Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Now that I’m an adult, on the cusp of independence, I have decided that I should probably start thinking about my health.  I will never give up dessert, of course–I just mean that I should be a bit more conscious about consuming things that will help me to live to be 105 (this has always been my goal.  It seems like a good age).  So I’m going to make an effort to bike and walk more (my mom wants me to run. I do not want to run.  I should probably run) and to incorporate more healthy things into my diet.  And what’s healthier than a salad?

Once in a while I’ve made myself salads for lunch, using a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  While good, this combination never tasted as nice as the salads I would eat at my dad’s restaurant (fancy that).  So I asked him, and he told me that the secret was honey-balsamic vinaigrette.  He was right–the vinaigrette provides just the right combination of salty and sweet to pull the salad together into healthy perfection.  I drizzled a tablespoon of it onto a salad of mixed greens, avocado and sauteed vegetables, packed it in my lunchbox, and ate a restaurant-worthy meal in my high school cafeteria.

So, you will need….

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place all the ingredients in a jar and stir thoroughly.  Drizzle over salad for use.  Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months.  Enjoy!

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store in a cute jar and take awkward selfie

 

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Drizzle over greens and revel in the healthiness

Spring Break: what I’m eating

 It would have been nice to be able to enjoy the weather during Spring Break. Alas, this was not fated to be–thus far the week has been snowy, snowy and snowy. But of course, snowy days mean more time spent indoors cooking–and eating.

Here are a few of the things I’ve eaten so far this week:

Mayan fish salad at Moonrakers

 

my favorite things: waffles, berries and strong black coffee

 
 

Sardinian roasted and stuffed eggplant

 

blueberry hand pies

Chicago and Hamilton

If you haven’t yet listened to the Hamilton soundtrack, you must. Ever since I first searched it up on Youtube last September I’ve been obsessed. From the genius polyphany to the witty lyrics, Hamilton is truly a masterpiece–a masterpiece that, I thought, I would not be seeing any time soon (it isn’t cheap).

And then, lo and behold, my parents surprised my brothers and me with my graduation present:

  

Did I squeal? Maybe. 

Out of the blue we took a day off and drove to Chicago.

  
Upon arrival we stopped for Sasha’s favorite lunch: sushi.

 

Then, my day got even more magical as we visited the Art Institute (I just love the Impressionists). After a quick coffee (essential, you know) it was time to get ready. Our dinner reservation was quite early since the show began at 7:30. By 5:30 we were comfortably seated at Avec, a cozy Mediterranean restaurant run by the same people who own one of my favorite Chicago restaurants: Blackbird.
 
  I’ve just been waiting for an excuse to wear opera gloves 😉

 
  So maybe I’m pretending I’m at Downton Abbey

  

Cod brandade

  
Paella

  

Chocolate mousse

And then came the show. It was phenomenal, beautifully done and beyond comparison. I just have to say: my parents are the best. I could never have asked for a more fantastic gift.