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TOMATOES AND OTHER FRUITS

Here are a couple of easy summer sides that may raise a few eyebrows – but stay with me – these fruits were meant to be together! Tomatoes and peaches, honeydew melon and green tomatoes – these are savory, tangy salads meant to stand up to the big flavors of barbecue and grilled burgers and steaks. They’re a welcome change from sliced tomatoes and melon balls. Make a double batch, because there’s never enough! Tomato and Peach Salad Serves: 4 […]

CHERRY AND GREEN ONION SALAD on Americas-Table.com
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CHERRY AND GREEN ONION SALAD

Food and Wine magazine is one of my favorite sources of inspiration for new recipes, and last summer they had an intriguing recipe for cherry and onion salad with an Asian fish sauce and vinegar dressing. The fish sauce was strong, but when I tried it with a simple balsamic vinaigrette instead, it allowed the cilantro, cherries, and onions to meld without overwhelming them with additional flavor. I loved it! It reminds me of the mango and black bean salad […]

GREEK RICE SALAD on Americas-Table.com
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GREEK RICE SALAD

I love a salad you can make a meal out of, and this rice salad will appeal to both vegetarians and meat-eaters. It’s simple, as things should be in August. Just the crisp, tangy ingredients of a Greek salad combined with cold, cooked rice. If you want extra protein, grilled salmon or chicken are flavorful additions. I had this salad three times over the course of the weekend: once with warmed pita bread for lunch, another time with grilled boneless […]

SIDE BY SIDES on Americas-Table.com
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SIDE BY SIDES

Really good vegetable sides recipes are easy to find these days. Here are two – one new, and one dating back to the Kennedy White House. Both are memorable. They’re the kinds of vegetable dishes that you’ll want to make again, and I especially love the history behind the endive recipe. I found it in a book called, “In the Kennedy Style,” by my old friend Letitia Baldrige. Tish was Jacqueline Kennedy’s social secretary and helped to bring high French […]

GRILLED POTATO SALAD on Americas-Table.com
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GRILLED POTATO SALAD

A barbecued rack of ribs deserves a strong accompaniment, a potato salad worthy of the name – redolent with smoky bacon and the sweet-sour tang of balsamic vinegar. This is a very masculine potato salad, if a potato salad can have a gender; it’s what you serve with a 20-ounce Porterhouse or a full rack of ribs, with an icy beer in a frosted glass on the side. This recipe is deeply flavored by herbs, sautéed green onions, and crisp […]