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Casaba Cucumber Salad

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

As I write this, I’m in Cape Cod, and I just found a casaba melon at the market. I seldom find them in Los Angeles. I suspect they’re too busy with other pursuits to be hanging out at Ralph’s. (If you are wondering what other pursuits a casaba melon could possibly have, well, my friend, click here and your appreciation of this lovely fruit will deepen, trust me.)

Anyway, whatever their other agenda, casabas apparently like to summer in Cape Cod. I took one home and stared at it for a while, wondering how I could mess with it, turn it into something more interesting than just a juicy slab on a plate. I had basil and a lemon. Some Recipe Angel whispered in my ear, telling me to go back to the store and get a cucumber and some feta cheese. I did that, on a bike. Then I started chopping. Read More


Solid Potato Salad

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Okay, potato salad lovers, you have got to SEE THIS.

And while you watch it, just imagine how much more fun it would be to cook dinner if the Ross Sisters could come over every day around 6pm and perform a few food-related numbers to power you through your cooking tasks. I, for one, would never be crabby again.

My guess is, however, that the Ross Sisters are either no longer on the planet or a tough act to book, so I will simply view this video whenever I make potato salad and I suggest you do the same.

A caveat: don’t attempt any of the things the Sisters do in the 2nd and 3rd minutes. Although you may burn a few potato-related calories, you will most likely end up in the ER. Read More


Wolverine Salad

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Wolverine Salad

If your Salad Hands are making you feel like Wolverine (to read the back story on that peculiar thought, click here) I suggest you stoke that fantasy and make a salad in his honor. And if you really believe, who knows, maybe Hugh Jackman will show up for dinner. (Sigh.)

¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 chicken breast, skinless and boneless, halved Read More


Cherry Salad

Monday, June 30th, 2008

I promised you a recipe for cherry salad and here it is. George Washington could not possibly have eaten this with those wooden teeth of his. Or were those dentures also a figment of the imagination of a parson named Weems? (See the section of this blog devoted to the first G.W.).


¾ pound cherries, pitted (I know it’s a pain. Live it up and buy a pitter.)
¼ c. dried cherries Read More

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