Wednesday, July 1, 2009

slinging slaws + summer salads

green bean and cherry tomato salad

I had a terrific and by no means life-altering discovery this weekend — er, unless you’re me, and the concept of ‘having a life’ is an abstract one, at best — which was that my favorite dead-simple green bean and cherry tomato salad was even awesomer when made with (I hope you’re sitting down this, people) a mixture of green and yellow beans. Really!

green and yellow beanstomatoes and onion marinating

And I know, why on earth would I bog you down with my most snooze-worthy discoveries? Because yesterday morning when I received a call asking if I’d like to be on Good Day New York today demonstrating some July 4th-worthy salads and sides, my first thought was, “ooh, I can make the prettiest green bean salad!” Followed, of course, by “wait, I have like three hours of free time today and no groceries a doctors appointment and zillion things to do and even more things to cook and I’m overdue for a haircut and my fingernails look like they’ve been through a paper shredder and not a single cute dress to wear and zomg I am not ready for my closeup!“, or you know, the usual neuroses. I said yes, of course. I am pretty sure that’s what you’re supposed to do when a morning show asks you to be a guest, not that my life has given me a lot of practice pondering such weighty conundrums.

Thus, if you’re coming here today because you saw Deb and her double-chins on Good Day New York this morning, welcome! Here’s what else I showed off today:

watermelon and feta salad with chopped vegetables not your mama's coleslaw
Watermelon and Feta Salad with Chopped Vegetables Not Your Mama’s Cole Slaw
broccoli slaw roseanne cash's americana potato salad
Broccoli Slaw Roseanne Cash’s Americana Potato Salad

And here are ten additional recipes that I am certain will make you the hit of your July 4th bash, or heck, at least mine:

mediterranean pepper salad horseradish potato salad
Mediterranean Pepper Salad Horseradish Potato Salad
pesto potato salad with green beans black bean confetti salad
Pesto Potato Salad with Green Beans Black Bean Confetti Salad
summer panzanella grilled shrimp cocktail
Summer Panzanella Grilled Shrimp Cocktail
basting gazpacho salad
Hoisin Barbecue Sauce Gazpacho Salad
blueberry crumb bar bourbon peach hand pies
Blueberry Crumb Bars Bourbon Peach Hand Pies

And for those of you who didn’t get enough Smitten Kitchen video love last time, here’s this morning’s 150 seconds of fame (and lawsy, let’s hope I never make that face again):

Finally, stay tuned for the remainder of this week for more summery, bright foods — I just need to take a nap first, because as it turns out? Morning shows get started, like, really early in the morning. But when else do you get to watch Naughty By Nature sing Down With OPP before 9 a.m.? Obviously, totally worth it.


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