Most people would think that I am crazy, but I love to escape in my kitchen.   However, with toddlers running around it’s tough to do.  So I steal away any moments I can to whip up a quick salad dressing or marinade for chicken, tofu or an occasional steak.  Some of my most special private culinary moments are brief intervals spent chopping basil for my pasta sauce or rolling the shells off of my hard-boiled eggs.  I try to embrace the moments when I concoct new flavors for the next meal  (in our house meals are always top of mind!)  

Although I am always trying to teach my kids about food and how t0 make the basics, it’s nice to have my time  in the culinary abode.   I have what I call “Rendevouz Recipes”, which I turn to again and again – they soothe, calm and focus me until my next solo adventure in the kitchen.  

Siesta Salad (a naptime favorite!)

1 1/2 cups mixed greens or arugula

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped marinated artichokes

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (from my backyard)

1 tablespoon slivered almonds

1/3 avocado, diced

Dressing  ( I love honey mustard, but make whatever you like!)

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

1 clove garlic, minced

Pinch of salt and pepper  

Toss together all salad ingredients.  Make the dressing in a glass jar and shake or whisk in glass or stainless steel bowl. Drizzle over the salad and enjoy! 

Let me know how you savor your quiet kitchen moments…I’d love your secrets.