Soup and Salad

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Green Goddess Dip or Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing was created in 1923 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco for an event honoring actor George Arliss, who starred in the hit play of the time, The Green Goddess. A twist on the traditional, this version has been lightened by using Greek yogurt and olive oil instead of mayonnaise and sour cream. And the herb combo has dill in lieu of tarragon (done with a special friend in mind that doesn’t like tarragon!)  Continue reading

California Chopped Salad

I have cravings……the kind of cravings that run around in your head until you just have to have it! Lots of people crave sweets but not me. For me it’s salty and savory that gets me going. And it’s usually Mexican food! How’s the saying go? “Life without Mexican food is like no life at all!” Here’s how I satisfy those cravings the healthy way! Continue reading

Wagner Winter Salad

Inspiration comes from all around us at any given moment. You just have to watch for it.  I happen to love to talk about food and in the course of a recent conversation, an idea for a new recipe popped into my head. That’s how it rolled when I was talking with my friend Donna about the vinaigrette I was going to make with her blood oranges and Meyer lemons. Continue reading

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

It’s who you know that makes all the difference! We just happen to be staying with the Wagner’s on their ranch and there is an abundance of winter fruit just ripe for the picking. When Donna asked if we’d like some blood oranges, I just couldn’t resist! And true to their giving nature, I soon had a bag of blood oranges and Meyer lemons. In this bag was a lovely vinaigrette just waiting to be made! Continue reading

Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup

The Quarantine has been lifted! We have been so sick for the last two weeks we might as well have been in quarantine! Sequestered in our RV, so we would not infect family and friends, we traded germs, entertained each other and generally whined about not being able to do anything! Typically, if we even get sick, any bug runs through us in a day or two but not this bugger! David got it first. Then I felt the body ache and fever start and knew I had to whip up a big pot of soup to sustain us for several days ‘cuz I was going down too! Continue reading

Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

Fast food! On a lettuce leaf! Simple, healthy ingredients make this salad one of the best things that ever happened to fast food! I really understand why people fly through the drive-thru at fast food joints when it’s time to eat. Life moves fast and so do you. What you need is an option that’s fast and easy to sling together without sacrificing health and time. Here’s just what you have been wanting and didn’t even know it! Continue reading

Sumi Salad

Give me some crunch!  Crunch is so satisfying. Eating is a necessity, but the crunch you get from eating certain foods kicks up the pleasure factor greatly. Practically everything in this salad rates high on the crunch factor scale. You ask, “Is there such a thing as a crunch factor scale?” Who knows, but let’s just say there is. This salad would be off the crunchin’ charts! Sumi Salad ~ Shredded crunchy green and purple cabbage, julienne carrots, green onions, and roasted almonds tossed with rice vinaigrette dressing, then garnished with wonton noodles for even more crunch. Crunch your way to health! Continue reading

Three-Bean Butternut Squash Chili

This chili is perfect for Meatless Monday, especially when you make it on Sunday! Chili, like pasta sauce, just gets better with time. The flavors have time to meld together and get real friendly with each other. When dinner time rolls around Monday evening, whip up some cornbread muffins while the chili is reheating, toss together a salad and dinner is on the table before your gang of starving whippersnappers can ask “What’s for dinner?” Continue reading

Avgolemono Chicken Soup

This is my kind of chicken soup to soothe the soul. It’s bright, cheerful and warming. I’ve never been much of a traditional chicken noodle soup fan and I really don’t know why. All I know is from the first time I tasted Avgolemono in a Greek restaurant, it became my idea of the perfect chicken soup! And it is the best get-me-something-to-eat-fast soup you will ever make! There is no other soup quite like it! Continue reading

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