Over the winter months, I have tried lots of new recipes and hit upon some really good ones. I made a lot of different soups and we especially loved the stuffed pepper soup and a chicken black bean chili. I had built some cooking confidence up so making this meal was going to be a snap in comparison.
Antone's Restaurant located in our area here in NE Ohio makes a salad they used to call a "monkey salad". It is so good that we worked on making it as close to theirs as possible. There are only a few ingredients and it tastes so good.
So I buy the lettuce and shredded mozzarella cheese, had the sweet vinegar and olive oil dressing along with the two cans of tuna fish in the pantry. Ken picked up 1/4 pound of hard salami and croutons. This was enough to make salad using two heads of lettuce.
I got my cutting board out and chopped the lettuce into bite sized pieces. For some reason, they were falling all over the place and Sugar was helping clean up the floor. I sliced the salami into small squares like Antone's does and again, like the lettuce , it wanted to spread all over the counter. The cheese package was opened and waiting.
I used my biggest glass bowl and put the lettuce, salami and a generous amount of cheese in. We put our own dressing on the salad to suit our tastes (although Antone's has it on there when they serve it). In case we didn't eat it all, I didn't want the lettuce to get soggy. We added our own croutons for the same reason, I hate soggy croutons.
As I'm making the salad, it just doesn't look right to me. We start eating and I mention that it seems like something is missing this time. Ken had already told me it was good but didn't mention that he thought the same thing. We took a few more bites and Ken remembered the tuna fish was missing. I take our dishes and head back to fix the salad up right. That's more like it!
So you think I have accomplished my mission right? Nope. Remember, we put our own dressing on each helping. I went back out to refill our plates and the dressing had settled. I gave it a good shake to mix it up before pouring it on our salads and ended up wearing it all over me, the floor and the counter. You guessed it, I didn't have the lid on tight because I knew we would be using it again. So clean up the floor once again, this time not letting Sugar help.
Maybe I need to go back to following a recipe again.