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Hearts of Romaine with Sugar Snap Peas and Green Goddess Dressing

Hearts of Romaine with Green Goddess Dressing

A few weeks ago my husband and I celebrated my birthday by going to one of my favorite restaurants, 4th St. Bistro.  The meal was delicious as always.  I particularly enjoyed the salad I ordered: Hearts of Romaine with Sugar Snap Peas and Green Goddess Dressing.  Topped with thinly sliced radishes and a few chives, it was delicious and refreshing!

Salad and Salmon

I don’t often try to recreate dishes I order in restaurants, but this salad was so good, and seemed pretty straight-forward to copy.  I already had a recipe for Green Goddess Dressing, so I started with that.  Adding the proper veggies was a snap.

Romaine Salad

This salad came very close the restaurant version and I enjoyed it very much.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Hearts of Romaine with Sugar Snap Peas and Green Goddess Dressing

Print Recipe

  • One heart of Romaine lettuce
  • 4 oz. sugar snap peas
  • 1 radish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • ½ cup Green Goddess Dressing (recipe follows)

Chop the Romaine into bite-size pieces.  Cut each snap pea into 3 – 4 pieces.  Thinly slice the radish.

Place the Romaine and snap peas into a large bowl.  Toss with Green Goddess Dressing to taste.  Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if necessary.

Place salad in serving bowl or on individual plates.  Top with radish slices, and sprinkle with chives.

Serves 2

Green Goddess Dressing

Adapted from Greens Glorious Greens!

  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion, white and green parts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend for 1 to 2 minutes.  Taste and adjust for sweetness and seasonings.  Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Makes about 1 cup

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Basic Rice Pilaf

 

Rice Pilaf

This is a story about luck, quick thinking, and coincidence.  Let me start from the beginning…

One of my favorite food bloggers, Pam over at Sidewalk Shoes, loves Mark Bittman.  I had never heard of Mark Bittman before reading her blog, but I was intrigued.  When Pam recently hosted a giveaway for Bittman’s iPhone /iPad apps called “How To Cook Everything” (based on his cookbook How To Cook Everything) I jumped on it.  Guess who won the iPad app?  Lucky me!

Fast forward to Thursday night.  While I was working on the evening’s main course, I decided we needed a rice dish on the side.  The dish suggested by my cookbook was a little too involved nor did I have all the ingredients.  I wanted something quick and simple to put together, but not plain white rice.  Really, I just wanted a basic rice pilaf.  I’m sure I could have come up with something on my own, but I didn’t want to.  I wanted to be spoon-fed.  I also didn’t have time to search through my cookbooks for a suitable recipe.  What’s a semi-lazy, pressed-for-time cook to do?

Aha!  My iPad app!  Surely something called “How to Cook Everything” would have a recipe for rice pilaf.  I launched the app, did a quick search, and a minute later had the perfect recipe.

Pilaf Recipe

The recipe provides several variations.  I stuck with the main version, but I was very tempted by the “Vermicelli Pilaf” variation.  There are a couple of Mexican-themed versions that look interesting as well.

I had one beef with the recipe.  After the onions are sauteed and the rice is added, the recipe instructs you to turn the heat down to low and then add the broth.  I found that the broth was not hot enough to really cook the rice with this method.  I turned the heat up until the broth began to simmer, and then I turned it down to low.  Otherwise, great recipe and just what I was looking for!

Now for the coincidence part of this story…  This is my first Mark Bittman recipe, and the very day this story occurred, Pam was (still is) hosting a Mark Bittman blog hop over at her site!  So, I have decided to participate.  This post will be my first entry into the Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop.

Rice Pilaf

(printable recipe)

  • 2 Tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil ( I used butter)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1½ cups long grain white rice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2½ cups stock (I used chicken broth)
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish

Put the butter or oil in a deep skillet or pot (one with a tight-fitting lid) over medium-high heat.  When the butter is melted or the oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Add the rice all at once and turn the heat down to medium.  Stir until the rice is coated with the butter or oil and starting to brown lightly, about 5 minutes.  Season well with salt and pepper.  Add the stock and bring to a simmer, stirring once or twice.  Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.

Cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.  Turn off the heat (but leave the pan on the burner) and let the rice rest for another 15 to 30 minutes.  Fluff with a fork before adjusting the seasonings to taste, garnishing, and serving.

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