• Pasta,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vegetables

    Orzo and Vegetable Pasta Bowl with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Onions

    This time of year, there’s an amazing abundance of fresh vegetables, and it’s a great opportunity to get your children to try some new produce. Think about hitting a farmers market this weekend, and let your kids pick out something new to try. When you get home, make this recipe. With it’s grown-up and child-friendly versions, everyone in your house is guaranteed to eat dinner. The adults get to enjoy a delicious dijon vinaigrette while the kids sample the new vegetables with the buttery pasta they always enjoy. The slow-roasted tomatoes and onions are delicious, but this dish will be tasty even without them. Although they do take a while in…

  • Lunch,  Recipes,  Salads

    Dilly Chicken Salad

    Chicken salad with dill is just a summertime classic…ideal for a lunch at the pool, a picnic, dinner on the deck. Not only does dill taste like spring and summer to me, I always think of the first time I had chicken salad with dill. It was at Cafe Hon in Hampden. I know lots of people go for their comfort food, but for me, that chicken salad with the dill vinaigrette, it’s the only thing I’ve ever ordered. Don’t have any chicken? Try my fail-proof poached chicken recipe for tender, flavorful chicken every time http://gatherconnectempower.com/2016/06/poached-chicken/ Dilly Chicken Salad Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6 Consider this recipe your template for perfect…

  • Chicken,  Love your leftovers,  Lunch,  Recipes,  Salads

    Curry Chicken Salad

    Curry chicken salad…a marriage of my deep love of Indian food and good chicken salad. This builds on my classic chicken salad recipe with a few Indian twists. While deep in chicken salad recipe development a few weeks ago, I had a craving on my curry version, but not sure Jeff would like it, I still made a traditional one for him. Surprise! The person who claims not to like Indian food couldn’t get enough of this salad! Don’t have any chicken? Try my fail-proof poached chicken recipe for tender, flavorful chicken every time http://gatherconnectempower.com/2016/06/poached-chicken/ Curry Chicken Salad Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 6 You will notice that my chicken salads tend…

  • Recipes,  Salads

    Bacon & Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

    We love bacon in our house…me, Jeff, all the kids…it is consumed on almost a daily basis (I probably shouldn’t confess that). So how about bacon, shallots fried in bacon fat AND roasted beets? I don’t know about you, but for Jeff and me that equals food heaven! If beets are not in season feel free to swap in whatever vegetables are fresh at the market. You could simply slice the vegetables are add them to the salad, but consider roasting or grilling them, it adds a flavor dimension and textural contrast you don’t get from raw veggies. What makes this salad sing is the combination of the bracing vinaigrette,…

  • Asian,  Flavors,  Recipes,  Salads

    Asian Salad with Honey Bacon

    Bacon is big in our house, and while I love to add it to salads I had never thought of bacon in the context of Asian food. Inspiration struck while reading a Food & Wine cookbook – why not marry bacon with Asian flavors? With that idea I was off! Jeff says learning to cook bacon in the oven is one of the three most important things he has learned from me (I am absolutely serious). I choose to interpret the fact that this food lesson is in the top three as evidence of our shared passion for bacon. Once you have cooked bacon in the oven you will never…

  • Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Mason Jar Buttermilk Dressing with Fresh Herbs

    Any regular reader of WKC knows I am obsessed with my food processor. Not all of us have a food processor, and frankly sometimes it’s easier to just be simple – enter humble and wonderful Mason jar. One of my greatest pleasures is watching Ridgely run wild making a Mason jar dressing. She chops herbs and maybe a shallot, pours her oil and vinegars, shakes the jar and then the alchemy – a delicious vinaigrette! There are so many studies out showing kids are more bought-in when they have a hand in choosing and making a family meal. It’s not only being on-board with dinner, it’s that they are proud…

  • Mexican,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

    I was so blessed to spend a wonderful day last summer with two dear friends. Lyn and Melissa have been my friends since 6th grade, it was so special to get to spend the afternoon with them and have all of our kids – 8 of them – get to know each other. I love cooking for my friends, so I had to volunteer to bring some food. Lunch turned out great, and since we had all told our kids we were having “Mommy time” we were able to chat uninterrupted for 20 minutes at a stretch. Bliss! What a fun picnic table lunch and we even got to catch…

  • Italian,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Caesar Salad Dressing

    Salad dressings are one of my favorite things to concoct. I love the simplicity of the mason jar, the math of the oil versus acid proportion, and the transformation of a handful of herbs tossed into the food processor. Not only are they great on salads, vinaigrettes are one of the fastest ways to answer the what’s for dinner question – marinate a protein in the yummy dressing you have in the fridge and you are halfway to getting a meal on the table. This vinaigrette is so easy to make, all you need is a handful of pantry ingredients and the secret ingredient – Greek whole milk yogurt. Caesar…

  • Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Creamy Feta Dressing

    A jar of this dressing in the fridge is a dinner investment. Drizzled over seafood or chicken this tangy Greek-influenced vinaigrette elevates a simple dinner into something special. Creamy Feta Dressing Author: Kate Wagner One of my favorite dressings! Try this with grilled chicken, seared fish, roasted shrimp…it’s delicious! Happy cooking! Ingredients 4 oz Feta 5 tbsp Red wine vinegar 2 tsp Garlic, minced 1 tsp Oregano 1/2 tsp Kosher salt 3/4 cup Olive oil Instructions In a food processor place all ingredients. Pulse to combine. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to 5 days. 3.3.3070  

  • Recipes,  Salads,  Vinaigrettes

    Creamy Herb Dressing

    Dressings with loads of herbs are just my favorite – the creamy yogurt, a touch of Dijon, chives, tarragon, parsley and cilantro. A food processor is really helpful here, you just throw everything in and pulse it up. This is type of food I want to eat everyday…delicious and healthy. Try this dressing on a salad or brushed on chicken or fish…a jar of this dressing in the fridge guarantees you have an answer to the whats’s for dinner question. Creamy Herb Dressing Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 2 1/2 – 3 cups These measurements for the herbs are just a guide – in a recipe like this you need to…