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A meatless take on the classic Wedge Salad.
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Veg(etarian)-Wedge Salad
I’m not exactly sure where or when the wedge salad was invented, but the combination of iceberg lettuce, creamy dressing, tangy blue cheese and crispy bacon seems like a quintessential American creation. 
While looking in my fridge one night, I spotted a number of Wedge Salad ingredients and started to get excited, until–oh wait, oh no!–I didn’t have any bacon. In search for a quick substitute, I found that I had falafel and thus a (meat-free) salad plan was hatched. To go along with my newly-inspired Mediterranean take on the wedge salad, I whipped up a feta-buttermilk dressing in place of the standard blue cheese dressing and substituted grilled romaine for the typical iceburg lettuce (I don’t think romaine is typically Mediterranean, but I just really like the chargrilled romaine flavor, so I went with it). 
GET THE RECIPE: VEGETARIAN WEDGE SALAD

A meatless take on the classic Wedge Salad.

judena20:

Veg(etarian)-Wedge Salad

I’m not exactly sure where or when the wedge salad was invented, but the combination of iceberg lettuce, creamy dressing, tangy blue cheese and crispy bacon seems like a quintessential American creation. 

While looking in my fridge one night, I spotted a number of Wedge Salad ingredients and started to get excited, until–oh wait, oh no!–I didn’t have any bacon. In search for a quick substitute, I found that I had falafel and thus a (meat-free) salad plan was hatched. To go along with my newly-inspired Mediterranean take on the wedge salad, I whipped up a feta-buttermilk dressing in place of the standard blue cheese dressing and substituted grilled romaine for the typical iceburg lettuce (I don’t think romaine is typically Mediterranean, but I just really like the chargrilled romaine flavor, so I went with it). 

GET THE RECIPE: VEGETARIAN WEDGE SALAD

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TGIF! Time to relax with a cocktail!

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CHILE-CUCUMBER MARGARITA WITH HIBISCUS SALT

Sometimes a main ingredient will inspire an entire recipe, while other times, all it takes is a single garnish to spark some inspiration. In this case, it was a gifted tin of Hibiscus-infused salt from Associate Food Editor, Ariana Phillips, that moved me to get my “mixologist” on.

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Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Desserts

Now we know just as much as the next person that leftover Girl Scout cookies are hard to come by. However, if you’re up for the challenge of saving a couple cookies—dare we say a whole box—we’ve got three over-the-top delicious dessert recipes that we promise will be well worth it as a reward!

Click here for all three ideas or watch Rachael and our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell, make our Shortbread/Trefoils Apple Crisp on the Rachael Ray Show (above).

Would you rather paint eggs or your nails for Easter?

I don’t fancy myself an artist, so painting my nails is the probably the only time I get my “Picasso” on. So this year, in lieu of decorating Easter eggs, I think I might try a fun Easter-inspired manicure instead.

Personally, I love the idea with the baby chicks. (Did you see the little one in the egg? Too cute!) But I’m sure there are plenty more pastel looks out there that could be just right.

Check out more fun Easter nail art, decorating and recipe ideas here!

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

If you’re looking for a distraction or even just wouldn’t mind one, then we’ve got something for you!

In this kooky video from CDZAthe talented and professionally trained team documents what happens when you translate the lyrics of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through all 64 languages in Google Translate. As their grand finale and to come “full circle,” the team then translated the final translation back to English. (Yes, it’s a bit confusing, but are you still with me?) Watch what happens and see how "close" the final lyrics are to the original after their linguistic global journey.

Enjoy! And as a word of warning, try to refrain from asking yourself “So, why did CDZA do this?” Cause you ain’t getting an answer. From the words of CDZA themselves, “We have no idea why we did this.”

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

Get more “From Our Editors” here!

Three Maple Syrup Movie Moments

To celebrate National Maple Syrup Month, let’s take a quick moment to highlight three over-the-top movie moments featuring this sticky and sweet, liquid ingredient.

1. Wedding Crashers "I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup.” But do you really?

2. Elf  If you’ve ever seen Elf then you know there are actually multiple maple syrup moments. This particular scene, however, is one of my favorites. Not only does Buddy the Elf take the maple syrup as a condiment concept to the next level he also elevates it to a food group. So where exactly would that fit on the food pyramid?

3. Super Troopers While, this may not be the original maple syrup chugging contest, this was the first one I’d ever seen and let’s just say, I am still repulsed. What’s even more crazy is that so many people have reenacted it including the “gentleman” at the end of this Youtube video.

—Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief