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This has been a wild ride, by which I mean this last month.  My butt has been on the road (or, more often, in the air) a lot over these past three weeks.  Italy was first on my itinerary, followed by a jaunt to Louisville, KY, where I got to visit, along with a group of bloggers, the GE Monogram Experience Center, a rather exciting and surreal couple of days (I now have my eye on the induction stove… I want one terribly. A boy can dream, right?). The last of my trips were more personal.  I  was able to spend some time with my grandmother in Miami and then celebrated my mom’s parents’ 60th wedding anniversary in New Jersey.

In all, I have stepped foot in three different countries, seven US states and have taken exactly ten flights.  Despite the obvious exhaustion that one is bound to feel when they’ve had a jam-packed month like this, I have to say that I’m sublimely happy.  This is it… this is life.  It’s short and it’s sweet and I’m planning on enjoying all it has to offer.

It’s hard to believe that June is almost here.  I have to admit that I’m stoked. This is a month of celebration:  Eric’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, his father’s birthday, his brother/sister-in-law’s anniversary….  But I have trouble processing the fact that we are half way done with the year.  Can someone please tell me where the time has gone?

Warm weather has been with us for quite a while now, but I’m ready to fully embrace it.  This rhubarb and strawberry concoction from Green Kitchen Stories is the perfect thirst-quencher for a hot, summer day.  And, if I may make a boozy suggestion, top this off with some prosecco and you’ll end up with the most lovely cocktail.

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  • May 28, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Oh boy, this would be perfect right now! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Stephanie - Love how you added the mint!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - I’m a creature of habit; I was thinking vodka and/or prosecco just from the title!

    I used to have a rhubarb plant in my garden, courtesy of the people I bought my home from. I spent years killing that sucker; they are tough plants…and now they seem all the rage! I’m not a fan but that’s OK…nothing wrong with a strawberry/strawberry lemonade, right? Looks lovely and making me thirsty.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - Refreshing and I agree with Barb, add alcohol, stir and it’s summer perfection.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    Naomi - I need I to have one! By one-I mean a larger pitcher alm to myself!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - Perfect for every long and sunny summer day ahead of us :)ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    Jeanette - Love the vibrant color of this cool drink – I’ve never seen rhubarb in a drink before, but I would love to try it.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    Russell at Chasing Delicious - This has got to be the best limeade recipe ever. All I need is rhubarb and I can try it! Quick question. Can I substitute the water with rum? ; )ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - so fabulous Brian! I hope you had a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    MikeVFMK - My kind of beverage, Brian! Just fabulous and perfect for these hot nights. Love this.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 9:49 pm

    sam henderson - Nothing says summer like rhubarb! This looks perfect!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    Marc @ NoRecipes - Where did you find that rhubarb, it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I would’ve never imagined a sweet limeade like this. The color is beautiful and I love pairing rhubarb with strawberries. Perfect to chill with on a hot summer day with a slice of strawberry pie;)ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 6:53 am

    Joanne - You really have been quite the jetsetter lately but it’s true…more than anything it means you’ve been LIVING. Which I love to hear. This limeade sounds absurdly refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - Beautiful! My kind of summer drink.

    And I’m with you – HOW is it June already. Glad it’s a fun month for you. =)ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Ronald Hilbink - Brian:

    The listed ingredients guarantee a no-fail drink. I look forward to enjoying this during these coming summer days.

    Thank you, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Jess - You’ve definitely had an amazing summer thus far. Can’t wait to try this recipe with Prosecco – great idea!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some rhubarb, especially when it’s not raw and poisonous.

    Química de los Alimentos es un tema fascinante, y me gustaría ver un poco más de eso incluido en su blog.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Jamie - I have to agree with Barb that a splash of Prosecco would really complement this wonderful summery drink! Right? And whew you make my head spin with all the travels and make me feel like I need to do even more than I do!! And I love a month filled with reasons to celebrate!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Vijitha - A keeper recipe for the coming summer season!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake - This sounds wonderful! I love that you have used honey to sweeten it, and lime juice instead of the usual lemon. I would love a large glass of this!AReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Cookin' Canuck - What a whirlwind month you’ve had! I truly have no idea where the first half of the year went. But I do know something else for certain…I will be making this lemonade this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Cookin' Canuck - Oops…I meant limeade. I do actually read your posts! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 10:23 pm

