Monday, January 18, 2010

In The Swing

Today's post is a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Above is the salad we had today for dinner, and it was delish! We had a big plate of salad and a spoonful of macaroni and cheese. This was the perfect salad to go with it - tart, sweet, and crisp. Here is the recipe:

Chicory With Oranges and Red Onion

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbls. sugar
1 1/2 teas. salt
1 medium red onion, sliced crosswise 1/8" thick and separated into rings
2 medium naval oranges
2 teas. whole grain mustard
1 tbls. water
1/4 teas. freshly ground pepper
2 tbls. olive oil
1/2 lb chicory (curly endive), stems discarded - 10 cups*

* The market was out of curly endive, but did have a spring salad mix that contained curly endive and other bitter greens. This is what I used.

Combine vinegar, sugar, and 1 teas. salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Cook onion in a medium saucepan of boiling, well salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain into a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again. Stir into the vinegar mixture and let sit 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut peel and white pith from the oranges and slice into 1/4" slices. Drain onion and layer onto the oranges and endive on large platter. Whisk mustard, water, 1/2 teas. salt, pepper, and oil into the vinegar. Dress the salad.

We have been eating a lot of pasta, salad and chicken in 2010. All of our favorite things, but in moderation with large helpings of salad. No one was feeling deprived, at least I thought so. Bill had a curious condition spring up this weekend. Gout. Yes, Gout! (I mean, who gets gout beside Bill and maybe Henry VIII?). I was puzzled. He had this once before about 4 years ago. It went away quickly with medication. We haven't had any red meat since the meatballs in spaghetti about 10 days ago. None of the other trigger foods either. At least I thought so. It seems Mr. "all things in moderation" has been sneaking off to Wendy's. Busted. This is cause for concern for a couple of reasons. First, his health (he's fine!) and secondly, this....Tomorrow we start our Swing Dance class! I am so excited. Actually it is called "Swing Dance for Beginners". A class made for us. I can't wait to give you all the details. Keep your fingers crossed that the gout medication will make it possible for Bill to jump and jive.

Make sure to stop by the Jolly Jabber. The folks at the Fat Quarter Shop are having an auction of quilts to benefit Haiti relief. I donated this quilt today.
It is 31" square and made with antique reproduction fabrics and some antique scraps. It was hand pieced and hand quilted. If this one isn't to your fancy - there are more quilts (with more coming) to bid on. Let's help Kim, Jocelyn, and the rest of the gang over at Fat Quarter Shop send a nice check from American Quilters. Thanks



Quilt Hollow said...

Yummo on the salad! Wish my family weren't so darned finicky about their vegs.
Did you ever decide what to make with your little 1/2 sqs? They are wonderful!!

Sharon said...

Love the shoes! Have fun at your dance class, sounds like a great way to spend a few hours each week.

WoolenSails said...

I am a pasta lover, especially in the winter. That is a nice simple, but delicious salad idea to go with it.


Anonymous said...

Yummy salad, have fun with your dancing sounds great.


Diane said...

My husband suffers with gout also. According to the doctor it is not as rare as you think.

PamKittyMorning said...

Gosh I love those shoes.

Have fun at class. I hope that Bill is feeling better soon.

Mary said...

My dad and brother and husband all have had gout, and actually my husband is going through another round of it right now. I've read that pork is one of the triggers for it and that cherries are a good food for helping it go away.
I love your donation quilt.

Anonymous said...

I tried your salad and it was aewsome . However I used poppyseed dressing by Breannas, absolutley awesome , OH and I added sliced honey roasted almonds !!!! Its your turn to try !!! It truly was delich!

Anonymous said...

I tried your salad and it was aewsome . However I used poppyseed dressing by Breannas, absolutley awesome , OH and I added sliced honey roasted almonds !!!! Its your turn to try !!! It truly was delich!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I took dance classes several years ago. He was very reluctant to go. We had a wonderful "seasoned citizen" teaching the class who teased him about marching through the steps instead of dancing.(He had been in the military)We had loads of fun on those nights. I know you will too.
~Joyce in MI

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