I seldom throw out old tomatoes. I often end up with cherry tomatoes that are just beginning to shrivel. Or beefsteak tomatoes that are beginning to soften. They seem un-useable, but actually there's nothing wrong with them, except for the texture -- as long as they haven't started to rot in spots. I usually have an abundance of tomatoes in my kitchen -- various varieties depending on the season.
Everyone I know has a special Chicken Soup Recipe. Either handed down from a parent or grandparent, shared from a sibling or friend, found in a cookbook (or online): a recipe that has evolved over the years. Just as mine has.
In the summer I prepare a Composed Niçoise Salad, but I always feel it's too light to eat in the winter -- silly since I eat tuna and potatoes and green beans all year round! However, I was really excited about making this Salmon based salad, it seemed perfect for a snowy December day.
Waking up to an impending snow storm, I decide to make a Salmon Cobb Salad. Not sure what the connection is -- you'd think I'd reach for a dutch oven and make a soup or stew to ward off the chill in the air. But instead I begin composing a salad in my head, contemplating what ingredients I have on hand.