Suddenly Composed Salad

Suddenly Composed Salad

Suddenly Composed! Every year in Southern California, specifically in Los Angeles, we have something called June Gloom. It happens right after Memorial Day, which is usually hot, when the marine layer sits over the Pacific Ocean coming inland and keeps everything cool and gloomy. My mother used to call this kind of weather “sweater weather” because it wasn’t cold enough for a coat, but it would get warm enough after the clouds burned off to go in a sun dress, and wear a cardigan in between. It is also the time when fruits and vegetables are springing up very fresh and flavorful in your local market. Just a few days ago, I was lucky enough to get green tomatoes to make Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Garlic Mayonnaise. Today my corner store had ripe, red, tomatoes that cried out to be brought home for salad. There were also perky Persian … Continue reading

Barbeque Salads – Red Cabbage and Steamed Red Potato

Barbeque Salads - Red Cabbage and Steamed Red Potato

My friends, Amber and Stevie invited me over for barbecue this evening. I love it when Stevie barbecues – he has a great big drum barbecue and he has my Weber until I drag it home some day. He said “I have a lot of meat, do you girls want to make potato salad?” and I said I would be happy to. Usually, when you think about potato salad, you think about russets. They had red potatoes, and not too many of them, I had some, so I said I would go home, make the salad there and include my potatoes. When I got home, I started pulling things out of the refrigerator I thought I might need – red potatoes, mayonnaise, carrot, onion – and then I spied with my little eye, a half a red cabbage and an apple. I thought to myself, that would be good, red … Continue reading

Holy Thursday – Our Catholic Seder Meal

Holy Thursday - Our Catholic Seder Meal

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to Jehovah: throughout your generations ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:13-14 It is an amazing thing to have a seven year old son, who is going to have his First Holy Communion on May 15, 2011.  Part of his education is the understanding of what the sacrament means, both spiritually and historically. Holy Thursday also known as Maundy Thursday,  Covenant Thursday, Great & Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries is the Thursday before Easter celebrated by Christians to commemorate … Continue reading

Southern Barbeque

Southern Barbeque

Here is my theory of why and how man invented fire – a forest fire grilled some poor animal, and it smelled and tasted so good that early man said “Hey, this is great! Let us make fire again so we can eat like this all the time!” I was at the supermarket the other day and picked up a copy of America’s Test Kitchen Best Ever Recipes Special Collector’s Edition, and there was a really interesting recipe for Alabama BBQ Chicken, with white sauce. It was so intriguing that I just had to try it. It smelled amazingly good as it grilled on the barbecue. I’m a charcoal gal, and I always will be. There is no substitute for the smoke that charcoal generates, I don’t care how many lava rocks you put in. I mean, you might as well put your food in an oven for Pete’s sake! … Continue reading

Not Your Ordinary Tuna Salad

Not Your Ordinary Tuna Salad

This afternoon, when I went to the grocery store on a hunt for something good for dinner, I was walking down the tuna oil and a man was perusing the various cans of tuna. I made a remark that the Tonno Genova Tuna packed in olive oil had better taste, and was better for you, too. After I picked up my two cans, he put some in his basket as well. There are some really good things about tuna packed in olive oil. First, because the tuna has more flavor, less mayonnaise is required, so according to [http://chickenofthesea.com/e_health_omega.aspx] “It has been shown that tuna packed in oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise is actually lower in fat than tuna packed in spring water and mixed with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Starting with tuna packed in oil allows people to use less mayonnaise to achieve the desired consistency and taste, … Continue reading