After talking about basic skills any chef should master recently, I figured it would be a good idea to post on each of those things: salad, pie crust, and roasted chicken. Today I'm covering salad and you can expect to see pie in the next couple weeks and my first attempt at roasting a whole chicken. I've gotten some good advice on bird roasting, so I think it will be a success.
Also, I received this box in the mail this week:
- Fruit: dried cranberries or cherries, pear slices
- Nuts: sunflower seeds, spiced or candied pecans or almonds
- Cheese: Parmesan grated or fried into crisps
- Dressing: simple pantry vinaigrette or Penzey's Country French Vinaigrette mix
The recipes below are basic and can easily be adapted for your own tastes, which is what cooking is all about, right? Make sure to wash your greens first, even if the package says pre-washed. You never know what might be on produce and it only takes about two minutes to rinse and dry in a salad spinner. Also, dress your salad with a light hand. You can always add more dressing, but you can't take away too much dressing.
For an easier-to-print copy of the recipe, simply click to download. To enter the drawing for the OXO salad spinner, just fill out the form below. The fine print: you must be a U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. As noted above, I received a salad spinner in exchange for posting about it, but all opinions are entirely mine.
What's your favorite thing to add to a salad? Also, how do you feel about Rafflecopter? Do you find the form easier? Harder? Annoying? I want to do what you prefer, so give me your feedback.
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