Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Get your yum on! I heard that (get your yum on ) in a commercial yesterday on a drive to Reno. Yeah....I'm not much for "fad" phrases. I like them, they've never just come easily to me, never just rolled off the tongue like it's normal. I always feel like an impostor when I try to fit "in with the in crowd."
I'm not "out" with the "out crowd" either. I'm just me.

Just me.

But let "me" say this today.... Get ready to GET YOUR YUM ON! (ack!! it even looks stupid when I type it!)

That is only if you like the taste of blue cheese tho. And celery. Blue Cheese and celery...those are the main ingredients for "celery salad".

My friend Theda sent me this recipe for celery salad. She printed it off from the Food Network. She said that "everyone loved it".

I made it and I have to say that I love it too. But then...I love blue cheese and celery. It was "fresh" and "cool" and it just seems so "summery". (and crunchy too)

I think this would be the best salad to have with some hot wings or buffalo wings. (don't they already serve buffalo wings with celery and blue cheese to cut down on the hot? )

Theda and I have been friends since Jr. High. I say Jr. High, she says High School. Maybe she didn't like me in Jr. High. We didn't run around with the same crowds in Jr. High. Neither of us was in with the in crowd then... but we knew each other. It was in high school that we became BFF's tho.

A couple of years ago, she flew down to Reno (from the Portland, OR area ) and I drove to Reno where we had a "girl's" weekend. We went to a lecture at the college from the man who wrote "the Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns", we went to a "tea", because Theda is big on "tea's", we went to a movie, we went gambling --it's Reno, after all, and we took a cooking class together. And we ate at good places, because lets face is important. And Theda likes food too. She's a great cook and entertainer, but has no interest in blogging (weirdo).

A picture of us at our cooking school....

oh gawsh....Theda's cooking, I'm drinking wine. What's that say about me? The wine was good?

And the celery salad.
Celery Salad
Recipe by Dave Lieberman --food network
and my friend Theda
3 tablespoons crumbled Blue Cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 grinds black pepper
1/2 head celery, with leaves
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the blue cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, salt and pepper until well combined.
Pick the celery leaves and set aside (I just chopped them all at the same time).
Thinly slice the celery stalks on the bias and add both the celery leaves and the celery to the dressing and toss to coat.
Serve immediately.


Donna-FFW said...

The celery salad sounds wonderful. I have never had one before. What a terrific use for it.. While you were away I made your pudding poke cake, blogged about it and left you an award. If u get a sec, pick it up.. its in the pudding poke cake post:) Was wonderful.

Krista said...

I'm not a big fan of bleu cheese, but this looks and sounds really good. And I loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Excellent reads. So cool that you were able to attend a lecture by Khaled Housseini!

Lynda said...

I'm not a fan of blue cheese, but I love celery and would love more recipes for it, especially a salad. It does look yummy though! It's so good to have you back!

Mary said...

I love both celery and blue cheese, so I'll be trying this really soon.

Katy ~ said...

Celery and blue cheese, a winner in my book!

sherri said...

I love all the ingredients here- so I know I'd love the recipe.

Kate said...

I will love this salad! I love blue cheese. What could be better than a glass of wine, blue cheese and crunchy celery? How refreshing.

muddywaters said...

It sounded like a great weekend. I'm lucky enough to live in a college town, so we get a lot of authors in town for lectures. I try to take advantage of it.

We also have cooking classes, but I haven't taken any. I may treat myself this fall, and I'll share the experience with you.

I've always wanted to visit the Santa Fe School of Cooking and take a class there.

Jennifer said...

The salad looks wonderful...especially on that beautiful green plate!

Karen said...

OMG, I made this salad about 20 years ago and LOVED it! I can't find my recipe right now, but I think it's the same one - I remember the "10 turns of black pepper" and "cutting the celery thinly on the bias". I've always remembered the salad but just never had the occasion to make it again.

MM said...

I always seem to have celery hanging around with no purpose other than taking up space. This recipe would put it to good use!

Anonymous said...

We LOVE bleu cheese, so I definitely will try this. Have you had the chopped salad at Outback Steakhouse? It has bleu cheese in it and is wonderful!

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