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The Art of a Plated Salad – Happy Mothers Day!

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The plated salad brings me back to my earlier days in restaurant kitchens when the Salad Plate was a popular item on every luncheon menu.  The salad plate quite often  consisted of tuna salad, egg salad and a scoop of cottage cheese, artfully presented on a bed of iceberg lettuce or maybe stuffed into a scooped out tomato.  When I was working in one of the Hotel kitchens our most popular plated salad was the Shrimp and Avocado salad stuffed into 1/2 of an avocado tossed with a very rich dressing and garnished with a few sprigs of fresh parsley.


Garlicky Oven Dried Tomato

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Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 2-1/2 hours | Serves: 

Sweet, colorful and juicy tomatoes are heavy on the vines and abundant in my garden and at the farm markets.  Oh glorious tomatoes I just can’t get enough and I know in a few months I will be craving their delicious flavor with nothing to do but wait until next year to satisfy my longing.  Yes- I am a tomato fan, specifically an Heirloom tomato fan- preferably straight up and straight off the vine.  Here is a family favorite easy preparation  which works particularly well

Antipasto style Salad

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Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Serves: 4-6

When zucchini and summer squash are abundant, try this simple and refreshing salad using a spiralizer to make thin, slices for a fun and easy to prepare meal.