Eggs Benedict

There is honestly nothing we love more on a lazy Sunday morning, than the chance to sleep in and make Eggs Benedict for a late morning brunch. This recipe has been handed down to me and the Hollandaise sauce is truly what makes it – no packaged sauces around here!

The sauce is honestly the hardest part of the recipe, which is why I’ll focus mostly on that here. But let me tell you, when it all comes together on a perfectly poached egg, with two freshly cooked pieces of bacon and a nicely toasted English muffin, this is heaven on a Sunday!

 

Hollandaise Sauce

• 2 Eggs (separated)

• 1/2 Cup Sour Cream

• 1 Tbsp. Tarragon Vinegar

• 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

• Dash Tobasco Sauce

• 1/2 Tsp. Salt

• 1/4 lb. Butter

Separate the eggs and set aside the whites for other uses. Whip the yokes, sour cream, salt and liquids together until smooth and yellow. Pour into a small sauce or frying pan and stir on low heat. Do not allow sauce or frying pan and stir on low heat. Do not allow mixture to boil. Add butter in small amounts, stirring until it melts. Serve when hot. It is imperative the mixture does not boil because it will separate. If it does, whip it back together until smooth.

If you need some tips on poaching eggs, check out this site: The Spruce

The trick to bringing everything together at the same time is to ensure your bacon and sauce are made prior to toasting the English muffins and poaching the eggs. Once you’ve got your bacon and sauce made, set them aside. Then once your water is boiling, put your English muffins into toast and crack your eggs to poach at almost the same time.

When eggs are cooked, add a layer of bacon on top of a toasted muffin. Then add the poached egg on top and finish with generous dollop of Hollandaise sauce.

As an aside, this Hollandaise recipe can’t be beat over top of cooked asparagus, crab melts, or steak. Enjoy!

Western Thanksgiving

If you’re sitting in your house watching the raging blizzard outside your windows, it’s hard to imagine this coming weekend means Thanksgiving, in October – not a blustery day deep into December or January. However, a snow-mageddon presents the perfect opportunity to do some planning. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to give thanks and reflect on our blessings of the past year. And it’s the perfect time to blend the elements of our western lifestyle around us, into a creative and elegant setting for a feast with our loved ones.

After all, I feel as though no one can do Autumn like western folk can – with harvests done, cattle moved into their winter pastures and much of the horse show year now behind us – this is our season!

The ultimate would be to serve Thanksgiving dinner in the barn. But if you’re inclined to stay indoors near the warmth of a hard-working oven, here are six ideas for integrating your western lifestyle into a beautiful Thanksgiving feast.

Source: Country Living.

1. Pendelton Pumpkins. These sassy, geometrically-designed gourds are certain to be all the rage this year. Get yourself some soft pastel paint colors and washi tape and you too, can create beautiful pumpkins that scream western elegance.

Source: Country Living

Credit: Jenn Webster

2. Mason Jars filled with cutlery. Mason jars have been popular for everything from drinking sweet tea, to featuring beautiful motifs in candle displays. This year, we’re using them at each place setting to carefully delegate eating utensils and napkins.

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3. An Antler & Pumpkin Centerpiece. This stunning, yet simplistic centerpiece is created with white candles, flowers and antler sheds. Set on top of a white-washed farm table, you can’t go wrong with the artistic western balance of it all.

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4. Charcuterie Board. A no-cook way to get the party started. Served on a round wooden slab, a selection of meats, pickled beans, cheeses, grapes and shell-shucked dry roasted almonds can stimulate appetites, while allowing the host a few more minutes for dinner preparation. The addition of a harvest-inspired centerpiece will give your table an elegant western flare.

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5. Decorate Your Barn with Pumpkins. Who says all the Thanksgiving decor has to be up at the house? Or conversely, bring a barn sign up to your house, to compliment all the fall accents.

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6. Beautifully Set Table. A stunning tablescape will set the tone for your dinner. A table left with a little space for food is good, but a filled table can be gorgeous. Use natural foliage for table accents or napkin holders. Use rustic-looking charger plates and chic glassware to instill an exclusive element.

