Summer Salads and Sides: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

I wish I had the olive toned complexion of a Greek or the shiny dark hair of the Lebanese. But mostly, I just wish I could eat and cook Mediterranean food every day of my life.  (Maybe with a sprinkling of sushi and Thai food every once in a while, just to mix it up.)  But in general, Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite!  The flavors and colors make my stomach growl and my eyes grow wide. Ya’ll, I eat far less meat these days than I have in the past, and there are some sad-sad vegetarian options and alternatives out there.  In my opinion, Mediterranean cuisine has the best…

Father’s Day and Hashbrowns

I was probably 16 or 17 before we ever actually celebrated father’s day.  Not because I didn’t have a father.  I do!  A great one! He wasn’t absent in mid-June each year by coincidence.  Every summer is the commercial salmon fishing season in Alaska.  So, it was just the nature of his industry.  His dad was in the seafood world, and his brother is too.  My dad would leave in mid-May for southeast Alaska and we all would follow as soon as school let out at the end of June.  We would return at the end of August and my dad would come home in Mid-september.  As a young kid,…
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