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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stone Fruit Salad

I've heard the first rule of potty training is 'don't tell anyone'. You'll avoid the competition, unsolicited advice, and need to provide constant progress updates. I'm not doing so well with this first rule. I've told some friends and family that we're working on the potty today and now I've gone and mentioned it to you all. Oops.

But I'm not too worried about the competition, unsolicited advice, and progress updates. We'll just see how it goes. At first I was terrified about being home all day sticking close to the potty. Dylan and I have gone out everyday since he was probably five days old. We like to do stuff, explore, go places.

But there's been a shift in my view. Sad news has made me slow down and really, I mean really, enjoy what I have, feel lucky for it, and savor it. Suddenly staying at home with my boy all day sounds like the greatest gift.

Stone Fruit Salad 

This is less a recipe than an idea. You should experiment with stone fruit in your salads. By stone fruit I mean plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and fresh apricots.

Pick a dark green, a cheese, an onion thing (shallot, chives, scallions), a nut, and a stone fruit and try it. I think you'll like it.

4 cups arugula
2 plums, sliced thin
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
big handful walnuts, toasted and chopped
big handful feta cheese, crumbled (leave out for vegan)

4 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper

Easy. Whisk vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper together. I like a thicker acidic dressing on this salad. Then simply toss everything together and serve it up.

Ps. I hope you had a great Labor Day. We were in Truro with the cousins. Dylan is obsessed. In his world there is nothing cooler than a 4 year old girl.

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