10 Feb

It’s snowing here today.

I’ll be heading out to work in just a minute.

I’m crossing my fingers for pizza.

Stay warm.

An Update:

There was indeed pizza at work on Wednesday. Donuts too.  So by the time I was heading home, just ever so slilghtly earlier than usual, I was in serious need of vegetables.

What I came up with was a play on a salad that is the specialty of my friend Vicki.  Vic is a wonderful cook and hostess, and whenever she throws a dinner party she serves salad with mushrooms and onions marinated in balsamic vinegar.  I love it, but I wanted to tweak her recipe just ever so slightly.  And so I did.

Vicki’s Special Salad
Thinly slice a few white button mushrooms and half a Vidalia (or other sweet) onion.  Place in a bowl and add balsamic vinegar, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce to taste.  Toss and allow marinate while assembling the rest of the salad.

Shred a small head of radicchio.  Chiffonade a very large handful of mint.  Add these, along with a few handfuls of baby spinach for each person to a salad spinner, and wash and spin.

Supreme two tangerines.  Do this over the bowl of mushrooms and onions so that any juice falls into the bowl.  Add the tangerine segments to the onions and mushrooms and squeeze out any remaining tangerine juice.  Toss.  Season with a little salt and toss again.

Portion out the greens and top each bowl with a generous helping of the marinated onions, mushrooms and citrus.  Drizzle a little very good olive oil over top and dust with a sprinkling of coarse, flaky sea salt.  Enjoy!

This is one of the most savory and satisfying salads I’ve ever made.  I am so deeply in love with it that I’m hoping to make it again for Valentine’s Day dinner at my mom’s house.

I think it will be a lovely addition to her traditional heart-shaped, blue-cheese stuffed meatloaf.


8 Responses to “Wednesday”

  1. noblenourishment February 10, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Awww look at that poor wee chair in the last photo! You get yourself wrapped up and getting something warm and comforting to eat :)

  2. Margaret February 10, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    It’s snowing like that here in Washington DC as well, but I can’t get my camera to capture the motion of the snow like you have. I think we’ve got more snow piled up than NYC does from last weekend’s blizzard, making my trek to the grocery store (which had neither eggs nor yogurt) an exciting one. At least I can say I was out in it!

  3. Lindsay February 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Woah, intense!

  4. Toni February 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I remember those days of fighting the cold and blowing snow in NYC. Now I have to drive for an hour to visit it. Your photos are, as usual, terrific.

  5. naomi dagen bloom February 13, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    Marvelous photos. My memory of so many of those days recent and long ago. Cannot quite believe that I escaped and wish you well in staying dry. And warm in the subway.

  6. Anne February 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    That is one fine sounding salad, lady. I may try it this week. I’m constantly in dire need of vegetables.

  7. ann February 20, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Noblenourishment — Isn’t that chair amazing? Not 15 seconds after I snapped that picture, someone picked it up and kicked it to the curb. I have no idea why. It was so nice there.

    Margaret — You guys definitely got more than us! As for the snow/cameras: Does your camera have adjustable shutter speeds? I leave mine open a bit more than I should, and then edit the exposure time after I’ve transferred it over.

    Lindsay — And yet all the New Yorkers were out being grumbly per usual. We’re such curmudgeons :-)

    Toni — I’d love to be able to only choose to visit snow when I want to! That sounds like the life!!

    Naomi — Thanks! Congrats on the escaping. Someday maybe I’ll come to my senses and do the same!!

    Anne — Who isn’t at this time of year? Gah, winter!!

  8. Pam Folse February 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    This is not really a comment on this post, even though the salad description had my mouth watering. I want to talk about granny carts. I need a new one. It will be my third one. I bought the first one when I was 20. Everyone called it a granny cart. You bought it at the hardware store. My last(second) one collapsed a couple of weeks ago and I need a new one. Since New Orleans doesn’t have quite as many hardware stores as we did before the Federal Flood, I decided to let my fingers do the walking and was calling and asking if they had granny carts.
    No one knew what a granny cart was. I had to describe it as a folding shopping cart. That does not have the same cache as granny cart. Maybe I’m just too old (64) but I felt a huge sense of loss. My culture is debased if no one knows what a granny cart is. Large Sigh !

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