Okay, so you know how I said that I was enjoying the lazy days of summer? Well, that laziness is like a faint memory now. For one thing, the kids are finished with their two weeks of day camp. For another thing, I am working hard to set up the new blog, SiciLean™, and “migrate” the recipes and blog posts over from Forty Cloves (not terribly difficult, just time-consuming). I also made the mistake of scheduling all of the appointments that are hard to manage during the school year – doctors, dentists, orthodontist, etc. – over summer vacation, which means that I’ve spent entirely too many hours of the last two weeks sitting in various waiting rooms of various offices.
But I have made a lot of progress on the new blog: I have designed the site and moved a lot of the files from Forty Cloves. I am currently working on creating an index of recipes that will make it easier to find what you are looking for. I am working on some preliminary posts which will familiarize you with the Sicilian diet and outline the SiciLean™ principles/philosophy. And I’m combing through my vast collection of recipes to find ones that I think you’ll love.
It hasn’t left a lot of time for cooking. In fact, I haven’t even turned my oven on in a while. The few meals I’ve made have been either grilled or cold. That means, lots and lots of salad (the easiest of all meals, if you don’t mind the chopping). This Romaine Salad with Strawberries and Basil is a great combination of summer flavors and textures – colorful, crisp, and sweet. Enjoy!
Romaine Salad with Strawberries and Basil
1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
1 ½ cups of strawberries, washed and sliced
1 generous handful of basil
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the chopped romaine lettuce in a medium bowl. Add the strawberries and basil leaves. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt and several (maybe 8 or 10) grinds of black pepper.
Add the dressing to the salad and toss well to combine. Adjust salt and pepper, as desired.