Posts tagged walnuts

Lemon Pesto Pop Chop Salad!

No, do not adjust your monitor – you read that right.  Have you ever said you wanted to drink pesto through a straw?  Well now you practically can.  This chop salad has carrots, walnuts, tomato, mozzarella, avocado, and romaine, and along with the lemon-pesto dressing, it totally POPs in your mouth.  Witness: Lemon Pesto Pop Chop Salad:

POP!  CRACKLE!  SNAP!  Wait a second, that sounds familiar...

POP! CRACKLE! SNAP! Wait a second, that sounds familiar...

And the best thing about this salad, is that most of the ingredients came from my Farmer’s Market!  All I did was chop and POP.  Come with me, young grasshoppah…

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Punky Pesto Pasta Party!

And now we have for you another Punky specialty!  Punky in its simplicity, Punky in its colorful fashion sense, and Punky in its POW flavor.  No need to stage dive to get your kicks here, just try my Punky Pesto Pasta Party!

My taste buds think it's gorgeous too...

My taste buds think it's gorgeous too...

Oh yes, this whole thing takes about twenty minutes – just the length of time you need to make spaghetti.  And it’s so pretty pretty and tasty tasty!  Savory pesto, smoky crunchy walnuts, sharp Parmesan, sweet tomatoes, and salty calamata olives – AND you can look at this pasta on your table and say, “You know, dahling, yooou look MAHVELOUS.”  This recipe is great for big groups or small intimate dins with PLENTY of leftovers.  And hey – it tastes just as good cold, so it’s a pasta and a pasta SALAD all-in-one!  Come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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Napoleon Dynamites! Plum Tomatoes, Seasoned Breaded Egglant, Pesto, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil

Yes, you heard me right.  These scrumptious layered belly-pleasers are called Napoleon Dynamites and almost EVERYTHING you need to make them comes from your local Farmer’s Market!  Need I say more?

The big version...

The big version...

The small version...

The small version...

 I am still trying to find the best way to “plate” these things – they’re downright messy once you get to presentin’ ’em.  But believe me, they make BEAUTIFUL COLORS inside your mouth!  We have here breaded, seasoned eggplant, layered with fresh buffalo mozzarella, fresh leaves of basil, garden vine tomatoes, PESTO, and if that all wasn’t enough, baked chopped WALNUTS on top!  I know.  I know.  Dynamite, eh?  Come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Chocolate-Walnut-Strawberry Cornbread

Oh yes, people, you heard right.  Who said cornbread is only for jalapenos and cheddar?  (Though stay tuned for that version as well…)  I present to you, my special CHOCOLATE-WALNUT-STRAWBERRY CORNBREAD for dessert!  (Or snack, or breakfast, or fine, dip it in chili if you must, but I won’t be responsible for the results.  And I really think that’s a bad idea.)

Are your mouths watering yet, babies?

Are your mouths watering yet, babies?

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