Herb Orzo Salad

Herb and Orzo Salad (A Seat at the Table)

Surprise Chemistry…unfortunately I’m not talking about the surprise of hitting it off with someone you’ve just met, I’m talking about my summer class.  Just as I was finishing up Chemistry this spring, and looking forward to a relaxing, study-free summer.  I learned that I had to take another chem class before I could register forRead more

Radish and Fennel Orzo Salad with Parsley-Lemon Vinaigrette

I’d never had fennel until last year during my nutrition assessment to try 5 new foods.  Fennel has a slightly sweet licorice taste when it’s raw, and is then deliciously sweet when roasted.  So for this salad, I took the best of both, and roasted half of the fennel and left the other half raw.Read more

Thai Cabbage Salad

Thai Cabbage Salad (A Seat at the Table)

This was a big hit at last month’s Carroll Cafe.  I even had people coming back for seconds.   So I’m apparently not the only one that loves Thai food.  And while this might not be a traditional dish, it is packed with flavor, texture and crunch.  Cabbage is great for mixing up the usualRead more

Emperor’s Rice Salad

Forbidden Rice Salad (A Seat at the Table)

I’m a bit obsessed with Pinterest.  I can spend hours browsing on there, and love all the inspiration that it provides.  It’s especially useful for salad inspiration.  Salads can be a little boring, and aren’t exactly something I crave in these cold months.  But I’m a firm believer of eating your veggies, so with aRead more

Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing (A Seat at the Table)

I was inspired by this salad from Smitten Kitchen.  Smitten Kitchen is always a reliable source for fantastic recipes.  This is a great, easy salad that comes together quickly.  I’ve been on the search for some different kind of salads lately, and this is a great salad for the winter.  The chickpeas add some protein,Read more

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad (A Seat at the Table)

I’ve been seeing quite a few raw brussels sprout salads, so it was finally time to try making one.  This salad is refreshing, tart and tangy, salty, and crunchy.  It’s absolutely delicious.  It’s a simple and fantastic winter salad.  Since kale is hearty I think leftovers would hold up pretty well.  The dressing makes quiteRead more

Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Harvest Wild Rice Salad (A Seat at the Table)

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?!  I’m not sure how it snuck up on me, but I’m in shock that it’s approaching so quickly! I made this salad for Carroll Cafe, but it would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread.  It’d also be great to make with leftover roasted vegetables.  ThisRead more

Roasted Asparagus with Red Wine Mushrooms

Roasted Asparagus with Red Wine Mushrooms (A Seat at the Table)

I hate it when cooking experiments don’t turn out.  I’ve recently gone through a string of recipes that have all just been so-so at best, and complete failures at worst.  This meal came from a failed experiment, but resulted in a delicious meal anyway.  While I wouldn’t normally go to this much work for aRead more

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas (A Seat at the Table)

A lot of people in my life are vegetarians, so I’m pretty aware of vegetarian options when I go out to eat.  Even though I’m not always ordering a vegetarian option, I have a lot of sympathy for vegetarians when restaurant options are sparse and/or uninspired.  Vegetables are delicious and just because an entree doesn’tRead more

Asian Cabbage and Kale Slaw

Asian Cabbage and Kale Slaw (A Seat at the Table)

Lots of people have mixed feelings about coleslaw.  With the watery, mayo-laden minced versions out there, I can understand the less than enthusiastic response that slaw gets.  However, here’s a new take on your average cabbage coleslaw.  This version has just a hint of mayo, combined with some fresh ginger and other Asian flavors for aRead more