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Red Bean Salad served with a Spicy Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe

Red bean salad is such an easy dish to make. All you have to do is toss some red kidney beans, shredded pickled carrots, corn kernels and other colorful veggies and you're ready to please a large crowd. It's an especially good complement of proteins for vegetarians. Just serve with crostini (thinly sliced grilled bread drizzled with olive oil) or garlic bread (for the carb) and you're ready to go.

I got inspired by Chrystal and Amir, the wonderful folks from The Duo Dishes.  They created an amazing flavorful spicy cilantro vinaigrette that I thought would go perfectly with my salad.


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Tarragon-flavored Grilled Vegetable Party Platter Recipe

Tarragon is a wonderful perennial herb. Last year, I was telling Lulu my wish to add tarragon to our herb garden. We were clueless about how to plant it. First, we made a big mistake when we bought Russian tarragon, which is very weak in flavor. The best is the French variety, but of course it is . It has a nice anise, "licorice-y" flavor. Anyway, now we have 4 beautiful French tarragon plants that are very vivacious. We have so much that I came up with a recipe for grilling summer vegetables that uses tarragon in two ways; first on the grill while I'm grilling the vegetables, and second as a tarragon-flavored vinaigrette. The result was, surprisingly, very nice.

I need some more ideas on how to use all the tarragon left I have. I'm open to any suggestions. I'll try to make your recipe and post a picture.


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Red Cabbage Salad with Poppy Seed and Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette Recipe

The crunch, the color; everything about this dish screams summer. Shredded red cabbage is a real eye grabber, and the vinaigrette helps brighten up the flavor of the dish. I flavored the vinaigrette with mustard, pickled garlic, sugar and a little sour cream for a velvety texture. I was inspired by my butter chicken recipe, where I fried onions, drained the oil, and mixed in sour cream. You don't have to add sour cream to the vinaigrette, but otherwise it's too healthy.


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Vegetarian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Vegetarian Orzo Pasta Salad

05.25.09 by Jackie

Orzo is a rice shaped pasta that is very convenient for making salads. Just dice all the vegetables the same size as the orzo grains, add a vinaigrette, and you're all set. If you need meat in your meal, diced smoked turkey is a healthy and tasty option.

The reason I made this is that Lulu's family organized a fun picnic for Memorial weekend in Big Basin. It was a pot luck, and I volunteered to make the veggie dish. The orzo pasta salad is easy to make and easy to transport, which are both important considerations when you're planning a picnic. Just drizzle the vinaigrette when you're ready to eat.  Make it for your next family picnic or barbecue; it's guaranteed to be a hit!


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Grilled Tri Tip Sirloin Beef Steak Recipe

I love steaks. I'm a total carnivore, but I don't get to eat them that often because there are so many vegetarians in my house. Whenever we cook steaks at home, it's a special occasion (for me ).

I chose a tri tip sirloin steak because the meat is tender and very lean. There isn't a lot of fat on it for those of you who are health conscious (though red meat isn't that healthy to begin with - everything in moderation!).  It's also fairly cheap compared to other cuts, such as rib-eye. I grill it, then slice it thin and serve it with a salad. I love it.

Tri Tip Sirloin Beef Steak


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