Plato’s Potato Salad Recipe – The Requisite Summer Cookout Side Dish

Potato Salad - better and cheaper than the deli

Bobbie says: Am I the only one who thinks a summer cookout just doesn't seem right without potato salad? Whether you're planning a barbecue for the July Fourth Independence Day here in the states, or planning a small family picnic; this easy potato salad recipe will round out the menu nicely. I had a fear of making potato salad for a while. … [Read more...]

Caprese or Sliced Tomato & Mozzarella Salad


Heather says: Sometimes recipes are so basic, so simple, so easy, that I forget to include them here on Home Ec 101. Insalata caprese is one such recipe. This recipe shines in the summer, when tomatoes are at their peak, but sometimes it just beckons in the depth of winter. If it's not tomato season, spend extra on the premium, locally grown, … [Read more...]

Cool as a Cucumber – 2 Quick and Easy Cucumber Salad Recipes

Cucumber Salad - make it pretty

  Bobbie says: Got cucumbers coming out your ears? Here are two very simple ways to enjoy that bounty: the vinegar-based Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad and a Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad with a yogurt or sour cream dressing. You've got better things to do than be in the kitchen all day, so try these quick-to-prepare salads. The tangy … [Read more...]

Simple Tomato Salad Recipe and Basil Chiffonade Tutorial

Tomato Salad - roll basil leaves

    Bobbie says: What's the best way to eat a homegrown tomato? 1) Open your mouth. 2) Take a bite. 3) Swoon. I'm totally serious, but you're probably looking for something just slightly more involved. Make a Simple Tomato Salad. The most basic version is merely to arrange sliced tomatoes on a plate or cut chunks of … [Read more...]

Last-Minute Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

Bean and Corn Salad - made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

Bobbie says: Have you ever been almost, but not quite, ready to serve dinner when a giant light bulb goes on over your head (so brightly that everyone in the room gets an instant tan) because you suddenly realized that all you actually have prepared for dinner is grilled chicken and potatoes? Or burgers on buns? Or...whatever and NOTHING ELSE? … [Read more...]