Red Lentil Humus

Photo by Callaghan Creative Co.

When it comes to first class sideline picnics, preparation is key. So when Western Horse Review had the opportunity to take in a polo event with a group of our closest friends and we realized we didn’t have the time to prepare some amazing food ourselves, we enlisted the help of the Deane House. While watching a few chukkers, the Red Lentil Humus quickly became a crowd favorite. The Deane House has graciously shared their wonderful recipe with is. Here are their insider instructions for creating this wonderful light, appetizer:

Photo by Natalie Jackman, www.have-dog.com

Ingredients:

1 L red lentils (rinsed and drained thoroughly)
1 L water
33g garlic cloves smashed
½ cup white wine
1 head roast garlic
5 medium sized roma tomatoes, wood grilled for 6 minutes

Method:

– Simmer the mashed garlic and white wine.
– Add the remaining ingredients.
– Cook on medium heat covered until lentils are completely tender.
– Remove from heat.

To Finish:

300g Highwood Crossing canola oil or Mountainview canola oil
17 g salt
7g Okanagan sumac
½ cup toasted & ground coriander (or fresh coriander berries 
 crushed)
½ g Broxburn jalapeño peppers; smoked, dried and ground into
chipotle powder
40 g white wine vinegar

Method continued:

Puree the cooked lentils using a handheld immersion blender.
Blend in the remaining ingredients except sumac.
Allow the hummus to cool to room temperature before folding in the sumac.
Refrigerate until chilled then serve.

Polo, This Weekend

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If you’re looking for an exceptional experience this weekend, why not come out to the Calgary Polo Club this Saturday August 12, to watch the Canadian Open – Smithbilt Hat Day at 2:00 pm? Featuring the Canadian Open Match Game (12 Goal), fans can watch Highwood vs. Château D’ESCLANS.

This weekend will also showcase their regular 4-goal games on Sunday, at 12 and 2pm.

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The combination of speed, control and horsepower in polo is intoxicating. If you’re looking for some great family fun on the sidelines, or longing to renew your passion for equestrian sport, the Calgary Polo Club (CPC) is the perfect place for all levels of enthusiasm.

It’s interesting to note that some of Calgary, Alberta’s best polo players originally came from the discipline of team penning. People from a medley of other events find themselves enamoured with the sport, the first time they crush the ball down the field.

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Polo culture involves tailgate picnics. Bring some chairs, a basket of delicatessens, a charcuterie board and cold beverages and your gathering of friends will think you picnic like an event-planner.

Social members can take in all the field-side exhilaration with the option to reserve white tents to block out the warmth of the sun on hot days. White VIP tents with designer leather furniture can additionally be reserved for a fee to make it a Sunday Funday like no other.

Photo by Callaghan Creative Co.

 

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The sport of kings is dependent on the grace of equines. Men, women and children can all enjoy the game of polo, because the horse is an extraordinary equalizer.

There a few things you may want to know, before you go. The rules of the game are based on the right of way of players and the “line of the ball,” created each time the ball is hit. Once the ball is struck by a player an imaginary line is formed, creating the right of way for that player. No other player may cross the line in front, as doing so results in dangerous play. Crossing the line in front of speeding horses at right angles, is the most common foul in polo.

THROW IN: Umpires start the game by throwing the ball between the two teams that are lined up on different sides.

KNOCK IN: The defending team is allowed a free ‘knock-in’ from the place where the ball crossed the goal line if the ball goes wide of the goal, thus getting ball back into play.

RIDE OFF: Involves safely pushing one’s horse into the side of the opponent’s mount to take him or her off the line. Contact must be made at a 45-degree angle or less and only between the horse’s hips and shoulders.

HOOKING: This is the action of blocking another player’s shot by hooking or blocking his or her mallet.

OFF-SIDE: The right side of the horse.

NEAR-SIDE: The left side of the horse.

