Thursday, May 01, 2008

Curse you weather gods!!!!!

On Sundays I sit down and make my menu for the week. This makes shopping a breeze and cheaper, but it also is a huge time saver for me. See, by planning out my meals I never have that "what's for dinner" moment standing in front of the fridge trying to brainstorm. I can also plan to make less time intensive meals on days when I have less time.

On Sunday it was 250 degrees outside. It was hot, and I was NOT in a good mood. When I sat down to write the weekly menu I was thinking of things that were quick, easy, and didn't use the oven (although, as previous posts show, I was very excited about the range...). I planned my all time favorite salad for Wednesday night because hot weather is perfect for salads. Especially now that I get home when its still light outside.

So imagine my surprise when I left the office yesterday and it was Fuh-reezing cold outside. For those of you not from Southern California, fuh-reezing cold = under 60 degrees. But I had an easy dinner that I knew would cheer me up, even if it wasn't exactly salad weather any more.

Cobb salads are my fuh-avorite salads. I love the tomato, I love the avocado, I love the blue cheese - on a fresh bed of romaine. Yum!

Cobb Salad
1 head of romaine lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1/2 breast of cooked turkey, chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
crumbled blue cheese
1 piece of bacon, cooked crisp

1) Chop/tear/cut romaine and divide between 2 plates.
2) Divide remaining ingredients between two plates, crumbling bacon

Serves 2.
Each serving has:
Calories 247.1
Total Fat 15.9 g
Cholesterol 43.9 mg
Sodium 952.6 mg
Potassium 775.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.1 g
Protein 17.9 g


  1. Those look really good, and heck yes it was freezing as a mofo. It went from 90 to 60 in a day. :/

  2. I hate the weather right now...
    it's earthquake weather.

    Salad sounds amazing on hot days.

  3. Oh yum. Great combination for salad.

    It got cold here too. Next is rain...

  4. Boo! That really would've been good for a hot day.

  5. Oh, yuck. That happened to us too. Horribly cold week. But that salad looks SOOOo good! Just crank up the heat when you eat dinner. haha.

  6. You should have turned the heat up in the house and closed your eyes and imagined it was sunny and warm!

    Great salad, I can see why you like it.

  7. Silly two-faced weather! The salad still looks delish, and your writing (as always) was so fuh-unny that I was giggling here at my desk!

  8. i know what you mean about the weather. tuesday it was fuh-reezing and yesterday ti got up into the 80s. and yesterday was the day i decided to make a really bad version of risotto, so i stood over the stove sweating for like 2 hours.

  9. What was up with the weather the last week? I hate that its way to hot then freezing. mmmmmm blue cheese.

  10. Cobb Salad - oh yeah..but no disrespect intended - you guys in California are wimps - freezing under 60...come to Canada - we'll toughen you up. Just wait til it's about -30. We'll even introduce you to our Polar Bear club that likes to put on their bathing suits in the winter and run into the frigid waters.

  11. Why not play weather god and kick up the heater to pretend it's warm out? Salad looks great regardless of the weather. ;)

  12. Did I happen to mention that I love deconstructed salads. You always know exactly what you're eating.

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  13. i love it when it's fuh-reezing - soCA style, anyway.

    i used to do the weekly planning and shopping too! i should really get back to that. it made dinners so easy, and maybe we'd save some cash on our constant meals out.

  14. Okay, I'm with Giz on this one. 60 degrees? I'm not sure we're on speaking terms anymore ;) Although that said, Giz would probably make fun of me too. Chicago's ass-cold (where we went to college), but it ain't no Northern Canada.

    And menu planning is the only thing that keeps me interested in food. I have zilch creativity on, say, a Tuesday night at 7pm, standing in front of the fridge with sore feet. Menu planning takes away substitutes the creativity for anticipation and excitement. Yay!

    And lastly, yes! We're moving to California this summer! Do starts his job in mid-June and I arrive with car & stuff in mid-July. I've only ever spent one weekend in CA, so it's going to be craaaaazy different! I'm not yet sure how I feel about palm trees. So this time next year, I'll be right with you bitchin' about 60 degree weather!

  15. thankfully, jim does consider a large salad like that a main meal. makes my cooking much easier when it's boiling outside. yay!

    that looks delish, btw... well, sans the blue cheese ;)