Search Results for: Grain salads

My Secret Weapon Flavor Bomb for Savory, Summery Vinaigrettes

Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »

Farewell to Summer Salad: Cracked Wheat Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Taking care to practice what I preached in my last blog, I remain tasered into beans. (Been researching tasers for the current novel I’m writing. A cool word. It can be used as a noun: He’s running down Nine Mile, grab your taser!  A verb: You tasered the wrong guy, man! Even an adjective: His eyes, a knee-buckling shade of … Full recipe post »

Farro Adds a Toothsome Bite to this Savory Salad

Off the grid of late, spending every available minute, and every ounce of inspiration, on a book synopsis that had to be submitted last week. My two protagonists (female 31-year old first cousins) are of Polish descent, and Eastern European food has been on my mind. This salad is my daughter’s recipe and was inspired by my … Full recipe post »

September Tabouli

Everyone seems to have an opinion on what makes a good tabouli. I’m no exception, and I prefer my tabouli heavy on the parsley to bulgur ratio, and zippy with lemon juice. I also like the flavor of Italian parsley (as opposed to curly) and make that parsley chopped extra, extra fine, if you please. After … Full recipe post »

Sweet Cherry & Quinoa Pilaf

Michigan cherries are a fixture at many locals table in July. And after last year’s catastrophic harvest, we’ve good reason to celebrate this year’s bounty with the farmers. My palate’s a bit saturated with vinaigrette-based salads, so tonight I prefer more of a warm pilaf-styled side dish for the chicken I grilled. I took liberties … Full recipe post »

Quinoa with Black Beans, Avocado & Corn

Craving a dinner that’s light on her feet? Here’s an easy vegetarian supper that’s a nutritional super-star; take a look at the ingredient list and see for yourself. It’s a meal in itself,  the perfect side, and watch it fly away at a pot-luck; seems everyone wants a break from those expected salads laden with … Full recipe post »

Watercress & Edamame Salad with Quinoa

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re a mom, what’s in it for you? I don’t have the luxury of spending Mother’s Day with my kids, enjoying their pampering and attentions; in my world, that’s a sentimental notion. But this is a holiday set aside just for us mothers, so if plans aren’t made for … Full recipe post »

Picnic Super-Green Salad

Summer evenings and weekends — for many — are most enjoyed spent outdoors, and picnics are popping up across the landscape. We stuff baskets and coolers with “tote cuisine” and set camp beside lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows, and shady spots beneath trees. Simplicity is the hallmark of this al fresco dining, and an impulsive repast may be purchased … Full recipe post »

Tomato Bulgur Salad

What could be more satisfying on a sweltering summer day than a dish of tomato and whole grain salad liberally seasoned with a citrusy dressing and copious amount of fresh herbs. Nothing, I tell ‘ya, nothing. Certainly this recipe would be a welcome accompaniment to anything you put on the grill, but it stands alone with a crusty baguette … Full recipe post »

Curried Couscous-Lentil Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

What’s that? Black sesame seeds in the dry arborio rice? On closer inspection, it turns out these odd black specks in the rice have tiny wings. Ick! Pantry Pests! If you’re not ruthless using up half-filled containers of grains, wheat and legumes in storage, and don’t keep them in air-tight containers (guilty!) – sometimes these … Full recipe post »

Lemony Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Crunchy Vegetables

I’m craving a detox something or other to balance the exigencies surrounding Drew’s 2nd birthday celebration yesterday.  Grilled burgers and brats set the stage. The juicy brats had that crispy skin, which snapped back when you bit it – how could I not have a second? The meal was topped off with mint chocolate chip … Full recipe post »

Curried Israeli CousCous Eggplant and Chickpeas

This yummy vegetarian recipe makes a large batch but I’m delighted to have leftovers; it seems to improve with age, although I’d try to finish it within three days. I originally made the couscous as one would make a risotto. The result was a beautiful, subtle, nutty flavor that, unfortunately, was lost with the strong … Full recipe post »

Broccoli and Farro Salad with Feta

I recently purchased a Fine Cooking Magazine – “Cookfresh 2011” – that has some enticing takes on vegetables and grains. In fact, for the kinds of dishes I’m craving this Spring, it’s has more tempting recipes than most magazines I’ve purchased of late. Today’s yummy surprise was the recipe I followed using farro and roasted broccoli. I’ve … Full recipe post »

Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit and Cherries

Can one have too much of a good thing? Not when it comes to Michigan cherries in July. I’ve finally depleted the last of several pounds purchased with this salad. The last few blogs have included Cherry Gazpacho and Cherry-Goat Cheese Crostini. I still, surprisingly, have not had my fill of fresh cherries–eaten “au natural” … Full recipe post »

Quinoa Tabouli

My garden’s plethora of parsley is the tail wagging tonight’s dinnerDog-feed. In past years I’ve never grown flat Italian parsley–it’s inexpensive and always well-stocked in grocery stores. Today I’m reprimanding myself for taking this ubiquitous herb for granted. It’s the fastest and easiest herb I’ve ever grown and has a wonderfully intense flavor (is this … Full recipe post »