I have a confession – I’ve never warmed up to Ranch dressing. Everyone I know loves it…but not me. Sometimes I think I’m a lone hold out. Until now.
Yanno, I’m always trying new recipes and this Chicken Sandwich from Bon Appetit’s March issue caught my eye. See, I was just down in Georgia and had an opportunity to eat at Chick Fil A for the second time, ever. I think it’s the best fast food – and I don’t usually quite lower myself to eat fast food! I know, I know, I’m a snob about some things…life is just too short for mediocre food.
For years I’ve made Ballymaloe’s Brown Soda Bread, and we’ve always liked it, but this year I decided to try their white for my St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I don’t know what the hold out was on my part – some nod to tradition combined with a commitment to eat more whole grains. I feel like a sinner, but this bread is so beautiful!
Queso Fresco, Fresh Cheese, is a wonderful creamy cheese, and SO misunderstood. Queso Fresco is often confused with Queso Blanco, White Cheese, another soft, crumbly Mexican cheese. As a matter of fact, some “experts” say they are the same – and some say they are different. They are, after all, both white, both fresh, both crumble.
Being an avid reader of cook books and magazines, when crème fraîche appeared on my radar, I was wild to use this “new” (to me) ingredient. Of course, it wasn’t available, even at the “gourmet” stores – and it took years and years (decades?) before I ever found it in a store.
This is one of our newer family faves – Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad. It has a bit of spice but it’s not over the top and it’s a perfect foil for the creamy ranch style dressing. This is a marvelous summer recipe, but it’s bold flavors can easily spill into fall with no problem. Oh heck, it’s good anytime.
Scottish? I don’t know if they are traditionally “Scottish” but that’s what our family has always called these oatmeal pancakes. They are made out of mostly oats, a traditional Scottish staple. Plus, the name sounds so wholesome. The outside of these oatcakes is a beautiful, lacy, crispy contrast to the soft, moist interior. In my mind, these far exceed the taste of boring old pancakes, any day.