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Chicken Enchilada Chopped Salad
Chicken Enchilada Chopped Salad
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
End-of-Summer Shrimp and Green Bean Salad
End-of-Summer Shrimp and Green Bean Salad
Thai Turkey Sliders
Thai Turkey Sliders
Open-Faced Mushroom and Onion Burgers
Open-Faced Mushroom and Onion Burgers
Pancit (Filipino Fried Rice Noodles)
Pancit (Filipino Fried Rice Noodles)
Poached Salmon with a Creamy Pea Sauce
Poached Salmon with a Creamy Pea Sauce
Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Hoisin Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Pickled Shrimp
Pickled Shrimp
Grilled Pork Kabobs with Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce
Grilled Pork Kabobs with Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce
Raw Banana Trifle
Raw Banana Trifle
Salmon and Spring Vegetable Chowder
Salmon and Spring Vegetable Chowder

Michele Gholson

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I created The Whole Meal with a vision of educating others in mealtime preparation focusing on delicious, healthy and simple recipes. To good food and a better life!

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Salmon and Spring Vegetable Chowder

Serve with artisan rolls-

While I love a fresh piece of wild salmon either grilled or baked springtime seems the perfect season to chunk it up in a chowder and pair it with tender spring vegetables. This version is lighter than a typical chowder but hearty enough as a meal. All you’ll need is a hunk of artisan bread but a side salad would be a nice complement.

Colcannon

Colcannon is Ireland’s best known Irish potato dish and each region has its own variations. Some areas prefer kale, while others add in cabbage or even parsnips. Onions or scallions are sometimes featured (although most would call this champ, another Irish potato dish).
Darina Allen, the Julia Childs of Ireland, says that kale is most traditional. Her book, Irish Traditional Cooking, is one of the most definitive cookbooks on Irish cooking and a “must have” on every cookbook lover’s shelf. She writes in it, “A common folk custom was to offer a bowl of champ to the fairies at Hallowe’en. This would be left on field posts or under trees, such as hawthorns or whitethorns, which where particularly associated with fairies.”
My version stays true to the kale, but I have added in some chopped green onion for a bit more flavor. Feel free to substitute cabbage for the kale and eliminate the onions.

Irish Stew

This stew was a huge hit with both kids and adults alike at my neighborhood St. Patty’s day themed block party. An Irish stew is typically made with stewing lamb, but a taste bud- and pocketbook-friendly ground beef seemed a better choice for potluck.

Everyone is Irish on March 17th!

I popped into Trader Joe’s to buy my corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day even though I have not one ounce of Irish green in my blood.  The cashier, however, reminded me that on March 17th “Everyone is Irish!”. With that so-true sentiment, I thought I would write a little […]

Longevity Noodles

Longevity, or long life, noodles are a popular Chinese dish for both New Years and birthdays. They symbolize living to a ripe old age and the longer the noodle the longer the life. There are many variations but I like this vegetarian version for its simplicity and ease of preparation.

SOLD OUT: Mystic Meals Under the Moon: A New Moon Chinese New Year 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing With a Celebratory Ritual

I am so excited to offer New Moon Manifestation Nights Under the Stars, a monthly lunar-inspired event for setting intentions and invoking manifestation under the magic of the New Moon. This month I will be offering a Chinese New Year-themed 4-Course Dinner and Wine Pairing with Celebratory Ritual as the January […]