Visiting the Parents: LunchAugust 17, 2008
Yes, I know. I’ve been very bad at updating this little blog of mine. Easter was how many months ago?
I am up in the North Bay visiting my parents and family for the weekend. A quick lunch was in order, and here’s what we cooked up.
Mixed Berry Salad
Spinach with lemon garlic vinaigrette
Grilled cheese with cheddar and Reggiano
I am sure you were expecting something a bit more gourmet, but frankly there is hardly a better lunch out there.
The berries were simple: sliced strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and mango (for fun). Toss them together and walk away for five minutes.
Here’s the vinaigrette recipe:
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, halved
1 tsp. dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. each fresh thyme and rosemary
1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil
Mix the first five ingredients together in a bowl or mason jar. While whisking continuously, add olive oil. If you’re using a mason jar, add half the oil, shake vigorously, then add the second half and repeat.
When you’re plating your salad, toss a few pinches of fresh herbs (or in this case a mixture of cayenne pepper, thyme, and paprika) on top along with fresh cracked pepper.
The grilled cheese was a simple mix of sliced cheddar and grated Reggiano. I grill my sandwiches on cast iron (the best) to a dark brown.
Enjoy! More updates to come, I promise.