Fourth of July Weekend...or food fest

Yesterday was officially the Fourth of July, and I celebrated it at a lovely bbq in the Valley under blazing hot sun. I brought my one and only food specialty: the Super Salad. One of my friends baked not one, but three gourmet cakes, all of which I tasted and thoroughly enjoyed. The cakes were done in red, white and blue...vanilla cake with cream cheese icing, raspberries, blueberries, a berry trifle, chocolate ganache and rice krispy squares! These cakes were as fine as anything I have ever over paid for at Whole Foods, Mani's or Dufflets. I am quite sure that if I had a talent like this I would never leave my house. It would not be an option. I would be so huge that I wouldn't fit through the door. This of course is not the case for my friend the baker, who is also a talented and beautiful actress. To be honest I would love to be able to bake like she does, or cook like a professional chef...like several of my friends can, although I think I lack the organization and the patience for such endeavors. No my food skills lie elsewhere...in eating. I am an excellent consumer and make a wonderful guest! I enjoy food tremendously and can always be counted on to bring the tastiest of wines, clean my plate and compliment the chef! I introduce myself to new people, initiate conversations, and always send a thank-you card or e-mail.
Thankfully this weekend, I am getting to put my special skills to use, dining at the table of great cooks, which means another Super Salad, and another trip to the wine store.


spledicious said...

now i'm really curious--what's in your super salad? i'm sure it's more gourmet than you give yourself credit for. plus, who are we kidding, no one in LA wants to eat anything but salad anyways, right?

Gina Sorell said...

Well to be honest, I have many variations on the Super Salad...so named for the fact that I try and put it all, greens,protein, legumes, fat,and flavor in one big bowl! And of course, it requires no cooking, so no overheating of my little kitchen.

My favorite Super Salad concoction of late is this: a mix of herb salads, boston lettuce and radicchio,and some spicy lettuce mix, grated carrots, sliced Persian cucumbers,hearts of palm, corn, chick peas, avocado, cherry tomatoes,and a light sprinkling of sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and raw cashews. Often I'll cube up some thai spiced baked tofu and throw it on top. And I make my own dressing from olive oil, white balsamic, apple cider vinegar, lemon, honey, horseradish dijon mustard and thyme. Yum. The crazy thing is most people can make a pot roast in as much time as it takes me to make this!

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