recipes under Pamela Salzman appetizer

whole steamed artichokes with tomato-basil salad

whole steamed artichokes with tomato-basil salad recipe
I remember the first time I ate an artichoke, I really ate the artichoke.  Or at least I tried to.  I had no idea that I was supposed to scrape the meat off of the leaves with my teeth and...

homemade Ranch dressing

homemade ranch dressing recipe (dairy-free and vegan-adaptable)
For all of you out there who were like me and just hoping for a good game last night, was that a disappointment or what?!  We started counting how many times someone in the room said, "Are you kidding me?!"...

mini potato broccoli cheese bites

roasted baby potatoes with broccoli and cheese recipe
Because I have no association with either football team in this year's Super Bowl, all I really care about is what we're going to eat!  I'm have no need to read the sports pages or listen to the experts,...

mini chicken tostadas

mini chicken tostadas recipe (vegetarian adaptable)
You guys know I love watching football.  However, I’m not such a fan that I’ll watch just any game with teams that I don’t care much about.  So unfortunately for me, this has been a very boring season.  All...

cauliflower crust pizza

cauliflower crust pizza recipe (grain-free)
I always spend Christmas week in New York with my family and it’s a great time catching up, celebrating and eating.  Eating a lot.  It’s a bit hard for me to follow my normal food routine when I am...

Hen of the Woods Mushroom Toast

hen of the woods mushroom toast recipe
I don't eat out that much, but one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles is Gjelina in Venice.  I would probably go there more often, but getting a table at a reasonable hour is impossible!  Before my first visit...

crunchy parmesan cauliflower | pamela salzman

crunchy cauliflower recipe
I have been really surprised by how many people have asked about this cauliflower recipe after seeing it on my Thanksgiving menu.  I'm only surprised because it's not fancy or interesting or all that different.  And it's not...

perfect avocado toast | pamela salzman

avocado toast
A perfect avocado completes me.  I have a mild obsession with them.  If you gave me a choice between mashed avocado on a piece of toast or an ice cream sandwich, I honestly wouldn't even think twice about it!...

shrimp salsa

shrimp salsa recipe
We had such a fantastic visit with my family on Long Island last week.  I know I've said this before, but I really adore East Coast summers.  The energy is just so amazing.  But I also love living in...

slow roasted tomatoes | pamela salzman

how to make slow roasted tomatoes
Someone leaked to Mr. Picky that in one of my recent posts I was guessing that he wouldn’t be showering regularly at camp.  It wasn’t a judgment on my part, just an observation from past history.  However, it seems...

mediterranean turkey and zucchini burgers

mediterranean turkey and zucchini burgers recipe
I'm a happy mama since I picked up Mr. Picky from sleepaway camp on Saturday.  13 days is just too long for me to be apart from that guy.  I have been enjoying all the stories, hanging on every...

Beet Green Crisps by Pamela Salzman

beet green crisps recipe
Daughter #1 is lucky enough to be attending a great high school summer program at an East Coast university for the next 6 weeks.  My daughter, Mr. Picky, and I are currently en route to get her there and...

Supersmooth, Light-as-Air Hummus by Pamela Salzman

supersmooth, light-as-air hummus
Why is the best hummus always in restaurants, especially Middle Eastern ones?  I think I make a delicious, flavorful hummus that has a great consistency and is better than the ones you find in the supermarket.  But, it...

Feta and Cucumber Dip by Pamela Salzman

feta and cucumber dip recipe
To me, Memorial Day weekend signifies nearing the end of school/beginning of summer -- an easier pace, a lighter workload, more time to relax with family and friends.  I am especially relieved for Daughter #1, who is a junior...

Tuna Patties by Pamela Salzman

tuna patties recipe
Everyone this week was asking about my Mother's Day and I realized I completely forgot to recount the day for my dear readers!  After all, it has been tradition the last couple of years that my husband and bother-in-law...

A lovely spring hors d'oeuvre!

minted sweet pea dip
In as much as I promote buying and preparing fresh produce, I really have no problem with using frozen sometimes.  Frozen vegetables are supposedly picked at their peak and frozen immediately, allowing less deterioration of nutrients.  I can’t, however,...

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kiwi salsa recipe
Have you ever looked at recipe and thought there was an ingredient that could be omitted no big deal?  But then afterwards you realize that maybe it was there for a reason.  I swear I don't think I zested...

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hot spinach artichoke dip recipe
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!   Even though you haven't heard from me in a few days, I have been cooking up a storm nonetheless!  We arrived in NY to visit my family and between Christmas...

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provençal goat cheese gratin recipe
If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have been wondering this week if I fell off the face of the internet.  Believe it or not, I went back to Europe!  Except this time,...

