There are a few things I’ve been meaning to tell you.
First, these beauties:
They’re immature walnuts, preserved (think whole fruit jam) by an Armenian woman who runs a company called Harvest Song, which makes a nice array of really delicious stuff. The walnuts look like olives before you cut into them, and have a rich, sweet flavor, almost as if they’d been soaked in honey. You’ll hear more about them from me later, when I figure out how to include them in a cake.
Lauren also got me this snazzy cupcake holder, called a Cup-A-Cake, which I saw once at Trophy Cupcakes but didn’t have the chutzpah to actually purchase for myself. Thankfully, she did it for me:
See? Little plastic things on the inside keep the cupcake in place. I can’t wait to try it.
Then, if you haven’t already discovered this for yourself, corks are a great way to heatproof hot lids and skillet handles. I’d seen someone use wine corks before, but I think champagne corks work best:
Hold the pan by the cork, skip the third-degree burn.
And, finally, a very simple recipe for a dressing that actually uses mayonnaise, which I hate, as a general rule. But this one (again, Sari’s inspiration) is delish, and it only uses a few teaspoons of the white devil.
I drizzled it over a bunch of tender, sweet miner’s lettuce with chopped apples, tangerines, walnuts, and avocado.
(This photo doesn’t actually have the dressing on it yet; I wanted you to see the miner’s lettuce, which I found at the Ballard farmers’ market.)
Recipe for Shallot Cream Dressing
Recipe 95 of 365
Really, must you add the mayo? Oh, yes.
TIME: 5 minutes
MAKES: Enough to cover a small salad for 4
1 shallot, very finely chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, or to taste
Whisk the shallot, mustard, mayonnaise, and vinegar in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and whisk as you add the oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Keeps, covered, up to 1 week.