Spring Fever in January with Spinach Quinoa Avocado Orange Salad

My favorite way to dress a salad? It’s simple–olive oil and rice vinegar. It’s particularly delicious on this Spinach Quinoa Avocado Orange Salad recipe!

Spinach Quinoa Avocado Orange Salad

Years ago, my family moved up from LA to Oregon, when I was a baby. I’ve lived in the Rogue Valley for 52 years. Hard to imagine living in the same place for so many years, but it’s truly beautiful here in Oregon, and a great place to raise our kids. One thing I love about Medford is the early spring tease in January or February, when the temps get into the upper 60s. (My sisters with me in 1965–I’m the baby. By the way, I love the simplicity of mom’s “special things” in her hutch.)

When the sun’s out in January, there’s a lot to do in the Rogue Valley.

My late winter faves.

Hike – Stein Butte (it was sunny above the clouds!)
Walk Haggis (our Cairn Terrier)
Host a dinner party (I hosted 8 ladies last night)
Start cleaning up the back patio
Work in the yard/garden beds
Do some spring cleaning inside (I’m getting ready for a giant yard sale!)
Lunch in the park with a friend
Walk through Lithia Park (Ashland)
Dream about the garden (start thinking about seeds)

Weekly TV Dining with Friends and Skinnytaste’s Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower

Skinnytaste's Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower

Today’s Skinnytaste’s Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower is delightyfully delicious, roasted to perfection! Friends, for those of you who are social and love to go out with others, have you thought about watching your favorite television show with another couple, family, co-workers, neighbors—friend? Because of the cost of eating out, going out to...

Dinner Party Dishes and Cherry Pineapple Brownie Dessert with Walnuts

Cherry Pineapple Brownie Dessert with Walnuts

Today’s recipe, Cherry Pineapple Brownie Dessert with Walnuts, has all the ingredients to stock in the pantry for last-minute guests! One thing I’ve learned about entertaining is to never expect two dinner parties to be alike. There’ll always be different personalities–family, friends, people on the run, people who like...

Game Day Caesar Salad Bar with Homemade Dressing and Blue Diamond Almonds

Caesar Salad Bar with Homemade Dressing and Blue Diamond Almonds

This  Game Day Caesar Salad Bar with Homemade Dressing–with Blue Diamond Almonds–is a healthy way to serve your party guests! There are a zillion recipe twists on the Caesar salad, and most recently for a Game Day Party, I set out ingredients for a Caesar Salad Bar, and let...

To Be Loved and Known with Green Dinner Party Salad Recipe

Green Dinner Party Salad Recipe

I’m sharing some thoughts on relationships today, on how to be really loved and known, along with a Green Dinner Party Salad Recipe. “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly...