Loaves & Dishes
By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 26th, 2012
Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Since I insist on stuffing myself, I'll do it with this Strawberry and Spinach Salad from Epicurious.com.

In and around my department, we have many food-lovers. We have two food writers, as well as several co-workers who just like to cook, and a gaggle of appreciative colleagues who just like to eat. I don’t remember how it started, but for years now, we’ve planned what we’ve imaginatively dubbed “Food Days,” when lots of us bring in something edible, and we spend the day grazing.
It used to be every time someone had a birthday, but that sometimes meant three times a month, and some months not at all. Now we just do it once a month, on the last Friday. As in tomorrow.
Perhaps not at all surprising is the fact that just about all of us food lovers have reasons to ease up in the calorie department. We all approach this problem in different way. Until I jumped back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon in March, my approach was not to approach it at all.
Food Days inevitably bring me into contact with foods I have a problem with: donuts, cookies, bars. I’ve decided the best way to get through this is to face the fact that I will indulge, but put it off as long as possible and keep a lid on it.
What will make that more pleasurable is to bring in something wonderful that I can eat as much as I want of. I’ve decided on Strawberry Spinach Salad. I’m most excited about the strawberry vinaigrette. I think I’ll also add red onions and a sprinkle of feta, keeping the pecans and dressing on the side.
Then I think I’ll just eat it with the tongs.

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