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The most important thing in my life is my family. I love my dear husband and 4 wonderful children (ages 11 through 18). I am a stay-at-home mom (my dream job!). Some of my favorite things to do include cooking (and eating!), photography, reading, piano, flute, watching my favorite TV shows, swimming, traveling, and most recently...using the rip stick with my kids. I would love to attend culinary school someday & fit my love of photography in with that somehow. My dream vacation is Italy - something I was recently blessed to experience! I'd love to return and see more of that beautiful and DELICIOUS country! My days are usually full of running kids to and from activities - scouts, sports, music and church. Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe, but I absolutely LOVE my crazy life and the people I am lucky enough to share it with!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Romaine, Cucumber, and Grape Tomato Salad with Ranch Dressing (from the Deen Bros. Cookbook)

We like romaine lettuce for this pretty salad but any sturdy green will do. The extra dressing-also perfect as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers or chicken wings-will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.


1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon celery seeds
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large clove garlic, minced


2 large heads romaine lettuce, outer
leaves removed
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 cucumber, coarsely chopped

1. For the dressing, whisk together the dressing ingredients; set aside.

2. For the salad, chop the lettuce into bite-size pieces; place in a bowl with the tomatoes and cucumber. Toss salad with just enough dressing to lightly coat the greens (reserve extra for another use). Serve immediately.


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