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Italian Vinaigrette with Grainy Mustard

Best Boy Mustard!  It's the best!

Best Boy Mustard! It’s the best!

This is an update to my Italian Vinaigrette.  My friend at Best Boy & Co. makes amazing mustards, sauces and dry rubs.  I tried his award-winning grainy “Deli Mustard”   in this dressing, drizzled over a bowl of sliced tomatoes and goat cheese….  so good!  I simply substituted this mustard for the Dijon mustard.


Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

GOOD FRIENDS

A cherished group of friends, we have met together and adventured together for close to ten years.  At a recent reunion, we created a fabulous grilled lunch with recipes from this blog and even created a new one using grilled corn (look for that post soon, but not tonight…)  We had a lot of fun catching up, especially as Scott did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen  so we could just hang out.  Love that guy!

Clementine Mustard Grilled Shrimp

CLEMENTINE SHRIMP 2

Grilled Romaine with Italian Vinaigrette

I get these fun vintage bowls out when we plant the garden and use them all summer long

I get these fun vintage bowls out when we plant the garden and use them all summer long

Grilled Corn with Tomato and Avocado (look for this in a future post)

Delicious for lunch, and used leftover corn and tomatoes to make a black bean salsa for a second party that night

Delicious for lunch, I used the leftover corn and tomatoes to make a black bean salsa for a second party that night

Grilled Corn – Perfection!

We brushed melted butter with salt and cracked black pepper on the corn before grilling

We brushed melted butter with salt and cracked black pepper on the corn before grilling

Grilled Nectarines with Honey Lime Glaze and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

We put the fruit on the grill while we ate and it was tender and syrupy in time for dessert

We put the fruit on the grill while we ate, and it was tender and gooey in time for dessert


Green Salad

Mixed Greens Dressed

This is as fresh as it gets – straight from the garden to the salad bowl!  Scott planted a variety of  lettuces in self-watering boxes on our deck this summer so they would get sun with a bit of shade, require very little of our attention and be close at hand for picking.  Tonight’s blend included peppery Arugula, leafy Nevada, some Cimmaron Romaine (a beautiful red-bronze color, though I think it is in the bottom of the bowl in this picture – sorry!), Parris Island Cos (a very tender romaine), a sprig of Basil and a handful of a baby Mesclun blend.   I sprinkled on some Parmesan cheese and drizzled with my Italian Vinaigrette.  Very simple, very good.

The Cimmaron Romaine and Parris Island Cos were planted from seeds we ordered from one of our favorite seed conservation organizations, Native Seeds Search www.nativeseeds.org

The best way to wash garden lettuce is in a large bowl of cold water (we use a gigantic stainless bowl).  Don’t overcrowd the bowl with the lettuce; the idea is to get as much water as possible around the leaves to lift off the dirt. Gently swish the lettuce leaves in the water and lift them out into a strainer.  Dirt that was on the leaves is now in the bottom of the bowl.  Empty and rinse the bowl, and repeat until there is no more dirt.  Be very gentle with the lettuce leaves because they can bruise easily – fresh leafy lettuce from the garden is more tender than the sturdy blends from the produce department.

Once clean, we give the leaves a whirl in our salad spinner which gently (there’s that word again) and thoroughly dries the  lettuce leaves.  No soggy salad and the dressing will stick to the lettuce leaves much better.  Scott chose our OXO brand salad spinner – he is a great lettuce picker, washer, spinner guy and he loves to buy gadgets, so it was a win-win all over.  I think salad spinners are way beyond the gadget category, however, and more like an essential kitchen tool.  If you use a spinner, let me know what kind you use and how you like it.

Freshly picked, gently rinsed and spun dry - ready to be dressed!

Freshly picked, gently rinsed and spun dry – ready to be dressed!