Cookbook author Mindy Toomay's blog about eating for health, cooking with spirit, and celebrating life in northern California. Here she dishes up food rants and raves, recipes, and plenty of kitchen wisdom.

By your own efforts, waken yourself, watch yourself, and live joyfully.
-- The Dhammapada

Why not make a daily pleasure out of a daily necessity?
-- Peter Mayle


Salad days

Last week was so busy that I didn't have time for cooking, much less blogging about cooking. So I made salads, lots and lots of salads.

Here's one: spinach, radicchio, cucumber, green onions. That jar is in the photo because I made the dressing by adding some apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper to an almost empty jar of pomegranate jelly. It's a great way to "rinse" the last bit of flavor out of the jar and adds sweet and fruity notes to the salad. Apricot and blackberry jams and orange marmalade are other preserves I've used to flavor salad dressing.

On the side: a slab of Suburban Bread generously smeared with herbed local goat cheese -- both items from The Cheeseboard, a genuine worker-owned collected in Berkeley. This is one of the very best foodie destinations in an exceedingly foodie city. Alice Waters' famous Chez Panisse, a world-class all-organic restaurant, is right across the street.

I'm hoping the coming week won't be so hectic, because I have a real cooking itch I'd like to scratch. Meanwhile...

Blessings and bon appetit!


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