Enter the Salad
May 14, 2013 11:46 pm
Updated: May 30, 2013 9:25 pm
When the heat is on, (we were 100+ already,) it's nice not to heat up the kitchen any more than required to pull a meal together. Fresh produce is once again available at some rather reasonable prices, so of course, the "side salad" has been served here
more than once, but I also have many other varieties of salads that I like. I recently purchased a bag of bean sprouts, and have been adding some to my "lettuce salad," and have totally enjoyed them! I've used the canned variety in a stir fry, but don't
recall ever using fresh sprouts!
Once potato salad is made, it's there for the eating for many days, however despite alternative methods of cooking those spuds, I still prefer to boil them... A friend nukes them in their jackets, which I'm sure would keep the crazykitchen a tad cooler, but
I guess we all have our preferences. I like to peel my spuds while they are cool enough to handle (like, BEFORE they're cooked!) I may just try a method Denise recently discussed with me... She bought lunch often from a sandwich place in the building she
worked. The Asian cook was happy to share that he boiled his taters in their jackets, giving the resulting salad a "roasted" type of flavor, much preferred by many.
Then there is the coleslaw, which can be made any one of millions(?) of ways... I stumbled upon a recipe that tastes very similar to KFC's version. Since I bought my food processor, making coleslaw is a snap, the most difficult part being making the darn
dressing! I've also learned that for just we two, I add dressing to only the amount of shredded veg's I think that we'll eat. Otherwise, by the time we get to the bottom of the bowl, the cabbage is going soggy, and carrots have wilted.
Speaking of cabbage and carrot, it was a few short years ago that I recalled a "salad" that my aunt used to make, using lime flavored gelatin with cabbage and carrot. I made it when the heat was on, and found that it had a rather odd flavor, being so sweet.
I called my aunt... she'd not made it in "years" and didn't recall the ingredients she used. I asked mom, cousins, friends... Nobody had the clue to the missing ingredient. It was a month later, at least, that I was chatting with my sister and mentioned
it... She, who hadn't cooked a full scale meal in I don't know how many years, said quite simply, "add a tbls. of vinegar to the gelatin, to cut the sweet!" Who knew? The point of bringing this up, is that when it's a "hundred and HOT" as I like to say,
even though the gelatin is artificially flavored (I presume,) it has a wonderfully cooling affect. Serve along side anything off the bbq, and you've got a cool kitchen, and a cooling meal! I also love that I can boil the water for the gelatin in the micro...
how much better can things get?
Hmmm, I had a salad of lettuce, tomato and sprouts for lunch, but I can feel a lime salad coming soon as I have the ingredients, and fresh produce will hold on only so long.
Just the other day, I was thinking about just how long it's been since I made a macaroni salad... I spent the day in the kitchen today, but fear that I may well have to have another crazycook day this week! I'm getting hungery just thinking about all of these
Another that I took to a friend's often in the summer (he'd have a bunch of us for bbq and pool, so I'd usually take a "dish to pass,") was made of frozen peas (thawed,) cubed cheddar cheese, celery, mayo and dill weed. Dang, might just have to have a salad
dinner day soon! Like that would go over very well! That is, unless I can think of, or find, a recipe for a really good main dish salad of which I'm sure there are as many as there are members here at a/r!
Crazycook's advice... as the summer heat invades your part of the world, think SALADS. I do think that it's time for me to begin searching all of my cookbooks for summer friendly salads, including any that might be satisfying enough to replace a "meat & tater's"
It's not a good thing that my brain is going into overdrive at 11:45pm, but I also just thought about multi-bean salad, another that I've not made in some time.. Whatever am I going to do?
Be happy, eat crazy salads!