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Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

August 10, 2009

Grandma's Kitchen: Love around the table

Also, mind your sodium by reading labels


1/2 c. sliced ripe olives

1/3 c. diced red onion

1/4 c. minced fresh parsley


3 T. olive or canola oil

3 T. red wine vinegar

1 T. sugar, taste later for degree of tartness you want

1 T. fresh lemon juice

2 cloves minced fresh garlic

1/2 t. lemon zest

Salt and pepper to taste, optional

In a medium bowl with lid combine beans and all other veggies. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with lid, shake well, taste for seasonings. Pour over vegetables and toss. Chill for at least a half-hour before serving and keep chilled. Makes 6 servings.


Parting Shot: "Life is not waiting for the storm to pass ... It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

-- Author unknown

Edna Shaffer is a local mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who writes about cooking from the perspective of an older adult. She can be reached at For more Grandma's Kitchen columns by Edna Shaffer, log on to

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