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Dinner Tonight? Simple Pantry Chopped Salad

When it is raining in Florida on a summer afternoon, the humidity is high and it is just steamy.  Grilling isn’t an option and often it is just a bit to hot to fire up the gas stove and, well, I often find myself craving a salad. 

Salads in the summer just hit the spot, cool and crisp lettuce topped with just about anything you have in the fridge or the pantry.  Last night we enjoyed a smokey grilled pork chop salad with raisins, freshly grated nutty goat Gouda and sharp cheddar, sunflower seeds and peanuts.

Mandarin Salad with Teriyaki Chicken

It’s a hot one outside today in Vero Beach.  Steamy after all the rain so I am inspired to cool us down at dinner tonight with a tangy salad with teriyaki chicken.  It is also a way for me to transform some dressing in the fridge into something new using some of my pantry staple Wildtree products.

Usually when I make this salad I used a peanut ginger dressing but today I am going to try something different.  I use 1/2 cup of honey balsamic dressing which is creamy with a sweet tang, similar to a creamy honey mustard.

Easter Leftovers Magic: Ham and Barley Soup with Potato Puree

Big holiday meals generally mean the fridge is crammed with leftovers for a week.  As I was cleaning up the kitchen after our Easter dinner last Sunday, I asked my husband if there was anything he was craving for me to make with the leftover ham.  His response: ham and barley soup. 
With that as an inspiration when I opened the fridge door and also perused the pantry to assess what else I could use up that would make a yummy soup. Here's what I came up with.

Potatoes, Take 2

Growing up on the farm as a child, our family was a traditional Midwestern "meat and potatoes" family.  Supper generally included potatoes as a side dish and mom usually made more than we could eat.  (I think this is something that I inherited from her!) 
As a result, I learned at a young age that leftover potatoes can be easily be turned into a whole new potato dish.  It also allowed mom to create a simple and speedy side dish that could be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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