Have you ever noticed how long the titles of recipes have become? We don’t have names for recipes anymore, like back in the olden days when I was a kid. Names, instead, have become descriptors and they have us either drooling or running for the toilet long before we reach the end of the descriptor. Very effective.
People used to say things like, “I have a recipe for banana bread. It calls for x, y, z.” That would open up a whole discussion about banana bread with a comparison of recipes between cooks. “Oh yes, mine has x in it, too. Mine calls for 1/2 cup of x. How much does yours call for?” Discussions could get quite lively with the back and forth, give and take of ingredients and amounts. Now, however, conversations can be pretty short lived. “I have a recipe for Golden Buttery Pineapple, Walnut, Cinnamon Banana Bread with a Cream Cheese Lemon Raspberry Filling.” What do you say after that announcement? “Oh. That sounds good”. Which then opens up an opportunity for a very witty and intellectually brilliant, “Yes, it’s delicious.” Conversation over.
Actually, that above off-the-cuff descriptor sounds pretty darn good–minus the walnuts. I’ll have to get to work right away…..as a matter of fact, the recipe is just about finished in my head.
I have to admit that I am as guilty as anyone else when it comes to naming recipes as evidenced by the descriptor for this salad. But, I needed to grab your attention, fast. We have become used to getting information on the fly and we don’t have time to actually read a recipe to find out about it. Gotta hurry, gotta go, gotta get it all done yesterday. It’s just the way we are.
It would be nice to think, though, that we are taking time to sit and have a meal with our families and friends. When my children were growing up we always had dinner together. Even through the soccer practices and dance lessons and swim meets and track meets we managed to sit down at the dinner table together. My husband and I had a routine. I would drive around the valley dropping the kids off at their various activities and then would come home and work on getting dinner on the table. My husband would go around picking up the kids on his way home from work and by the time everyone got home, dinner would be almost ready. Things didn’t always work out so picture perfect, but even on the nights we had to grab burgers on the way home, we sat down at the table and ate together as a family.
Of course I have rambled, as I do so often. Have fun with this salad. It goes together quite easily and is especially delicious with this Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette. Don’t let the candied pecans scare you off. They are very easy to make and are done in about 20 minutes in the oven. I will confess that the salad may be more popular with adults than with children, but the kids would at least like to pick out the blueberries and candied pecans.
Play around with cheeses, if Gorgonzola is not on your list of likes. Try Swiss cheese or Gruyere. As a matter of fact, Gruyere might be especially nice. It is one of my favorite cheeses and my grandkids love it, too.
I have measurements for ingredients in this salad because sometimes people like to have that sort of thing, but, well, it is just one of those things where you can make as much or as little as you need. I would recommend that you use a light hand on the Gorgonzola, it is rather potent.
The recipe for the candied pecans is included at the end of the salad.