More than 44 years after the original surprise party I received a surprise text from my cherished Cousin Alison.
Sadly Alison’s not near my front door to whisk me to Dime Box, Texas to visit family, but she’s texting because she’s found an old article from yesteryear about something I don’t even remember as a young tot – one special feast honoring my Grandmother’s 75th birthday!
I’ll spare you my many fabulously fond stories about my dear Nanny but I hope you’ve enjoyed one of the greatest gifts life has to offer – Grandparents!
What’s special about this ol’ newspaper post is that it honored my Grandmother at one of the fanciest restaurants in San Antonio – La Louisianne. Sadly “La Lou” closed its doors in 1992 but trust me when I say it gifted memorable meals to thousands of folks who graced passed its front doors.
How remarkable that this birthday party appeared in the San Antonio Express-News. I’m crediting my Mom, Betty, for what’s probably the only time my name has been in *real* newspaper print. Hooray!
While Cousin Alison’s name didn’t make 1974 print, just the week before Nanny’s great dinner my Cousins Billy and Debbie found out they were blessed with her arrival, coming in 1975. What a great gift in our lives!
My Cousin Lorin texted me this caesar salad recipe proving that food can last beyond the best of times. Thank you, Lorin!
Enjoy food, salad, and family to the fullest!
❤ Two heads of lettuce? Yikes – where’s room for dessert!? We cut this recipe in half. Even for two ambitious Texans.
❤ To coddle and egg: Don’t hug it near and dear. :) Drop it in hot water for about 40 seconds to make it nice and toasty!
❤ Hangry? Add sliced grilled chicken breast for a more bountiful meal.
❤ Love salads? Don’t forget to click here (and scroll down) for more salad ideas here at Betty’s Cook Nook!
❤ Thanks to Joe! I bought a head of CABBAGE at the store, thinking it was Romaine lettuce. He fixed my wrong. #Guh
Total prep: About 15 minutes (sans the grilled chicken)
2 heads | romaine lettuce, cold, dry, and crisp
¼ teaspoon | salt
¼ teaspoon | fresh cracked black pepper
½ cup | croutons
2 ounces | garlic oil
½ ounce | worcestershire sauce
½ ounce | red wine vinegar
½ ounce | lemon juice
1 | cage free egg, coddled
1 tablespoon | anchovies, chopped
2 tablespoons | parmesan cheese, shredded
iii. What to do
1. Pull apart the Romaine lettuce into 2-inch pieces.
2. Mix the lettuce with salt and pepper.
3. Form a bed of croutons in the center of the lettuce,.
4. Mix the next 4 ingredients and pour over the crouton-lettuce mixture.
5. Add the egg and anchovies.
6. Toss well and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
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And fortunately some things DO change! Like taste. Who hasn’t heard that your “taste buds change over time?”
As a kid I couldn’t have cared less about this statement. But what a sad life I would have lived without my accidental BFF, the tomato.
I’m happy to say that while I wanted to be seated as far across the table from Miss Tomato growing up, my taste buds love them to this day. Go figure.
Which reminds me of one of the “dirtiest” jokes I remember Mom telling. She learned it at Catholic school and regardless, I’m sure the Nuns would have smiled…
Question: Why did Miss Tomato blush?
Answer: She saw Mr. Green Pea.
And with that, we’re off to the tomato races!
4 | tomatoes, firm
to taste | sugar
to taste | salt
to taste | pepper
to taste | buttered croutons
to taste | blue cheese, crumbled
ii. what to do
0. Preheat oven to 375°F.
1. Cut tops from tomatoes.
2. Sprinkle cut surfaces lightly with sugar, salt and pepper.
3. Bake in oven for 10 minutes; remove and top each tomato with a few buttered croutons and a spoonful of crumbled blue cheese.
4. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melty-soft.
foodie tips ~
♥ Mom wrote that this danish tomato recipe was a good side with steak, so I made these on the same night as this sirloin with mushroom gravy. Home run. She was right!
♥ A spoonful of blue cheese? Or spoonfulls.