Chavrie Blue Berry Salad with Walnuts
At 9:30 PM a few weeks ago, I had a startling realization: I had to bring a dish to church the next day!! Well, it wasn’t so much a realization as it was an acceptance that I could no longer procrastinate, nor did I have a viable excuse to get out of doing what I promised.
“To the refrigerator!” I cried and I went to the refrigerator.
See, there’s something everyone needs to know about me. I live in a constant state of preparedness…for the show Door Knock Dinners. Ever since the first New York Battle on Iron Chef, I’ve become obsessed with the idea that any time, Gordon Elliott or an Iron Chef (or you know, me) could walk into my house and prepare a huge gourmet meal with only what I have in my fridge, freezer and big freezer downstairs.
So, it was with the highest level of confidence that I attacked my pantry on a quest to make something to take the next day. Let me tell you, I came up with the best idea. I was going to layer sheets of puff pastry with layers of sweetened goat cheese and fresh, homemade blue berry syrup and then top the whole thing with a nice splash of blueberry balsamic. Sounds pretty good huh?
Then I realized I was in no mood to cook and made this salad instead.
But you know what? It rocked!! It was also my first experience using Chavrie as anything more than a cracker spread. (Here it comes, FTC disclosure: I was given coupons for free samples, which is why we had some in the house.)
Because it was my first experience using Chavrie, I wish I could have done a little better with it. I simply did not realize just how soft it was. Normally when I make this salad, I use feta crumbles. The Chavrie was far softer than that so when I cut into it, it wanted to spread on me.
Next time, I hope to not be making the salad on the hood of my car so I’ll have time for a little more finesse, but whatever. (Did I mention I had to buy and breakdown Romaine lettuce in the Target parking lot? By the way, yes, I still could have made it on Door Knock Dinners, but then it would have been a spinach salad and I wanted Romaine, darn it!) Still, it was a good salad.
It’s Valentine’s Day, what are you going to do for romance? How about a nice
Asparagus and Avocado Salad
Now, maybe you think I’ve lost my mind here and you probably wouldn’t be too far off. But see, I know my other #letslunch compatriots are going to do romantic meals with chocolate and probably strawberries and all that fancy schmancy romantic stuff. But I’ve found that romance is really something you have to tackle on a case-by-case basis.
For instance, if you want to romance me with food, show up with sushi. Or crab legs. Preferrably both. And a nice sweet champagne.
If you tried that on my wife, well a) you’d have me to deal with but b) she hates seafood and doesn’t much like champagne. She’s more of a chocolate only kind of gal.
So I’ve decided to do what I do best and turn this romantic Valentine’s Day into nice cheap potty humor. How you might ask? With a little help from the Romans.