Glorious Caesar salad and all the works!

Thanksgiving already?!

Happy Thanksgiving week! I can’t believe we’re heading into the last full week of November. I love Thanksgiving. It’s an entire month dedicated to reflecting on what we’re thankful for and the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. I have a lot to be grateful for.

I look forward to the scrumptious food we eat during this holiday. Turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, yam, gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry/blueberry sauce- you name it! They’re full of love and warmth.

Twenty one day #2021thankfulchallenge recap

  1. Peaceful and tranquil lake.
  2. You Are My Glory, Chinese drama series.
  3. Hugs.
  4. Love.
  5. Hawai’i’s KIKU TV (was a channel that aired multi-cultural shows).
  6. “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle.
  7. The end of daylight savings time.
  8. Meditation apps.
  9. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  10. Bubble gum.
  11. Stars.
  12. Good nutrition.
  13. Iryu: Team Medical Dragon series.
  14. Adele.
  15. Prayers and miracles.
  16. To All The Boys I Loved Before trilogy books and movies.
  17. Sunsets.
  18. Empowerment.
  19. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
  20. Foodnista Soul’s supporters.
  21. Podcasts.

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Making my own Caesar salad dressing

It was so much fun making my own salad dressing from scratch! I honestly had no idea how Caesar salad dressing was made. I’m not the biggest fan of Caesar salad. I don’t eat it often. I only found one restaurant that makes the best Caesar salad. That’s Ruscello at Nordstorm.

The recipe:

  • Handful of capers (I substituted it for anchovies)
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 ¼ fl oz lemon juice (first quantity)
  • 1.25 c olive oil
  • 1 ½ fl oz lemon juice (second quantity)
  • 1 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Mixing bowls/spoons/cups for mise en place ingredients
  • Food scale
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk
  • Grator
  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife
  • Bottle (for storing)

Production steps:

  1. Mash and mince garlic and capers.
  2. Add yolks into a bowl of a mixer and let the machine whip until well-beaten (use the whip attachment).
  3. Add the garlic and capers and first quantity of the lemon juice. Whip until well-mixed.
  4. With the mixer on high speed, slowly add the oil, one drop at a time.
  5. When the dressing becomes thick, add some lemon juice.
  6. Gradually beat in the remainder of the oil, as well as the second quantity of the lemon juice.
  7. Grate parmesan cheese and add salt.

Caesar salad recipe

  • 1 lb romaine lettuce
  • 2 oz white bread (for croutons)
  • ½ fl oz olive oil
  • Caesar dressing, as needed
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • Capers
  • Mixing bowls/cups for mise en place ingredients
  • Food scale
  • Frying or sauté pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife
  • Colander
  • Grater
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Plate

Production steps:

  1. Wash and drain lettuce, and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Cut the crusts from the bread and cut into small cubes (1 cm).
  3. Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a sauté pan over moderately high heat.
  4. Add bread cubes and sauté in the oil until golden and crisp. Add more oil if needed.
  5. Remove croutons from the pan. Do not refrigerate.
  6. Toss greens with Caesar dressing.
  7. Plate and garnish with croutons, capers, cracked black pepper, and shaved parmesan cheese.

I was so proud of my croutons. They were so crunchy and way better than store-bought! I also had fun plating my salad. It looked so elegant and fancy!

Thanksgiving wishes!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! Eat lots of delicious food!

Thank you to all my supporters. I am immensely appreciative of everyone who visits and reads my blog. It means the world!

In thanksgiving,

FS x

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