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A salad doesn’t mean a bowl of lettuce.

With summer right around the corner its time to push our winter stock pots and dutch ovens to the rear of our kitchen cabinets, and bust out the salad bowls.

The great thing about salad is its not just a bowl of lettuce. A salad can take many shapes, textures, colors and millions of variations.

Personally i prefer pasta salads with a variety of fresh vegetables, a little parmesan and mozzarella cheese, lots of Italian herbs both dried oregano and fresh parsley and chives.

So get creative next time you are making a salad, there are no rules get the kids involved. A tasty good pasta salad is a sneaky way to get them to eat more veggies too. And lets face it nothing beats a cool salad on a hot spring/summer day……
And thats ….
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Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

8 thoughts on “A salad doesn’t mean a bowl of lettuce.

      1. thank you for a great idea and really good info. (love your header photo – crisp and inviting) and keep the ideas coming, I’m a foodie. 🙂


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