Ok, I’m so in love with Pandora radio right now. Are you all familiar with it? It’s basically internet radio that you can play on your iPhone, iPad or computer. I’m listening to it all the time, and right now my favorite station is, The Fray radio. Basically, you put in your favorite song or artist and it will play similar songs or artists. Anyway, I just love listening to music when I’m cooking away in the kitchen, as it makes cooking dinner so much more fun. BTW, for those of you that are eyeing that above soup, it’s a carrot ginger soup and it’s amazing!
So, I made a new kale salad this week (surprise, surprise) that was a hit with the family. Eli said it was his favorite kale salad thus far. I honestly think he loved it so much because he helped me make it. Eli got his cute little (clean) hands in there and massaged the kale. I have to say that there is nothing cuter than little hands massaging kale, don’t you agree? I mean take a look at those hands, they’re precious.
Here’s a photo of the salad. It’s a lacinato kale salad with ricotta salata cheese. The salad was inspired by a salad that I had a Buckeye Roadhouse a while back that I couldn’t get out of my mind. It’s another pantry salad like my lacinato kale salad. I will post this recipe next week.
I just want to say how thankful I am for all of you that read my blog. I have been getting the sweetest, I mean the sweetest emails and comments lately, and honestly each one of those really makes my day. I love opening my inbox and reading your comments and emails. I really appreciate you taking the time to send me a nice note, and I have to tell you that I read most of those emails to my family. My kids light up and say, “Mom, you really have the nicest readers, you’re so lucky.” You know what, I do feel lucky for you all. It truly connects me to you when I hear from you, whether its from a comment you leave on the blog or an email. It’s really nice to get to know you all a bit more and I love that you all live in different parts of the world. I have readers in Germany, London, Canada and all over the United States. That is so cool. When I started this blog, I had hoped to reach just local readers, and now to know that my blog is international is amazing! So, I just want to say thanks and big hugs to you all.
So you will notice that there are a lot of salads on tap this week. I have to say now that my kids are into salads, I make them all the time. It’s just too easy to whip up a salad at the last minute and they are so tasty. Remember my post about how to keep kale and other greens fresh? Well, if you do what I do, then making a salad on the fly is as easy as 1-2-3.
Sunday night dinner: I finally opened my True Foods cookbook from Dr.Weil, and tonight I’m trying two new recipes. I’m going to try a kale pesto and serve that over some linguini. I’m also excited to try his vegetarian caesar dressing. I already have a vegetarian kid friendly caesar dressing that we make and eat all the time, but this one sounds pretty good as well, and I love that there are kalamata olives pureed in it.
Monday night dinner: Meatless Monday! Cauliflower soup and couscous cakes. This dinner is so easy and so tasty. This cauliflower soup is a 5 ingredient soup and it literally takes no time to whip together! Try it.
Thursday night dinner: Leftover night! John is going to use the leftover chicken from the beer-braised chicken tacos and make us up some quesadillas (he makes the best quesadillas next to Zoe that is). We will serve them up with a kid friendly caesar salad.
Friday night dinner: TGIF folks! Marin mama has a night off from the kitchen.
Stay tuned for Wednesday when I will be posting the recipe for this easy, one-skillet, weeknight dinner of sausage and white bean stew.