After a 10 day period that included, in rapid-fire succession, aggressive work deadlines, malfunctioning major appliances, a seriously ill pet and a burglary, we’re just a little exhausted, but otherwise OK. Except we tend to eat poorly in times of crisis, and leaned heavily on our favorite comfort/convenience foods. You know the ones–mac and cheese, potatoes, take-out pizzas and sandwiches. Then my mom sent me home with possibly the prettiest salad ever.
My mom’s a genius at food; not just the preparation, but the presentation. She could have been a food-stylist. When we got this salad it felt like Christmas. Actually, like the Christmases of “long ago” when appreciative children pulled jewel-like oranges from their stockings and were grateful for the sweetness and nourishment during the short, dark winter days. Yay for salad, and moms!