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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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May 11, 2011

Michigan Vineyard Salad

Libations used - 1/2 cup white wine
Libations left over - pretty much the whole bottle, so serve with the salad
It's starting to get busy at the office again, and sometimes all a working girl can manage on a week night is a salad.  That doesn't mean your quick salad can't be "lush" and elegant.  This recipe from Sandhill Crane Vineyards on includes white wine in the vinaigrette.  And while I haven't visited this particular vineyard, the salad ingredients, especially the dried cherries, truly remind me of the Michigan vineyards I've visited with my parents.  I plan on serving this again for a Lush Chef ladies brunch, paired with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Michigan Vineyard Salad - dressing yields about 1 1/4 cups
Salad Ingredients:
  • Mixed greens - I always get my salad greens from Maggie's Farm at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market.  Their mixes are superb, and I'm truly spoiled by them.
  • Dried cherries
  • Sliced pears
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • Toasted pecans
Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
- Reduce wine over medium heat by half.
- Add mustard and vinegar and whisk.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer wine mixture into a large bowl.  Slowly dribble oil into bowl, whisking constantly, until dressing is creamy, thickened and all the oil has been incorporated.
- Add in all the salad ingredients and toss with dressing.