January 4, 2018

A new year, same resolution for me.....eat better, lose some weight.  I made a really good Bon Appetit' salad last night.  I changed it a little, and I think if you want to make it lighter, you can omit the bacon and make the dressing a little lighter.  I used those sweet pepper dews because Chuck doesn't like tomato, it added a sweet bite to the salad. 


Cooking all morning, made egg cups, home made granola bars and a chicken waldorf salad from, you guessed it, Bon Appetit'. (recipe at the end of the page)


·         1 cup walnuts

·         4 slices bacon

·         8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled, divided

·         ½ cup crème fraîche or sour cream

·         ½ cup mayonnaise

·         5 teaspoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

·         2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

·         1 teaspoon hot sauce

·         Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

·         1 head of iceberg lettuce, cut crosswise into four 1-inch-thick slices

·         2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

·         1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered, I used those little pepperdews

·         1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon


Recipe Preparation


Preheat oven to 350°. Toast walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning halfway through, until brown and crisp, 8–10 minutes total. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Let cool; crumble.

Place half of blue cheese in a medium heatproof bowl and microwave on medium until melted, about 1 minute (this will make it easier to whisk). Add crème fraîche, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and hot sauce to blue cheese and whisk until smooth; season dressing with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until cold, at least 30 minutes.

Place 1 slice of iceberg lettuce on each plate and spoon about ¼ cup dressing over each. Top with walnuts, bacon, celery, tomatoes, tarragon, and remaining blue cheese.



                                                                          Chicken Waldorf Salad




·         6 Tbsp mayonnaise (or plain yogurt)

·         1 Tbsp lemon juice

·         1/2 teaspoon salt

·         Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

·         2 sweet apples, cored and chopped

·         1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half (or 1/4 cup of raisins)

·         1 cup celery, thinly sliced

·         1 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts

·         ½ cup chopped cooked chicken


In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (or yogurt), lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts, chicken.  Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.

If you use yogurt the recipes suggest to add a little honey and omit the lemon juice.

Read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/waldorf_salad/#ixzz53EYjzxjr


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