Dear Fed EX,
Thanks for delivering my package to another house. You are the same Fed EX guy who argues with me that I wasn’t home when I was. You don’t knock or ring the doorbell you just say I wasn’t there. I doubt you even checked to see. You are very lucky that the package you dropped off at the OTHER house was still on their doorstep.
Don’t try making me feel bad that you messed up. “Well you know a lot of these houses have the same address but just on a different street.” Yes…that’s why they are on DIFFERENT streets! What a concept!
Dear Culinary Concoction by Peabody Readers,
If you signed up for the email service make sure to confirm that. There are about 1/3 of you who signed up but won’t be getting the email because you haven’t confirmed yet. And you don’t want to miss out as I plan on giving bonus recipes that will not be on the blog…only in the newsletter.
Dear Reader KB,
First off thanks for being a frequent commenter on the blog I really appreciate that! Second is part of your comment from my Blog Anniversary Post made me cry (in a good way) and pretty much made my month. I shared it with a lot of people.
“You’re inspiring. When I started reading food blogs, I was in a bad place. An anorexic, self-hating, exercise-obsessed, emaciated place. Food blogs started to pull me out of it, rekindling my love of food, but I’d never found one like yours that told me to love my body, to love who I am, and to not conform because some people say that skinny equals attractive. I’m still healing. You’re still helping.”
I am beyond touched that something I am doing is helping you in your healing process. I will continue to write about loving who you are! After all you are the only consistent person in your life…might as well love that person! I’m actually going to be starting what I call Feel Good Fridays where I will be posting more body love!
Dear Ice Cream Maker,
I just bought a ton of heavy whipping cream and I am coming at you like a spider monkey so get ready! First up? Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Roasted Red Cherries. Sounds odd I know but so did her Sweet Corn ice cream and I would stab people for that….okay not stab because that gets you in trouble so maybe just start a rumor that you have a Justin Beiber shrine in your house. Equates to the same amount of pain I am sure.
Dear Ice Cream,
Thanks for being invented.
Dear Food Other than Sweets,
I do eat you. People seem to think I never do. That I sit around eating cobbler…which in the case of the Peach Snickerdoodle Cobbler is actually true. I ate it for breakfast and lunch one day. But for the most part I eat 80/20. 80% what society considers healthy and 20% what people really want to be eating. While this salad falls into the 80% category it is something I really want to be eating as well. MDP and I eat variations of this salad a lot. This one has goat cheese but often we have it with feta instead (just didn’t have any in the house). The nuts change to as to whatever nut is sitting around.
I started making my own fruit vinaigrettes when I got a juicer. I made a lot of pear vinaigrette. The Strawberry Poppy seed Vinaigrette is one I make often…sometimes its raspberry which works well too. Throw some chicken (or not if you are veggie), cheese, nuts, sliced strawberries, and greens of your liking and you are good to go!
Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
½ cup strawberry juice – it takes about 16 oz. of strawberries (if you don’t have a juicer put them in the blender, puree, and then strain in a fine mess strainer to avoid seeds)
6 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 TBSP cider vinegar
¾ cup olive oil
½ tsp. poppy seeds (more or less based on your love of poppy seeds)
Place strawberry and lemon juice into a blender. Add the sugar and blend until combined.
Add the vinegar and oil in a steady stream and blend until it starts to thicken.
Stir in poppy seeds.
Keep in the fridge for a week.
*If you use the puree you will get a creamier look to the dressing. Mine is more clear because I use a juicer.