Horses in play have their tails braided and manes shaved to avoid the hazard of becoming entangled in a players’ mallets and/or reins. White pants worn by riders is a tradition that can be traced back to the 19th century in Britain and India, where the game was played by royalty only and in very hot temperatures. Hence, the preference for fabrics that were light in colour and weight. The shaft of a polo mallet is akin to the soul of a good horse; strong, resilient and adaptable. Polo mallets have magnificent flexibility and strength.

Lastly, spectators are encouraged to back their vehicles up to field, all the while maintaining a safe, 20-foot distance from the sideboards. At times, players may send their horses over the boards in pursuit of the ball – and you don’t want to be in their way.

 

Photo by Callaghan Creative Co.

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No matter the type of hat you wear, there is a level of polo participation for everyone. Perhaps Western Horse Review will see you out there! For more information on tournaments and events at the Calgary Polo Club visit: www.calgarypoloclub.com.

*Make-Up credit to The Aria Studios, Hair by Meagan Peters, Outfits by Cody & Sioux.

 

 

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Smokin’ Q

 

BY ESTEBAN ADROGUE

For many, Sunday morning came around smelling of fried eggs and homemade pancakes, with a fresh glass of squeezed orange juice. Tip-toeing all the way to Mom’s room…  For others, Sunday morning had a completely different meaning.

 

The sound of wood burning away in the BBQ’s, heating up the air, spreading that familiar smell, that aroma that takes us back to our childhood… It can only mean one thing: The Smokin Q BBQ Pitmasters Competition was finally here!

 

Lynnwood Ranch (Okotoks, AB) once again played host to the 3rd annual KCBS sanctioned BBQ Competition and BBQ Feast. The Smokin Q gathered 35 of the best Pitmasters and their crews from all around Alberta, in a sizzling battle against the toughest judges to become this year’s Pitmaster Champion.

The competition consisted of four different entries: first entry was BBQ chicken, a classic! Half hour later, competitors presented the judges with their best smoked ribs. Third entry consisted of delicious tender pulled-pork. And last, but definitely not least, judges were delighted with a low and slow roasted brisket. Makes you want to become a judge, doesn’t it?!

 

But before Sunday’s competition all participants had a chance to put their skills to the test.

Saturday night hosted the BBQ Bash Feast and Frolic. This year’s event consisted of competitors displaying a little preview of their abilities, not only to the judges, but to almost 300 guests as well. Everyone was eager to taste the pitmasters’ wonderful creations, which included everything from chorizo tacos with coleslaw, to a delicious fig and shrimp canapés

After sampling magnificent delights, guests were treated to a delicious brisket and salmon dinner, with a side of locally grown steamed veggies, salads and corn on the cob; followed by a dessert course of seasonal fruit trays and sweet delicatessens.

Once dinner was over, it was time to get up from those seats and shake that body to the rhythm of live jazz-fusion music. People came together to share a great time, laughed, had a few drinks and danced the night away as this year’s BBQ Bash came to an end.

To fully appreciate and understand the hard work behind such a fantastic culinary experience, we must venture back to Saturday morning; 10:00 am brought with it the first few trailers loaded with BBQ equipment, food, and competitors ready and full of ambition to demonstrate what they are capable of.

While pitmasters got their fires going, Western Horse Review went around interviewing different cooks and their crews, and talked about which elements a BBQ team should include to be the best.

 

They each described a “perfect BBQ” as having two crucial factors: food and atmosphere.

 

“It has to be the perfect balance among smoke, spices and meat. Not overpowering any single one of them.” – shared pitmaster Chris, head of Rocky Mountain Smokers.

 

All competitors also shared one unanimous tip: low and slow.

 

“…the best? Low and slow! It is a long and slow process, 250 degrees fahrenheit for about 8 to 12 hours” – said pitmaster Danny Cooper, from Fahrenheit 250 BBQ.

 

Sydney from Bordertown Bar-B-Que commented – “It’s all about friends coming together to have fun, a good time. You want to create a ‘party’ rather than a competitive atmosphere.”

