Recording the journey…and knitting

Waive’s Spinach Salad June 5, 2012

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To Tim it is the taste of Summer.  The King side  are farmers in Southern Illinois  (except for my Father-in-law), and this is Grandma Waive’s spinach salad that she would serve when Tim and his family were visiting.  I was recently asking  if Waive was short for something, or a family name of sorts.  I found out that her first name is actually Estelle and her middle name is Waive (with no apparent precedent), and that she so disliked her first name, that she chose to go by her middle.

1 bag of baby spinach

small can of sliced water chest nuts (drained)

2 hard boiled eggs

about 4 strips crisp bacon (could totally use more and I usually do)


1/3 cup olive oil

2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbs Vinegar (any will do, I have used red, balsamic and apple cider)

2 Tbs Katsup


Mix the dressing ingredients until well emulsified.  Chop fine both the hard boiled eggs and bacon.  Toss the spinach, water chestnuts, egg and  bacon together with the dressing and serve immediately.


Chopped Salad May 29, 2012

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Every one loves this salad!  It is a great anytime dish, just this week we had it as dinner!

1 bag of salad with carrot and cabbage, I like the Romaine variety

2 green onions thinly sliced

Aprox. 1 cup fresh chopped tomato

Aprox. 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Aprox. 1 and 1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken

Aprox.  1/2 cup small dry pasta like ditali (cook and cool prior to making the salad)

1/2 lb of cooked bacon, chopped.

Creamy Italian, or your favorite dressing


A lot of the  ingredients are approximate because I do so much of this by sight.  If it looks like a need more tomato, I just add it.  Put the Salad into a bowl and using cooking sheers, cut the pieces smaller. toss every thing but the  dressing.  I prefer to add my own dressing, but you could dress the whole salad and serve with a nice piece of crusty bread.  This recipie is great for improviesing!  Try what ever you have in the fridge.