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Super Summer Supper Salad

7 Aug

Right now is the time of year to eat Salad Nicoise for supper.  Gardens are producing lettuce, green beans, new potatoes, tomatoes, onions.  If, like me, you do not have an olive tree, egg layers or fresh tuna off the boat, this still is a mostly locally grown meal.

Salad Nicoise


1 large shallot or small onion, minced

1 T. capers

2 T. Dijon mustard

2T. wine vinegar

1 tsp coarse salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Place the above in your food processor and while motor is running pour in 6 T. extra-virgin olive oil.


several large leaves of fresh leaf lettuce per person, cut into pieces (a small head for four people)

1/2 pound + green beans (at least 1/2 cup per person), blanched until still slightly crunchy

1 pound small new potatoes (1/2-1 cup per person), boiled and cut up

1 egg/person, boiled

three Sungold tomatoes/person, or two large tomatoes, cut in wedges

a couple olives per person

1 6-oz. can tuna

Pour a good amount (1/4-1/2 cup) of dressing over the hot, cooked potatoes.  Compose the salad on the plates and drizzle more dressing on the beans and lettuce.

Learning ‘Human’

7 Aug

Hawthorne will have been with us four months come  this Friday.  He is a family member now.  Clearly he felt this was home when during this past month he finally knew which side of the screen door opened as he came into the house numerous times during the day.  It had been apparent that the door of the house he had come from opened on the opposite side–until now he always went and looked to the left side of the door to wait, instead of to the right, which is the side our back door opens from.

In addition to his name, Hawthorne understands the whistle to come outside, the particular tongue clicking on the roof of mouth sound I use to indicate come when in the house, and these words and prepositional phrases:

  • drop it
  • in the house
  • to your bed
  • cheese!
  • walk
  • No bite
  • gentle
  • get your goose
  • chewee
  • outside
  • pee-pee
  • down
  • treat
  • com’ere
  • No
  • come
  • sit
  • lay down
  • take a bow
  • stay
  • wait
  • car
  • outside

Whether he chooses to obey or regard them is variable.  He is willing to do pretty much anything asked of him for cheese, though.

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