Category Archives: Blogs

Food Blogs Win Awards While Helping Us With Our Daily Lives

2251264401_e9e807f2ca_zOne of my favorite food blogs, Sprouted Kitchen, won a Saveur 4th Annual Best Food Blog for 2013. They moved to a new palce and published a super green salad for those times when we are too rushed to cook. So today’s post will be about salads.

1.  From Sprouted Kitchen: : “Power Green Salad”:


Inspired by An Edible Mosaic

This salad is pretty crunchy. I’m still eating from the bowl on day three and don’t find it soggy at all. That said, it would be great for a plane ride or delivering to a new mom/sick friend etc. It’s a sturdy one. I added parmesan because it holds up, but feta or goat cheese will work here too. It’s pretty simple, change as you wish.

  • 3 cups ribbed and chopped kale
  • handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup cooked black lentils
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • half an english cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1 cup shaved parmesan
  • dressing
  • one clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seed oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

2.  From bakingbites: “Waldorf Salad“:

This salad is best when it is prepared shortly before serving. You can, however, chop up your apples and celery and hold them in acidulated water for an hour or two in order to get your prep work out of the way in advance. I like to use Fuji or Braeburn apples, but since the apples in this salad are uncooked, you can use any type of apple that you have on hand or that you generally enjoy eating.

Waldorf Salad
1 cup finely diced apples
1 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp greek yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Combine apples, celery, raisins and walnuts in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt and lemon juice. Add to apple mixture and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

3.  From joythebaker:  “It’s Not Summer Yet Greek Pasta Salad“:

It’s Not Summer Yet Greek Pasta Salad

adapted from Ina Garten and the rest of the internet

For the Dressing:

1/3 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced shallots

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons honey

sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

For the Pasta Salad:

5 cups cooked orzo pasta

2 cups de-seeded and coarsely chopped English Cucumbers

2 cups halved cherry tomatoes

1 heaping cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup thinly sliced purple onion

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

I like to make my salad dressings in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.  If you don’t have a jar, you can also vigorously whisk the mixture in a large bowl.

In a medium mason jar combine olive oil, lemon juice, shallots, mustard, honey, and a pinch of salt a fresh cracked black pepper.  Secure the lid tightly and shake vigorously until emulsified.  Taste and season with more lemon, honey, salt, or pepper as necessary.  Set aside.

In a large bowl toss together orzo pasta, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, onion, and fresh basil.  Season lightly with salt and pepper.  Just before serving, drizzle in the dressing. Taste and season accordingly.  Serve immediately.

Photo credit.

Many Great Bloggers Include Blog Links to Posts/Articles They Love

f15bc5871a4eeeef6f1a2bd3c017b21dI love the quick links that bloggers provide when they find great posts. They don’t fit into a neat category or index and I love the randomness the most.

1.  From  The Art of Simple: “Weekend Links”:  by Tsh

2.  From Dooce: “Stuff I found while looking around“:

Liv and Phileas’ photo stream on flickr. Coco is super jealous.

How Much Caffeine Before I End Up in the E.R.?

What If the World’s Soil Runs Out?

A rough calculation of current rates of soil degradation suggests we have about 60 years of topsoil left. Some 40% of soil used for agriculture around the world is classed as either degraded or seriously degraded – the latter means that 70% of the topsoil, the layer allowing plants to grow, is gone.

Hilarious bad lip reading of NFL players

Los Angeles Overreacts to Cold Temperatures

Andrew Sullivan’s quote for the day:

Every straight person already knows everything important there is to know about a gay person’s needs and loves and lives. Just look in the mirror. We are human before we are gay or straight. We are you.

The Inspiration Archive, collected by Teodorik

This is hilarious, but now I’m going to have nightmares for, oh, the rest of my life.

2013 New Years resolutions illustrated

- I can guarantee you that before this happened not one of these three people ever left a bad tip.

This. This is for Cami.

Max Sebald’s Writing Tips: You sometimes need to magnify something, describe it amply in a roundabout way. And in the process you discover something.

3.  From The Daily Muse: “Best of the Web-February 16, 2014“:

Work Hard

  • I Followed My Own Productivity Advice for a Week (Fast Company)
  • How to Get Past the Excuses That Are Holding You Back (Alexandra Franzen)
  • What to Do if You’re Stumped During an Interview (POPSUGAR)
  • 5 Ways to Make Sure Your Boss Knows Just How Awesome You Are (The Daily Muse)

Live Smart

Play Often

  • How to Watch the Sochi Olympics Online Without a Cable Account(Lifehacker)
  • Personalized Print Guides for Showing Your Friends Around New Cities(Springwise)
  • How to Bring Paris Into the Bedroom (and Other Breakfast in Bed Ideas)(Fathom)
  • 5 Fabulous (and Cheap!) Work Looks From Refinery29 (The Daily Muse)