It all began with the chirping of chimney swifts in the chimney during the storm last night, and a cacophony of mocking birds twittering at the crack of dawn this morning. I should be complimentary to my feathered friends because they did make pretty music, but I wasn’t quite ready to emerge from my sweet slumber! The twittering must have been a sign…
I don’t have a picture of my outdoor twitters, but here’s a cutie from my Delft jar:
Later this morning, I read my dear neighbor Carolina’s blog. Her remarkable husband, Gabe, was her guest blogger. I’m not complimenting him only because he helps me with my computer issues; he is also very smart and a wonderful husband and father. After reading his entertaining post about the dubious cuisine of Nigeria (he works there on rotation), I followed a link to his blog and before I knew it, I became a Twitterer - not to be confused with Twit, OK?!
Twittering is taking over as the new form of social communication. Snippets (140 characters or less) of information are sent by the ‘twitter’ to followers in the cyber world and if the service is also connected to their cell phones, it’s transferred immediately. Oprah has over half a million followers! President Obama ‘twittered’ during the campaign and Lance Armstrong ‘tweets’ several times a day. One of NASA’s astronauts will tweet about his training for an upcoming mission. No news on whether he will be tweeting from space, though. Time Magazine and CNN tweet to thousands of followers about news updates as they occur. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!
On to the subject of food! A couple of days ago I made a delicious blue cheese dressing and served it on a wedge of iceberg lettuce. The ‘wedge’ salad has been all the rage the last few years, but I could barely finish it – the iceberg was tasteless and watery and simply not worthy of the blue cheese. Perhaps the lowly iceberg’s role should remain a supporting one: to complement the spice in chalupas and tacos, and add crunch and balance to a salty BLT (in my most humble opinion, of course).
Yesterday, I composed a salad worthy of the remainder of the blue cheese dressing: curly red tip lettuce, avocado slices, hickory smoked bacon, and slices of ripe, juicy pears and radishes. All of that was topped with snipped chives and freshly ground pepper.
The dressing is thick, so I suggest you leave some moisture on the lettuce after you rinse it. That way, when you toss the salad, the consistency will be perfect. The pictures were taken before I tossed the salad, hence the mounds of dressing. It would be great as a dip for veggies and crackers as well.
Blue Cheese Dressing from The Best American Recipes 2003-2004
1/2 cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
Stir mayonnaise and sour cream together. Add Worcestershire sauce and blue cheese. Use a fork to mash the blue cheese to blend it in, leaving some chunks. Keep refrigerated until use.