Have I said lately how much I love living in my small town? Maybe I haven’t said it this week but I think I said it twice week before last. Last week I was in a city . . an entire week in a city. A city with large grocery stores, bakeries, Italian restaurants, seafood restaurants, though I didn’t go because Elaine doesn’t like seafood but one day she’s going to eat a crawfish, even if I have to bake that rascal in a cake and put icing on top! When I’m in a city, and we eat at yummy restaurants, I almost wish I lived in a city.
Then I come home to my sleepy, quiet little town and I remember how much I love living here. In my town with no traffic, no interstate highways, my favorite grocery store where the checkout ladies know my name, where I call to get my oil changed and the oil change guy says “I’ll pick up your car at 9:00 tomorrow.” And, he shows up at my house, takes my car away, brings it back a couple of hours later and I never had to leave home. And then I remember that when I complained to my state senator, he showed up at my house. Wait, if those kinds of things are going to happen, maybe I should move to Dallas! Nope, I’m behaving myself and staying in the small town.
While I’m in restaurants, I look at the menu items and try to get ideas for different things to fix at home.
This salad is a result of my studying the menu at a great restaurant. Spinach, mixed greens, chopped ham that I had smoked on Monday, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds and best of all . . a homemade buttermilk dressing with lots of basil and parsley.
Now . . if I could just figure out where to get veal here, I could make a couple more really good dishes!