After checking the fire, switching couches (so I can sit next to my cat), and glancing out the window once more to verify that it is indeed snowing again, I have decided that it is still winter. Even though I am ready for spring, I love winter. Snow just seems relaxing to me. I love wood stoves, cozy fleece blankets, awesome knee-high socks, boots, coats(though I am ready to stop wearing one!) and skating. I also love soups, bread, Starbucks cappuccinos (yes, I do go there occasionally! And if you know me well, you know I order the same thing every single time!), walks in the snow, gazing out over freshly snow covered fields, cozy evenings as a family, and dreaming of spring. I love all the seasons though; spring – everything is fresh: summer, there is no end to summer recipes: fall, gorgeous leaves and amazing weather: and winter? Well, you just heard about that!
So after 50 degree weather last Friday (amazing day for my birthday! ), everyone thought spring was just around the corner. Apparently not. At least the 8 inches of snow today wouldn’t make one thing so. Even though its snowing, I decided to post a “springy” recipe. This spinach salad is one of my family’s favorite recipes. My younger sister just told me to tell every one that they will like it because it is her favorite. I sure hope you do!
Taken from the 1978 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. Yes, our edition is that old.
1 clove garlic (using more is better!)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
12 oz. spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
2 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
Squash (mince) garlic and combine with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Place spinach in a salad bowl and add dressing. Toss until the spinach is well coated with dressing. Add egg and bacon; toss. 3 servings.
To those of you who managed to be in the path of this winter storm, happy sledding(or skiing or snowmobiling!)! And to those of you who are either in a warm sunny state getting a tan, or just someplace warmer than here, well, enjoy some for me too! Meanwhile, I’ll go shovel my way out to the cow-pen….:)
What is your favorite season and why?