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!}

Cozy Cameo: Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Honey Crisp Apple

Cozy Cameo: Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Honey Crisp Apple post image

It was love at first bite the first time I tasted a fresh, Honey Crisp apple some years back. I had never heard of this type of apple, but the name alone sounded absolutely mouthwatering and enticing. Firm to the touch, it had a distinct, satisfyingly crisp snap that was unlike any other apple I had ever bitten into; and the fresh, perfectly sweetly tart juice was so abundant that it dripped down my chin without my even minding it one little bit. Glorious! Each bite ... {more please!}

Cozy Cameo: Parmesan-Crusted Chicken With Kale And Chard Greens, Clean And Green

Cozy Cameo: Parmesan-Crusted Chicken With Kale And Chard Greens, Clean And Green post image

How is it that so often the most simply prepared and presented dish is also the most worthy of savoring? How is it that healthy can be so utterly divine? It seems that the fewer ingredients a dish has, the cleaner and more nuanced the flavors are, and the experience of eating it that much more enjoyable to the one partaking. Natural, fresh, whole food is absolutely stunning to look at; it’s alive and vibrant. And what it brings to the body is exactly what is ... {more please!}

Cozy Cameo: Sweetly Savory Chicken Salad, and The Possibility Of A Picnic

Cozy Cameo: Sweetly Savory Chicken Salad, and The Possibility Of A Picnic post image

I’ve been dreaming of a lazy, mid-morning picnic for the longest time now; dreaming of sitting legs-crossed, feet bare on the comfy-cozy set up of a soft blanket laid carefully on the cool, yet slightly damp grass. The romantic in me simply adores the activity of packing up a little basket of various goodies and taking it along with me for a leisurely little outdoor eating experience in a quiet park, or on a gently sloping green hillside under the protective shade of a wise old ... {more please!}

Cozy Cameo: “Hail, Caesarina!”

Cozy Cameo: “Hail, Caesarina!” post image

There was a scrumptious little pasta salad Caesarina was her name She was the twin sister to the classic salad, Caesar Which was made with all romaine Caesarina was a bit milder In manner she was meek Where Caesar would be bold and shout Caesarina would softly speak She contained the essence of Caesar’s best features The Parmesan, the garlic, the lemon, the zing But raw egg and anchovies were out To those only Caesar would cling Caesarina favored tender penne instead And flavorful mixed baby ... {more please!}