This was my favorite photo from JeffreyW this week. That’s Homer (remember him?) doing his best Egyptian statue imitation.
We are having a week of weather whiplash, so the recipes this week reflect that. Some for those 75 degree days and some for the upcoming wet and wild weekend.
Two soups make the cut tonight.
French Onion Soup popped up on my radar several times over the past few weeks. So now I want some. It’s almost sweet onion time (Vidalia, April-May, followed by Walla Walla Sweets – June) and I think they make the best onion soups. JeffreyW’s mouth-watering photo above is only the beginning – entire slideshow and recipe are here.
What’s on your menu for the weekend? Cooking for summer, spring or winter in your area?
Tonight’s featured recipe has been one of my favorite salads lately. Especially when the temps were close to 80 degrees.
Confession. I hate avocados. And guacamole leaves me cold. My friends love going to Mexican restaurants with me, I get my guacamole and sour cream on the side, then pass them on to my table-mates. But the avocado dressing for this salad, I can’t get enough. Go figure.
BLT Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Dressing
This recipe serves 2
- 4 strips thick cut bacon (or substitute turkey bacon)
- 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce, shredded
- 4 to 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 avocado, peeled and cubed*
- cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)
- 1 avocado
- buttermilk or ranch dressing**
- salt & pepper to taste
skillet, bowl, serving bowls
Dressing: halve avocado, remove pit and scoop flesh into bowl, add an equal amount of buttermilk dressing, limejuice to taste (I used about 1 tsp) and mix until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside
Add bacon to skillet and cook on medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towel to cool and drain. Slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
While the bacon is cooking, prep the salad fixings. Toss with cooled bacon pieces. Add to serving bowls, top with dressing and garnish with cilantro leaves.
*the easiest way to cube an avocado is to halve it, remove the pit and then score it into cubes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the avocado, then turn the skin inside out and the cubes pop out.
**If you don’t like buttermilk or ranch dressing, you can substitute sour cream and 1 tsp crushed garlic for the dressing.
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend…I’ll let you know if it’s two feet of snow or just rain for us – TaMara