Day 1: Four Weeks of Salad as a Meal Challenge

It was so much fun to see the tweets flying on Twitter this weekend among our nine bloggers who have taken on the Four Weeks of Salad as a Meal Challenge, as they divulged which recipes they were testing first, and what substitutions they were going to try in Patricia’s recipes. If you want in on the behind-the-scenes action, follow the SAAM Challenge list on Twitter for the real back and forth.

These ladies didn’t waste any time, and got cooking and writing this weekend. (“Challenge” indeed—I don’t think I said “competition.” Wink, wink.) Read which Patricia Wells’ recipes have been making their kitchens messy these past few days:

Beth, at Dining and Dishing, not only accepted our challenge to prepare at least three recipes a week from Salad as a Meal, but she added her own healthy lifestyle challenges including cutting back on alcohol and amping up her sleep and exercise. Beth, we support you in this! But what we really want to know is: what did you cook? The greenest guacamole we’ve ever seen. Check it out, and bring the tortilla chips.

Hillary, of Marche Dimanche, has outed us as admitting that this challenge is a “marathon.” Um, we hope you trained for this, Hil! But so far, it seems like she’s got the food photography part of the challenge down pat—her preparation of the Crab Salad with Lime and Avocado looks so fresh and delicious.

Rella, the Penny Pinching Epicure, first laid out how she was going to approach the challenge for her blog readers, then dove right in and wrote a little homage to the importance of the dressing on a salad, for which she put Patricia’s Basil-Lemon Dressing on a potato salad. (Rella, I am sure my invite to your barbecue just got lost in the mail, right?).

BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: Catherine Down of Ciao Down

New England born and bred, Catherine has been afflicted with wanderlust as long as she can remember. She has worked on an organic farm in rural France, coordinated farm tours in Pennsylvania, studied Anthropology of Food in London, and worked as a cheesemonger in Massachusetts. For the past year, Catherine has been traveling around Europe and studying food in just about every way it can be studied as a Master’s candidate in Food Culture and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a school founded by the Slow Food movement in Italy. She considers herself a bit of a “special needs” eater as she is both a pescatarian and allergic to nuts. She is now a freelance writer based out of Paris and Boston, and could happily eat nothing but cheese every day. Contact her at ciaodownblog at gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @catherinedown.Today Catherine bravely tells us that her friends are a bit skeptical that she will be able to complete the challenge since she eats mainly fish, and rarely adds vegetables to her diet. (But actually she’s in luck—Salad as a Meal contains 30 recipes for seafood salads!)

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