The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Teeny McMunn
The Times 

TEENY MCMUNN: MY RECIPE BOX

Spinach Salad

 


Are you still waiting for the Perfect Pound Cake recipe? Me too! I’m sure I put it somewhere I could find it when I wanted it, but... Yes, I could google it, but there is more than one and I wanted to try this one. So it is on the back burner until I clean my desk or accidently find it.

This recipe came from a friend. I have tried it and it’s good. It is almost barbeque season and this would be perfect for it, or a small gathering. I don’t know how well it would hold over though.

INGREDIENTS

1 bag spinach

1 head iceberg or romaine lettuce

1 purple onion, sliced thin—or sweet onion, less if you want

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms

3/4 pound Swiss cheese, grated

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 cup cottage cheese (if it’s too runny, drain)

1 can mandarin oranges, drained

DRESSING

1/3 cup white vinegar

3/4 cup oil

3/4 Tbsp poppy seeds

1/3 cup sugar

3/4 Tbsp green onions, finely chopped

1/3 tsp dry mustard

She says, “I make the dressing and cook the bacon the day before” Marinate onions and mushrooms in dressing for two hours. Combine salad ingredients and toss with dressing just prior to serving. This is a winner; everyone always loves this and asks for the recipe”

MY NOTES: If you are going to a bulk store or Andy’s, the poppy seeds are less expensive, but as I said before in a previous recipe, they kept them in the back so you might have to ask for them. I guess drug dealers cook with them too.

Off the subject—but on food—King Arthur Flour FaceBook page had an interesting article about using less sugar in recipes. They took four kinds of cakes and tried each recipe with reducing sugar. For example, 10%, 25%, and 50%. The article is too long to type out, but the conclusion was all recipes could handle 10% less, which most times was about 6 teaspoons. Depending on the cake type, some could handle 25%. So if you are trying to de-sugar a bit, it might be worth a try. I am a sugar-holic. I might start my own group!

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