rhubarb-pickles

Rhubarb Pickle

Here is something a little different to do with spring’s rhubarb bounty.  And it is surprisingly delicious!  These are spicy, sweet/tart little bites. You can eat them like  a pickle on the side of something or straight out of the jar!

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Basic Balsamic Dressing

Basic Balsamic Dressing

This Basic Balsamic Dressing is a very versatile salad dressing using only a few ingredients. It is salty, spicy and complements all kinds of green salads. It goes well with tomato, vegetable type salads and as well as fruit driven salads.

Notice the ratio of oil to vinegar is lower than many recipes so it is actually a  fairly light dressing and it doesn’t taste sharp like some where the ratio is 1:3 oil to vinegar. 1 Tbsp of olive oil equals 13.5 grams of fat or about 120 calories.  If you dress a salad for 4-6 people that means 20-30 calories only from the dressing!

It will keep your salad calories light but it is heavy on flavour!  If you want to lighten up your dressing to zero calories from fat then check out this similar tasty dressing on my No Fat Strawberry Spinach Salad.

 

The Basic Balsamic Dressing is delicious on this Roasted Pear Salad.

roasted-pear-plate

Or try it with this delicious   Melon and Crispy Prosciutto.

Melon and Crispy Prosciutto Salad

veal-stock-jar

Veal Stock

I wish I had understood the value of a real veal stock much earlier in my cooking career!  I am in love with real stock. Let’s face it – we put a lot of time and effort into many of the dishes we create for  friends and family. I was often irritated that I couldn’t quite get that same umami level you get in a good restaurant. Well-I finally learned – it is the veal stock!! Continue reading “Veal Stock”