I've been feeding my kids Chicken Rice Soup for as long as they've been eating food. It is an easy double win for me: quick to make out of leftovers and they will always have a bowl. But this time I changed it up and used farro instead of rice.
This salad comes from the days of castles and knights in shining armor - the fourteenth century, or 1390 to be exact. It is surprisingly modern and you can find something similar on the menu of many San Francisco restaurants right now: the ingredients are fresh, simply prepared and able to speak for themselves through a light dressing.
Homemade salad dressing is a particular passion of mine. Usually quick and easy to make from a few pantry ingredients and whatever fresh herbs are in the CSA box or growing out in the garden, it is almost always better than anything I can purchase pre-made from the store.
Finding a protein-rich snack that is delicious, healthy, easy and adored by my incredibly energetic children has been no easy task. They don't like cheese sticks (which is fine, I don't like the packaging), won't touch tofu (no big surprise there) and will only eat a few unsalted nuts before they claim to be full and demand something else.
Back in 2013, Liza Shaw joined me at Food Lit to discuss Charlotte Druckman's Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen. Since then Liza has taken on more heat by opening Merigan Sub Shop and was recently featured in the Chronicle's food section. My family loves beans and greens are often in our CSA box, so I had to try her recipe.
This recipe is quick and easy, and it got both of my children eating beets. Last week my daughter came home raving about the delicious beet latkes her garden class made in school that day, so I had to try them at home. She was right, they are very good. Thanks to @EducationOutside for helping my kids learn to love real, healthy food!