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by Caitlin Saniga

Feta-dill chicken salad in pita pockets

Faithful, long-time blog readers may recall a certain $6 Snack post I wrote that featured hummus from Aladdin’s in Akron, Ohio. Hummus is my favorite appetizer to order whenever I’m home and in the Aladdin’s neighborhood. But the chicken salad pocket is my favorite entree. It has a distinctly Mediterranean taste to it — from what I guess to be feta, lemon and tahini. Toasted almonds are nice touch, too. Here’s my attempt at recreating the chicken salad, and I think it’s a close match.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Gingery heirloom tomato salad with watermelon, mozzarella and arugula

This is an upscale restaurant-quality dish, made especially wonderful by the umami ginger dressing. You’ll have fun creating new flavor combos with each bite and want to lick the plate clean when you’re done.


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by Sarah Steimer

I could see this sandwich at a cool, modern diner. It has all the American classics - green beans, hard-boiled eggs, creamy dressing - all thrown up in the air and tossed in a brand-new way.

I could see this sandwich at a funky, updated diner. It has all the American classics — green beans, hard-boiled eggs, creamy dressing — all redone in a modern fashion.


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by Sarah Steimer

I've had a few friends day they're not big fans of mayonnaise (hey, I'll freely admit I like a good mayo), so I've been keeping an eye out for a good mayo-free egg salad.

I’ve had a few friends say they’re not big fans of mayonnaise (hey, I’ll freely admit I like a good mayo), so I’ve been keeping an eye out for a good mayo-free egg salad. Nailed it on my first try!


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by Caitlin Saniga

Use herbs to the max in this recipe. I chopped up about a cup of parsley, basil and chives for each serving.

My recommendation: Use herbs to the max in this recipe. I chopped up about a cup of parsley, basil and chives for each serving. My plate probably had 1-2 servings of vegetables by the time I tossed everything together.


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by Caitlin Saniga

Thai coconut-cashew rice with bits of roasted pineapple

My family spent a couple of weeks in Thailand visiting my aunt and uncle when I was a freshman in high school, and since then that time has come to be known as The Trip of a Lifetime. I think Grandma may have even used that as the title of her photo journal of the trip. Point is: I’ve never been on a vacation like that one. We rode on more than 10 forms of transportation (airplane, speedboat, tuk-tuk, elephant … ); watched the sunrise from a small, remote island; toured temples of gold, emerald and broken china; and we ate some amazing food. Most notable, perhaps, was the availability of fresh fruit in Thailand. I drank a fruit smoothie with almost every meal, and we’d stop at roadside food vendors for small plastic bags of fresh pineapple or melon on long skewers. One of my favorite Thai dinners was a rice dish that included cashews, vegetables and sometimes chicken. It was simple, filling and not at all spicy, which was important at the time. When I prepare this dish, I’m reminded of some of my favorite food memories of Thailand.

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by Sarah Steimer

This spread is fantastic. Bill and I actually used the leftovers on a fresh baguette, along with a few thin shavings of Parmesan.

This spread is fantastic. Bill and I actually used the leftovers on a fresh baguette, along with a few thin shavings of Parmesan.


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