I am exhausted! Moving is way too much work! Seems like it has been weeks since I have not been surrounded by boxes in one way shape or form. I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel now, but it is still a long tunnel. My in laws get here tonight, and then we set to work on painting and hanging ceiling fans. Getting my sons room painted will be a huge step in the right direction. Then we will actually be able to unpack and set up his room. Right now he is wall to wall boxes with a mattress on the floor.
You didn’t come here to listen to me complain, so I will move on. Vinaigrette! I love vinaigrette’s. Whenever we go to a restaurant all I want to know is what kind of vinaigrette dressing they have. I don’t like thick and creamy dressings, so I enjoy playing around with different flavors in vinaigrette’s. This uses the fresh basil in my garden, and delicious sun-dried tomatoes.
I used this as a marinade and then a sauce for grilled chicken, and it was wonderful. My husband loves balsamic vinegar, so he picked that out immediately. I will be making this again, it was a big hit on the chicken! There was a tiny bit left that I had on a salad the next day too. This might be the first jar of sun-dried tomatoes that I have purchased, I am not sure why it has taken me so long to use them!
We close on our house today!! Unfortunately we don’t get to move in for another 60 days But, things are moving forward at least. Also this weekend my in-laws are visiting. They got here late last night. My 6 year old didn’t know they were coming, they wanted to surprise him for this birthday. So needless to say, he was shocked when he woke up!
Today is also cooking club. Unfortunately, because of everything that is going on today, I can’t attend. The theme was Mediterranean. I had already planned what I was going to make before I realized the conflict of dates. I decided to go ahead and make it anyway. I was looking forward to it, so why not make just make it earlier in the week?
This Greek Vinaigrette is great for a salad, a pasta salad, a marinade for chicken, or even a sauce for pasta. It is fresh, and perfect for spring. Plus, it only took 3 minutes to make! Just throw a few things in a tupperwear container, and shake!
I just have to brag for a minute. My 6 year old came home from school yesterday with an award in his folder. He was given a ROAR Award for being attentive and a role model to other students. As a mom you always think your kid is the best, no matter what. But, it is so nice for someone else to recognize you have done something right with your kid. Because really, there are so many ways you can mess up your kid, you just hope you are doing the right thing.
So now on to the food! I love making homemade salad dressing. I don’t do it nearly enough, but when I do it always makes me wish I did it more. It is so easy, there really is no reason not too. I saw this recipe by Julie, and knew I had to make it. I love the flavor of roasted garlic, but it is something I don’t cook with often. So I was excited to try it. This dressing was delicious! I ate it on plenty of salads, dipped bread it in, and I might have thought about eating it by the spoonful. It did seize up in the fridge, but I just microwaved it for 10 seconds, and it was back to dressing consistency.
Seriously! Go make this dressing, it is great for just about any salad!
Over the weekend we had some great friends throw us a going away party. It was so much fun to get to hang out with everyone before we move. I had to convince them to let me help with the food. It is after all, kind of what I do! In the end I was “allowed” to bring a salad and/or an appetizer. Well, if you know me, you know I can’t just stop at one! Stay tuned next week for the Appetizer, it was a good one!
Earlier in the week I had seen a Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette on Pinterest. I pinned it immediately, because that is a flavor combination that I love. This was the perfect excuse to try this dressing. I was so excited that it was just as good as I hoped it would be. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the actual salad I made. It was lettuce topped with Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado, and Crispy Tortilla Strips. This dressing was perfect for it. I was asked for the recipe from a couple people, which is how I know if it really was a success.
The recipe makes a lot of dressing. I used some of the leftover dressing as a marinade for turkey cutlets the next night, which was also delicious! I am going to have to make some more of this soon! Enjoy!
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup white wine vinegar
5 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. Kosher
2 tsp sugar
1 c. canola oil
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
In a blender or food processor, combine lime juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, and sugar. Blend until well combined. With the food processor running, add in a slow stream of oil. Pulse in the cilantro. You want the cilantro to be well blended, but still be able to see plenty of flecks. Store in the fridge. Shake or stir well before serving.