Arugula with Grilled Fruit and Cheese

Arugula Salad with Grilled Fruit

This salad is a favorite of guest writer, Lauren Hidalgo, and is delicious when summer fruit is at its peak.  If you’ve never used halloumi, you are in for a treat.  This mild tasting Greek cheese has a high melting point that makes it perfect for grilling.  Look for it at Whole Foods or a market specializing in Middle Eastern foods.

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Springy Summer Rolls

Spring Rolls

Whether you call them spring rolls, summer rolls or even plain old salad wraps doesn’t really matter—unless you feel the need to be culturally precise.  Whatever name you choose, Vietnamese-style rice paper wraps are an irresistibly fun and tasty, hands-on approach to pushing fruit and vegetables.  Call it sneaky if you want, but what kid (or adult) doesn’t embrace the idea of choosing the food on their plate—and having the chance to play with it, too?  Pull out all the veggies, Mom.  This is the day you’ve waited for.

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Dadi’s Fall Chutney

This week my in-laws (known in Hindi as Dadi and Dada to our teenage girls) join us in the kitchen.  It’s always a treat to welcome more cooks into the action especially those that bring love and laughter, along with creative, tasty ideas.  There’s plenty of elbow room for all, along with knives and cutting boards. Great meals are guaranteed.

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