Plated + Served: Our Salad Days…


It’s was so hot yesterday that the hens were laying hard boiled eggs… so along with everyone else, Mama headed to the beach for a potluck picnic.

This is when leftovers are a good thing, as my girl Martha would say.

My fridge was filled with vegetables and fresh herbs from Saturday’s farmer’s market, and I didn’t want them to go to waste. Farmer’s market produce doesn’t seem to last as long as the produce I buy in the supermarket. (Supermarket fruit and veggies are grown like female Eastern Bloc athletes once were: strong, sturdy and tough… built to last, but still reasonably good looking.)

Leftover quinoa, potatoes and steak help balance out my salad cache: Spicy Thai Beef Salad, Colonel Mustard Potato Salad, Summer Quinoa Salad and Cool Shrimp Salad.


I wish dinner could be this easy every night… but then that would take away the specialness of everyone coming together for a picnic on a warm summer night.

These are the evenings we’ll long for come January…






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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: