You probably think of salad as the opening act, but who’s to say that salad cannot be the main attraction — salad as a meal. In this case, a salad that showcases spring’s early bounty. Petite potatoes. Peas. Quail Eggs. Sorrel. Smoked Salmon. Not your typical potato salad by any means. No mayonnaise or … Continue Reading

Is warmer weather finally upon us (fingers crossed)? I’m more than ready to break out the flip flops, shorts, and tees. Come early-spring, after plenty of root vegetables and nourishing, stick-to-your-ribs dishes, am looking for something a tad lighter yet equally satisfying. I love a big, hearty salad, a salad that’s a meal in itself, … Continue Reading

After a heavy Thanksgiving meal and next-day leftovers, perhaps a light and refreshing salad is calling your name. This is a delicious, winter-appropriate, grapefruit salad with layers of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s not your boring old salad by any means. It’s bright and colorful, and certain to wake up your taste buds. Love when … Continue Reading

 Fall has arrived…   I’m back from a two-month hiatus and am hungry (figuratively and literally).  Was busy walking the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile walk across northern Spain beginning in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, and ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).  Thereafter, did a little traveling (culinary research [i.e., eating]) in Portugal and Ireland. On most … Continue Reading

My taste buds were craving something a bit different.  Something out of the ordinary. Hmm…. Then I remembered this salad — a Laotian-style crispy rice salad — I had at a little hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop restaurant in Falls Church, VA.  Bangkok Golden is an unassuming place from the outside and is located in a nondescript strip mall.  Notwithstanding, when you enter and … Continue Reading