Saturday, May 23, 2009

The One With Garlic First Thing in the Morning

It is only 8:30 in the morning and my house already smells like garlic and parmesan… my friend Fawn and I are catering a 50th wedding anniversary celebration in a few hours, This is a sample of what our spread looks like… don’t we do beautiful food? And guess what! Tastes good, too. One of my jobs today is the Caesar salad. I hate to admit it, but I am not a Caesar salad fan. There are a couple of things, though, that elevate this salad to special occasion status.

The first is these homemade croutons. (Sorry no photo of the actual salad… I’m not making it until this afternoon. But I made these up fresh this morning…) With sliced baguette, olive oil and garlic, parmesan and fresh Italian parsley, they are more like little garlic toasts, really. The second special ingredient is shrimp scampi. I seldom make my own Caesar dressing. Don’t hate me, but I think that Newman’s Own makes a Caesar dressing that is very good, and when you are loading the salad with shrimp scampi and homemade croutons, you are probably not going to notice the difference. But feel free to make your own Caesar if you like… if you are a purist, you will have to make it tableside, with raw eggs and anchovies.

Now, I still don’t love this salad, even with the secret ingredients (although I have been known to hide in the pantry eating the shrimp scampi straight from the skillet). Make no mistake, though... everyone else loves it. However, there is this variation I sometimes make that I do crave. Omit the homemade croutons, place a good helping of the salad on an extra-large tortilla, fold the ends in and roll it up… and then toast it on all sides in a hot skillet. The salad doesn’t heat up…it stays nice and fresh inside, but the nice toasty tortilla just makes it taste like a meal to me. Try it… you’ll like it!


12 comments:

Carolyn said...

Yum, yum, yum. Did you know I used to own a little catering business? I called it Red Delicious.

I l o v e doing events. Someday when the kids are bigger I want to get back into it.

(I also love Paul. He is such a friend when it comes to shortcut gourmet. Brianna's honey mustard is the secret ingredient to my signature chicken avocado dish.)

Terresa said...

My mouth is watering at the homemade croutons. Ummmm. Looks like a photo shoot from Martha Stewart or something. Do you cater in Las Vegas? ;)

Lisa--aka The Gardenweasel said...

i should have you cater something.

The family said...

YYYYYUMMM! Those croutons look awesome

Victoria said...

This was the first of five catering jobs lined up in the next three months... and that is enough for one summer. Right now, I'm going to soak my feet and take some aspirin. But it turned out GREAT!

Victoria said...

Cute name for a catering business, Carolyn! Yes, Paul is a good friend, as is Brianna. She dressed my signature mixed baby greens salad with raspberries and sugared pecans.

Gr8Life said...

Your Food looks WONDERFUL!!! And looking at it is not helping my waitstline.

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

ooohhh! that is the most awesome story ever - and a great TIP also! scheming . . . scheming here . . .

Kristin

although I hope all is well now!

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Back again, forgot my comments on the salad - sounds heavenly. I just may use it for the upcoming wedding! Also, I'm emailing your friend about the cake, so we'll see how it goes - thank you!

kristin

Cindy said...

You guys do a MARVELOUS job! Thanks for the recipe.

Deb said...

Vic! After I figured out how to get on your mom's blog, I joined yours. Okay, so I'm pretty much a big giant dork when it comes to computer things, so I hope I can find it again once I leave this site. Anyway, I hope to EVENTUALLY read all your stuff and get caught up. It might take a few MONTHS, but bear with me, I'll get there! Deb Shirley

Jan the crazy lady said...

I wish you lived closer. Ding dang. You are so good.

Love the look and the ideas. Thanks.