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Whip up some DIY accessories today November 25, 2009

Check out my column on quick-sew bags, jewelry and flower adornments that you can put together in no time. Read it here…

 

Project Runway Finale: Guess who won? November 22, 2009

You’ll never believe it, or maybe you will. Read my recap here …

 

Project Runway: Getting Ready for Bryant Park November 20, 2009

The finale is tonight. Catch up on last week’s episode here.

 

Sewers turn to the quilting aisle for yummy fabrics and projects November 18, 2009

Read here about great projects and colorful fabrics that are drawing sewers in droves to the quilting world …

 

Easy, Elegant and Quick Salad November 9, 2009

Filed under: Budget Athena,Domestic Goddess,Food is Good — rebmas03 @ 2:54 pm
sample salad

baby spring greens, dried apricots, pine nuts and white cheddar

I have a formula for eight ingredients that always make an elegant salad – four for the salad and four for the dressing:

Salad

1 pound washed Greens

2 handfuls Dried Fruit

1 large handful Nuts

2 oz. Cheese

Dressing

4 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

½ teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Pepper

I have made this salad using arugula, dried apricots, pine nuts and feta cheese.  I have made this salad using romaine lettuce, raisins, chopped almonds and cheddar cheese.  The formula is simple and you can usually make it with what’s on hand at anyone’s house that you’re visiting.  In fact, I came up with this formula last year when I was visiting my sister and she asked me to come up with something to do with a bag of arugula that only had one or two days left.

If you use a bag of pre-washed lettuce, there is no washing of vegetables involved in making this salad.  The only chopping depends on the fruit, nuts and cheese you select.  I don’t even measure for the ingredients, I eyeball 4 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.

About salad dressing.

Salad dressing is so easy to make, it’s one of the products people buy that I cannot understand.  The basic formula for salad dressing is: 4 parts oil to 1 part acid.  From there you can add flavors:  salt, pepper, mustard, garlic, finely chopped onions, sugar, etc.  For oil, I generally use olive oil, but any oil will do.  For acid, I usually use red wine vinegar, but balsamic, rice vinegar or lemon juice work fine.  To make salad dressing, you just put all your ingredients into a jar, shake vigorously and pour over your salad.

dressing jar - cropped

old jelly jar I use for mixing salad dressing

One of my favorite trivia facts is that the word “salad” comes from the Latin word “sal,” for salt.  That’s because the original salad dressing is salt.  When I am at a function where the only options for salad dressing are store-bought ones with too many ingredients for my taste, I use salt only to dress my salad and feel very “classic” in my food taste.

 

Project Runway Update: Guess who’s going to Fashion Week? November 7, 2009

logoWell, the last challenge is over and 2 of the 5 designers went home. Read here to find out who …

 

Project Runway: Logan is out—Get last week’s show dish before tomorrow’s episode November 5, 2009

loganWe know he needed to go a while back and was just riding on his looks and sweet nature—and we’ll miss both but not the designs. Read more here on Episode 10.