Kung Pao Chicken Chopped Salad; Because, Why The Heck Not?

Kung Pao Chicken Chopped Salad; Because, Why The Heck Not? post image

I'm not quite sure why this is, but I really get a kick out making a salad out of pretty much anything that I can. I mean, why not? Right? I totally adore a “main-meal” type of salad; so if a main-meal dish can be turned into a salad, even better—leave it to me to find a way to do just that. Take Kung Pao chicken, for example: I love that flavorfully spicy and peanut-y dish, and order it whenever we go to a favorite Chinese ... {more please!}

Summer Berry & Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad, Berry-liciously Delicious

Summer Berry & Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad, Berry-liciously Delicious post image

The bright-red and slate-blue little jewels of the the summer season absolutely jump out at me each and every time I pass them in the produce isle of my local market. They're so very eye-catching and beautiful, these juicy vibrant strawberries, ruby-red raspberries and plump-round blueberries that sit perched oh-so proudly there in their little baskets and clear containers wonderfully enticing me to pluck them up and bring them home—I always give in to their beckoning. Summer wouldn't be summer without these gorgeous and sweet fruits; ... {more please!}

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork post image

There's a divine beauty in the summer season that can be experienced through our sense of taste when we place certain vibrant flavors onto our tongues so that they may awaken our palettes. And awaken them they do! The juice of a yellow lemon is at its sharpest and cleanest when tasted in the direct glowing hue of a golden sun ray; and the flavor of fresh, delicate basil is made more fully green and freshly grassy when partnered with that particularly good and tangy friend. ... {more please!}

“Mojito” Grilled Chicken Salad, Inspired By a Refreshing & Summery Spirit

“Mojito” Grilled Chicken Salad, Inspired By a Refreshing & Summery Spirit post image

You know, I'm not much of a drinker, to tell you the truth. Every now and then, perhaps on a special occasion, or when my husband and I are looking for purposeful relaxation and are craving slowly sipping on something slightly sweet, fresh and cold while we get lost in a deep conversation, we'll have a little something-something to wet our whistles and to leisurely enjoy. And though it is fairly rare that we drink, there are times when my hubs gets into the mood to ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet & Savory Harvest Salad, A Tangy Taste Of Green In A Sea Of Richness

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet & Savory Harvest Salad, A Tangy Taste Of Green In A Sea Of Richness post image

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away now, I'm already beginning to feel my mouth starting to water at the thought of all of the delicious and rich food that will be shared among family members. And since there are a lot of members to my husband's side of the family, which we share this special holiday of gratitude with, an email list gets sent out way in advance of the actual day so that each of us can “sign up” for what food item ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy post image

If ever there was a season that could perfectly pair with the simple decadence of a cool, creamy, rich and savory potato salad, then I can't think of a better one than summer with all of the grillin' and chillin' that goes on. And if there isn't a big, beautiful bowl of potato salad placed snuggly amongst the spare ribs, the baked beans, the BBQ'd chicken legs, the slaw and the cornbread on that glorious summertime buffet-table, then something's definitely missing. Because when it's time to ... {more please!}

A Cozy Lunchbox: “The Fiery Italian” Pasta Salad, One Heck Of A Spitfire

A Cozy Lunchbox: “The Fiery Italian” Pasta Salad, One Heck Of A Spitfire post image

I just adore a person with some fire, passion and loving honesty. I find it tremendously refreshing and attention grabbing when I meet someone that's a little on the “fiery” side, because they awaken my spirit, and I think to myself, “This is someone who says what they mean, and means what they say; they've got some spunk, and I can trust that what I see is exactly what I get.” And I find that admirable, and utterly lovable. In my life, I've known many people ... {more please!}

A Cozy Lunchbox: Southwestern Red Quinoa & Rice Salad, Revitalizing From The Inside Out

A Cozy Lunchbox: Southwestern Red Quinoa & Rice Salad, Revitalizing From The Inside Out post image

Something surprising yet wonderfully necessary happened in southern California this past week that happens only on rare occasion, unfortunately; it rained. And it rained down-right hard. And though my drive on the 101 freeway towards my client's house moved at a lethargic and sleepy snail's pace as people tried to figure out what the clear, liquid substance falling from the open sky was, I couldn't help but feel so very comforted by that sweet, precious, cleansing water that fell in cascading sheets onto my windshield, and ... {more please!}

A Cozy Lunchbox: Grilled Tuna & Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad To Enjoy Under A Lemony Sun

A Cozy Lunchbox: Grilled Tuna & Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad To Enjoy Under A Lemony Sun post image

Certain meals just seem to taste better when eaten outdoors under the warm glow of a tangy-yellow sun. With the tripping breeze dressed in the scents of purple and white as a companion, lunch time out in the open air in the spring and summer time is a magical thing, a transporting activity; it's a way to get lost for an hour, or at least half of one, and allow your soul to take flight like that cheerful little bird you've been secretly watching through your ... {more please!}

A Cozy Lunchbox: Asian Peanut Noodle Salad, Oodles Of Nutty Noodles For Lunch-On-The-Go

A Cozy Lunchbox: Asian Peanut Noodle Salad, Oodles Of Nutty Noodles For Lunch-On-The-Go post image

I would have to say that one of my all-time favorite things to enjoy for lunch is a chilled, Asian-style noodle salad. There's something so utterly irresistible and enjoyable about the slight chew from the cool noodles, the savory-sweet and fragrant sauce that they're drenched in, the crunch from the bright and colorful bits of veggies and peanuts, and the deliciously tender pieces of shredded chicken all tossed together to create a happy little lunch-time salad to go. And years ago, before I used to cook ... {more please!}