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Recipes: Salads and Slaws

Peachy Keen Chicken Salad

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Chicken Salad Days A few weeks ago Julia Moskin wrote an article in the New York Times about chicken salad and Southern luncheons. I love chicken salad — as do many Southerners. It most often contains mayonnaise, which is not merely a condiment in the South. Mayonnaise is more like a food group for my… Read more »

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Fresh, Easy Asparagus Lemon Salad

“Hadley Grass” Funny how things work. I never really cared for asparagus, and now that I’m in prime asparagus country, where it’s known as “Hadley Grass” in Western Massachusetts, I can’t get enough of it. We’re having it every night for supper and eating the leftovers for breakfast and lunch. Coming to love asparagus makes… Read more »

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Cooking with Basil: Pick it Fresh!

There’s nothing like the aroma of basil. It is the herb that most heralds that summer is in full swing. Perhaps because it requires bountiful sunshine and seems to thrive in the heat. Basil is often associated with Mediterranean cooking, but basil is native to India and Asia as well as parts of Africa. The… Read more »

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Awe, Gratitude, and Rooming with Julia Child

L»R: Julia Child, Nathalie Dupree, and a young Virginia Willis Meeting Julia Child The first time I actually met Julia I was completely awestruck. My mentor Nathalie Dupree and I were attending a media breakfast event at Food Network. (The very, very first time doesn’t count. It was a booksigning and I was struck dumb… Read more »

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