Saturday, April 30, 2011

Belleau Kitchen Challenge....

This was another fun challenge from my  friend Dom over at Belleau Kitchen.  
The challenge involved going back to your very first cookbook.  I think I got this one right and hopefully if my memory serves me correctly the first cookbook I ever owned is titled Doin The Charleston.  It's a little paperback book that showcases all the the grandest restaurants in Charleston South Carolina. Here is the recipe I chose.
Hot Spinach Salad
  • 1 lb. raw spinach
  • 5 strips of cooked bacon
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/3 cup tarragon vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dry English mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup hard cooked egg chopped
  • 1 cup blue cheese
After washing the spinach put it in a wooden bowl and place in a warm oven, along with the serving plates.  Cook the bacon until crispy, then pour off most of the bacon grease.  Add the olive oil and heat.  Add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, tarragon vinegar, dry mustard, sugar and lemon juice stirring until thoroughly heated.  Remove from heat. Add chopped egg and blue cheese and mix.  Pour hot mixture over warm spinach and toss.  Crumble the bacon and sprinkle over the salad.  Serve immediately.  This salad was very good, but I also knew my husband would want something a little more substantial so I added grilled shrimp and grape tomatoes.  Thanks Dom this was a lot of fun.


  1. beautiful...bon appetit! thank you for sharing! -k.

  2. Oh that is all of my favorites. What a beautiful salad.
    I just had dinner and it made me hungry. My first cookbook was paper back cookbook that came off a can of Hershey cocoa. It is so tattered and torn but some of the best recipes ever. You can't beat the chocolate pie. That was a nice challenge.

  3. That looks really good! Fresh and healthy. I really crave stuff like this at the moment. I love the photography too. You have amazing light where you are! Thanks so much for taking part. It's been a real trip down memory lane for a lot of people! Thanks.

  4. Great idea! I know my family would love this... it has all their favorite ingredients. And you've presented it so beautifully! Still, I can't help but think... if only she had her own hen house so she could have her own eggs! :D


  5. A wonderful delight I will definitely try, Susan.. my husband will love your addition of the shrimp and tomatoes also.

    be well, be happy,

  6. What a great idea, I still have my first cookbook! The salad looks so good, such delicious ingredients and so much flavor, the shrimp makes it just perfect!

  7. Sounds perfect for a spring supper. I don't think I even remember which cookbook was my first. But you've sent me on the search. Bonnie

  8. I love new salad ideas and this sounds so easy yet delicious. We are having beautiful weather here at the moment so this dish would be perfect!

  9. this dish looks scrumtious! i am vegetarian, but almost everything can be adapted.

    many thanks for your lovely comment.

    i think May must be the best month of all to have a Birthday :o) which day is yours? (if you don't mind me asking). my first son was born on the 17th and that was (and still is) a very happy day indeed.

    sending you lots of warm hugs and early Birthday wishes xxx


  10. I'm so old, I'm not sure what my first cookbook was! But I have a feeling it was the Better Homes and Garden one and I remember some kind of beef dish with tomatoes. :)
    That spinach salad was also a favorite....yours looks delish. I like that you added shrimp!

  11. I remember when warm spinach salads were the rage in the Boston restaurants! SB took me on a date to a place near Faneuil Hall and the waiter made the salad right at the table ...it was this salad ..no shrimp or tomato, though.
    Totally tasty!

    Love this blast from the past! Isn't this Random Recipe thing great fun?!?

  12. I think I could get my husband to eat this. I would love it. It is a keeper.

  13. Yummy-Yummy in my Tummy.... Glad to have popped by for this one. Will have to give a try.

  14. Looking very good and the grilled shrimp sounds like a great idea.

  15. This looks wonderful! I am going to try and make it this weekend

    Love Suzanne

  16. This dish looks similar to something I had for dinner tonight. Grilled shrimp,spinach, mushrooms, pine nuts and pasta.

    Love your recipes!

  17. Now that looks really good!!!
    Must try that tonight, we have spinach coming out of our ears (well, veggie garden really!) and if i omit the bacon my daughter can have it too, and we have some prawns in the fridge to substitute!
    Thankyou for sharing this, thats tonights dinner sorted!!
    Gill x

  18. This looks incredible! Mmmm... if only my husband could eat shrimp, I may have to sub some thin sliced steak on his, just so I can try it out. :)

  19. That looks gorgeous - fab combination of flavours and colours. Dom's challenge is great, isn't it? I'm now tempted to make all my recipe choosing this random!
    Love your blog, BTW!


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