Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Winter is Still Here

Old man Winter came out to play again yesterday, if only to prove that he's still here, lurking behind overcast clouds and sparse moments of sunshine. Not that we'd forget, with the remains of the last snow storm still covering large areas of the ground. An inch or two of new snow blanketed the earth and clung to the bushes and trees, but not the roads.

It was a gentle, pretty snow. A subtle reminder that Winter lives on.

With that in mind, my salad weatherization continues with a robust BLT salad. The large chunks of homemade croutons, thick, creamy ranch dressing, and crisp bacon make this a hearty and substantial meal.

BLT Salad

Ranch Dressing

1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 c. milk
1 shallot, minced
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp. garlic powder

Whisk all ingredients together until well blended. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more milk. I also occasionally add 1 tbs. Parmesan cheese. You can make this dressing as fattening or low fat as you like depending on the fat content of the mayo, sour cream, and milk.


  1. What beautiful pictures of the snow! Snow always seems so exotic here in California. Your salad looks bright and cheery, love it!

  2. I second's so beautiful, I've only ever seen snow a couple of times in my life :) It looks magical. Great idea for a salad!

  3. Hungry Dog and Shaz,
    Thanks for stopping by. Here the snow has kind of lost it's charm. People are tired of it. But this weekend promises to be wonderful with temps in the 50s, so I'm sure it will all be gone by Monday.

    Shaz, I can't wait to make plum cake this year. Hopefully mine will turn out as well as the one you posted on your lovely blog.