 

Not only did they talk about friendship between their crew, but amongst their other rivals too. “We are all (competitors) a big family. If we don’t win, we are thrilled they (rivals) did! Barbecue it’s like golf; it’s not you against the competitors, it is us against those judges.” – Logan, part of the crew of Rocky Mountain Smokers.

 

As a very thankful attendee, I must admit with every bite of the tender brisket I took, I tasted that camaraderie, I felt that love, effort and passion pitmasters put in every single BBQ they cook.

 

Western Horse Review can’t wait to see y’all there again next year!

 

For more information, visit the Lynnwood Ranch website.

 

Baby Back Ribs

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BY JEFF GRIMSHAW

Baby Back Ribs
Total Time: 3.5 hours
Prep Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 2.5 hours
Assembly time: 15 min
Total Servings: 4-6
Difficulty: Moderate

Fall off the bone… that’s what it’s all about when it comes to a rack of ribs. When you slow roast the ribs first, the meat will be tender and stay juicy. Once roasted, they are packed and stored in bbq sauce. Then they just sit, absorbing the flavours from the sauce, ready for you to finish whenever you want. When the time is right, ribs can be thrown on a grill or heated up in the oven in less than 15 minutes. With items like these, prepped and ready to go, you can stay and do a little extra grooming at the barn.

I’ve included my recipe for Chipotle BBQ Sauce. I like to make my own sauce at home so that I can control the ingredients that go in it. The sauce will keep for a month in the fridge or for a year in the freezer. Feel free to substitute your favourite store-bought sauce in this recipe. What is important here is the three-step technique; slow cook the ribs in diluted sauce, package and freeze, heat and serve.

Baby back ribs are delicious and tender but can be pricey. A less expensive option are side ribs, commonly known as St. Louis ribs or spare ribs. St. Louis ribs tend to be meatier than Baby Backs so you may have to cook them a little longer. This cooking technique will also work with beef ribs. You can ask for short ribs to save space while cooking or opt for the full size beef rib that looks impressive on the cookout table.

Ingredients
Pork Baby Back Ribs        4 racks
BBQ Sauce                          1 recipe

Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Olive oil    3 Tbsp
Onion – finely-diced    2 medium
Garlic – chopped    1 bulb
Molasses    1/2 cup
Brown sugar    1 cup
Tomato paste    1 cup
Dry mustard    1 Tbsp
Chipotle in adobo    4 tbsp
Cider vinegar    1/2 cup
Chili powder    ¼ cup
Black pepper    1 tsp
Sea salt    1 tsp
Water    2 cups

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1. Method – BBQ Sauce
In a heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat, sauté onions until they start to caramelize.
Add garlic and cook for two minutes until it starts to soften.
Turn off the heat and add all the rest of the ingredients.
Stir well to combine and turn the heat back to medium.
Bring the sauce to a simmer stirring often to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Simmer for 20 minutes.

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Pass through a strainer, using the back of a spoon or ladle to push out all the liquid and set aside to cool.
Once completely cooled, divide into three equal portions.

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2. Cook the ribs.
Cut the pork rib racks in half, rinse and pat dry.
Find a deep baking dish that will hold all the ribs at the same time.
Mix one of the sauce portions with four cups of water and pour over the ribs.
Arrange the ribs in the sauce; it’s ok to shingle them so that they all fit and they don’t have to be completely covered with liquid.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in a 325-F oven for two hours.
Check for tenderness. If the meat pulls away from the bone, they are done.
Remove from the oven, cool completely and refrigerate overnight exactly as you cooked them.

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3. Freeze the ribs.
The next day, remove the ribs from the baking dish and discard the liquid.
Stack ribs two high and put in sandwich size zipper bags.
Divide one portion of BBQ Sauce evenly between the bags, moving the ribs around to coat and distribute the sauce.
Squeeze the air out of the bag, label and freeze.

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4. Dinner Time
Thaw the packaged ribs in the fridge the night before.
Grill or oven broil basting often with bbq sauce.

