Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lunch With The Hawthornes.

I know everyone's been wondering, "What have the Hawthornes been eating for lunch this week?"
Well, wonder no more. I'm going to share our quick lunches with you.
First, we had a Caesar salad with croutons. We bought the croutons at Yoder's Amish Market in Blanch, NC. They're our favorite crouts, outside of mine.
Rosie's Caesar Salad dressing: 4-6 cloves garlic 1 tin anchovies, drained and rinsed 2 lemons 2 TB Dijon mustard 2 TB Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce 1 large egg, coddled 1 - 1 1/2 cups olive oil (I use ELBOO. That's Extra Light Bertolli Olive Oil.) 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use Il Villagio from the Teeter.) Mince garlic and coarse chop anchovies then mash into a paste. A mortar and pestle works well here. Whisk in the juice of 2 lemons. Add 2 TB Dijon mustard and 2 TB Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. Whisk in 1 coddled egg. To coddle an egg, boil water and let the egg sit in the boiled water for one minute. Consider the egg coddled and whisk it in. Slowly whisk in a thin stream of olive oil to emulsify. Add in about 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
If you want to make your own croutons:
I buy these baguettes (Mr. Hawthorne calls them briquettes.) from Schwann's and always have some in my freezer. They're great to make quick croutons out of. Bake according to package directions, (375 degrees for maybe 12 minutes), cool, then pull apart into pieces. A loaf of Italian or French bread from the bakery is fine also. Saute in 4 TB butter and 4 TB olive oil along with some minced garlic and herbs of your choice: Parsley. Sage. Rosemary. Thyme. Oregano. Place in low, slow (250 degree) oven until crisp.
Serve oysters with Rosie's Pig Shack Sauce, AKA Boar and Castle Sauce. Yes, the Hawthornes recreated the recipe for Boar and Castle.
I love me some ersters.
Next, Mr. Hawthorne smoked some chicken and made smoked chicken salad.Toasted whole wheat bread, with Mr. Hawthorne's smoked chicken salad: smoked chicken minced celery minced onion sweet relish mayo freshly ground salt and peper
I added a romaine leaf, a sweet midget, and ...
... some of my new favorite chips,
Cape Cod Kettle Cooked, with 40% reduced fat. I just eat more chips to make up for the reduced fat. I like to have the chips inside my sandwich. And I love poppin' into that pickle. Both make for a happy crunch.
Now that's a buckburger!
Stay tuned for Lasagna Bolognese.

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