Radicchio and Orange Salad

December 24, 2013
Radicchio and Orange Salad | Magnolia Days

Mother Nature is a champion of incredible colors and textures. She is also a master of making imperfect patterns into visual perfection. The silhouette of a leafless tree is a timeless example. More examples are veining in marble, stripes on a tiger, and a spattering of clouds in a bright orange sunset sky. Certain foods […]

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Roast Beef Rice Noodle Salad for #WeekdaySupper

November 28, 2013
Roast Beef Rice Noodle Salad | Magnolia Days

You look at the clock and know what time it is. It’s mid-afternoon and before you know it you will be doing something about supper. It’s been a hard day and the idea of standing over a stove is not appealing. You are simply not in the mood to cook. Dining out is not an […]

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Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

August 20, 2013
Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad | Magnolia Days

The mall directory offered the same dining choices. Hopes of finding a new restaurant vanished. I stood there gazing up and down the list wondering if one would call out to me. The fast food court was quickly eliminated from the options. Full restaurants would take too much time. I opted for the least previously […]

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Salmon Spinach Salad With Orange Miso Dressing

August 13, 2013
Salmon Spinach Salad with Orange Miso Dressing | Magnolia Days

It took a split second. A glance to the side to check ingredients diverted my attention away from the task. Onions were sliced and sitting in a bowl next to the cutting board. Jalapeño peppers were to join them soon. A smash on the knife blade crushed the garlic clove. The peel released easily and […]

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Spicy Thai Beef Salad for #SundaySupper

August 11, 2013
Spicy Thai Beef Salad | Magnolia Days

It’s interesting how a road can hold so many memories. A drive in a city nearby flooded my mind with thoughts of people, places, and events of long ago. Familiar places still existed and yet others were gone or replaced. Where I had my first job was unchanged. What was a bakery is now a […]

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Asian Peanut Dressing

August 6, 2013
Asian Peanut Dressing | Magnolia Days

A stack of papers sits on the counter by the fridge. It is next to a pile of magazines, calendar, and notes. It all gets shuffled around and hidden when guests are expected. The same counter serves as a beverage area when entertaining. A tub of ice, glasses, and assorted beverages take the place of […]

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Southern Tuna Salad Sandwich

July 18, 2013
Southern Tuna Salad Sandwich | Magnolia Days

Growls from my tummy alerted it was lunchtime. I opened the refrigerator door to find empty shelves and an array of condiments. Nary a piece of lunch meat was to be found. A few lettuce leaves were alone in the produce bin. Procrastination of grocery shopping had finally caught up with me. A few steps […]

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Thai Noodle Salad With Shrimp

July 16, 2013
Thai Noodle Salad With Shrimp | Magnolia Days

The bowl of green peppers was sitting pretty on the kitchen counter. The harvest from the jalapeño plant was a trophy of the success of my garden. Those peppers quietly called out to be used. Morning brought the surprise of a color change. One of them had transformed from green to red. The now colorful […]

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Farro and Fruit Salad for #SundaySupper

June 9, 2013
Farro and Fruit Salad

Oh those long ago simple summer days. A visit from my aunt, uncle, and cousins always meant some type of special summer dessert or treat. My dad and uncle would hand churn ice cream. Or my dad would have a watermelon chilling in the refrigerator. He had a knack for picking out a perfect melon. […]

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Roast Beef Pasta Salad for #WeekdaySupper

June 4, 2013
Roast Beef Pasta Salad | Magnolia Days

Orecchiette had been hanging out in my pantry for far too long. The ear-shaped pasta whispered “cook me” many times. Thoughts of it tossed with sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and rapini cascaded through my mind. The all too familiar preparation did not lead to excitement. It continued to sit in the corner. A recipe search lead […]

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