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Spinach Pie with Herb Salad | Berries with Lemon Curd

Even if you live in a colder climate, berries are likely in season. Whether you opt for fresh, local berries or conventional grocery ones, they are among nature’s best treats and really don’t need much, if anything, for enhancement. Spooned over fresh lemon curd, topped with whipped cream or simply picked by hand from a bowl, they are the perfect dessert for summer.

Love to Cook: David Tanis’s Spinach Cake with Herb Salad is one of my favorite recipes, especially now when leeks are in season. I’ve swapped Greek-style yogurt for the eggs and made a thick, cold soup instead of the pie. That’s also quite tasty. If you’ve never made lemon curd, this recipe from Ina Garten is an easy place to start.

Weeknight Reality: If the idea of a spinach cake is too much, try a more traditional spinach frittata instead; this lemon curd recipe takes about 20 minutes, but if you’re not up for making it, you can purchase lemon curd in most markets.

Need a Miracle: A spinach salad with grilled chicken strips or rotisserie chicken is a quick, no-bake option. Add some fresh herbs to the salad to dress it up. If you can’t find a jar of lemon curd, substitute whipped cream.



Something rich and soft, well-blended


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce; Braised Leeks
  • Weeknight Reality: Sautéed Beef Tips with Creamed Spinach, or Baked Eggs with Herbed Cream
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled Chicken Kebabs (store-bought); Berries with Fresh Whipped Cream

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Parting Thought

“Poetry and music are very good friends. Like… strawberries and cream, they go together.”

Nikki Giovanni



“Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches.”

Federico Garcia Lorca


So, you want to want to eat more plants, but what you really, truly want is a big bowl of pasta, drenched in butter? Totally get it. Sometimes the trick is just to balance the proportion of green to starch – make a vegetable-laden risotto, for example. Or make a small dish of starch to satisfy that craving, and make a bigger dish of salad that has lots of flavors (and maybe a creamy, avocado-based dressing?).

Love to Cook: It sounds weird, but it’s delicious: Dave T’s Spinach Cake- David Lebovitz.

Weeknight Reality: Almost every good salad ingredient is available pre-cut, pre-washed, and ready to dump in a bowl. If you need help selecting the particular items, take a peek at Mark Bittman’s 101 Salad Suggestions. The varieties are almost endless, and all good, and all super fast.

Need a Miracle: Tabbouli, from the store, served on a bed of greens, topped with an egg.