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Trying a New Vinaigrette

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This, ladies and gentleman, is one of the best salads I’ve made and had in a very long time. Tired of the mundane oil & vinegar or ranch that I often eat, I was ready for something fresh and different. I browsed around on the net and came across a couple of salads that looked yummy. Of course, based on what I had and what I liked, I combined and modified them. The salad has a multitude of flavors, combining far east, the South, Southwest and turning into nothing less than American. Here is the end result of my experiment.

Ingredients for the salad:

butter lettuce
spinach
corn
avocado
bleu or gorgonzola cheese
blueberries

As usual, there is very little measuring with me. I just put each salad together on the plate rather than tossing it and prepared it for either one, two, or three people at a time. I put the greens down first, then sprinkled the rest of the ingredients on top.

You can roast the corn on the grill or on the stove top. I chose the stove top. The kernels went into a medium hot dry iron skillet and were stirred occasionally to obtain the blackened edges. Do not use any oil, butter, or liquid. The purpose is to brown, not cook/fry the corn. Keep an eye on it. You want the kernels to be darkened but not burned to a crisp. They can go from browned to burned in a flash. The day I took this picture, I used frozen corn. A different day, I used fresh, but just made sure to have as little liquid as I could in the skillet.

Here is the dressing. It can be halved or doubled at your leisure. It should not be a problem.
1/2 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar)
4 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. chili garlic sauce (Sriracha)
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin

Mix and drizzle over the top of the salad. You could toss it in a big bowl as well, but the presentation seems prettier when the ingredients aren’t damaged in the toss.

This would be a great addition to a low carb diet. There is very little sugar in this. The greens, avocado, and blueberries are loaded with nutrients and the berries with antioxidants. The addition of [local] honey and the chili garlic sauce will help with sinuses and allergies.

A couple of good variations would be adding some toasted nuts or seeds or changing up the fruit. Other berries or citrus would be a yummy substitute.

Probably my favorite part of this salad is the avocado and the Sriracha. The little bit of heat is such a nice addition. It makes so many things so much better or so different! I could go on and on. That’s a post for another day.

Enjoy! Let me know how it goes for you. Olivia

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2013 in Food

 

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Fleas? In the Winter??

Winter? Wait. What winter? There has barely been a cold week here in the South this year. Unfortunately for my kitties, the fleas have made a surprise appearance lately. Just like with plants, the cold weather serves to give dormancy to fleas and other insects, but when the temperatures don’t drop down enough, there are occasional insect visitors and early bloomers. I am the proud owner of two white cats, Stinky and Willie- both white. Its been said that white cats attract more fleas and I would certainly agree with that. It’s a terrible fight during the summers keeping fleas off. Too bad we’re fighting them off this month, too!

In my experience, the only thing that has worked for them is the Advantage gel that goes on the nape of the neck. It’s not my first choice to use a chemical product on them, because if given to high of a dose, it will cause them to vomit. Definitely not something I like to subject them too. So, last week, I noticed they were scratching a bit and decided to do some searching to find an alternate to the meds. The first thing I did was bathe Stinky in some over the counter flea shampoo, Sergeant’s Gold. image
I can say with certainty that this is a top-notch product. It seems to be mild and gentle and it smells great (as far as flea shampoos go). The best part it- it works. It got rid of the fleas and has relieved his itching. His coat is snow white again, too. I don’t think that will be powerful enough to rid him of fleas during the summer months, but is my first choice at this pont.

During my quest, I did some research online and came across a good website for such information. There are lots of alternatives to chemical products. Take a look at Healthy Pet Journal.

Stinky napping in his favorite spot

Willie playing outside

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Pets

 

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