Tony and Sarah Nasello
Quick salsas are a great way to bring a burst of summer flavor to your table, and with their mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, our Green Apple-Cucumber and Spicy Corn and Cherry salsas are the perfect partners for grilled meats, fish, salads, toast and tortilla chips. In our opinion, a quick salsa should be easy enough to make in less than 30 minutes, and feature a limited blend of simple ingredients. We follow a simple formula that enables us to create an endless variety of quick salsas and also use up any leftover fruit and vegetables on hand.
Strawberries are in season, and it is nearly impossible for me to resist picking up a pack or two (or four) from the large displays in our local grocery stores. While delicious on their own, I love playing with strawberries at this time of year when they are seasonally low-priced, perfectly sized and at their best.
FARGO — When I was growing up, you could always find a bowl of clean grapes in my mother's and grandmother's refrigerators during the summer months, and I've continued this tradition in my own family. We love grapes, but until a few years ago our experience with this sweet fruit was pretty limited — we'd either enjoy them raw and chilled by the handful, or in a more sophisticated state in a wine glass.
FARGO — I am rarely a breakfast-for-dinner kind of person. However, I can make an exception when it comes to omelets. Whether I'm pressed for time or just in the mood for a light supper, a "clean out the fridge" omelet goes a long way toward making me feel full and satisfied for the rest of the evening.
Summer is just around the corner, and that means the season for shorts and swimsuits is almost here. While we love pasta and potatoes (and you know we do), this spring we're turning our focus to recipes that will pack a big punch of flavor without pinching our waistline. Transforming a salad into a main course is a great way to achieve big flavor and healthy results, and our Mediterranean Steak Salad will do just that.
The girl in the photo on the pillow is Ruth, and she lives in Mwamba, Zambia. Ruth was 11 years old when this photo was taken last June, and she has just walked about a mile to this water hole to bring water back to her village. She will make this journey several times a day and will carry the jug back by balancing it on her head for the long walk home.
According to various online sources, today is National Chiffon Cake Day. Until recently, I had no idea that such a day existed, and I'm still not sure how this confection earned its national day of distinction. But if it means I have an excuse to bake (and eat) cake, then I'll happily wish folks a "Happy National Chiffon Cake Day" all day long.
FARGO — Every March when I was growing up, my mother would make several loaves of Irish Soda Bread throughout the month, and this is one of my favorite food memories from my childhood. Now that my parents spend their winters in Florida, it's up to me to carry on her tradition.
The official start of spring this year is March 20, and springtime veggies are already arriving at our local grocery stores, including our favorite, asparagus. How can you tell when a vegetable is in season? First, pay attention to what is on sale in the produce departments — you will often find the best prices for a vegetable or fruit when it is at its peak in terms of freshness and abundance.
Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent and, as a Catholic, I welcome this opportunity for reflection, atonement and spiritual growth. In my childhood I viewed this season only through the lens of sacrifice, a somber time where we were expected to give up something we loved for the 46 days of Lent, in addition to not eating meat on Fridays.