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The Quarantine 15!! Time for Salad!

Yep…the quarantine 15 is a thing… I think I’ve been on that ‘SEE FOOD DIET’…you know the one where you see food and eat it….all of it…

So here’s a little poem for fun as I deal with my newly gained weight…

This pandemic has taken a toll!

I’m beginning to feel like a big old tootsie roll.

We been so long stuck inside,

I’m shocked that my leggings stretch so wide!

With so much comfort food around,

I can’t believe I am so round!

So here’s a way to make us thinner,

Try this delicious salad for dinner!

So, once again, Steve and I decided to start eating more salads…I sense this has been a recurring theme for my blog as I revisit some past posts!

This one from Cuisine at Home is a keeper! The dressing is amazing! Remember to toss the cooked shrimp with the vinaigrette for at least an hour for great flavor! This would be a great addition to your Memorial Day cookout (with under 10 people staying 6 feet apart of course)!

SHRIMP COCKTAIL SALAD

with Lemon Horseradish Vinaigrette

Makes 6 servings

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE, WHISK:

  • 1/3 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tbsp. minced lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. no-salt-added ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp.Worcestershiresauce
  • 1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and black pepper

FOR THE SALAD, HEAT:

  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 onion,quartered
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 lemon, halved and juiced
  • 1 Ā Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 Ā tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
  1. In a large potĀ of water over high; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. AddĀ 1/2 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 30) andĀ cook until pink and opaque, 2ā€“3 minutes.
  3. Transfer shrimp to a bowl of ice water; drain.
  4. Toss shrimp in vinaigrette, cover, and chill at least 1 hour or overnight, stirring occasionally.

TOSS IN JUST BEFORE SERVING!

  • 12 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce (about 11/2 heads)
  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes (about 4 medium)

 

Dear Friends,

Thanks for swinging by!

I know that the upcoming months will be the ultimate test of my willpower! Ā But, the harsh reality of this is knowing that so many are without food and the ability to remain socially distant from one another to avoid the spread of this monster. I try to make light of our trivial ‘problems’ as we tread down this path. In a small way, we are donating nonĀ perishables and clothing to try to help.Ā 

So, until next time….

Ā Cheers, stay safe and help others when you can….

šŸ˜·Ā Laura

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This BLT Salad will be a Mother’s Day Favorite!

If you are looking for a great salad to add to your picnic for Mom’s Day, graduation, or just a get-together, try this BLT Salad…..all the flavors of that favorite Ā bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich in a bowl! Simple and delicious!

BLT PASTA SALAD

with

Creamy Bacon Dressing

 

To keep the dressing from curdling, be sure to cool the bacon drippings to room temperature before adding to the mayonnaise.

Makes 20 servingsĀ 

COOK:

1 lb. dry campanelle pasta
1 lb. thick-sliced bacon, diced

WHISK:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. minced shallots
2 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp.sugar

Salt and black pepper to taste

STIR IN:

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce 4 cups halved grape tomatoes

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Transfer pasta to a bowl of ice water; drain well.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper- towel-lined plate. Reserve 3 Tbsp. drippings; set aside to cool.Whisk together mayonnaise, reserved drippings, shallots, basil, vinegar, and sugar in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Stir in pasta, romaine, tomatoes, and bacon; toss to coat. Season salad with salt and pepper.

Dear Friends! I hope you enjoy this delicious salad! This year, I used medium sized ball jars for individual servings….they looked super cute on the table, and made serving easy (the best!).

This year will be my daughter, Jodi’s, first “Almost A Mom’s Day!” They are deciding what to name the baby, and I’m trying to decide what the baby will call Steve and I.Ā 

Check out some of my fun finds! As always, thanks for swinging by and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Cheers! Laura

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