Friday, December 3, 2010

Apple-Herb Vinaigrette

The husband and I decided that we watch too much TV.  Shel Silverstein describes our situation almost exactly in his wise poem, "Jimmy Jet and His TV Set:"

I'll tell you the story of Jimmy Jet--
And you know what I tell you is true.
He loved to watch his TV set
Almost as much as you. 

He watched all day, he watched all night. 
Till he grew pale and lean,
From "The Early Show" to "The Late Late Show"
And all the shows between.

He watched till his eyes were frozen wide,
And his bottom grew into his chair.
And his chin turned into a tuning dial,
And antennae grew out of his hair.

And his brains turned into TV tubes, 
And his face to a TV screen.
And two knobs saying "VERT." and "HORIZ." 
Grew where his ears had been.

And he grew a plug that looked like a tail
So we plugged in little Jim. 
And now instead of him watching TV
We all sit around and watch him. 

In attempts to amend our TV-watching ways, we did the most logical thing.  We bought a Wii.

Needless to say, I've been playing Mario Kart instead of writing clever blog entries.  So here's a salad dressing recipe...

Apple-Herb Vinaigrette
Adapted From The Best Light Recipe by Cook's Illustrated

2 cups apple juice*
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning (the recipe called for sage, but I was fresh out)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Shake together all ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Serve with your favorite salad greens, thinly sliced apples, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans.

*If you use the full amount of apple juice, the dressing will be sweet and not too tangy.  If you want more pizzazz, reduce the apple juice to 1 cup.


  1. Ummm...Mario Kart? It's time you guys came over. It's been way too long since we had a Kart party. Or Rockband II. Or just hung out in general. Plus, I just nearly perfected an amazing steak & asparagus recipe I'd consider sharing with you. With proper credit, of course... :)

  2. I love it! I'll be waiting by my phone for the invite. :-)