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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Last of the Salad Days

Snow comes when it gets cold. Things don't grow anymore when it's cold enough to snow.

Meteorology 101, right?
Sadly, my CSA veggie boxes are coming to an end.

Our next box will most likely be squash and onions. And maybe a few things that were salvageable before the freezing temps and snow hit.

This last head of red leaf lettuce has been absolutely delicious. I'm not a fan of bagged salad, but even the thought of buying heads of lettuce in the grocery store has got me cringing. There's something about the fresh from the field flavor that's missing from the grocery store stuff. I haven't purchased greens from the store since last Spring. Winter is going to be long.
My mom always made homemade salad dressing. Not only is it a cost saver, but it's delicious. Ever read a bottle of salad dressing? Ever had sticker shock buying all natural or organic dressing? You've got to try making your own. It's a great way to keep your kids busy in the kitchen while you're making dinner. A little goes a long way, especially on fresh greens.

Low Fat Citrus Dressing

1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil, walnut oil, or canola oil--optional
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Mix all together and drizzle on fresh greens. You can toss the greens with strawberries, orange segments and almond slices or candied walnuts. Store in refrigerator. Keeps about 1 week.

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