Cobb Salad

Recipes in this PostCobb Salad

I should not even have to write this post, but considering the awful salads I have had that called themselves Cobb, I think it’s time to set the record straight.

How do I know this? I know it because I am old enough to have actually had a real Cobb Salad at the original Brown Derby in Hollywood when I was a little girl. You don’t forget things like that, especially when they are so good.

A real Cobb Salad is a chopped salad. What does chopped mean? It means small pieces, like the size of a pea. A lot of cooks think that a Cobb Salad is just a Chef’s Salad, but with specific ingredients. Well, it’s not – it’s a chopped salad, usually with bacon, blue cheese, egg, tomatoes, avocado, spring onions, and chicken all chopped up into little tiny pieces with a unobtrusive vinaigrette like the Original Brown Derby Dressing.
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Go Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Go Green for Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes

Going Green for Saint Patrick’s Day does not mean putting green food coloring in beer and calling it a day. There are so many more creative ways of eating green food, and no, it’s not all vegetables!

Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto
Spring is here and basil is in abundance. There is nothing like the flavor of pesto made with real pine nuts, good olive oil, good Parmesan and fresh basil. This will keep in your refrigerator for quite a while, if you even manage to have any left.
Avocado Fries
Oh my goodness! You don’t know what you are missing. Avocado fries are just the best little bites of heaven. Use avocados that are almost ripe, because frying them softens them up a bit.
Hot Tin Roof Salad
It looks impressive, and it is impressive. The Hot Tin Roof Salad is a composed salad that makes a complete meal with a nice glass of your favorite wine.
Guacamole
Here’s what I have to say about guacamole. Please don’t put garlic in it! Garlic has strong flavor that hides the delicate taste of the avocado. Don’t put a can of peas in to stretch it – people can tell they are eating peas! Since you are adding onions, cilantro, chili pepper and tomato, you don’t have to use Haas avocados. Try one of the other avocado varieties, like Fuentes.
“Snake” Pie
Please, please, there is NO snake in snake pie! It’s actually any kind of pie you want to make, with the top crust cut out in shamrocks and the sides shaped into a snake.
Kiwi Lime Cupcakes
Have you seen these on Pinterest? I’ll bet you have. I made these for Spane’s 3rd grade class, and they were quite the hit.
Veggie Potato Bake
Need to feed quite a few folks? This recipe for Veggie Potato Bake can feed a lot of people depending on how much you make. Enjoy!
Poached Salmon Cactus Tacos
No, the tortillas are not dyed green, they are made from cactus, and you can find them in some Hispanic markets, or believe it or not, the 99 Cents Only stores.
Colcannon
I make this famous Irish dish a lot. What’s not to like? Everyone loves mashed potatoes, add some sautéed cabbage to be healthy, green onions for flavor, and some white cheddar to make it special!

Tuna Quesadillas

Recipes in this PostTuna Quesadillas

When I was making all the dishes for Thanksgiving today, I got hungry, but there really wasn’t anything in what I was preparing that I could munch on. I looked in the cupboard and saw I had a nice can of tuna in oil. But, I didn’t want a sandwich, because tomorrow I am having The Sandwich, and I’m having stuffing tonight. That’s a lot of bread. However, I also spied a package of corn tortillas in my refrigerator. Mexican sounded like the perfect thing for a Thanksgiving snack.

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Ham Steaks with Russian Red Eye Gravy and Cranberry Almond Pilaf

Recipes in this PostHam Steak with Russian Red Eye Gravy and Cranberry Almond Rice Pilaf

Sometimes, you need a little Christmas, right this very minute. That’s why we love ham steaks, because you satisfy your craving for a good piece of ham, without having to cook a whole ham. If you’re lucky, you even get to have the bone with the luscious marrow.

When I make a whole ham, I usually make a glaze of Russian mustard and Sour Cherry preserves. It’s sweet and a little hot, and definitely wakes up the ham. One of the traditional gravies for ham steak is Red Eye gravy, which has, you guessed it, coffee in it. I wanted to incorporate both.

Since The Good Plate is all about deconstructing packaged foods, and one everyone likes a lot is Rice-a-Roni. Rice-a-Roni is rice pilaf, but with way too much salt and other preservatives. There’s no need to use the box, just get the ingredients together and make it from scratch – you know what’s going in it, and you can add whatever you want.

Over the weekend, I made a salad with a new dressing. It was fresh dill and lime, and Amber absolutely loved it. She asked for it again tonight, so I’m including the recipe for it here.

Remember, if you’re having a ham steak, and you don’t want your bone, just give it to me!

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Artichoke, Avocado and Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad

Recipes in this PostArtichoke, Avocado, Shaved Parmesan Composed Salad

A very long time ago, a friend took me to a wonderful restaurant where Santa Monica Blvd meets Beverly Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. The restaurant was called Figaro, and my friend said I should order his favorite salad. I don’t remember what it was called, but I have always remembered how good it was.

Years later, when this same friend came back into my life, I told him I had a surprise and presented this salad. He was so happy he almost wept, saying he never thought he would have that salad at Figaro’s again – as the restaurant had closed quite some time before.

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Chimichurri Flap Steak Tacos

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Meat grilled and ready for chopping

Meat grilled and ready for chopping

The word Chimichurri reminds me so much of Chim-Chim Cher-ee that I can’t help but get the song stuck in my head. I would change the words a bit though, “Good luck will rub off when I barbecue you, or blow me a kiss (smoke), and that’s lucky, too.” Chimichurri is a sauce for grilled meats that originated in Argentina. It is made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white or red vinegar. It also makes a fine marinade for flap steak on the grill. Here’s the real words:

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when

I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too

Chim-Chim Cher-ee from “Mary Poppins”, composed by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman

The best meat for this is flap steak, because it is thin, meaty and marinades beautifully. It should be cooked on the grill on high heat, directly over the coals. Let it rest for a few minutes before chopping it up. Flap steak is available in most supermarkets.

Usually, I heat tortillas on the stove top, and I thought to myself, why not just put them on the grill? You know what, they were nice and soft, and fantastic!

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