to serve that the family will loveServes 6 6 cups torn butter lettuce, lightly packed1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced3 radishes, thinly sliced¼ cup thinly sliced scallions Dressing:5 tablespoons pineapple juice1 tablespoon soy sauce1 tablespoon canola oil2 teaspoons sesame seed oil2

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Cucumbers with Chervil

Oh, here’s a difficult recipe. Actually, given that you probably have to grow chervil yourself in order to have it, it’s more difficult than it looks at first glance. But if you can get that part down, the rest of it is a doddle. Cucumbers and chervil go together most amazingly well. This is an extremely refreshing little spring salad …

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Barbunya Zeytinyagli

As soon as I started looking for Turkish recipes on line, this one came up again and again and again. Funny, we didn’t see it when we were there! I guess it’s considered “home cooking” and not restaurant fare. Most of the recipes were quite similar but some called for this, and some called for that. I looked at a …

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Celeriac Zeytinyagli

We saw quite a few of these “Zeytinyaglis” when we were in Turkey; that is to say, vegetables cooked with olive oil and served warm to cool. This one is excellent for late winter or early spring, since the only things it calls for that are not available are the peas – but you can use frozen – and the …

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Warm Mushroom Salad

Warm mushroom salads were all the rage when I was a young adult back in the early ’80s. No restaurant with any pretensions to style would have neglected to have one on the menu. Inevitably their popularity waned, but they were often very good salads and are worthy of a come-back. I think they are coming back, and hopefully this …

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Red Cabbage Slaw in Cucumber Boats

Cucumber boats filled with red cabbage slaw make a simple but very visually striking salad and they combine very nicely in the mouth too. It’s a bit hard to say how many cucumbers this amount of slaw will fill; it will depend on the size you get and to some degree you will have to eyeball it. I only had …

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Avocado Chicken Salad

 I’ve had this recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen tucked away to make this summer, once corn is in season.  The other day I was shopping at Aldi’s and they have sweet corn (on the cob) and thought why wait for summer.  The corn was actually good and combined with so many other great flavors and textures, this salad was delicious.   I’ll be …

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Red Flannel Salad

Red Flannel Hash is a fine old tradition, but I thought I would make a salad of it. On the way I wandered through a number of Russian salad recipes involving beets and potatoes, and took counsel from them. I was really very pleased with the final result. It is almost – almost – worth the hassle of cooking the …

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