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San Francisco Salad

For about six years GI Joe traveled to Savannah once a month for National Guard duty for the Air Force.  Many of those weekends I traveled with him and spent the time on Tybee Island.  One of our favorite restaurants to visit was the Sundae Cafe.  It is a little funny how we found out about this restaurant.  I was buying gas at the local BP station and when I paid I asked the clerk if she knew of some good places to eat.  She said, ” Well the place next door must be good because there is always a crowd there.”  I would never chosen the restaurant unless someone had recommended it.  It is located within a  a strip of four stores.  The local liquor store is on one side and the BP on the other. We became frequent customers because the food is excellent and it is very nice and elegant on the inside.  So you can’t judge a restaurant by the cover!   One of my favorite dishes to order is the spring salad.  I have tried many times to duplicate it, but failed.  Thanks to Anna,  I have found the recipe !!  

Last weekend we had dinner with our long time friends.  It was a fantastic meal!   Anna served this San Francisco Salad that was  extraordinary!  I love the flavors of the feta and the tart cranraisins with the texture of the toasted walnuts.  Together with the  salad dressing adding  the  right amount of sweet and tangy and red onion gives it the little kick.    So thanks to Anna we can all enjoy this scrumptious salad!    

San Franciso Salad

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/cup sugar
  • 1  tablespoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup cranraisins
  • 8 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 bag of mixed greens (or enough for 8 servings)

Melt butter.  Saute walnuts 5 minutes or until golden.  Drain.  Mix sugar and pepper together and roll walnuts in the mixture.  Cool.

Place cheese and nuts over mixed greens and pour dressing over salad.

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup oil

Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and shake until mixed well.  If preferred, dressing  can be  served separately and spooned over each salad.

Recipe can easily be halved for four servings.

 

Enjoy!

The Teacher Cooks

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Pralines

Making candy is not my favorite thing to do.  Too many things can go wrong that you have no control over.  Humidity is one of them. And here in the South you know we have plenty of humidity.  I was so happy to find this recipe in my mailbox at school.  It was just by chance that I can now share this with you.

Vickie B.  a great English teacher submitted this for a school  cookbook that never hit the press.  Somehow it was placed in my box.  I am so thrilled!!  Thanks to Vickie all of us can enjoy these pralines.  I promise you that they are pretty close to what you can get on River Street in Savannah!  In other words they are fabulousa!!

So here is what it takes for you to be the best candymaker ever.  No need for a thermometer or worry if it is raining. Enjoy every melt in your mouth bite!  Here ya go!

2 cups of Toasted pecans

1 stick of butter in saucepan

Add 2/3 cup of heavy cream

Add 2 cups of brown sugar

Brown sugar, cream and butter

Just warming up!

Bring to a boil

Boil for 1 minute

Stir in 2 cups of powdered sugar

Stir in 2 cups of pecans and 2 t. vanilla

Stirring

Drop on wax paper

Vickie B.’s Louisiana Pralines

  • 1/2 cup real butter
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 2/3 c. heavy cream
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. chopped, toasted pecans ( 200 Degrees for 15 min.)

Bring butter, brown sugar and cream to a boil, stir often.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove and add vanilla, powdered sugar and pecans.  Drop on wax paper and cool.

Thank you Vickie for the great recipe.  Because of you I am a hit in Macon with this candy!!!

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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