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Salad Out and a Missing Cookbook #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Today is supposed to be my first post of April for our Kitchen Matrix Project, named after Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix cookbook. You can read about it: here. This month, Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm picked the recipes. And I was very excited about the dishes and the bloggers who are joining us.

I was all set to come back from a three-day robotics competition and make a meal with, at least, two of the chosen recipes this month. But, we got back from Silicon Valley later than I anticipated on Saturday night; Sunday was Easter; and tonight I was waylaid by an important conversation about the plan for the team next year as both team captains are graduating seniors. It was an important topic, but it got me home to cook dinner later than I anticipated.

Still, I went in search of the cookbook to pick my salad out of the 12 that Bittman published. But I cannot find the book anywhere. I tote it between my office and my home. And I remember seeing it in the car when I cleared out since I would be driving kids to the competition. After thirty unsuccessful minutes, I threw my hands up and decided not to post a recipe. Darn it. But here are the others...

The #KitchenMatrixCookingProject Salad Bar

So, without a Bittman salad to post, I decided to share this beautiful, simple salad from our Easter lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, La Balena. They called it the 'Campo' which is Italian for field.  It was crisp Fuji apple slices topped with fennel, mint, sunchokes, and arugula in an orange vinaigrette. I will definitely be making that salad soon.

Keep your fingers crossed that I find the cookbook before next week...when we're supposed to be posting about pasta. Stay tuned.


  1. Dang! I’m sure you’ll find it! Your salad in Carmel sounds delicious!

  2. This salad looks amazing and I think your conversation with your son(s) was more important....:) (BTW, I fixed the my FnF FUBAR and put in you as the host for Coco next month. Thanks for telling me.) Good luck with the cookbook hunt!

  3. If you are anything like me Cam... you will come across that book lying right out in the open.


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