Thursday, April 3, 2014

Foodie Friday -- April 4th

 Welcome to Foodie Friday, where great cooks share their recipes.

This morning, when I was walking the Yorkies, I was lost in my thoughts. Then I noticed that my pansies had bounced back after the bitter winter, and I couldn't resist picking a few blossoms. I stepped inside and made a salad. Pansies are my favorite edible flower. Their velvety texture melts on the tongue, and the taste is fresh and subtle, almost oniony, but not quite. They will never overpower a recipe. 
 William Shakespeare probably wasn't handy in the kitchen, but he had the lowdown on edible flowers. Tucked away in Hamlet, you'll find this quote: 
"Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts."
 Pansy-Pistachio Salad with a Raspberry Vinaigrette
Fresh greens
Raspberries (or your favorite berry)
Organic pansies
Chopped chives
Chopped green onions
Chopped pistachios
Bottled or homemade raspberry vinaigrette

Assemble, drizzle the vinaigrette over everything, and enjoy. This salad pairs well with a roasted spring chicken or grilled salmon; but it's delicious by itself for a light lunch.
Printable Recipe

Let's take a look at Last Week's Most-Viewed Recipes.
If you are looking for a flaky, easy breakfast pastry, you'll love this recipe by Will Cook for Smiles.

#2 Recipes with Bob's Red Mill 
Cathy has made some divine recipes with Bob's Red Mill products--almond lace wafers; pear frangipani galette, and PB and J macaroons. 

#3  Three Ingredient Scones
Who can resist a scone recipe that calls for three ingredients? Don't the scones
look delicious?

Note: You are cordially invited to join the Novel Bakers for Beatrix Potter Week. It kicks off Monday, April 7th at Home Is Where the Boat Is and ...a quiet life. Jain, Mary Mc, and I will
share recipes and Many Bunniful Things. Hope you'll stop by for a visit.
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You can read a complete guide to this linky party HERE.  It's pretty simple. You don't need to "like" our Facebook page or be a follower of this blog to participate. Nor do you need to include a backlink or Foodie Friday button in your post. Add as many recipes as you wish, old or new. If you love food, we love you.
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Every Friday, we are joined at this big, virtual table--thank you for stopping by today. I'm grateful to all of you who spend your days cooking. I'm grateful to old and new friends who contribute recipes every week. I'm grateful to friends who leave a comment. I'm grateful for the silent folks, because you are brought here by your love of all things culinary. We are food people. And that's a marvelous thing. 
Until next time,

Have a great day!
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  1. Thanks for the party Michelle and for your sweet comment on my post :)
    As a vegetarian I'd eat this colorful salad every day
    Enjoy the weekend!

  2. Thanks for featuring my scones - crazy recipe, but it works!

  3. Another Foodie Friday, and I will be printing recipes! Your photos are amazing. Thanks for hosting.

  4. Thanks so much for the party! Your pansy salad is so beautiful and elegant! I actually have never eaten pansies but your salad is just beautiful (AND looks very tasty). I will pin it to try. Have a lovely night.

  5. That salad looks so pretty and very delicious! Love the quote from Hamlet too.

    Best wishes and many thanks for hosting.
    Natasha in Oz

  6. Your salad is a work of art! Especially sitting on that tablecloth which looks like a painting~my husband just asked me if I planted new pansies because all of a sudden mine have new life too! Happy Spring! Thanks Michael Lee

  7. your salad looks like garden art, a treat for the eyes and palate! gorgeous photos~

  8. Beautiful spring salad, that says it all! Thanks for a great party every week, I love coming to the farm.
    Miz Helen

  9. Fantastic colors in your salad Michael! Enjoy the flowers:@)

  10. Love the salad! Thanks for hosting!

  11. That has to be the prettiest salad ever. Thank you as always for a great party.


  12. Happy Foodie Friday and thanks for being our hostess. I sure hope my pansies have bounced back. Your salad looks so pretty. Flowers make everything special. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  13. That salad is gorgeous and I have never tried eating pansies! I really must try it!
    Thank you so much for featuring my breakfast pastry and thank you for another great party!

  14. It's been in the 80s the past few days, and my pansies aren't happy. Guess they won't last much longer. The salad looks like a painting. What a shot!

  15. Thanks so much for hosting this week! I'm in the mood for warmer spring weather, now! :)

  16. Happy Friday. Wonderful links today. Thank you for hosting.

  17. I always forget about edible flowers! I have tons of wild violets right now, I think they are edible too?

  18. Beautiful Salad!! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week-end.

  19. Dear Michael, Your salad is beautiful and perfect for spring! Thank you for hosting. Have a lovely weekend ahead. Blessings, Catherine

  20. Oh I adore your blooming salad, so beautiful and delicious too! Looking forward to baking with you next week and to see all your bunny fun :)

  21. Thank you so much for hosting. That salad is gorgeous!! Have a great weekend :)

  22. I made it, I made it! What a great party sweet lady! Thank you so much for hosting and having me.
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  23. Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend!

  24. Thanks for hosting. I just found your blog & I added you to my party list. Feel free to stop by my Friday T.G.I.F. linky party @