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Dinner Tonight: Tortellini Pasta Salad

Frozen tortellini is on my list of top-five staples. They're always in my freezer. This salad is perfect for picnics when combined with summer vegetables and a simple Dijon vinaigrette. It's not exactly pasta salad, which I'd associate more with pestos and other sauces like that rather than this vinaigrette, but I suppose it's essentially a pasta-based salad. More

Dinner Tonight: Roasted Caper Caesar Salad

The Caesar salad is, when done properly, one of my favorite things to eat. Obviously anything you get out of a bottle is not going to meet this requirement, but the dressing itself is not all that difficult to make. Once you've tasted the clean, creamy, bright flavor of the real thing, going back to the bottle is impossible. More

Dinner Tonight: Shaved Asparagus, Pea, and Prosciutto Salad

When it's asparagus season, I gobble it up almost daily, with little regard for balance. Like corn, asparagus is one of those vegetables that seems to deteriorate more quickly than others, the sweetness turning starchy and the texture turning woody soon after it's snapped out of the ground. Which makes it even more imperative to eat it fresh and local, when the season is here. This year I've had it roasted, grilled, steamed, and boiled—but raw asparagus, in this salad recipe from Epicurious, is something I hadn't tried. More

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