Crafting a Holiday Menu and Seasonal Tabletop

The holidays are an incredibly special time of year, and they always motivate us to put a bit more care into preparing delicious and comforting foods to treat our family, friends, and loved ones. One of our favorite ways to acknowledge the season of giving and togetherness is to host get-togethers; what better opportunity than … Read more

Embrace Autumn with a Fall Picnic

While it’s hard to beat dining outdoors on a warm summer evening, fall picnics have a lot going for them too. From the Aspen and Oak trees of Colorado to the Maple and Elms on the East Coast, there are many leaves to be peeped at and crisp sunny afternoons to enjoy this time of … Read more

Recipe Contest Winner: California Farro Salad With Roasted Serrano Dressing

Veronica Callaghan says she’s “been on a bit of a ‘farro bender’ of late,” adding: “It’s a whole grain that’s chock full of fiber and minerals. It has a great nutty flavor and it really holds up well in a salad.” Thus a winning salad recipe was born: California Farro Salad with Roasted Serrano Dressing. … Read more

Arugula-Avocado Salad w/ “Out Of This World” Tangy-Sweet Vinaigrette

Food blogger Jennifer Farley has a strong opinion about bottled dressings. “There is absolutely no reason to ever purchase a bottled salad dressing,” she declares. “They’re usually full of weird ingredients that aren’t part of a healthy diet.” Farley notes that all you need to make your own dressing is a blender or “just a … Read more

A Quinoa, Apricot and Arugula Salad With A Moroccan Kick

Among blogger Jeanine Donofrio’s favorite salad ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, almonds, avocados and dried fruit – along with fresh lemon juice, honey, and cumin. Her quinoa, apricot and arugula salad, featured here, have them all! (Click here to see featured recipe.) “I’ll never get tired of salads with arugula, avocado and quinoa,” she notes in her … Read more

Celebrate Wild Salmon Season With Grilled Salmon Salad

May marks the return of the wild salmon season, beginning with sockeye. And the grilled salmon salad featured here would be a great way to mark the occasion. (Click here to see featured recipe.) This colorful salad pairs salmon with asparagus – now at its seasonal peak – as well as small, multicolored potatoes, and … Read more

Flavor = Sesame, Roasted Almond, Avocado & Spinach Salad

We make our own salad dressings rather than go with bottled dressings. We know the ingredients. They’re fresh. And, all modesty aside, we know the main ingredients – including the olive oil – are good quality. As blogger Erin Alderson says: “It’s time to put the pre-made bottled dressing down and walk away slowly.” (Click … Read more

Make Your Own Salads & Dressings – Starting With Spicy Grain Salad

Ever read the ingredients on a salad dressing bottle from the grocery store? Look at the label and you might find xantham gum, calcium disodium EDTA, artificial flavors – or even partially hydrogenated oils known as trans fats. In other words, different chemicals and gums. It’s why we make our own dressings – and why … Read more

Healthy, Flavorful Recipe: Winter Lettuces With Pomegranate Seeds

My colleagues and I love fresh produce – a natural partner for our oil. Winter Lettuces With PomegranateWe love it so much, in fact, that when one colleague pulled up to the grocery checkout, the checker called him a rabbit for all the lettuce and produce piled in his cart. Oh well … goes with … Read more

TV Chef Anne Burrell Gives Caesar Salad A Superfood Makeover

Caesar salad typically includes romaine lettuce and croutons paired with a dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, raw egg, anchovies, and Parmesan cheese. TV celebrity chef Anne Burrell gives this legendary salad a flavorful, superfood makeover. Burrell, a Food Network chef and host, substitutes thinly sliced kale leaves for the lettuce and dispenses with … Read more


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