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Category: Salads

Simple and Fresh Papaya and Avocado Salad

The first time I served this Papaya and Avocado salad was for my Cinco de Mayo Great 8 dinner in 1999 and I have continued to serve it quite often since. There are only a few ingredients and it is so fresh and vibrant in color; a fun salad to serve in the summer time or anytime!. When serving eight people it is also good to have recipes that are somewhat easy and can be prepared ahead of time. This…

Terrific Tomato Burrata Salad

Whenever I ask Joel what he wants for dinner, his response is almost always, “well, let’s grill something and make a salad.” Honestly, I get so tired of making a basic green salad. It is fun to change it up once in awhile and certainly easy to do. We both love love love tomatoes; add some burrata and well, heaven! Burrata, meaning “buttery” in Italian, is a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and…

Far Out, Man!!

We’ve been “Feelin’ Groovy” for 18 years! The Great Eight: Kyle and Joel, Anna and Vince, Jurga and Tim, and Phil and I have been sending happy vibes through Food, Friends and Fun, and we’ve been diggin’ every minute of it! Bingo! That’s it! We’ve got our theme… Far Out 60’s Dinner – The Hippie Years! As I’ve often said, once we choose the theme, the ideas, the look and the menu…

Psychedelic Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Another knock at the door, another Gr8 invitation is here. “Come on, Vince! We need to answer the door together! I can’t wait to see what the theme is!” Oooooh! “The Far Out Farinella’s Pad”…how fun! We are going back to the 60s and I get to bring a “Grass” Salad with Light Vinaigrette. I love doing salads because there can be a lot of creativity. My next…

Zucchini with Orzo, Dill and Feta

How’s this for a delicious go to dish?! Zucchini with Orzo, Dill and Feta! Warm or cold! Side dish or salad! I love how fresh the flavors are. I knew it would be a hit when I first stumbled upon it at www.countryliving.com It’s fast, fresh and easy! A bit basic on its own, zucchini gets pumped up in this dish with the distinct flavor of dill (which I LOVE!) and the added tang…

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