Summer Salad

April 20th, 2012


5 cups of Wegmans Spring Mix (has arugula, chard, spinach, radiccio)
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
4-5 baby roma tomatos, sliced
2 peaches, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup red onion, diced


extra virgin olive oil
white vinegar
cilantro, diced
lemon juice


chili powder
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper


With this salad, it’s best to go VERY light on the dressing.  There is already a formidable party in your mouth going on with the peaches, tomatoes, and avocados.  Swirl the dressing ingredients until it’s moderately blended. Add to salad then lightly toss. Then add a few dashes of red pepper flakes, chili powder, salt and pepper.

This is Homer, my new puppy. Patrick and I picked him up from a farm in Auburn last Saturday and we havent really left the house since.

A few highlights of the last week:

  • Homer got car sick  on the ride home.  On my lap! We drove an hour and a half and he slept most of the way.  Then, we were literally FIVE minutes from the house and then he started make that face and bobbing his head.  Pat looked over so excited thinking he was about to bark for the first time. ”Look! he’s barking, he’s barking!!” and then he threw up all over my lap and I said “nope…he’s barfing.”
  • He’s a Border Collie, a working dog that herds sheep and cattle.  Centuries of herding instincts will make these dogs “herd” literally everything that moves (small children, other dogs, rotating fans). Homer has already rounded up his toys into one pile in the living room
  • His favorite toy is a pheasant that is roughly the same size as him.  He runs around with it in his mouth, tripping over it every few steps
  • He loves dandelions. His method of capture is to decapitate them with one swift chomp of his razor sharp puppy teeth.
  • He has deep blue eyes that at times look almost violet, like Elizabeth Taylor.  They’re so pretty it’s almost intimidating!

Okay, now that I’ve sufficiently nauseated you with my new puppy euphoria, we can move on to food.  Wait one more thing: please note that he has a heart on his forehead. Ugh COME ON.

Sorry sorry chicken salad. We’re going to talk about chicken salad.


2 and 1/2 cups of cooked chicken, cubed
3/4 cup red grapes, cut into coins
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt, pepper, paprika


1.  For the chicken, I bought 1 pound of chicken breast, and cut it into quarters.  Fill a large pan roughly half-inch deep with water, then add chicken.  Set over medium heat until chicken is cooked all the way through. Then cut into half-inch cubes.

2. Mix together chicken, celery, onions, grapes, and walnuts in a large bowl. Add mayo and stir until blended.  Season with salt, pepper and paprika.  I added some red pepper flakes as well

The chopped fixings before adding them to the chicken

This makes one hell of a sandwich. I put this on 10-grain bread with a slice of provalone.  Everyone will be super jealous of your picnic lunch.

More puppy stuff:

Pesto Pasta

April 4th, 2012

Today, my friends, is my dad’s birthday!  His sartorial signature is that he sports a bow tie and aviator sunglasses almost daily. Pretty much the freshest man alive.  So of course bow tie pasta seemed appropriate.


1 lb of your favorite pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup basil pesto
1 cup feta cheese
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
romano cheese, shredded


Boil pasta, drain, add everything else. Aaand that’s it.

Here is the hardest working man in showbidness, the godfather of soul, Mr. JAMES BROWN. Happy Birthday Dad! Love you!