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Salad of the gods: Romaine, Orange, Feta, Almonds in a Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

In an effort to avoid the grocery store and use up my CSA from last week, I quickly threw together this salad for lunch. Upon the first bite I realized:

This salad is amazeballs!!!!

If you find that term annoying then substitute any non-cloying superlative in its place that means “rocktastic” rather than “sucktastic.”

It’s super stellar qualities were further elevated by the ease with which I threw it all together.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 Cup almonds
  • Feta Cheese
  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop up the romaine. Stick it in a bowl.
  2. Roughly chop the almonds. Throw them on top of the lettuce.
  3. Peel the orange. Cut each section into bite size pieces (I cut it into three pieces each). Throw the orange bits on top of the almond bits.
  4. Squeeze a zig zag of honey across the top of the salad.
  5. Sprinkle some feta on top.
  6. Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on the salad.
  7. Stick a fork in it and shovel into mouth. Feel the “OMG amazeballs” love.

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Microwave Popcorn

Presto! Blammo! Alakazam!

Why did no one ever tell me microwaving your own popcorn was so simple a toddler could do it? I always imagined that good money was made selling microwave popcorn bags because there was some fancy high science going on inside them. I mean, they say “this side up” on them, which implies there’s something darn tooting special happening up in that bag.

Making your own microwave popcorn has to be one of the easiest things in the world of easy. I’m not talking about taking one of those little individually wrapped bags out of its plastic, unfolding it, and hitting the popcorn button. I’m talking about pouring your own popcorn into a bag and setting it in the microwave and hitting “nuke it.”

My curiosity and poverty got the better of me one day ($1.99 for six single serving bags these days at Trader Joes’ WHAT) and I hit the trusty google to investigate the matter. I discovered a plethora of sites advising me that it was possible and offering all kinds of suggestions. Some of which seemed to still involve too much work and alchemy (Alton Brown and others get way too complicated and oil it up in the bag and then stick staples or tape on it).

Here’s the low down:

  1. You stick 1/4 cup (or less) of pop corn kernels in a paper lunch bag (you know the kind- cheap, sold in bundles of like 50-also good for making puppets out of).
  2. Fold it over (little pleats) like 4 times. Sit it on there wide bottom down or on its side (doesn’t matter, may fall over on its own).
  3. Cook for like 1 minute 30 seconds (stand nearby to learn your microwave’s time-could be a little more or a little less).
  4. Pour out your amazing popcorn.
  5. Jazz it up as you feel. I like to melt a little real butter into mine and a teensy tiny dash of salt and garlic powder. Savingslifestyle.com recommends olive oil and sea salt.

That’s it! For $1.99 for my bag of popping corn I’m going to get about 20 bags of microwave popcorn out of the deal. Plus my stuff will be healthier by boodles. Feel free to unhealthy your own batch as ye will. Any other good suggestions on flavor combos would be appreciated in comments.

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Radish Dip

It is easy-peasy to make, provided you have a food processor or a powerful blender.

It looks harmless but it is deceptively addictive; proceed with caution

Ingredients:

  • 12-ish Radishes, chopped in half (more if small, less if large)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 to 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Wash and trim the radishes, cutting large ones into smaller chunks so pieces are nearly uniform.   Set them on paper towels to soak up excess water.  Peel the garlic.
  2. Toss radishes and garlic into food processor.  Pulse until blended.
  3. Throw in the cream cheese, salt and pepper and pulse until smooth and mixed together.

This dip is great with slices of french bread or fresh veggies.

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Cumin-licious Salad Dressing

This is a yummy dressing that works well on a bed of mixed leafy greens and perfect for those in love with cumin.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground chile or chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 onion finely minced

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the milk and yogurt in a jar or bowl.
  2. Add the spices and whisk until blended.
  3. Mix in the finely diced onion.

Use immediately or let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour to enhance the flavors

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