Category Archives: salads

Lobster and Potato Chip Salad: A 5 Star Junk Food Makeover

 


When I found out that this month’s 5 Star Makeover theme was junk food, there was only one thing that came to my mind…
Yep; there they are:  Kettle cooked potato chips.
They are my weakness, and by far my favorite junk food.  It must be  a texture thing too, because regular potato chips don’t really do it for me. Those I can pass up without any trouble. But kettle cooked chips are another story.
 Thickly sliced and fried to perfection, they are the ultimate when it comes to crunch factor.
I really love them the best when they are super salty and right out of the bag. If they are flavored with something like salt & vinegar,  dill pickle, or Maui onion,– well, that”s okay too. I find them all hard to resist,  and will happily eat them all. That is why I don’t have them around very often. They are dangerous!
Because my favorite way to enjoy these tempting  chips is in their true form, I didn’t want to deviate to far in this makeover challenge.  Instead, I decided to keep the crunchy little chips whole, and work them into my dish.
Salad lover that I am, using the chips as croutons in my 5 star salad was the way to go for me.
Potato chips and lobster together in one place may seem an unlikely combinatiom, but when they get together with some field greens, roasted red peppers and yellow tomatoes, their comradery makes perfect sense.  When you  add a citrusy ginger dressing and some fresh basil?  It gets even better.
Ahh, kettle cooked chips….definitely my favorite junk food. What’s yours?
Be sure to check in with Lazaro Cooks! and 5 Star Foodie on Friday for the roundup of recipes. Can’t wait to see what my fellow group members have come up with!
Lobster and Potato Chip Salad 
Dressing:

1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons white miso
3 tablespoons tahini
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Salad:
1 pound cooked lobster meat
6 cups mixed field greens
1/2 cup basil leaves, cut into a chiffonade
1 medium yellow tomato, diced
1 red bell pepper, roasted, seeded and thinly sliced
3 1/2 cups kettle cooked potato chips
Dressing: Combine all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Salad: Place lobster and next 4 ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss well. Divide salad among plates.
Layer chips throughout salad and finish with additional chips in the center of each dish.
4 servings
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Supper Club Press & Friends at the Table Cookbook Giveaway

It’s beginning to look a lot like…..

~The perfect time to start a supper club, or rekindle the one you are already in!

I’m excited to share a few pieces of press that are out right now. Shameless self promotion (I know)…but I am excited.

The article I wrote about the supper club trend is featured in the December issue of  Costco Connection magazine. If you are not a subscriber, click here to read the online version.

 

Virginia Living Magazine captures a look at my own supper club, complete with photos from an evening at my house with recipes from my book, perfect for holiday entertaining. Here’s a look at one of the pics:

 

Photo by Kip Dawkins

In the spirit of celebration, I would like to share a recipe from my book (one of my favorite salads actually) that I hope you will enjoy in celebration sometime over the holidays with your friends at the table. — And since we are in the season of giving, I  am  giving away copy of my cookbook, personalized and shipped to one lucky winner!

Here’s what you need to do to enter (you have 4 ways to increase your chances):

1. Leave a comment telling me you would like to win a copy of Friends at the Table. *If you are leaving a comment as “anonomous”, please be sure to include your email address in your comment so that I may contact you if you are the winner.

2.  Follow me on  Twitter and then tweet about the contest by copying and pasting the following: Entered to win a copy of Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club  #Cookbook #giveaway on Table Talk http://tinyurl.com/d4znz4w

3. “Like” the www.debishawcross page on Facebook and leave a comment here to let me know. If you already like me on Facebook, just leave a comment here telling me so.

4. Stumble this post on Stumble Upon and let me know you did here with a comment.


  1. Giveaway entry period begins Friday, December 2nd,  and ends Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 11:59pm. Drawing will be held Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:00am (All times are Eastern Time zone) and announced the same day.
  2. Comments will be numbered by order received and random.org will generate a random number for the winner. Please note: If you want to enter more than once, the separate comments for each entry are required (a necessary step for keeping track of entry numbers).
  3. **Limited to residents of the  United States
  4. I am the final judge regarding any discrepancies, interpretations, grievances, etc about this drawing.
  5. Winner must respond and claim the prize within one week of the winning announcement. If a winner does not claim the prize during the specified time, a reserve winner will be drawn from the original entries.


Best of luck!

And now for the recipe I promised:

Photo by Ron Manville

Lobster Salad with Roasted Peppers, Miso Dressing and Goat Cheese

Salad:

6 cups mixed field greens

Meat from 2 steamed (1 1/2 pound) lobsters, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch strips

2 yellow bell peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch strips

5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

For the salad: Place the greens, lobster and peppers in a salad bowl and add enough dressing to coat. Toss well. Top with sprinkles of goat cheese.

Dressing:

4 tablespoons miso paste

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons grated ginger root

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Juice from 2 oranges

1 teaspoon tahini paste

For the dressing: Whisk together the miso paste, vinegar, ginger, garlic, pepper, orange juice, and tahini in a small bowl. Set aside.

8 servings

 

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Fresh Spring Vegetable and Garlic Scapes Salad: A Guest Post on My Man’s Belly Blog

 

I am a huge an of the blog My Man’s Belly , where the  slogan is “The best way to a man’s heart is through is stomach“.

The first time I discovered Pamela’s blog I was hooked. Not only will  you find innovative recipes for all seasons, you will pick up some relationship tips along the way ( we can all use some of those, right?).

I’m sure you are probably already familiar with this wildly popular blog, but incase you are not, be sure to pay a visit, and take a look around. You too will fall in love with what you find there, and may just find ways to stay  in  love with your special someone.

I am thrilled to have a guest spot on Pamela’s blog, and hope you will hop on over to My Man’s Belly to check out Fresh Spring Vegetable and Garlic Scapes Salad

 

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