Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Antipasto Salad

I have lots of favorite things, Vixen included (despite the bitter reality that she’s decided to stop downloading music again…) Any-who, among them, the unique flavors and textures present in delectable foods really get my smile going.

Can you imagine all your favorites in one place at one time? Enter: the great Antipasto Salad, inspired by one of my most-loved cookbooks, Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home. If you are a vegetarian, or even if you’re not, this book is full of marvelous meal ideas that I promise, will become staples in your meal plan after one taste.

In goes a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained. I could eat these by the jar-full (…and have been known to.)

Garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained (a sneaky way to get protein into my husbands belly, without using chicken.)

Don’t you just love Kalamata olives? They are available pitted through most grocers, which will save you a few precious minutes during the dinner rush. I also added Castlevetrano’s (those bright green goodies) and some capers.

Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (eventually Kev figured out my sneaky bean trick, but the good news is he ate them anyway!)

In with the tomato (chopped and seeded, of course…)

…red onion…

…and Feta cheese. Lots of Feta cheese. Yum. Squeeze in a lemon, drizzle on a touch of extra virgin olive oil and add freshly ground black pepper.

The best part about food is that we need to eat dinner everyday; that’s seven opportunities a week to feel inspired, create, and indulge in something fantastic.

This salad is now looking confused (all mixed up) and Me. Likey.

Served on a bed of lettuce for some crunch. Simple, satisfying, fresh and easy! All is well with the dinner world…now if I could just figure out what’s wrong with Vixen. Hmm.

iPod, AKA, Vixen Gets Fixed

Shopping makes me feel connected with personal expression, creativity, color and imagination. Even when I’m broke! I know a lot of ladies out there who agree with me on that (my husband doesn’t mind it either: talk about a match made in heaven.)

Last Sunday I was very concerned about my iPod (Vixen) as she seemed to be “feeling sick.” Now I consider myself pretty good at consoling babies when they’re cranking, or helping a friend through a crisis, but I don’t know where to begin with this tiny little electronic. She’s brilliant, really. She holds the power to make me dance, sing, feel sexy, run (almost unheard of for me), love, laugh and cry. So you can imagine how distraught I was at the thought that Vixen could be sick! I made an appointment at the Apple Store and took a windows-down road trip to Tampa with Kev.

Back to the shopping…I have been all over the place to outlets, the big apple, Boston. I have never seen anything like the International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa, Florida. It is breathtaking, really. The mecca of my shopping experience. I am talking Kate Spade, Crate and Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Williams and Sonoma (and more). I was in heaven. I love vintage and boutique fashion, too, but there’s something very satisfying about being in a place chocked to the brim with all the brands you love, advertisements, the whole bit.

Thank goodness for Ashley at the Apple Store because it turns out Vixen just needed to be restored. She’s been working like a charm ever since.

Did I mention I was broke? That didn’t stop us from indulging in a delicious dinner and hitting up a fabu bar called The Pub. The beer selections are outrageous. They even had Old Speckled Hen Ale on tap…a fave of ours which we fell in love with at Baba Louie’s in the Berkshires. It is so smooth and creamy with hints of caramel and butterscotch. (On a side note, we’ll be eating pasta and butter for a week, ha ha.)

It was completely worth it. Although those killer heels from Bebe are still sitting on the shelf.

A girl can dream, right…