Sometimes I come across a space on the internet that feels restful and safe. One of my good friends has a blog that I used to read when I was in college (she was Janssen's friend first). It was one of the first blogs I ever read, and it was lovely. She left blogging for other pursuits, but I ran across it again today, and was immediately filled with a lovely peace. Her blog is everything wonderful, sweet, and good, just like she is. Reading it felt like a warm, friendly hug from an old friend. A place to be renewed, inspired, and safe.
This experience made me think about the space I create here. I want it to be authentic. A place where perfection is a goal, but not required to succeed. I want you to leave feeling excited to experiment and create new things that you have never made before, and not feeling afraid to fail, because trust me, it will happen. I want you to feel inspired to cook healthy and beautiful food to fill and nourish you and your family. I want you to feel renewed and excited to cook.
I want to let you look through the lens into my kitchen. See the laughter at our dinner table. The passion for good food. Our home is a place that we constantly fill with dynamic and delicious food that brings us closer together, and I want to help you and your family to feel the same way. I don't know if I convey that through my recipes and words yet, but I hope I do. I want to. I am trying to. Here's to attempted authenticity and delicious, beautiful food.
After all that, here is a cozy salad for a crisp fall day. I don't know if salad can be called cozy, but if there ever was one, this is it. A nice soft lettuce, a subtle cheese, sweet dried cranberries, and crunchy pepitas.
4 cups of red leaf lettuce
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup diced white cheddar cheese
1/8 cup roasted and salted pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup sweet yogurt poppyseed dressing (recipe below)
Combine all ingredients, except the dressing, in a large bowl and toss. Pour dressing over the top. Serve immediately.
Sweet Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing:
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp poppy seeds
1 Tbs granulated sugar
1/4 cup plain full-fat yogurt
2 Tbs milk
1 Tbs white vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake until combined. Pour evenly over salad.