Citrusy Orange, Arugula and Beet Salad 1

Citrusy Orange, Arugula and Beet Salad
  I successfully defended my dissertation!!!! Yippiee!!!!! Which is why I pretty much fell off the face of the earth and haven’t posted anything in the last 5 months. Dissertations are hard! 🙂 Now that it is over, I’m very much looking forward to not working all the time, cooking bright yummy healthy food again, ...

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad
  I recently returned from an amazing trip out west. Tom and I did a 6 day backpack around the 3 Sisters in Oregon, which was breathtakingly beautiful. We hiked through fields of purple, red, and yellow subalpine wildflowers with glaciated peaks as our constant companions. We hiked past lakes, both blue and green, raging ...

Thai Peanut Slaw with Grilled Tofu

Thai Peanut Slaw with Grilled Tofu
I’ve had this super yummy slaw many a time over the last year. Its quick to make, totally delicious, and gets you most of your veggies for the day. But the addition of grilled tofu really puts it over the top. I had never grilled tofu before. It just never occurred to me. And when ...

Caesar salad with anchovy croutons

Caesar salad with anchovy croutons
I’m a big snob when it comes to caesar salads. I’m of the school that they should be pungent and full of anchovies and garlic and I think it’s a sin that the most common form of caesar dressing out there is a bland white goo more resemblant of mayonnaise than salad dressing. Share this:Click ...

Asian Kale Salad 1

Asian Kale Salad
There’s something about all the recipes for ‘massaged kale salads’ that seem a little too foodie to me. I imagine a snooty voice saying, ‘now you must gently massage the kale with your hands until you feel the leaves relax’, and it makes me want to gag. I’m not sure why. I mean, I realize ...

Blackened Steak Salad

Blackened Steak Salad
This recipe is always a winner at our house. Its a salad with steak and blue cheese (yum!). Not the healthiest of salads I’ll admit, but the combination of spicy meat, creamy blue cheese and crisp veggies makes my taste buds really happy. Plus, its easy and quick and can be thrown together in under 20 ...

Thai skewer showdown (and Thai cucumber salad)

Thai skewer showdown (and Thai cucumber salad)
There was a concern about too much sugar, a concern about spiciness, and a bigger concern about having never made Thai skewers before that led to the showdown. We (meaning my sister Claudia, Tom and I ) decided to grill up some Thai skewers to go with our Thai peanut noodles for our dinner night ...

Thai Peanut Noodles

Thai Peanut Noodles
  My biannual Marieb family reunion is coming up in a couple weeks. It’s tradition for each sub-family unit to take a night throughout the week to cook dinner for everyone. Those of us who haven’t bred are considered one of those sub-families and so it’s my sister, Claudia, Tom and I who are responsible ...

Orzo Citrus Salad 1

Orzo Citrus Salad
So, two days before Memorial Day, we finished watching Season 10 of Top Chef. After a crazy semester of school, getting our house ship shape to put on the market, and training for a half marathon, I felt my mojo for cooking had waned. I slapped together meals just so I could put much needed ...