Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Friday, December 3, 2010

mache lettuce salad with walnuts and parmesan wafers

by using mache lettuce greens, walnuts and a parmesan wafer, this simple salad resembles any gourmet salad served in a restaurant. to make the parmesan wafer, finely shread parmesan cheese into a bowl.  prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, so the cheese will not stick or burn to the sheet while baking.

next, place small rounds of the cheese on the paper and decorate the wafers with parsley, dill, or any other fresh herb of choice.  dried herbs work well also, but if fresh herbs are available, choose those first.  then, bake the wafers in the oven on 350 degrees for just a few minutes.  perhaps only two to three depending on your oven.  watch these carefully, as the wafers will burn quickly.  it is acceptable to have browned edges, and that effect will add to the crispiness of the wafer.  allow them to dry on the sheet pan and save until ready to assemble the salads. these wafers were made with parsley. i often serve this salad with peppercorn dressing.

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