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - Love the bright color! Looks so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 8:33 am

    amelia from ztastylife - Brian: hope you enjoyed travels to my country (Italy). This looks like the perfect vitamin-packed revitalizer after all your travels!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 9:14 am

    brandi - this sounds (and looks) so refreshing.

    our june sounds just as crazy as yours: tons of family birthdays and anniversaries, which means lots of time on the road. fun, but exhaustingReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Mmmmm, strawberry, rhubarb, ginger, HEAVEN! Brian, this is a brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Healthy Living Val - Now this is a drink that makes you want to plan a party just to serve! Strawberry and rhubarb are a classic beginning-of-summer combination.ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 12:32 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Wow, I feel tired just reading about all the flights you’ve taken. Now that’s a drink to relax and unwind with!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 3:40 am

    Katz - OK – I’m so thirsty now – it’s the middle of the night and I’m NOT going to the grocery store now. Maybe I can hold out until about 6AM? This looks soooo delicious!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Trevor Sis Boom - Just another fabulous thing to do with rhubarb. I will buy twice as much as I usually do so I can make this. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Sues - I absolutely love strawberry lemonade, but have never thought to add rhubarb to it. Best idea!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2012 - 10:53 am

    sippitysup - Rhubarb, Strawberry and Lime (oh my). Enjoy June at home! GREGReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Winnie - You have been a busy boy! I love this drink, Bri!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Jen @ Savory Simple - This sounds so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2012 - 3:05 pm

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  • June 4, 2012 - 4:50 am

    Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand - Beautiful and refreshing combination. Nice to have it with Prosecco in the evening – during the day I may replace it with Perrier!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    ATasteOfMadness - What a great idea for a drink! When it gets warmer here, I will try this out! I’ve never bought rhubarbs before, I’m kind of excited!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Restaurant supply gal - Nothing sounds better than this for a summer time cocktail.ReplyCancel

  • April 27, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Strawberry Tart and More Than 100 Sensational Strawberry Recipes! — Cake Duchess - […] Rhubarb and Strawberry Limeaid from A Thought for Food […]ReplyCancel

Oil dribbled off my finger tip, which I quickly caught with my tongue before it fell to the countertop. The dressing was getting there, but it was missing something.  A touch more soy sauce and maybe some red pepper flakes would do the trick.  My goal was simple: I wanted this bowl of snow peas to pop.

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From an early age, salad dressings were one of my favorite things to make. Before I was allowed to pick up a knife or light the stove, I was put in charge of seasoning the salad.  There were simple creations of olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, but sometimes a sweeter balsamic dressing was more fitting.  On other occasions, a lemon vinaigrette acted as the perfect match.

Salad without dressing has no chance of being anything more than a variety of textures. And we don’t eat something for the crunch alone.  Even a little olive oil, salt, and some lemon juice can go a long way.

A salad, like the one presented here, is not always your green-based variety.  It can be a single, seasonal vegetable that needs some love to liven it up.  And, being one that will most likely be consumed alongside other dishes (maybe some soy-marinated chicken or fish that you’ll be throwing on the grill this Memorial Day weekend), it needs a dressing that stays true to the meal as a whole.

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I coated the snow peas, pulled out a fork from the drawer and dug in.  My senses were overwhelmed in the best possible way.  Looking down at the bowl, I smiled and thought, “This is what cooking is all about.  This is magic.”

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  • May 25, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Catalina @ Cake with Love - Love how simple, clean, healthy and delicious this recipe sounds!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 8:11 am

    Ken┃hungry rabbit - I can probably eat a bowl of naked snow peas because of the crunch, but this dressing definitely makes me want more snow peas.ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 8:11 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This is perfect and light for summer. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 8:47 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - We eat snow peas and snap peas ALL THE TIME. I love the poppy sesame dressing. Making this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Maria - I love crunching on snow peas! Great little salad here!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 9:18 am

    Kristen - This is so fresh and simple – the perfect salad, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 9:43 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - I love snow peas! I’m going to put this on my list for next week!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Carolyn - I love fresh snowpeas! And I love all things sesame. Good by me!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    naomi - LOVE this recipe, especially since I’m a huge snow pea fan. I love the sparing use of ingredients.ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - I picked up ingredients to make this today. And I’m weird, as mentioned on Twitter, I may add radishes because I just love them with snow peas!

