My guests are still here which leaves me very little time for writing. The weather over the weekend was a little disappointing, but we still managed to have fun. Having company is not a good thing for my St. Lucia bathing suit look. I tend to indulge people with too much alcohol and food. If I indulge them, I indulge myself while I'm at it. Our house? Has been one big par-tay lately.
I was told I'm very amusing after sipping only very small quantities of vodka. What do you think of that? Do any of you find that to be shocking or surprising news?
Also, I think I'm really neurotic.
Are you thinking Doh!??
I have a really hard time sleeping with people in my house. It makes no sense whatsoever, but it happens every time we have house guests. As a result, I'm pretty much running on empty at this point. Once everyone leaves I'll probably snooze for a good 12 hours. Do you have that problem too? House guest insomnia?
Years ago, a good friend of mine invited me over for a barbecue.
Wait a minute – time out ….
Here in California, a barbecue is what many of you call a cook-out. Or what some of you refer to as having people over to grill. Which, to me, sounds like an interrogation or cannibalism, but what do I know?
Anyway, my friend served the most delicious and somewhat unusual strawberry salad. My family went bonkers-crazy for it. She was kind enough to share the recipe. I've fixed it for years now and my family loves it as much as ever. It's a frequent side dish when we invite people over for barbecues. I've never met a person who hasn't loved it. In fact, one of my good friends promised me her husband would hate it because he's very picky and refuses to eat a few of the salad ingredients.
He not only ate the salad, he went back for seconds. And thirds. And he insisted his wife get the recipe. She now makes it for him frequently herself.
I've only given out one recipe here before (pumpkin chocolate chip cookies). However, I served this salad last weekend to my guests and it disappeared in record time once again. I thought it might be a recipe many of you could use in upcoming months at picnics and barbecues. We grow a lot of strawberries locally here, and this salad will give you a little taste of California.
Look for fresh, red, plump, strawberries at the store or your local farmer's market. I don't follow the recipe quantities exactly, but the recipe is a good guideline as a starting point. Also, I frequently make the dressing ahead of time to cut down on my "day of the party" chores. OK, here it is ….
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
3/4 cup sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Mix all dressing ingredients together until sugar has dissolved. Shake well before using.
1 large head romaine lettuce torn or chopped (no iceberg!)
1 pint strawberries halved (I use more)
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 medium red onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Mix all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the dressing right before serving so it doesn't get soggy.
This salad is a great accompaniment to steak, burgers, or just about anything else you might choose to throw on the grill.
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