Ribs need only to be heated through and basted with the reserved sauce.
• In the Oven: Set the rack low, oven set to broil. In a baking dish, broil, basting often until heated through, caramelized and bubbly
• On the Grill: Over a medium heat, wipe the grill with a little oil to prevent sticking. Grill them up, getting a little char on the edges and baste often.

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Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup

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BY JEFF GRIMSHAW

It’s a question almost everybody asks at some point, “How can I eat homemade, healthy food at a horse show?” It’s not easy, but with a little planning and some pre-preparation, you can get organized and have most of the work done well in advance. If properly portioned and stored, your homemade creations can be ready to eat in minutes from a camper stove. Anyone who shows horses knows how chaotic it can be getting ready to head out. Grooming horses, cleaning tack, kids… the list goes on. If you can have a bunch of pre-portioned lunches and dinners ready to throw into the cooler or fridge, you’re already halfway there. Just make a quick stop to pick up some last minute, fresh ingredients and you’re done!

This is a recipe for a delicious corn soup that takes just over an hour to prepare. The recipe is broken down into three basic parts, preparing the soup, freezing it in usable amounts and final preparation. Steps 1 and 2 can be done up to a few months in advance, giving you plenty of time to get it in the freezer and scratch it off your To Do list.

This, as with most recipes, is simply a guideline. The procedure is what’s important here. Roast your veggies, add it to the simmering stock and blend. Use veggie stock instead of chicken to keep it vegetarian, or add chunks of left over pot roast to make it meaty.

Roasted Corn and Pepper Soup
Total Time: 1 hour 20 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 min

Total Servings: 6-8
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
Onion – 200g/7oz
Red Pepper – 250g / 9oz
Sweet Corn (frozen) – 450g / 16oz
Olive Oil – 30ml / 2Tbsp
Sea Salt – 5ml / 1tsp
Cracked Black Pepper – 2ml / 1/4tsp
Chicken Stock – 2L / 8cups

 

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Method

#1 – Roughly chop and toss onion, red pepper, corn, oil, salt and pepper. Roast on a sheet pan in a 350F oven until golden brown. Bring stock to a simmer in a pot and add the roasted vegetables. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and blend until smooth. Strain to remove corn skins and season to taste.
Cool and refrigerate overnight.

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#2 – Label medium-sized zipper bags with the name and date. Portion bags in 500ml/2cup amounts. Close the zipper most of the way, squeeze out air and close zipper. Lay flat on a baking tray and freeze overnight. Keep frozen until ready to use.

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#3 – Thaw frozen soup in warm water for 30 minutes.
Heat in a pot and serve adding a little heavy cream if desired.
Serve with a salad, bread or garlic toast.

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Trail Ride Sandwich

Our 5-star chef serves up the perfect sandwich for a mountain ride.

Our 5-star chef serves up the perfect sandwich for a mountain ride.

 

BY JEFF GRIMSHAW

Sandwiches built for a trail ride should have four basic components: a good quality crusty bread such as french baguette or individual rolls, a flavorful spread, a sliced meat and fresh or grilled vegetables. Try to keep it simple, too many ingredients and flavors will over-complicate taste. Avoid watery vegetables like tomato and cucumbers that will make your bread soggy.

This sandwich recipe involves a little bit of pre-preparation a day or so in advance. The creamy component for the sandwich – tangy jalapeno mayonnaise – can be made one or two days ahead. This is the flavor base for the sandwich and can also be used as a dip for veggie sticks or dressing for salad or coleslaw. The flavor will always be better the next day, once all the components have time to get to know each other a little better.

