Friday, May 20, 2011

FFWD Bacon and Eggs and Asparagus Salad

Delicious!!  
When I was a child my grandmother made salads quite often during the summer. Fresh vegetables were always part of our diet. She always put blanched green beans, boiled potatoes and hard cooked eggs on a plate, with a wedge of lettuce. However, what I remember most of all were the picnic baskets she would pack for our trips to the Jersey Shore. The basket was always full of wonderful food. There would be boiled potatoes, hard cooked eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans from my grandfathers garden. There would also be some cooked chicken and freshly picked peaches from our peach trees and watermelon! Wonderful memories of day trips to the Jersey Shore, a time when it was quaint and charming! My grandmother would pack the food and we would caravan to the shore with my three aunts and 10 grandchildren. There would be three cars and my Aunt Louise and Aunt Lillian would always drive. Halfway through our trip we would pull over at the same picnic place, where my grandfather would buy all the kids sodas. My grandmother would throw a tablecloth over the old wooden picnic tables and we would run around and let out some energy and of course eat a wonderful lunch. Life was so much slower then..the trip was part of the wonderful day! For some reason this salad brought back so many of those memories. Funny how some foods have that effect. I think it was seeing those cooked eggs on top of the salad.

One of the changes I made to my salad, was to add boiled potatoes. This salad was so simple and yet so good!  I actually planned on leftovers for dinner tonight, until I remembered it was Thursday and that meant I needed to make my French Friday recipe.  Luckily, it was easy to assemble and I had everything I needed in the house. I had bacon in my fridge because of the quiche we made last week.  So I boiled the potatoes and eggs. I then cooked the bacon and asparagus. I pulled out my baby spinach, and had a red pepper that I wanted to use, so I cut that up too. Then to the dressing...Olive oil, walnut oil, sherry vinegar (I used balsamic because it's what I had) and some Dijon mustard. Yum! All I can say is this salad will be making many appearances on our summer table!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan cookbook "Around My French Table".  It's a nice addition to your cookbook library.


21 comments:

  1. What great memories, Kathy! I think we all need to slow down and savor life like they used to do. Your salad looks wonderful and I like your idea of adding the potatoes.

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  2. I like the addition of the boiled potatoes! What a great texture layer!

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  3. Hey, Jersey Girl! We are neighbors of sorts though we don't know where each other lives. I am guessing South Jersey as we make annual treks to LBI most summers. Usually it has been my sister and I with out two boys. Our boys are now almost 19 and almost 17, so this year will be interesting at the shore. Thanks for sharing your memories of good food, and good times with loved ones. I do the same, and try to use dinnerware in the same way. Summertime lemonade is always made my (now passed) mother-in-law's pink depression glass pitcher. My husband said that's what his mom used the pitcher for. Have a wonderful weekend! PS: Rustic bread does work well with this dish.

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  4. What a great story, Kathy. I think what I miss the most from the summer I traveled on a monthly basis to New Jersey to see DH were those gorgeous peaches. Your salad looks delicious, indeed!

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  5. Great memories Kathy! My husband is from New Jersey and spent Summers at the Shore as you say in your neck of the woods! Lovely salad, I love the potatoes and the balsamic, looks so rich and good.
    Have a nice weekend;-)

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  6. I just love our grandmother stories! I've decided that my blog needs to record something more than just my impressions of what I've cooked with the group...when my 7 kids read my blog they need to "hear" my stories and share my memories...to know how some foods make me feel besides how they taste and look. Love your blog!

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  7. Kathy, I remember my mom throwing string beans into our salads...and me picking them out! My how times have changed! I love the look of your salad...and the potatoes were a lovely addition :)

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  8. Life was indeed very different back then. And you ate so well at your grandmother's! That picnic spread sounds absolutely amazing. Glad you enjoyed the salad. I did too.

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  9. Your salad looks beautiful - great idea to add the potatoes! Thanks for sharing your childhood memory.

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  10. Hi Kathy, food really does bring memories back, thank you for sharing yours. The salad looks delicious with the egg cooked to perfection on top.

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  11. Hi Kathy, Your salad looks perfect! I love the idea of adding the potatoes. I'm adding that to my list for "next time". Thanks for sharing your memories of summers gone by. My in-laws now live at the Jersey shore in the summers (LBI). I can imagine that trip, picnic and all. Have a great weekend!

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  12. There is just something about those summer trips to the shore that linger in the memory isn't there? Sigh. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. I really loved the memories you shared with us today. Your salad looks beautiful and is no doubt delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I love all your additions, Kathy, and your memories of family picnics. If it ever stops raining here, I think this would be a great candidate for a picnic salad. Love that you added potatoes and peppers to yours. I was thinking as I was eating the salad that potatoes would go wonderfully with the rest of the flavours. I also think the vinaigrette is a keeper, too.

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  15. Loved the idea of adding potatoes - I adore them and can imagine how well suited they are for this recipe. While Nana raved about this salad, she is a fan of "runny" eggs (while I can't stomach them). My hubby and boys like them so I will be making them Memorial Day weekend when I catch up. I also enjoyed your story immensely. When I was young we stopped with my own grandparents on trips and had picnics at the side of the road. No McDonald's and even though it "took longer"...it was peaceful and we enjoyed each others company. So glad you made me remember that important wisdom.

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  16. Such great childhood memories you shared Kathy. I love to read your stories about your life...so heartwarming!
    Your salad looks so inviting and delicious. I love all these ingredients combined, including the soft boiled eggs:D

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  17. Wonderful memories and a great post. It's so true we associate our memories to the food that was involved. My mother made a very similar salad too with the potato, green beans and tomatoes.

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  18. Great memories you shared :))
    Your salad looks incredible!

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  19. These memories are so important. I think our memories make us who we are today.

    The salad is totally appealing.

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  20. Hi, Kathy - I've missed your posts! I hope you're doing something fun like taking a vacation!

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