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Scenic Salad With Lime Basil Dressing

Monday, April 20th, 2015

photoThis salad is what happened on Saturday night when I was cleaning out my vegetable drawer. If you had something re thrilling to do that evening, you probably have a better life coach than I do. Read More


Kool Slaw

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

ColeSlawI’m told that coleslaw dates back to the ancient Romans, although it didn’t really kick into gear until mayo was invented in the 18th century. (Can you imagine life before mayo? One more reason to be glad that, in the birth lottery, you got a later century.) Read More


Crabby&Crabbier: New Favorite Potato Salad

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

I recently made this potato salad for 15 people. I will I never do it again unless I lose my mind and become a caterer.Nor would I recommend that you undertake such a preposterous task. But I would recommend that you try this recipe in smaller proportions. It’s my family’s new favorite. Read More


Minty Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Salata Salad

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Okay, I came back from the east coast this week, stopping in Chicago where it was cool and brisk and autumnal and gorgeous, as it should be in October. I stepped off the plane (admittedly a little crabby due to my American Airlines 4-hour delay) into a hellish heat—I think it was 100º–and I almost wept but thought better of it and just cursed.

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Lobster Salad (For Families Less Picky Than Mine)

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I am in Cape Cod today, on vacation with my husband’s extended family. Yesterday it was my turn to make dinner, and I envisioned a gorgeous piece of broiled bluefish. I made the fatal mistake of sharing this vision with my in-laws. Read More


Peach Project

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

A friend brought me 32 peaches. She’s growing them in her backyard in Burbank. I didn’t think much of anything was growing in Burbank except the Disney coffers, but there you go. Read More


My Big Fat Greek Wedding Pasta Salad

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Anne, my sister-in-law, was having a ladies’ potluck dinner for her sister-in-law. Well, actually it’s her soon-to-be sister-in-law, who is marrying Anne’s brother, who also happens to be my friend Amy’s brother-in-law. I know, don’t even try to figure that out. Read More


Golf Lessons

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I would happily take up golf, If it meant a close encounter with George Clooney…
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Corny In August

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

As I write this, it is August,, but it seems like summer’ has not begun. This is partly because in California, where I live, there is no summer really until everyone else has finished theirs; our big heat kicks in in September. Yes, we are all screwed up: no winter, no spring unless you count June, and summer in the fall. Read More


Kale Slaw

Thursday, March 4th, 2010



This recipe comes from Holland. No, not the country: Holland is a lovely person I know who lives in California.

She gave me the recipe for this simple and healthy salad some time ago, claiming that she’d eaten it every day that summer. I inspected her discreetly and noticed that she looked great and that she had a compelling abundance of energy. So, as I sometimes do when I notice people are in better shape than I am, I decided to eat what she was eating. Read More

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