Crab and Shrimp Salad with Curry-Chutney Dressing

August 15, 2017

This crab and shrimp salad is a winner — according to my husband Robert and several of our friends! My friend Diane Reeder thought it would be fun for the two of us to cook together, so one summer evening, she invited Robert and me over for dinner. I asked Diane if we could make… Read more »


Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing

June 12, 2017

This chicken and orzo salad is super quick and super easy to prepare – and is super delicious, too! While the orzo is cooking, I chop the roast chicken, green onions, cilantro and jalapeño pepper. Then, while the pasta is cooling, I whisk up the deeply flavorful dressing – comprised of soy sauce, peanut butter,… Read more »


Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Spinach Salad

January 15, 2017

This delicious and healthy fall or winter salad is excellent served with soup, roast chicken or pork. If you have friends or family who can’t eat mushrooms, you can make this dish without them — it’s still scrumptious and beautiful. This recipe will likely make more sugared walnuts than you will need, but just save… Read more »

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Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

August 8, 2016

My mom often served stuffed tomatoes as part of a dinner party menu. When prepared properly, stuffed tomatoes are not only delicious they are also pretty on the plate, adding a pop of color to make the whole meal look even more appetizing. Toward the end of summer when her garden was overflowing with juicy,… Read more »

Layered Salmon Salad with Avocado Dressing

July 5, 2016

Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to serve a main dish salad for dinner, and since this recipe doesn’t require turning on the oven or cooktop, your kitchen stays nice and cool. Layers of lettuce, salmon, capers, onion, tomato, olives, goat cheese and pine nuts are accented by the avocado-lime yogurt dressing. Layering the… Read more »

Roasting Fresh Tomatoes

February 21, 2016

Delicious Tomatoes in the Dead of Winter? Why, yes! Do you love fresh tomatoes in your salads, but are frustrated by the lack of flavor and bland color of out-of-season tomatoes? Well, look no further! I have found that roasting Italian (or Roma) tomatoes concentrates the flavor and brings out their beautiful deep red tones…. Read more »

Spinach Salad with Lemon-Dijon Dressing

September 8, 2014

This recipe came from Gary Hardin, an excellent cook and even better friend I knew in Amsterdam. Sadly, we lost Gary a few years ago to cancer. He was a wonderful person, and a great support to me when I first moved overseas. He loved to entertain, and one evening when friends from Denver were… Read more »

Tomato Peach Salad with Lime Dressing

August 2, 2014

My good friend Dona Johnson has a garden overflowing with tomatoes and asked for some delicious recipes. Here is a favorite of mine that comes from another good friend Kathy Soter. This recipe takes minutes to put together, and is perfect for a hot summer day as no cooking is required! Peaches and tomatoes make… Read more »

Tomato Cucumber Salad & Yogurt-Herb Dressing

September 18, 2013

One fall, my husband Robert and I had a divine two week vacation in southern France and northern Spain. A highlight of our trip was staying at the fabulous home of good friends, near Biarritz. They both love to cook and they treated us to several scrumptious meals featuring a variety of local fresh foods… Read more »

Tuna Pasta Salad with Pesto Dressing

August 16, 2013

I found this salad recipe buried in my mom’s files; it was given to her by Marne Kellogg — a friend to us both and the daughter of my parents’ good friends Margie and Jack Davis. When I make it, I use my favorite Spinach Basil Pesto recipe, and substitute shelled edamame for the green… Read more »

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