Hoppin John is a Southern tradition. The peas represent coins, and the greens represent dollars... and serving with cornbread symbolizes gold. Eating it on New Year's Day is believed to ensure luck and prosperity for the whole new year. This year Mark and I officially became Southerners with our first batch of Hoppin John!
In the spring of 2018, we fell in love with this cool, refreshing bacon cauliflower salad. The crispy, curly leaves of Romaine lettuce provide a beautiful contrast, but we also love it with chopped broccoli florets. We lightened up the dressing with plenty of whole milk yogurt, which adds a pleasant, fresh tang.
Baby spinach is wonderful. Growing up, the only place we could find it was in our garden. Thankfully, it is now available at any grocery store, and so unless I am making a Ceasar salad, I typically ignore the iceberg lettuce and head straight for the “real” greens. The feta plays satisfyingly well against the crunch of the peppers and the roasted onions.
I'm not sure this bleu cheese pignoli salad actually counts as a recipe... it's more of an inspiration. I love to grow alfalfa sprouts, and they crown this salad beautifully.
I could live on this avocado feta sandwich. In May of 2015, I discovered this delightful treat in a coffee shop called Cava, up in Millers Point, Sydney, Australia. The young lady made it right in front of me while her friend brewed my coffee. It doesn't get any fresher than that!
This Kale with Glazed Chicken was inspired by a salad that Mark and I enjoyed at Peli Peli in the spring of 2018 between visiting friends in Houston, Texas. Guava has a flavor that is a cross between strawberry and pear.
My friend Angela, speaking little to no English, relocated from Spain to the USA in the early '90s with her husband. In Angela’s part of Spain, gazpacho (gahz-PAH-cho) is served year round as both a cool drink and a cold soup. This is my take on her family favorite.
Panzanella (pahn-zah-NELL-la) is a practical Italian dish transforming stale bread into a delicious salad. Traditionally it is made entirely from cold ingredients, but we like a roasted layer topped with a contrast of chilled.
Sauteed kale is a quick and easy side or an excellent addition to salads, pasta, or the protein of your choice. Sometimes we throw a few cranberries into the mix to add a punch of flavor.
Roasted Asparagus is a quick, easy side. To keep asparagus fresh after purchasing, trim a half-inch from the stems and arrange in a glass filled with an inch of water. Refrigerate until ready to use. Think of it as a green bouquet for your refrigerator!