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Watermelon Radish & Dandelion Green Salad

March is always the hardest month of the year for me. By March I’m stir crazy with winter and I’m itching for a change- a change in climate, a change in season, a change in dinner options. By March I find myself walking through the grocery store, desperately searching for food grown a little closer to home than Honduras or California, striking out week after week. Year after year I find myself in a food rut where my commitment to sustainable agriculture comes head to head with my total exhaustion with root vegetables. It gets to the point where I’m ready to just throw in the towel and shop exclusively from the frozen section of Trader Joe’s (because pastry puffs).


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In ways other than food, the past few months have been incredibly hard. I lost a friend, I’ve watched helplessly as another friend set out on an incredibly difficult journey, I’ve caught every bug and flu going through school… things in our lives have been in a state of constant upheaval. Thanks to the past month my students have started describing our days as caddywhompus. The dreary diet of late winter is insult to injury to everything else that has been going on, and I am ready for some big changes. Changes in weather, changes in health, changes in menu. Slowly but surely, it’s coming. The temperatures are rising, greenhouses are bursting with greens, and each day is a step forward. It’s almost Spring.



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Watermelon Radish and Dandelion Green Salad

2 bunches fresh dandelion greens

3 watermelon radishes

1/4 cup shaved sharp white cheddar cheese

2 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or fire cider)

Chop dandelion greens and thinly slice radishes. Toss with shaved cheddar cheese, oil, and vinegar. Serve immediately.


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Lovely Internet 3.13.15

1. Dan and I are on the Southern Weddings blog today! I married a pretty cool dude.

2. This, pretty much, exactly.

3. An interesting response to the whole #mimigate situation. I agree, the sameness in food media is boring. How do we change that? I loved this point- “We need to remember that when everyone is telling us we’re doing great, we’re probably doing something wrong. Challenging ourselves, and others, doesn’t always feel good. But imagine where it could get us.”

4. People of the Tobacco Road (this was spot on)

5. Salt comes second only to butter (salted butter) on my list of kitchen essentials.

6. Hey there, Wilmington! Bee City!

7. Mrs. Wheelbarrow in the importance of quality ingredients when pickling!

8. Pi Day is tomorrow! We’ll be at a Pi Day centric wedding, and I’ll be sure to have a moment at 9:26.53 (both times).

9. Thanks for this, internet.

10. To be totally honest, I’ve been pretty overwhelmed and a little bit salty at all the judgement and hysteria rippling through the food blog community lately. It has struck a chord with how I feel generally about the state of food blogging, so last night I posted a bit of a rant about it. I’d love to hear your thoughts, here or over at missELENAeous.

P.S. Did you see the tour of the new B&S design?


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A New Look for B&S

After many late nights of screaming at my computer I am proud and excited to introduce the new Biscuits and Such! It was a huge overhaul of the whole site and I’m both very happy with how it looks and completely terrified by the change. So you know, progress as usual!



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The biggest change is that the front page is no longer just the blog feed, but instead a collection of featured posts and recipes. You’ll find a scrolling carousel of ten of my favorite recent recipes (click the photo to see the recipe in full!) and the four most recent blog posts. Want to see more of the blog? Just click “More Blog Posts” to see our blog page!



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Speaking of the blog page! Click on the “Blog” link in the menu and you’ll see everything ever posted on B&S, three posts at a time.



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If you’re looking for something a little more specific, I think you’ll like the new recipe index. From main menu you can scroll through our recipes by category. You’ll see all the posts, starting with the most recent,  in an image based format. I can’t get over how awesome this looks, it’s so much fun to scroll through all the recipes and see over six years worth of recipes.



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Know exactly what you want? There’s a search! Click on the magnifying glass on the right side of the menu and a search bar pops up at the top. No matter what page you’re on you can pull up the search bar and search to your heart’s desire.



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Ultimately the reason I decided to overhaul the site is to make it more responsive, something that is a priority as use of mobile devices to access sites of all kind becomes more common. So no matter whether you’re accessing B&S on your computer, tablet, or phone, it will look beautiful.



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I am so happy with how it looks, and the feedback has been really wonderful and incredibly supportive. I would love to hear from YOU about what you think of the new design, and please know that I am happy to answer any questions you may have about navigating it. And I’m sure there are still some glitches, so if you find anything funky, let me know. And, as always, thank you for reading and loving and sharing B&S. The past six years of writing this site have been life changing, and I so appreciate the support of all of the people who read this site and make it worth it.

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