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This Doesn’t Count as a Recipe

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Heed the warning, friends! This is not a recipe. It’s just a salad. And it is, indisputably, delicious. So delicious that I ate it for two meals in a row and tried to eat it for a third, but was sadly out of the ingredients for it at that point.

Recipe or no recipe, this is one bad boy that should go on the must-make list, asap. It reminds me of Spring. Which is totally not even close to being here yet, much to my dismay. Seeeriiiiooouuusly, why isn’t it Spring yet?

I feel so impatient and demanding.

Speaking of demanding, my students wrote poems about themselves last week. After a trimester spent focusing on character analysis, they analyzed themselves for their final product. They write BioPoems (as in biographical, not biology) to express their personal character insights. One step towards creating the poem was to select four character traits that describe themselves.

They struggled with this. Big time. I got many “But, Miss! How am I supposed to know who I am?” A few (sometimes in the same breath as the previous statement) “This assignment sucks. Why don’t we ever get to do anything that matters?” and a even a couple, ” I love this, Miss! This is my favorite thing we’ve done all year!”

One of my favorite student questions during this time was from a student whom I have spent a great deal of time working with this year, often not of my own accord. This student had heard someone else describe him as “demanding” and he was very anxious to first find out what the word meant and then very insistent that I tell him whether or not he was demanding. Once I finally conceded that, yes, “demanding” was a great charcter trait to describe him with, he repeatedly asked, loudly and insistently for an example of how he’s demanding.

Yes, there is a severe lack of  self-awareness in my neck of the woods.

But, that’s okay. One of my character traits is patient. Another is sarcastic. Those traits work together to keep me sane. {I just got a strong urge to tell you my own biopoem. Is that weird? Maybe I’ll tell it to you tomorrow. Nope, nevermind. I’m telling it today.}

Regardless, here’s what you’ll need to make this salad happen:

Dregs of Winter Salad

Makes 4 servings, as a side dish

3 cups of spinach and 3 cups of field greens, mixed

1/4 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds

1 granny smith apple, cubed

1/4 cup feta cheese (or blue cheese)

1/4 cup of honey mustard vinaigrette (see below)

Lay a cup and a half of the greens out on a small plate or bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tbs. seeds, 2 tbs. feta, and a 1/4 of the apple cubes. Drizzle 2 tbs. of vinaigrette over the top.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette:

2 tbs. honey

1 1/2 tbs. dijon mustard

1/4 cup basalmic vinegar

3/4 cup olive oil (or grapeseed oil)

1 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar. Shake well to combine.

Although it may be the dregs of winter, this salad will make you feel like spring is standing on its tiptoes to peep around the corner. I served it with slices of boule bread from my local bakery, salted butter, and soup. I’ll be talking about these soups later on this week – they’ll return, don’t you worry!

And now, I’ll close with my biopoem.


Of High Heels, Avocados, and Wishful Thoughts


Independent, Sarcastic, Competitive, Silly,  Patient

Related to my husband, my parents, my sister, my large family, and soon to a niece or nephew!

Lover of ripe avocados, dinner on the porch during the summer, the movie Clueless, dancing to my favorite records, and running with Ava

Who feels the pain of my broken baby toe which never properly healed, the singe of the hot oven where I always manage to brush my hand, and the victory of winning my fantasy football league

Who needs a good book to read at all times, to capture my days in words and photos, to go for long runs in the late afternoon, for students to please remember to bring a writing utensil with them to class every day, and for the Rockies to have another season like they had in ‘07

Who fears that Tim Tebow will not make the cut, that  that the Earth will use up all of its natural resources, and that I won’t return to Europe

Who gives freshly baked chocolate-ginger-banana bread to friends, writing feedback to students, and cooking lessons to strangers

Who would like to see people believe in the power of love and grace, high heels that don’t hurt feet – no matter how many hours you spend in them, and for everyone to understand the importance of buying organic and local whenever possible

Resident of Denver, Colorado – a place I love, dearly