Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Heaven Is A Salad

I'm really not a big salad fan.  They're usually romaine or iceberg lettuce, neither of which have a lot of flavor.  And what usually goes in them is normally pretty boring to my palette.  Growing up salad was green leaf lettuce, carrots, tomato, cucumber, and sometimes walnuts and avocado with an Italian vinaigrette.  While this kind of salad is totally edible and pretty good, it's not delicious.  You know what salad is delicious?  The kind I made last week!

I was at Trader Joe's last week and saw some lovely arugula.  To my husband's credit, it was he who suggested making a salad with it when he saw me admiring it.  But what to put in it?  Well right across the aisle there were some lovely-looking dried cranberries.  And we had some toasted almonds at home, along with some turkey bacon that would be yummy on top.  And of course, what's a good, fancy salad without goat cheese?  We got a big brick of that too. 

It came out better than I could have hoped (sorry, no pictures were taken before my scarfing).  It was so simple, just a few ingredients, but I could not get enough!  The ingredients were just so flavorful and went so well together.  The arugula worked really nicely in it.  And no dressing!  I'm just not a fan of dressing, and really there was enough that stood out in the salad that I don't think it needed it.  The goat cheese provided a nice creamy texture to go along with the roughness of the arugula (I'm big on texture).  

A good dressing is heavenly, but I have yet to find a heavenly store-bought dressing.  Any recommendations?  Have you made a good salad lately?

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Holiday Season

The best thing about the holidays is definitely the food. I love spicy holiday flavors. I love the smell of Noble Fur trees. And I love the cozy feeling I get in my house. Last weekend I curled up on my comfy sofa under a warm blanket with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate. I decided to try mixing a little pumpkin pie spice in and it turned out so delicious! This is definitely something I'll be repeating.

Oh yeah, and I love drinking that holiday hot chocolate out of my favorite mug, from my favorite bookstore in Mendocino.