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All the Good Things in Life…

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Welcome to the first post of The Daily Pastiche.  Here you will be able to find articles about my favorite things: travel, fashion, food and entertainment.  Enjoy and remember: life’s too short. Have fun.

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From Their Restaurant to Your Kitchen

In Food, From their restaurant to your kitchen, Salads on April 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Yummy ThingsRecently I went out to dinner to Ruth’s Chris in Weehawken, NJ.  I had never been there before (or any of their other locations) but my brother and dining companion Chris had always raved about it so we decided to open the wallets and treat ourselves.  Since Ruth’s Chris is a national chain I was expecting something akin to Outback, maybe a little fancier.  When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see an elegant restaurant with gorgeous views of Manhattan.  After I ordered my $26 glass of Veuve Cliquot (WOW) I sat back and went over the menu.  Chris already knew what he was going to have: The Cowboy Ribeye.  When ordering steak, I always order Filet Mignon.  But on this occasion I was persuaded by our waiter, Greg, and my brother to go for the rib eye, bone-in.  I was not disappointed.  I have never in my life had a more flavorful cut of meat (“That’s because they cook it in butter”, Chris informed me.) Our steaks were accompanied by au gratin potatoes (very good, but mine are better) and fresh green beans which were crisp and not overcooked like you find in most places.  It was a delicious meal.  But what I was most impressed with was what I started with: the Ruth’s Jumbo Chopped Salad.  Recommended by our waiter, I was reluctant to try it because I’m not a fan of spinach or hearts of palm.  Since I was throwing caution to the wind with my entrée selection, I figured, why the hell not.  The salad arrived and with each bite, there was a new and different taste to savor. I enjoyed this salad so much that I managed to find the recipe online and I’m happy to say it was almost exactly like the one at Ruth’s Chris.  Here is the recipe:

Ruth’s Jumbo Chopped Salad

Serves 4

For Salad

  • 8 cups packed julienned strips iceberg lettuce (or chopped iceberg lettuce or can substitute romaine lettuce)
  • 1 cup packed julienned strips fresh spinach
  • 1 cup packed julienned strips radicchio
  • 1/3 cup very thin slices red onion(or chopped red onions)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced, washed and drained (about 2 cups)
  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chilled hearts of palm, rinsed, well-drained and sliced
  • 1/2 lb applewood-smoked bacon, chopped, fried until crisp, drained
  • 1 cup crumbled bleu cheese (4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup croutons
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • crispy fried onions, for garnish

Lemon Basil Dressing

  • 2 cups sour cream (or use 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 4 -5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • seasoned salt and garlic pepper seasoning

 Directions

In a very large bowl, combine lettuce,spinach,radicchio,red onions,green olives,mushrooms,eggs,hearts of palm and bacon; toss well.  Add crumbled blue cheese, croutons and about 1/2 to 3/4 of Lemon Basil Dressing; toss until well mixed. Divide salad among 4 dinner plates, garnish with cherry tomato halves and top salads with crispy fried onions.

For Lemon Basil Dressing

Combine all ingredients, add seasoned salt and garlic pepper to taste.

Mix well; refrigerate until serving. Refrigerate any leftover dressing