April Bloomfield, from whose book A Girl and Her Pig (Ecco 2012) this recipe is adapted, calls this hands-on salad "the claw" because it involves sticking your hands in the bowl and "smooshing and bruising" the ingredients to really bring out the flavors. The idea is to smoosh the cheese just enough that some of it gets creamy and thickens the dressing while the rest holds its shape — what Bloomfield calls "little nuggets of salty sharpness." Because radishes and butter are a classic duo and radishes are at their peak, this is a perfect spring salad.
About a year ago, my son came home from New York all excited about raw kale salads — the new hot thing. It had never occurred to me to eat kale raw, and I found it delicious and refreshing. Because kale is tough, however, you have to remove the woody ribs and chop the leaves fine. Then I discovered baby red Russian kale. It's all over this year's farmers markets, and while I still take off the bigger stems and chop a bit, it's not nearly as onerous a task as with the adult kale. Use walnuts instead of pine nuts, vinegar rather than lemon juice, whatever you like.
This salad, adapted from Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day (10 Speed Press 2011), is perfect when strawberries are at their peak, which would be now. When the season is over, throw in a few dried strawberries. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a perfect couple. Substitute good goat cheese for the Parmesan if you prefer.
"The real recipe behind this salad is the freshness and quality of the products being used," says Jordan Lloyd, chef/owner of the Bartlett Pear Inn in Easton, Md. Garnish with the suggested items or others of your choice, such as dried cherries, pistachios, walnuts, varied greens and garnishes. He says he likes the mild, fresh taste of English cucumbers.
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For years now, the Tea Party has held individualism up as the great American value. But Washington Post columnist and Georgetown University professor E.J. Dionne Jr. says that while Americans have always prized individualism, they've prized community just as much.
With the latest campaign dollar totals officially on the Federal Election Commission books, at least one thing is certain: President Obama will not have the huge spending advantage this November that he did four years ago.
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