While I'm rewriting (which I'm heavily into right now on book 4 for A Cheese Shop Mystery series), I like to keep things simple. And simple (for me) is barbecue.
I absolutely adore a barbecue. There's just nothing better, except maybe Christmas dinner, but that's months away.
Chicken basted in oil and dusted with salt and pepper. Simple, easy, divine.
A green salad with a dressing of my choice, elegant.
And a side dish to add zing.
Back when I lived in Connecticut, I frequented a restaurant that had the most fabulous wine bar and jazz at night, and the chef made a "side dish" salad that has stuck in my mind.
The restaurant has closed (BOO on this tough economy!) so I couldn't confirm all the ingredients, but the following corn and cheddar salad is what I remember. It's sort of like a winter salad in the summer.
Four ingredients, oil, vinegar, and spices. What could be easier?
CORN ON THE COB AND CHEDDAR SALAD
1 teaspoons oil
4 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon sugar
2 green onions, chopped
2 ounces white cheddar
1/2 gala apple, diced
2 corn on the cob, cooked, removed from cob
Cook the corn. To cook it, I like to bring about an inch of water and a teaspoon of salt to a boil in a frying pan. Shuck the corn and put it into the pan. Cook the corn five minutes (LID ON), turning the corn occasionally to cook on all sides (REMOVING LID, OF COURSE, TO DO SO -- LOL). Pour off the water and cool the corn on a cutting board.
Meanwhile, dice the apple, the cheddar, the onions.
Then mix the dressing, including oil, vinegar, seasonings and sugar.
Toss the corn, apple, cheddar, onions, and dressing together. Serve cold.
How easy is that? And it's as delicious as I remembered it. And so fresh.
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