Sunday, April 5, 2009
About once a month I scope out the Tacoma Goodwill Store. They have one of the best stores of it's kind..always neat and very friendly. One day I was in there and I even saw some people from the national Goodwill there to give them an award for being such a great store..just a little plug for them. Anyways..besides dishes I always scope out the cookbook section. Interestingly, the majority of the cookbooks are diet related. I guess those are the least used!! lol
This past week I stopped in and found a little cookbook titled simply "Salads: Food Writer's Favorites". I believe it was a fundraiser done for the MADD organization. It's a collection of salad (duh) recipes from mostly newspaper food editors across the country. There are so many great recipes I want to try from this little book!! I started with a fruit salad called Marshmallow Delight and tweaked it a little..for one I left out out the marshmallows! So I'll rename it Ambrosia Delight! I also substituted strawberries for the called for cherries and added a little brown sugar and the pecans. Okay so maybe it's nothing like the original, but it was inspiration! Here is my version.
1 cup blueberries
1 cup diced fresh pineapples (if using canned, drain liquid)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup light sour cream
1/8 cup-1/4 cup brown sugar (to taste)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
In a mixing bowl, combine blueberries, pineapples, strawberries, coconut, sour cream, brown sugar and pecans. Stir will until brown sugar is incorporated into sour cream. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Sprinkle with a few more pecans as garnish in serving bowls.
Speaking of delights here is a little project my honey worked on and completed today for me. It's a corner of the garage just for me and my little spring seedlings!!! Sorry for the darkness of the photo, but look at how bright my little grow lights are! Isn't he sweet to give up a section of his manly domain?
And one more little delight...here is my baby Shih Tzu Jigsy in his annual Spring Portrait. I like to pose him before he goes for his yearly haircut. I know its time..not just because its getting harder to keep him brushed, but because today when it was so sunny and warm he went and found the coolest dampest shadiest spot in the yard to lay down!! He reminded me that he really didn't need his fur coat anymore. I need to set his appointment up this week. He's just a little guy under all that fluffiness. Wait til you see him!