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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Salad Days

The chilly days of autumn are the perfect time to enjoy delicious soups and stews and chowders, but a warm salad can also be a tasty lunch or dinner.
It seems that once the weather turns, I am perpetually cold unless I’m standing in front of a crackling fire or warm oven, so the idea of a crisp, chilled salad leaves me, well, cold.  Hence, the Town and Country Mom Warm Vegetable Salad.
Pour approximately two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, and add chopped garlic, if desired.  Next, add your favorite red, yellow, and green vegetables, and saute until slightly carmelized.  I like to use red and yellow pepper strips, chopped red onion, and tiny baby carrots and broccoli florets.  Halved grape tomatoes would be great in this, as well.IMG_2670 While the vegetables are cooking, wash and dry your favorite mixed greens.  Place the desired amount of greens on a dinner or salad plate and sprinkle with a few crumbles of feta cheese.  Drizzle lightly with a vinegar-based dressing and top with the warm vegetables. IMG_2671 This makes a wonderful, healthful, and filling meal— that, I hope, will help offset the rich foods and treats that are just around the calendar corner!

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  1. You know how much I love salad. This is a lovely fall addition that I'll be trying out in the near future.

    Jo

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  2. mmmm...sounds great. And comforting. Its hard to turn to lighter foods in colder weather.

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  3. Oh, that looks delicious! I love the idea of a warm salad. Thanks for sharing...(I see we have the same transferware blue and white dishes. I love that pattern too!)

    H.H.

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  4. I love warm salads! For some reason we called them wilted lettuce salads when I was a kid. My favorite is a taco type salad. This is definitely the time of year for them- I'll have to remember to add them to my menus now!

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  5. Ohhh. Pour the dressing over the warm veggies - that will bring out the aroma even more! :)

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  6. That looks pretty darn delicious - I may have to borrow this recipe. :)

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  7. Great idea: warm salads! I must try that. As it is getting a little cooler!

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