COMFORT FOOD…REDNECK SUMMER SALAD…..by ISABEL

The first recipe I learned from another family’s tradition was one that I got from a high school friend…For some reason it really appealed to me….perhaps the sweet/sour flavor… The name I have given it is kind of misleading, based more on some ingredients than the background of my friend, but I just couldn’t resist…..This is another salad based on iceberg lettuce and is also good for summer eating……When cooking it is sometimes more fun when you have a “little helper”.

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MEMORIES…MY FIRST RESTAURANT COMFORT FOOD…..by ISABEL

The first restaurant which my family visited regularly was a small Mexican restaurant on San Fernando Road in LA.

This before the era of the margarita and multiple varieties of salsa.

I don’t remember it being too spicy or unusual….

My favorite item on the menu was the cheese enchilada, served with red sauce, additional cheese on top and a light sprinkling of green onions….  The cheese enchilada is still my “go to” when I am feeling in need of something safe and comforting at a Mexican  Restaurant.

My nieces say my brother also goes to Mexican food for his “comfort” moments….

MEMORIES…COMFORT FOOD…ETHNIC STYLE…..by ISABEL

My father, who was a mechanical engineer, worked in an architect’s office in the Silverlake area of LA. He worked with several men of Japanese descent. They would take him to Japanese restaurants for lunch and he enjoyed it so much that he brought home sushi rolls for us to enjoy…..Fortunately, for the ages that we were, it was vegetable sushi…both fresh and pickled vegetables. This was way before Japanese food was on the “foodies” radar (before “foodies” even existed) but it has always been a comfort for me to revisit my early experiences. My father also created a salad, with an asian flavor, which has always been a favorite despite its key ingredient being iceberg lettuce.