Lemon-Mustard Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

Well folks, it is officially picnic season, not to mention BBQ season and pool party season and dinner on the fire-escape season. Chances are, you’re going to need to bring some eats to a party or twelve this summer and I promise you, you want this recipe in your back pocket.

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Baked Falafel

April has been a doozy. Not one, but two bachelorette parties for two of my best friends. Neither of them in New York. Both of them in involving lots of good food and lots of good drink. I have nothing against fried food, but in the week and a half that separates the two parties, I certainly can’t be eating fried anything every day for lunch. Hence, the baked falafel.

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Mexican Chopped Salad

I’m just gonna come right out there and say it. This is one of my favorite salads of all time. I know, it’s a bold statement, but it’s been on my regular rotation for years now and every time I make it, I wonder why I waited so long since the last time. This salad has a little bit everything: earthy black beans, sweet summer corn, creamy avocado, acidic tomatoes, tangy feta, bright bell peppers, spicy, crisp radishes, and sweet, crunchy jicama, all bound together with a tangy and sweet, garlic and jalapeño-laced, lime-honey dressing. I mean honestly, what’s better than that.

Recipe after the jump…

Quinoa, Bean and Smoked Paprika Salad

I’m so over winter. I know, I know, we all say that. But I am. I can’t. even. handle. it.  The sweaters and the coats and the earmuffs and the socks. Ugh, the socks. My poor feet need breathing room; my toes need to mingle with the air. After a while, the lack of sunshine gets to you; not only is my skin so pale by mid march that I freakin’ GLOW in the dark, but my mood is anemic too. Vitamin D, where are you?

Away with you winter…

Mediterranean Barley Salad

The last couple months of the year are a precarious balancing act. How does one hit up 35 holiday parties, complete with indulgent food and overindulgent drink, and still manage to escape unscathed, at least as far as the scale is concerned?As far as I can tell, you can’t. Even this past week, before the Holiday wave had officially hit, there was a wine-and-naan-only dinner and a fried chicken and chocolate birthday cake fiasco. If you’re like me and have little-to-no self control around good food and drink, you’ll probably be feeing it come January. But what you CAN do is try your best to make those in-between meals as earnest as possible.