Roasted Cauliflower & Hazelnut Salad

 

This recipe is a good example of how cooking from Jerusalem introduces you to new combinations of ingredients. Allspice? Celery? Pomegranate seeds? Together? Even with the substitutions I made below, this salad surprised me with how good it is. Should I ever come across sherry vinegar and remember to buy maple syrup, I’ll let you know how the actual recipe turns out.

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New Orleans

I’ll cut to the chase: New Orleans is a fantastic, vibrant city that should be on your short list of fun weekend getaways.

While we went mainly for the food and drink, I was really impressed with everything else the city had to offer. We wandered around antique shops in the French Quarter and the art galleries on Royal Street (my favorites were the Dr. Seuss exhibit at the Angela King Gallery (check out the unorthodox taxidermy) and the Tresor Gallery where Graybeard bought me this amazing necklace for my birthday). We stumbled upon Dr. Bob’s Folk Art and the Piety Street Market as we walked through the Bywater neighborhood. We explored shopping on Magazine Street, the sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Greenwood Cemetery. We enjoyed street performers on Royal Street and jazz on Frenchmen Street. And in between all of this we ate delicious food and drank delicious drinks. 

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Make New Friends But Keep the Old…

Last weekend I hopped a plane to New York to visit my best friend from high school. Heather and I met on the first day of 7th grade when we mixed up our identical purple Trapper Keepers in Mr. Loucy’s science class. I imagine that this is a fairly common “how-we-met” story for anyone who was alive and in junior high in the ’90s.

We haven’t seen each other in years, which is an unfortunate side effect of our busy lives and the 3,000 miles that separates us. The last time we got together each of us was covertly dating a man who would eventually become our husband and I went directly from the club to the airport. 2009 was a good summer.

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