Marinated Kohlrabi Salad

by kara on June 28, 2012

Kohlrabi is already popping up at farmer’s markets this year.   Kohlrabi (a “cabbage turnip”) was bred from a wild cabbage plant. Wondering what to do with this strange looking vegetable?  I was a bit afraid of kohlrabi until I saw Chef Stewart Woodman ( do a demo at Kingfield Farmer’s Market a few years ago.  I watched him make […]


Mediterranean Kale Salad

by kara on March 23, 2012

Does this salad look like spring or what?!  I’m saving my soup and chili posts for rainy days.  It’s just too hot and balmy here in Minneapolis to think about anything other than light food.  I’ve mentioned before about my love affair for kale.  It’s so versatile and crazy good for you. My friend Dana introduced me […]


BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Creamy Coleslaw

by kara on July 21, 2011

 Whew!  It’s been so hot this week in Minneapolis.  I’m not going to complain since our winters can be challenging, however, our a/c decided to malfunction during the heat wave.  Needless to say, we didn’t do much grilling outside or cooking inside.   My slow cooker is always the appliance of choice when the weather heats up.  This […]

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Nutty Cabbage Salad

by kara on June 12, 2011

My mom is famous for bringing her Nutty Cabbage Salad to bbq parties.  This salad is light, colorful, and compliments whatever kind of meat is on the grill.  It takes just a few minutes to prep and tastes best if marinated overnight.  I brought this salad to our friends’ housewarming bbq party on Friday night. . . in the rain.  And […]


Hot Chicken Salad

by kara on May 2, 2011

Each spring, I start to crave my mom’s recipe for Hot Chicken Salad.   Over the years, I’ve made it a little lighter and added more seasoning.  It’s the perfect main dish to make on a week night, particularly if you boil the chicken the night before.   I often serve Hot Chicken Salad with a side of green vegetables […]


Killer Salad

by kara on November 16, 2010

We had my in-laws over for dinner the other night.   Janet brought  “Killer Salad,” a recipe given to her by her dear friend, Ellen Knutsen (who lives in Bismarck, ND).  This salad truly speaks for itself.  It really is a Killer Salad.  Serve it at a holiday meal, and your guests will love you.  It’s on my Christmas […]


German Potato Salad

by kara on November 3, 2010

When I was growing up, German Potato Salad was often served at family get togethers.  As a kid,  I didn’t like it as much as the average mayonnaise-mustard laden variety.   My palate has changed, and I thought I’d try and make it as a side dish with brats and sauerkraut.  I discovered a few recipes from distant […]


Cucumber Salad

by kara on August 12, 2010

I used to work with an Egyptian coworker/friend, who always brought her Cucumber Salad to potlucks at work (and this workplace revolved around potlucks).   Loved it. Whenever I’d ask her for the recipe, she’d say,  “I just throw cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, dill, salt, and vinegar together. ”  Somehow, I had forgotten this recipe until this week.  The […]