Showing posts from June, 2014

Finnish Summer Potato Salad ♥ An Ode to Finnish Potatoes

Today's Recipe: Perfect for your Midsummer celebration this Friday and Saturday, a simple potato salad of new potatoes and a simple vinaigrette, made just like Finns make potato salad during summer. Gluten Free. Paleo. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real". Today's Conversation: A guide to the special spuds that come from Finland, a national obsession with potatoes this time of year.
A quick note: With this recipe, I'm experimenting with both a larger and a vertical-orientation photo. If you like it or if you don't, please do say! I don't expect any problems but just in case, especially on mobile phones and tablets, please do let me know if something's a little wonky. ~AK
I know, I know. Is a potato – a plain ol' potato??? – worth so much adulation? But yes, Finnish potatoes are special. They're firm but soft when cooked, the flesh is a pretty yellow color with thin and light-colored skins that peel easily with no more than your fingers. They&#…

Chinese Cucumber Salad ♥ from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Today's easy cucumber salad recipe: A refreshing change from the “usual” cucumber and tomato salads, just fresh cucumbers briefly soaked in a soy sauce and toasted sesame oil sauce. Very Weight Watchers Friendly, just WW 1 PointsPlus. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".
HEY WORD DANCERS! We’re familiar with “bread” and “gravy" and “dough" as synonyms for money but really, who knew that “cucumber” is another metonym? (New word for me!) Well, if only we had a greenback for every one of the gargantuan green cucumbers the garden will spit out for the next couple of months while it’s hot-hot-hot. “There was just one cucumber today,” I reported one morning last year after a sweaty session hauling hoses across the yard. “Not possible,” was the grunt of a response. Well, who knew, too, that said cucumbers hide under those giant itch-inducing leaves? The haul would have filled a small bank vault.

Now we do l-o-v-e cucumbers (starting an…

Asian Slaw ♥ with Sugar Snap Peas & Almonds

Today's Salad Recipe: A new take on coleslaw, starting with familiar cabbage but adding the crisp crunch of sugar snap peas and toasted almonds, all tossed in an Asian-style dressing. Lots of color! A good salad for home or a potluck contribution. Weight Watchers Friendly, WW 1 PointsPlus. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Paleo. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real". Today's Conversation: The usefulness of a giant salad bowl.
Anyone else sharing a kitchen with a giant salad bowl, you know, one big enough to house a small child or a cornucopia of salad?

A couple of years back, we were gifted one by a niece who "knows" this kitchen almost as well as I – she and I work side-by-side for family parties, knowing exactly how to feed a pile of people in short order. What Laura also knows is that the typical family potluck can yield a buffetful of food with a surfeit of protein and sweets but bereft of a fresh green salad. So one day she walked in with said giant sa…