Friday, August 2, 2013

Dinner for Friends & What We Ate

      After our big Thrifting with Girlfriends excursion this week we got home late in the afternoon.  Fortunately I had made a big pot of Sherried Tomato Soup the night before, so I invited Janine and Paul and their visiting cousin Diana to join us for a reheat of the soup, plus a fresh salad with homemade salad dressing.  (Of course they said Yes!--who turns down a free meal?)  We had a great evening! 

    I watch the Pioneer Woman Cooks every week, and this was Ree Drummond's recipe for homemade tomato soup.  (HERE)  It was just a delicious as she claimed it was, and way easy to make.  Never being one to follow a recipe exactly (maybe I should!), I used about half as much cream as she did, and half as much sherry.  (But it was really GOOD sherry, so less was enough!)

      The salad, which you can barely see, is my typical "Clean Out the Veggies in the Refrigerator" recipe, with a mixture of greens, cherry tomatoes, diced green onions, pine nuts, and Provel cheese.  The dressing is what really made it good, being very light and flavorful.  I can't remember where the recipe came from, but here it is:
Light Fresh Salad Dressing
In a Mason jar put the following ingredients:
3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice from 2 fresh lemons (I used limes, being out of lemons--just as good)
4 heaping Tablespoons of grated Parmesan Cheese
2 minced cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
dash or two of paprika
dash or two of cracked pepper
Cap the bottle, shake it well, and pour over salad.
Refrigerate the remaining dressing.
I'm telling you--that and some hot bread, and you've got a mighty fine meal.


  1. Yum; looks delicious! Perfect after a great day of thrifting!

  2. Good morning Linda,
    I just saw your comment on my blog and I thank you so much for visiting me.
    Now I am so glad you did because I am now going to follow you because yours looks so appealing - so many new and fresh ideas floating around on your blog...I skimmed through several of your posts...JUST GREAT.
    I love that you 'thrift shop' - it's amazing what other people don't want and we 'love it'.
    Why is your name so familiar???? Seems we have communicated before.
    Blessings to you,

  3. I just happened across your blog and couldn't resist leaving a comment. Seems that we have common interests. Looking forward to keeping in touch! Linda

  4. MMMM...Such a simple, humble meal, yet I bet it was so filling and even better with the good friends and conversation! Love the show, The Pioneer Woman. She is so funny...she reminds of someone ????

  5. I have NO idea to whom you might be referring! :-)