I was born on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. My mom, Izetta, was born in Tennessee and raised in Waterford, Virginia. My dad, Charles Irving, was born in a small town outside of Leesburg, Virginia. Most of my aunts and uncles remained in Virginia. We would drive to the country every Sunday and had wonderful Sunday dinners with relatives. My mom would help cook in their big country kitchens. Nothing says comfort like southern food and. . .good ole' hospitality is truly a southern tradition.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
SALAD WITH HOMEMADE BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
Here is a recipe for a really delicious blue cheese dressing. No additives, no sugar, and you can make it in just a few minutes.
4 slices bacon ½ cup buttermilk or make your own buttermilk, recipe follows ½ cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
½ cup mayonnaise
8 oz blue cheese, crumbled
1 T champagne or white wine vinegar
½ t garlic powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Cucumber slices, cut in half
Thinly sliced red onion
Cook bacon in a 375 degree F oven until crisp, about 15 to 16 minutes
Crumble and set aside.
Rinse and spin-dry the salad greens and place in a large salad bowl
Whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream and mayonnaise in a small bowl.
Add the crumbled blue cheese and mash lightly with a fork.
Stir in the vinegar and garlic and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add a little of the dress to the salad greens to lightly coat.
Toss to combine and divide onto 4 salad plates.
Spoon a little more dressing on top of each salad and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
1 cup milk
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
Add the lemon juice to milk and stir. Set aside for 15 minutes.