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Arugulatastic Salad

Ahhh yes, it’s the quiet ecstacy of a weekday lunch at home. Arugula salad with grilled corn, black beans, pepper jack, walnuts, avocado, grape tomatoes and popcorn with parmesan peppercorn dressing. And Lebanese lentil soup from Chef Rita – my fabulous and gorgeous neighbor here on the Lower East Side. Aaahhh.

Arugulatastic Salad and Rita Soup

Otherwise known as “throw-it-in-a-bowl-and-dress.”  But let me say that the little extra effort to shave the corn off a cob and sauté it in butter and salt for five minutes will turn this salad into a taste sensation you think must be off the black market, it’s so good.  It makes your Muzak into Mick Jagger, your fish sticks into Katsu-ya sushi, your Bud Light into a Fat Tire, your… well you get it.

And yes, I did say POPCORN.  Newman’s Own microwave light butter flavor, to be exact.  Push the envelope people.  Pop the corn.  Trust Punky on this one – it’s like crack in your salad.

Does crack taste good in a salad?

Nevermind.  You know what I mean.

Serve and Enjoy!


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Salmon-Feta Salad: Introducing the Steve Lillywhite!

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but names of punk icons make for very good recipe titles.  I made this delicious salad on Friday, with smoked salmon, feta, Greek olives, cukes, shallots and lemon-olive oil dressing on a romaine “bed”, but I haven’t posted the recipe yet because I was stuck for a good title.  (And because the happy problem had an awesome gig in Santa Barbara Saturday night, might I add, which was great, but my computer and I were briefly separated.)  But now I proudly present to you: The Steve Lillywhite!

it's like a classic album in your MOUTH!

it's like a classic album in your MOUTH!

“Salmon Greek Salad?”  “Smoked Salmon-Feta Salad?”  None of them seemed quite right.  BUT THEN, back in Hollywood last night, walking from my parked car to my building with guitar bags, gear bags, merch bags, and toiletry bags hanging off my shoulders, and a Line 6 amp hanging from my right arm, I passed a red rental Toyota and who should be getting into it but Mr. Steve Lillywhite himself!  (I considered saying hello, but quickly took-in my bag lady appearance, and thought better of it.  You do not want to meet Steve Lillywhite when you look like a lost hippie from Venice Beach.  Just trust me on this one.)  So I let the man go, but at the same moment, quietly decided to name my latest salad creation after him in homage.  And WHO THE HELL IS STEVE LILLYWHITE?  You might well ask.  Well, he’s only the producer of classic albums by Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Psychedelic Furs, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Pogues, Simple Minds, Morrissey, Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Crowded House, Matchbox 20, and there’s one more that I’m missing.  Who could it be?  Wait, it’ll come to me.  Oh yeah —


Oh yes, Mr. Steve Lillywhite, a medium-height, friendly-but-cynical, handsome blond man, seen just last night getting into a red Toyota, is the esteemed producer of such legendary albums as “No Line on the Horizon,” “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” “Boy,” “Under A Blood Red Sky,” “Joshua Tree” and more.  So how appropriate to honor such unmatched greatness with a new SALAD?  (Sorry, Mr. Lillywhite.)  Come with me…

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Snappy Sweet n’ Salty Spring Salad!

Yeesss, Spring is upon us people, and nowhere is that more evident than at my local Farmer’s Market, where sugar snap peas were on the tables this week.  So, in honor of the ‘snaps, I bring you: Snappy Sweet n’ Salty Spring Salad!

I'm not sure what little animal I was trying to make on top there.  Maybe a fish?  Caterpillar?  Maybe just a feathered earring.

I'm not sure what little animal I was trying to make on top there. Maybe a fish? Caterpillar? Maybe just a feathered earring like your Anthropology professor used to wear. Either way, not very appetizing.

I am a HUGE sugar snap pea fan, and it’s one of the only vegetables that remains stubbornly seasonal.  Yeah you can get strawberries anytime of the year, and we pretend that leeks and potatoes are a winter thing, but we all know they’re just hangin’ happily in the produce section all 365 days.  But Sugar Snaps?  Oh no, people.  They are SPECIAL.  They do not let us in to their snappy, crispy, sweet little world unless they feel like it.  (And unless it’s Spring.)  So let’s celebrate the ‘snaps with this crunchy, yummy little salad!  I combined the crisp of veggies with the crunch of walnuts and pepito seeds, and the sweet of the ‘snaps with the smoke of the nuts and the salt of the… well, of the salt.  Come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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Black Bean Walnut Caesar Salad

Ahh yes, my punky lovelies! Here is a really quick, stupendously tasty salad with an extra kick of flavor. Witness: Black Bean Walnut Ceasar Salad!

Special surprise for your taste buds waiting inside...

Special surprise for your taste buds waiting inside...

Ahh, yes. Necessity is truly the mother of invention, and I stumbled upon this salad in one of my “Hmmm-what-else-do-we-have-in-the-kitchen?” moods. Well we had romaine, carrots, pepito seeds, cheese, and some Mexican Caesar dressing left over from the grocery store. We also had some black beans and I thought “Oh cool – protein,” because us vegetarians are always on the lookout for proteins, (even us fake, free-range-meat-eating vegetarians).

But we also had some WALNUTS left from the cornbread and the tricolore salad the other day, so I chopped ’em up and threw them in too, thinking, “Walnuts? Wow, I’m totally ruining this whole salad, but what the hell.” But THEN I ate a forkful and it was like BANG! POW! MUGGA MUGGA WOW WOW! This incredible nutty and sweet aftertaste hit me after the already awesome savory rich Caesar taste. Suffice it to say, I was in love… Read the rest of this entry »

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(Slightly) Spicy Tuna Salad with Avocado

Okay, here’s a little quick lunch for you: I call it (Slightly) Spicy Tuna Salad with Avocado:

Colorful and awesome, yes?

Colorful and awesome, yes?

Seriously, this one is so quick you’ll be like, “Oh.  That’s it?  Are you sure?”  YES.  I am sure.  Behold… Read the rest of this entry »

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Farmer’s Market Fresh Bean and Corn Salad

RECIPE: Okay, people.  When I said this stuff was easy, I wasn’t kidding.  Here’s your first recipe – Farmers Market Fresh Bean and Corn Salad.  Colorful, healthy, and easy.  Exhibit A:

Beany beany, corny corny...

Beany beany, corny corny...

And to break it on down for yo’ funky bad self:

Famer's Market Fresh Bean and Corn Salad.  UNGH, Baby!

Farmer's Market Fresh Bean and Corn Salad. UNGH, Baby!

I mean, seriously?  That’s it.  And most of this stuff you can get at your local farmer’s market, so I’m encouraging you to set your alarm, wipe off the hangover from Saturday night, and GET OUT THERE, PEOPLE! Read the rest of this entry »

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