Saturday, March 28, 2020

original 1905 salad

We recently ate at the Columbia Restaurant in 
St. Augustine, FL and ordered the most delicious salad.
Here is our version . . .


Columbia Restaurant’s Original “1905” Salad
{slightly adapted}

What you need
4 cups iceberg or romaine lettuce,
broken into 1 ½" × 1 ½" pieces
1 ripe tomato, cut into pieces
½ cup baked ham, julienned 2" × ⅛" (5.5 oz)
½ cup Swiss cheese, julienned 2" × ⅛" (3 oz)
½ cup pimiento-stuffed green Spanish olives
¼ cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated



What to do
Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese and olives in a large salad bowl. Before serving, add “1905” Dressing and toss well.  Sprinkle Romano or Parmesan cheese on top.  Serve immediately. Makes 2 full salads or 4 side salads.

“1905” Dressing Ingredients
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Salad Dressing Preparation
Mix olive oil, garlic, and oregano in a bowl with a wire whisk. Stir in vinegar and lemon juice, gradually beating to form an emulsion, and then season with salt and pepper. For best results, prepare a few hours ahead of time.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

leisure house

We see the most beautiful sunsets at our Leisure House.


{a neighbor took this photo of our winter home}

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

pad thai

Our daughter and her family lived in Cambodia for six years.  
She makes the best Pad Thai but doesn't use a recipe.
I have tried to recreate it here  . . . . .



Pad Thai
2-3 Servings

What you need
4 oz dry Wide Lo Mein Noodles or Rice Noodles
2 tablespoons canola oil
8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bit size pieces
1 medium onion, cut into strips
1 small yellow bell pepper, cut into strips 
1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
4 Tbls Thai Kitchen Pad Thai Sauce

¼ cup crushed peanuts
1 lime cut into wedges

Optional
Sliced Scallions 
Siracha Sauce
Cilantro Leaves

What you do
Prepare Lo Mein or Rice Noodles according to package directions for 2 servings. Rinse with cool water.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 5 to 6 minutes until cooked through. 


Remove from skillet; keep warm. Add onion and bell peppers to skillet; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until tender-crisp.


Add the chicken, noodles and sauce to the pan, toss to coat evenly.




Serve, garnished with the peanuts and lime wedges 


Offer Scallions, Cilantro and Sriracha as toppings.



Recipe to copy and paste without photos . . . . 

Pad Thai
2-3 Servings

What you need
4 oz dry Wide Lo Mein Noodles or Rice Noodles
2 tablespoons canola oil
8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bit size pieces
1 medium onion, cut into strips
1 small yellow bell pepper, cut into strips 
1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
4 Tbls Thai Kitchen Pad Thai Sauce

¼ cup crushed peanuts
1 lime cut into wedges

Optional
Sliced Scallions 
Sriracha Sauce
Cilantro Leaves

What you do
Prepare Lo Mein or Rice Noodles according to package directions for 2 servings. Rinse with cool water.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 5 to 6 minutes until cooked through. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Add onion and bell peppers to skillet; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until tender-crisp.

Add the chicken, noodles and sauce to the pan, toss to coat evenly. 

Serve, garnished with the peanuts and lime wedges 

Offer Scallions, Cilantro and Sriracha as toppings.




Monday, December 2, 2019

did you eat

Photo credit {Old Souls and Introverts}

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

perfect roast turkey

It seems I try a new turkey recipe every year. 
This year will be Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey.



Monday, November 18, 2019

fabric scraps

Seriously? 
I bought this little pillow at the Rec Center 
to put behind my back in the car. It was a bit too full so 
I needed to remove some stuffing. 
Look what was inside!


Who stuffs a pillow with fabric scrapes?

Monday, November 11, 2019

last tango

We just finished all three seasons of
 'Last Tango in Halifax' on Netflix. 
If you are looking for something quirky to watch, this is it. 


Monday, November 4, 2019

senior moment

Senior moment: every morning I have iced coffee and tomato juice. 
Recently I put dill weed, lemon pepper, and celery salt in a glass
then poured in coffee instead of the tomato juice. 
I don't recommend it!


Monday, October 28, 2019

feeling lucky

looking forward to returning 
to our happy place this week





Monday, October 21, 2019

a tisket, a tasket, a taller basket

Thanks for your suggestions 
on filling my cute little bags
I changed their shape a bit and 
now know what to put in them!