Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Story of Salad and Bread Mastery

I'm a relative newcomer to the "making and eating salad at home" phenomenon, and a total newcomer to making my own salad dressing. Blue cheese dressing has always been the way to go! But this dressing I came up with yesterday is SO GOOD, that everyone has to try it. You will not be disappointed! If you try it and are disappointed, I will send you a bottle of blue cheese dressing as a consolation prize.*

I know that people have been making their own dressing for centuries so my "discovery" may be totally lame, but it is a BREAKTHROUGH in eating more salad for me. Honestly I just threw together a bunch of herbs from my yard . . . and you can, too!

How to Make a Great Salad (very similar to "The Salad" for those of you in the know)
Throw some leafy lettuce in a bowl. Just a clump o' health you picked up at the farmers' market.
Throw grape tomatoes in there, too.
Add a heaping dollop of farmer cheese, because it is the same thing as goat cheese for crying out loud and it is way cheaper!!!!!!
How about some cucumber?
Or dried cranberries?
Whatever. To me, this is now salad. Even just lettuce + tomatoes is "salad".

The Best (non-bluecheese) Dressing Ever and if You Don't Try it You are Missing Out, I Swear!
Mix together in a jar or something with a lid, in proportions you find pleasing upon experimental sampling:
- olive oil
- seasoned rice vinegar (I used Nakano Red Pepper flavor, which yes has HFCS in it, but it's coating a big bowl of HEALTH so who the hell cares in this case)
- cilantro (chopped)
- basil (ditto)
- chives (chop 'em)
- mint (chop, mince, dice, you know . . . these herbs should be itty bitty)
- salt
- pepper

Shake it and glop some on your salad and EAT. Isn't it so herby and plant-y and good?

* Provided that I know you, and like you, and you're not lying because there is no way this could disappoint you, especially since I left the proportions up to you so quit your whining!

Thursday, June 5, 2008


I truly enjoy how we've hit a cloudy/drizzly spot in the weather, and I'm going around slightly chilly. Cozy cups of tea, long sleeves, multiple blankets at bedtime, fires in the fireplace . . . it's been practically autumnal this week! And it's June. Last year it was way warmer around this time. We had some bouts of shorts and tank tops a few weeks ago, but as I look out the window it's steadily raining and my fingers are kind of cold typing. Mmm, summer days in the 50's-60's . . . I'll take it!

Speaking of the fireplace, I love that thing! Irrationally, I want to light fires in it all the time!! I've never had a (working) fireplace before and it's great to get that smoky woodsy smell all through the living room and be COZY. Well, it doesn't really add much by way of heating the place (hmm, secret desire to get a wood stove insert thingie someday), but it is really fun for me. We've got all this LUMBER that came from chopping down the enormous hedge! This means I'm burning mostly hollow, not-so-dry arborvitae TIMBERS, but that's OK. I'll be buying marshmallows soon if this fall weather keeps up! Again, like my bread enthusiasm, A. thinks I'm a bit weird. Endearingly weird, I'm sure. :)