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Monday, April 6, 2009

The Great Cooking Magazine Challenge ~Installment #2



So I am doing good... 2 for 2! Yayyyy! Gotta celebrate every step of the way because you never know when I'm going to fall off of this Cooking Magazine challenge wagon. In case any of you reading this have no idea what I'm talking about, I have given myself a challenge to try at least one recipe out of each of my new cooking magazines within a week of them coming into my possession. See my first post regarding this challenge here. At least one of my blogging buddies has taken the challenge. Check out Carol of There's Always Time to Cook's 2nd post about the challenge here. She's ahead of me!

My wonderful sister Cindy, who was one of the main people that taught me how to cook and bake and who shares my love of good food and recipes has given me a subscription to Everyday with Rachel Ray the past few Christmases. So Rachel is going to be making a regular appearance in the challenge. Her recipes tend to be pretty easy and quick. Sometimes calling for ingredients I don't have, but usually ingredients that can be substituted without essentially changing the recipe. For this particular recipe I actually had them all, so it definitely caught my eye. I did add a little bit of parmesan and some grilled chicken to make it more of a main meal. Also, I skipped the toasted bread and served it with leftover garlic bread. Oh yeah..I also added salt to taste. For some reason it wasn't in the list of ingredients and I thought it needed just a touch to bring out the other flavors. This had a nice light fresh taste!



Greek-Style Bread Salad with Creamy Lemon-Caper Dressing

12 baguette slices
1 Tbls extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
3 cloves garlic, 1 halved 2 finely chopped
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbls greek style yogurt
2 Tbls lemon juice
1 10 oz bag chopped romaine lettuce
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 oz cooked chicken
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 Tbls capers, rinsed
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375°. Brush both sides of each bread slice with olive oil, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 mins. Rub the garlic halves on each toast. In a large salad bowl, add the chopped garlic; whisk in the yogurt, lemon juice and 2 tbls olive oil. Toss with the lettuce, tomatoes, onion and capers. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the salad among 6 plates and top each with 2 toasts.

I can't go away without sneaking in a little bit of my day in the yard. It was sooo sunny and nice today. Even a littel bit hot! At least by Northwest standards. By Louisiana standards it was a gorgeous winter day lol.

This is a flowering red currant about to be in full bloom



Another pretty daffodil opened up today



And I inspected my clematis and found so many fat little flower buds!

10 comments:

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, what a great challenge. I plan to join you and Carol this weekend. I love trying new recipes from magazines, and this has inspired me. Your bread salad looks wonderful!

I'll a bit jealous of those plump little buds on the clematis. My buds are like pimples!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, good job on the magazine challenge. We love Greek food and I'm very fond of Greek-style salads. Yours looks and sounds really tasty.

It's fun to see your touches of nature's spring.

Dishesdone said...

I love the magazine challenge, Suzy! Great pick, too. I love all those onions! This one is right up my alley! You're definitely inspiring me, and now I'm getting good use of the big pile :)

The flowers are beautiful!

Foley said...

I'm checking out my magazines!! You have be going on joining in on this challenge. That is a huge salad, hopefully that was not a single serving! lol

Your flowers are making me so jealous...the daff is very nice and I love those fat little clematis buds!!

Kathleen said...

Yes, you are an inspiration, oh Lordy, maybe a candidate for sainthood?? :)
Your salad looks delicious, excuse me while I pick off the garlic, tomatoes and capers...I'll sub in some carrots or celery, or maybe snow peas...that's pretty much my list of accepted veggies..:)

But really, you are doing well with the cooking challenge..I bow
down to you!

Your flowers are beau!

I took the challenge with the soup Carol made...
and I made cheese danish..from
Home Cooking Magazine..which is not publishing anymore, and is closing their on line Recipe Box in May..:( so scurry off and copy any you like!

Jayne said...

Suzy, oh, that salad looks so good! We love salads here. I hope to join your challenge soon. I started looking through magazines today. Always love your flowers!!!!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Great pictures!
Great recipe. I am going to hold onto that. I love to fish and am always looking for neew seafood recipes. THANKS! See you at Foodie Fri!

SusanQ said...

I make grilled chicken caesar salads often but your recipe sounds de-'liteful' with the yogurt in the dressing! Capers and parm sound great too!

Great work on your challenge, Suzy! I will have to start working on my pile of recipes and join you soon too :

Sophie said...

I was just about to try a greek yogurt recipe recently but didn't get a chance to pick it up at the store. Your dish looks so fresh and healthy!

Nick Grimshawe said...

The salad sounds wonderful I will give it a try tomorrow.The photo's were great too. My red current is just starting to flower too!

Nick

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