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  • Guacamole


    Tis’ the night before Cinco De Mayo, and through the States, tomatoes, peppers, avocados, and cilantro are been beaten into a unrecognizable pulp, to be served as guacamole..

    From Wikipedia:

    Guacamole, sometimes informally referred to as “guac” in North America, is an avocado-based dip or salad first created by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. In addition to its use in modern Mexican cuisine, it has also become part of American cuisine as a dip, condiment and salad ingredient.

    And there is the first time I can remember, that I venomently disagree, with the Wikipedia Community.

    Guacamole, is NOT a dip, Guacamole IS a salad.

    But like almost all things “Americanized”, the concept has been abused and misused to the point of no longer being recognizable as the original product. Made with chunks of avocado, minced onion, finely diced tomatoes, and just enough Jalapeño or Serrano pepper to add a spice kick. No mayonnaise, no sour cream, no stick blender and for god’s sake, no mariachi bands.

    Guasacaca is a smooth green sauce, from Venezuela, made with avocados and vinegar, with a much stronger flavor and spice kick .. (But that is another post)

  • Memorial Day Sides – Macaroni Salad

    One of the classic pasta salads, macaroni in mayonnaise dressing, with stop light peppers, celery, onion and seasonings. This is a southern dish that has global acceptance. A perfect companion for a Barbecue.

    Macaroni salad is a salad, served cold made with cooked elbow macaroni pasta and usually prepared with mayonnaise. Much like potato salad in its use, it is often served as an accompaniment to barbecue or other picnic style entrees. Like any dish, national and regional variations abound but generally it is prepared with raw diced onions and celery and seasoned with salt and pepper. Canned tuna is also a very popular ingredient.

    In Australia it is commonly known as pasta salad and is usually made with cooked shell pasta pieces and brought from supermarket delis.

    In the U.S. state of Hawaii, macaroni salad is often served with plate lunches, a local form of dining. Locals in Hawaii often refer to macaroni salad as “mac sal” or “mac salad”. The salad itself is usually just elbow macaroni and a heaping portion of mayonnaise.

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  • Lettuce and Bacon

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    It is spring and the first heads of lettuce are coming in, I so must have a dish from my youth. I can not count the number of nights dinner was thick strips of bacon, fried, with a salad of lettuce and onion, or spinach greens wilted with a hot bacon and vinegar dressing, served with a big wedge of corn bread and butter.

    One can “class” this up and use spinach greens with a “Hot Bacon Dressing”, but I’ll always think of this as wilted lettuce.

    These are the things that memories are made of, (some times, you wish to go back for just one more meal)

    Background
    As said before

    Bacon is a cut of meat taken from the sides, belly, or back of a pig, then cured, and smoked. Meat from other animals, such as beef, lamb, chicken, goat, or turkey, may also be cut, cured, or otherwise prepared to resemble bacon. Bacon may be eaten fried, baked, or grilled, or used as a minor ingredient to flavor dishes.

    Sarah Hepola, on Salon.com, suggests that eating bacon in the modern, health-conscious world is an act of rebellion: “Loving bacon is like shoving a middle finger in the face of all that is healthy and holy while an unfiltered cigarette smolders between your lips.

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  • Fruit Salad

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    A absolute classic salad for an absolute classic meal. NOTHING says thanksgiving to me more than Dressing and Fruit Salad…

    Background
    Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, served either in their own juices or a syrup, it can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert. When served as an appetizer or as a dessert, a fruit salad would be a fruit cocktail, or fruit cup.

    Small cups of fruit salad are commonly served for dessert in American public schools, I will endevor to remove that stigma from this dish. (Think of the emotional scaring.)

    There are a number of home recipes for fruit salad that contain different kinds of fruit, or that use a different kind of sauce other than the fruit’s own juice or syrup. Other recipes use sour cream (such as in ambrosia), yogurt or even mustard as the primary sauce ingredient.

    An ever-popular variation also uses whipped cream mixed in with many varieties of fruits (usually a mixture of berries). Rojak, a Malaysian fruit salad, uses a spicy sauce with peanuts and shrimp paste. Moroccan cuisine, often as part of a kemia, an extended variety of fruit salads as appetizers or small dishes analogous to Spanish tapas or eastern mezze.

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  • Chicken Curry Salad Sandwich

    So combat / install / commissioning operations have halted, and once again the team has managed to defeat the Demon Murphy, and send him back to the land of chaos and confusion. As always with these operations I reach for high protein, energy food, like beef. At this point, I’m very beefed out… So beefed out, I’d refuse a steak. (Yes, I know this is like kicking Marlyn Monroe out of bed..)

    But I’m also veggied out as well, (This is like kicking Phylis Dyllar, out of bed…), so what does this leave…

    Chicken, chicken with a bit of smoke from the stove top smoker, and add some Indian spices a fresh blender mayonnaise, some finely chopped veggies, and serve on a nice ciabatta ..

    Background
    Chicken salad is any salad that comprises chicken as a main ingredient. In Europe and Asia this may be complemented by any number of dressings, or indeed no dressing at all and the salad constituent can vary from traditional leaves and vegetables, pastas, cous cous to noodles or rice.

    In the US it refers to a salad consisting primarily of chopped chicken meat and a fat-based binder such as mayonnaise or salad dressing. Like tuna salad, it is served as a creamy spread, and it is often used for sandwiches. Typically it is made with leftover or canned chicken in the United States.

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  • Grilled Chicken Salad

    It was 95 yesterday, it’s 95 today, I’m NOT cooking.

    But thanks to the local modern megamart, I have chicken breasts. add some spices and some brined vegetation for a taste twist, a fresh blender mayonnaise, some finely chopped veggies, and serve on a nice ciabatta ..

    Background
    Chicken salad is any salad that comprises chicken as a main ingredient. In Europe and Asia this may be complemented by any number of dressings, or indeed no dressing at all and the salad constituent can vary from traditional leaves and vegetables, pastas, cous cous to noodles or rice.

    In the US it refers to a salad consisting primarily of chopped chicken meat and a fat-based binder such as mayonnaise or salad dressing. Like tuna salad, it is served as a creamy spread, and it is often used for sandwiches. Typically it is made with leftover or canned chicken in the United States.

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