I have a special place in my heart for the strawberry summer
salad that my mom makes. It’s the dressing that really gets me. It’s sugary
sweet and full of vinegar. Just the way I like it. But, you can’t really call
it all that healthy. Well, an elf could but not a human. So, I began my quest
for new summer food looking for a salad dressing that I would love just as much
but would be on the more acceptable side of healthy.
After some thought, it hit me. What better flavor for summer than poppy seed? It took quite a few tries, but finally, it all came together. My excitement was probably disproportionate to the accomplishment, but, come on, a good poppy seed salad dressing is something to excited about!
It is also something that you can make ahead of time and bring for a work lunch, but, I should warn you, this dressing won’t last more than a couple of days. After that, the Greek yogurt and vinegar cease to get along. It’s very sad.
So, enjoy the happier times when all ingredients are getting along swimmingly (they truly do like each other). The dressing is the perfect summer salad dressing and goes well with any variation of chicken and spinach. The only thing it may not be is all that much healthier than my other favorite salad dressing. Maybe if you skipped the heavy cream, but why do that?
This weekend, I found myself with a surplus of potatoes. My parents were leaving for a three-week trip and were offloading their perishable items. I was one of the last to visit their house that weekend and ended up with at least five pounds of potatoes. Added to the ones I already had at home, I had roughly seven pounds of potatoes and one pound of sweet potatoes. What was a girl to do? Cook, of course. (more…)
The girls’ new activities are in full swing. Maddie is on her way to become a world-renowned violinist, and both girls are on their journey to be celebrated dancers. Okay, maybe not. Still, our schedule is full of lessons and practices. And we haven’t even added Riley’s harp lessons yet! (more…)
Growing up, my dad didn’t cook a lot, but when he did, it was always really good. He typically spent a lot of time on his dishes, and the result was always really great. Except for a couple, which led to some traumatizing flavor experiences. For example, Borscht. Of course, there were times when we weren’t in need of anything fancy, and he felt like firing up the grill. It was these times that he whipped up the most fantastic grilled potatoes. They weren’t his usual extended-time recipes, but their flavor was always amazing and I couldn’t get enough. (more…)
I was pretty proud of myself for this one. Of course, I get pretty proud of myself any time I think up a way to save money or make the most out of the groceries I buy. Yes, there is nothing better than being able to walk down a grocery aisle proclaiming your victory over the dreaded waste of a product. Don’t worry. I only proclaim that in my head. This was definitely one of those moments. (more…)