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Simply Salads



Foodie's Favorite Salads

Mermaid Salad

This recipe is an original of this Foodie. Try it, you'll like it!


Half a 16 oz. box of small shell macaroni

1 small package of imitation crab meat, shredded

1 cup diced celery

1 medium cucumber diced

1/2 cup of thinly chopped green onions

1 cup of frozen peas thawed

Cook macaroni in salted water with a couple tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil. 

While macaroni cooks prepare dressing.

Sour Cream Dill Dressing

1½ cups Hellmann's mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

2 teaspoons dill weed

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

In a large bowl whisk together the above ingredients until well blended.

Stir into the dressing the celery, cucumber, green onions, peas and shredded crab and  place bowl in refrigerator.

Drain macaroni. When cooled, combine with dressing and veggie mixture.


Winter Pear and Stilton Salad

The following recipe is a real favorite of this foodie. There is something special that happens when you pair pears with Stilton or Gorgonzola cheese. It is a little taste of heaven.  Serve this salad with a fresh piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine and you have a dining pleasure fit for a king.

This recipe makes 6-8 servings


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ tablespoons sherry wine vinegar or white wine vinegar

4 teaspoons honey

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

5 packed cups assorted gourmet mixed salad greens such as oakleaf, frisee, watercress, radicchio, arugula or escarole

2 packed cups Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves

2 ripe Bosc, Bartlett or Anjou pears ( I have also used Comice pears...simply divine)

1 ½ cups (6 ounces) Stilton or Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Freshly ground black pepper

Place oil, vinegar, honey, mustard and salt in small bowl. Whisk together until combined.

Wash greens in several changes of cold water. Drain well and if necessary, pat with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Tear off any woody stems.

Peel pears. Cut into quarters and core. Cut each quarter into 1/2 inch pieces. You can brush the pear pieces with lemon juice to prevent discoloration but I prefer to cut them up just before putting the salad together as I think the lemon juice interferes with the true pear flavor.

Combine all salad greens in large bowl. Add pears, cheese and dressing. Toss lightly to coat: sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper.


Tropical Waldorf Salad

This recipe yields 12 salads.


6 apples of your choice, sliced. I prefer to use two or more varieties. My favorites are Jonagold, Honey Crisp and Pacific Rose when you can find them. In this recipe you can use the apples peeled or unpeeled.

Lemon juice

1 pound red seedless grapes

1 cup Mandarin oranges, drained

2½ cups pineapple tidbits, drained, reserve a tablespoon of juice.

6 ribs of celery, diced. Take the time to peel away the tough strings from each rib before dicing.

4 ounces of pecans, toasted.  There are two ways to toast pecans and other nuts. Place them on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for about seven minutes watching them closely and turning them to keep them from burning. They can also be toasted on top of the stove in a skillet on medium high heat, turning frequently. As soon as you start to smell the aroma of the nuts, they are done.

4 ounces of raisins

Sprinkle apple slices with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. Next prepare the salad dressing.


1 pint whipping cream

1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise

1 tablespoon pineapple juice

Whip cream until soft peaks are formed. Fold in mayonnaise and pineapple juice.

Finish the salad by combining the apples, grapes, Mandarin oranges and pineapple with the celery, pecans and raisins. Fold in dressing. Serve chilled mound onto a leaf of lettuce

This salad is good served as an appetizer or for a luncheon paired up with cheese slices and muffins.





Fabreze Downy eau de Toilette

The use of perfumes goes back to ancient of days. Egyptians are one of the earliest civilizations on record  using fragrant oils and balms in religious ceremonies . They were also the first to develop a method to create glass containers to store them. 

Egyptians also became the first civilization to make the leap from using perfume in religious practices to a daily ritual on themselves. The earliest scent known to be used was created from cinnamon and honey. Think about it, they walked around smelling like Cinnabons. But don't laugh too quickly. It has been proved through scientific studies that men find the smell of cinnamon "exciting" so maybe the Egyptians in ancient of days were more in tune to their olfactory than many of us are today.

I have recently discovered a product that seems to have the same effect on men as cinnamon.


There are two items that are a must to have while traveling on vacation or anytime you find yourself living out of a suitcase. Downy Wrinkle Release is one and Febreze Fabric Refresher the other.  While on vacation I picked up a bottle of each, one saved me from ever touching an iron and the other freshened up pieces of clothing I wore more than once. Febreze has a new scent Downy April Fresh.

After enjoying a dinner cruise my last evening in Portland, I returned back to the hotel to clean out the rental car. I did a light general cleanup finishing off by spraying the inside of the car with some Fabreze, Downy April Fresh scent. I pulled into the car rental place and a gentleman came out to greet me. I rolled down the window and he started taking these deep breaths ...inhaled then exhaled with a m-m-m-m. Then he asked me what perfume was I wearing. So I told him L'Interdit. Of course that wasn't what he was smelling. It was the Fabreze, Downy scent I had sprayed earlier. But that didn't stop me from going on about L'Interdit being a fragrance that was created especially for Audrey Hepburn by Givenchy and then that led to a discussion over the role she played in My Fair Lady which he was familiar as his sister played the role in a local theater for years. This conversation went on for a good five minutes before we got to the business of the car. Then he asked if I was returning the car with a full tank of gas as per the agreement and I was a quarter of a tank short. I offered to pay for the shortage but he said because he was so infatuated with my perfume that the gas was on him!

Afterward I got a big chuckle over this man "infatuated" with my Fabreze Downy eau de toilette but maybe I laughed too soon. When unpacking I sprayed a few items of clothing with Fabreze that I did not wear, before hanging them in the closet. I ended up wearing one of those items the other day and my husband started sniffing much like the guy at the car rental and said, "m-m-m-m you smell wonderful." 

Now I am a pretty frugal woman. L'Interdit is priced around $85.00 a bottle and can only be found in better department stores.  Fabreze costs around $5.00 a bottle and can be found in any supermarket.  So in conclusion if a woman's purpose in wearing perfume is to awaken the olfactory of the opposite sex, the winning combination appears to be whipping up a batch of cinnamon rolls and spraying her clothes with Fabreze Downy April Fresh allowing her to bank the $80.00 savings toward her next vacation.