    Thanks for the inspiration and enjoy your long weekend!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - Red pepper flakes make me happy :)ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    Jeanette - I make something similar for my kids – with just a splash of soy sauce, sesame oil, and a sprinkling of organic sugar and toasted sesame seeds. Love how pretty your salad came out with the red pepper flakes, white and black sesame seeds.ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    kankana - LOVE snow pea! I can eat just that .. need no side or anything else to pair with it.ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    Sarah - Simple and elegant, this could stand alone or served with a delicious protein! I love ingredients that allow for flexibility and this certainly does!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    MikeVFMK - Love this salad. And love snow peas as a salad idea! Great flavour and so healthy. I could eat a bowl of this now!!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    El - It looks fabulous. I’m bookmarking so I can try this soon.ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2012 - 10:37 pm

    foodwanderings - This is super tasty dish. Reminds me to make if for S as he loves this simple yet flavor packed snow peas. Got to make it before he is off to Israel next week.:)ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 1:57 am

    chinmayie @ love food eat - Written so well.. I can actually taste the salad through the screen :)ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 4:33 am

    Jenn - I love snow peas! This is a great way to serve them :)ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Jamie - You made me realize that I don’t do salad dressings with Asian flavors often enough. Now I am craving it. And with flavors like that, who needs anything more than a bowl of crunch?ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 8:18 am

    Angie@Angie's Recipes - Love snow peas. The salad looks very appetizing.ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 8:19 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I loves me some peas, especially when they really pop.

    mi bebé necesita una dosis adicional, porque “Pop” dice la comadreja.ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 10:10 am

    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes - Love this simple but fabulous side dish idea.ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 11:25 am

    Chez Us - I love that making salad dressings was your contribution to helping out in the kitchen. What a creative way to have a child think outside of the box. I adore the combination of sesame with snow peas; a marriage made in foodie heaven. Will have to add this recipe to our list of easy lunches at home!ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen - Lovely simple salad Love the asian flavours.ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Shaina - This dressing sounds amazing.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2012 - 5:25 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Simple but sublime, this is my kind of salad!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2012 - 8:26 am

    Elaine W - Happen to have the peas in the fridge….know what we’re having with the grilled salmon that’s for sure. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2012 - 8:29 am

    Daisy - That sesame dressing is great! I was looking for something like this to use in a noodle salad. Thanks a lot!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    Barbara | Creative Culinary - I’ve been making my own dressings for as long as I can remember too; I find it somewhat comical to remember all the years when I was younger that I wondered why that oil and vinegar bottle was always on restaurant tables…and now that I want it, they are gone!

    My daughter was over recently and quite verklempt that there was no Thousand Island in the fridge (between you and me I could not WAIT to pitch that mess) but we rescued the day by making our own. She is now enlightened; she just never knew how easy it is to make and how much more flavorful the end result could be.

    Love the snow peas…perfect with a dressing with sesame seeds!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - Love your evocative way of introducing this simple salad that pops with flavor. I really need to eat more salads like this on a daily basis:)ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 1:32 am

    Vijitha - I love the simplicity in this salad and absolutely easy recipe, I am going to make this as they are South beach diet friendly.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Joanne - A simple dressing really can elevate a bowl of veggies from eh to WOW. And you definitely achieved that transformation here!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2012 - 9:39 pm

    Monet - Isn’t it amazing how many people don’t make salad dressings? I have always loved how they can turn a simple salad into something extraordinary! This looks like such a lovely and light summer starter. Speaking of summer…I can’t wait to see you in Boston! I’m looking forward to meeting up with you already.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    Vicky - Sounds like the perfect simple side dish!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Nicole - Made this tonight with some pan-seared scallops and shrimp. Delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 21, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Sunday Snapshots: Snow Peas | Spicie Foodie Food Photography - […] Snow Pea Salad with Sesame Dressing by A Thought For Food […]ReplyCancel

Waiting for us when we arrived at the Moroccan restaurant, Al-Andalus, which is located near Porto Palazzo in Torino, was a handsome gentleman with a warm, welcoming grin.  Our host, Vittorio Castellani, promptly brought us to the dining room.  Pitchers of blood orange juice and kettles of sweet tea brewed with mint leaves were served to us as the chef described the dishes, which consisted of crepes and honey, cornmeal biscuits and other delicious (carb heavy) treats.

From here, we traveled to an Arab bakery, where more sugary confections were consumed.  It was a modest space and the baker, who provided lots of heartfelt smiles, was equally so.  But the baked goods, ranging from baklava to a pastry made with couscous, were all beautifully made.

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