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gazpacho with avocado recipe
The kids are going back to school tomorrow, which means that my favorite season is UNofficially over.  No more lazy days and waking up late or reading for pleasure instead of for a test.  Back to making lunches at...

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grilled panzanella recipe
We are alive and well on our European holiday, although I may need a vacation after we return home!  We met our friends in Berlin a few days ago and have been having the best time.   What a cool,...

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nectarine and goat cheese salad with beet dressing recipe
If you don’t follow my Facebook posts or my tweets, you may have started to wonder if I got lost in a medieval castle somewhere between Germany and Russia.  Thankfully I didn’t, but our schedule has been so busy...

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eggplant caprese recipe
Ok, my kitchen is more or less back together except for a few cabinets, and I couldn't be happier.  Never mind that every other room in the house has its contents spilled out into random hallways or in the living...

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how to make pita chips
One of our favorite snacks is chips, whether it be tortilla or pita.  We enjoy them alone or more often as a dipper for spreads like hummus, white bean dip, tapenade, or my favorite -- "Greek...

Chickpea Burger with the Works

chickpea burger recipe
If I had to pick one cuisine to stick with for the rest of my life, it would be a tough a call.  But I could easily live off of Mediterranean food every day.  I love the emphasis on...

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kale pesto recipe
When I was a child, my family ate pesto all the time in the summer and early fall.  In fact, to me the smell of basil, garlic and cheese in the food processor is synonymous with warm, lazy...

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egg-free avocado caesar salad recipe
I hope you all had a lovely Easter or Passover holiday.  Ours was so nice thanks to my mother-in-law took care of the meal and all I had to do was show up with desserts.  But now I'm ready...

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spinach risotto healthy recipe
I had a bad day recently and what I really wanted to do was inhale a pan of brownies, but I had just published a post about how I beat a sugar addiction and I didn't want to...

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creamy miso-ginger dressing
When I was at Whole Foods the other day, at I was amazed by the dozens of people cradling ingredients for the big Cleanse.  I can't imagine choosing to drink lemon juice and maple syrup mixed with cayenne pepper...

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zucchini-potato latkes
So what does a nice Italian girl from New York make for her nice Jewish husband for Hanukkah?  Zucchini-potato latkes, of course!  Believe me, you don't have to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy these little patties.  Grated potatoes mixed with...

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creamy white bean dip with roasted garlic
Do your kids ask you for things at the last possible second even though they have known about whatever it is they need for weeks?  My husband does this, too.  "If you knew last Friday that you would need...

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mini-empanadas with mixed greens
Well, like it or not, it's officially holiday season!  Even though there's so much to love about the holidays, I just wish it didn't all happen at once.  Do you ever have that feeling?  But one thing I truly...

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zucchini-gruyere tart
Do you remember the first cookbook you ever bought?  Not counting the Calling All Girls Party Book in second grade, I bought my first cookbook with my own money in 1987, the year I graduated from high school.  My Aunt...

pasta alla checca (raw tomato sauce)

pasta alla checca
When people tell me they don't know how to cook, I know what they really mean.  They mean to say they don't know how to cook well off the fly or they don't have a deep repertoire of dishes...

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hummus 4 ways
I was talking with my summer intern Hannah about how much I love hummus and how easy it is to make.  I think I have been making my own hummus since before she was born, but the last couple years...

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grilled corn and black bean salsa
I live in Southern California, where the seasons are like salsas, mild or hot.  No one is complaining here.  I love living in a place where the weather doesn't pose a challenge -- isn't life challenging enough?  But I...

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asparagus salad with feta, walnuts and mint vinaigrette recipe
A great salad is part perfectly fresh and delicious ingredients and part winner dressing.  And the simpler the better.  But salad monogamy is not something I believe in.  There shouldn't be exclusivity with salad combinations and dressings.  A good vinaigrette...

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swiss chard frittata recipe
The conversation went like this:  Daughter #1, "I don't like eggs." Me, "Did you change your name to Sam-I-Am?  You do like eggs." Daughter #1, "You're not funny.  No, I don't."  Me, "You like frittatas, so you like eggs." Daughter #1, "That's different." Really?...

perfect guacamole

guacamole and baked tortilla chips recipe
Do not be under the misconception that because I teach people how to cook healthful food that I myself eat only whole foods all day every day.  Didn't you read about my 90/10 plan?  90% of the time...

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butternut squash, beet and apple skewers recipe
I used to struggle coming up with an hors d’oeuvre that was tasty, fresh and didn’t contain tons of dairy.  Have you ever noticed the popular hors d’oeuvres that show up at every cocktail or dinner party – there’s...

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muhammara recipe (turkish red bell pepper and walnut dip)
I know those holiday parties are coming up and I thought another hors d'oeuvre post would be helpful.  My good friend Cheryl gave me this recipe.  She is an outstanding cook and everything she makes is a home run.  I...