Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Channeling my inner chef!

Even as recently as a year ago, not only was I completely disinterested in cooking, but I would go so far as to say I hated it. Well, I don't know if it was my new role as a wife or if aliens invaded my brain, but I have really taken a lot of joy in preparing meals and finding interesting recipes in the last 8 or 9 months! Who new cooking was so much fun! For Christmas last year my sister-in-law, and good friend, Jamie, made Jeff and I a cookbook of some of her favorite recipes. It really was an awesome gift as it gave me some good, easy recipes to start with! Lately, I've been making this salad in it that she labeled "Brett's Salad". Now, I don't know who Brett is, but I do know that this recipe (specifically the dressing) is seriously rocking my face off! It is so easy, and I've been eating it for the last two weeks, so I thought I would share it with all of you guys! Here you go...

Brett's Salad

Mixed greens 1 onion, sliced and diced
Blue Cheese or Feta crumbles Plain Walnuts
6-8 pieces of bacon, crumbled Raisins

Combine the above and prepare the following dressing

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup Real maple syrup (must be real, it's kind of pricey, but totally worth it. I promise.)
1 cup oil 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp. pepper

Toss with dressing just before serving.

Bon appetite...If you try it, let me know how you like it!!


Dara Steward said...

That salad and dressing sounds yummy! I would love to try it! You know, I was never much of a cook, but now that I have some time I really do enjoy it. We'll have to swap some more recipes! I would love to know how you made your tomatillo salsa... I think that's what you were telling me about the other day. :o) Hope you guys are doing well. This blogging thing is kinda fun!

Amanda Isaacs said...

You know a recipe is really good when someone's name is in the title! I'll have to try it out sometime. I'm glad you finally set up your's about time. :)

danielle said...

that recipe sounds super yummy! keep the recipes coming that you enjoy cooking! i LOVE trying new ones!

mom to 3 boys! said...

Hi Robin!! I found your blog through Dara's! I love to cook and collect cookbooks but can always use new recipes. This sounds delicious!
I hope you don't mind me adding your blog to my list.

It was great being able to catch up at Amanda's wedding!
Kendra (Ritchie) Kelley