It’s no secret that leftovers make great sandwiches. If you are planning a ride, make sure to cook extra the day before. Roast beef, lamb shoulder, pork loin or chicken make excellent sandwiches and any one of them can be used in this sandwich. In this case, we roasted a shoulder of spring lamb. Roasting a lamb shoulder, contrary to popular belief, is incredibly easy. Rinse, pat dry, rub with salt and crushed chili pepper and roast long and slow in the oven.

ingredients

 

Trail Ride Sandwich
Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 30 min
Assembly time: 10 min
Total Servings: 6
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
Six crusty rolls
1 cup Jalapeno Mayonnaise (see below)
1 ½ lb roast lamb
1 head butter lettuce
1 sweet onion
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce
Jalapeno Mayonnaise
4 jalapeno peppers
1 tbsp olive oil
I cup mayonnaise
1 lime
¼ cup cilantro
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste

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Method:

1. Jalapeno Mayonnaise
Slice the jalapenos lengthwise and remove the seeds and pith. Toss in olive oil and lay cut side down on a parchment lined baking tray. Roast in a 400°F oven until the skin is golden brown and blistered. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Place mayonnaise in a mixing bowl. Coarsely chop roasted peppers and cilantro and add to bowl. On the fine side of a cheese grater, or with a zester, zest the lime and add half of the juice from the lime.
Mix in cumin and more lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.
Keep covered in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Get your ingredients together.
Cut the rolls in half, thinly slice the meat, slice the onions paper thin, wash and dry lettuce leaves.

3. Assemble sandwiches.
Distribute the jalapeno mayonnaise on the tops and bottoms of the buns.
Distribute the meat evenly and season with salt and pepper.
Carefully lay the onions on the meat, one at a time, and distribute evenly.
Next, add lettuce and cover with the bun top.

4. Wrap up the sandwiches individually or in pairs. If you want your rolls to stay crusty, wrap the sandwiches in parchment or paper bags. If you like the bread a little softer, wrap them in plastic wrap, the moisture will soften the crust of the bread as you travel.

* TIP! To keep the sandwich cool on hot days, freeze a saturated kitchen sponge in a zipper bag. The sponge won’t leak water as it thaws and you can reuse the sponge over and over again.

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Macho Salad

A hearty salad worthy of a cowboy appetite.

By Ingrid Schulz

Photos By Krista Kay Photography

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Whoever said dates and goat cheese couldn’t be manly clearly hasn’t dived into this creation. At first glance, it may seem an odd mix, but trust us, this is one salad that delivers a complicated and delicious layering of taste. The cornbread croutons lend a southwestern flavor the dates add a touch of sweetness and the goat cheese, a generous tangy zip. Throw in your chicken, toss is all in the light oregano and garlic flavored homemade dressing and you’ve got a salad meal packed with protein and high on flavor.

This salad is especially great for those early still summer warm evenings, when the last thing you want on your chore list is hanging around the kitchen fixing supper. Certainly not when there might be summer’s last light and warmth to enjoy or horses to ride. You can make it all ahead and simply pull it out of the fridge and assemble a few minutes before serving.

Use the leftovers of your Sunday dinner roasted farm-raised chicken if you like, but a store-bought rotisserie chicken works just as well. Similarly, bake your own cornbread, or as a quicker alternative, buy a cornbread loaf or muffins at your local bakery. Cut the bread into bite size pieces, brush it lightly in corn oil, salt and pepper them, and toast in a 400F oven for five to ten minutes.

Cornbread and an oregano-based dressing lend to the complex flavors of the macho salad.

Cornbread and an oregano-based dressing lend to the complex flavors of the macho salad.

Macho Salad

Simply add as little or as much of each of the ingredients below in a salad bowl amply filled with a bunch of fresh greens – preferably a mix of romaine and spring greens.

Sliced chicken meat

Chopped tomatoes or grape or cherry tomatoes halved

Diced avocado

Corn, either off the cob, or canned

Chopped dates

Chunks of goat cheese

Sliced, and if preferred, toasted almonds

Cornbread croutons

Salt and pepper

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Dressing

2 tbsp spicy brown mustard

1/4 cup lemon juice

1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1-2 tsp brown sugar

1-2 cloves minced fresh garlic

1/4 tsp dried basil

1/3 tsp dried oregano

1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil

Mix together all the ingredients.

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