I'm out of lettuce.

I'm out of lettuce.

Normally, that wouldn't be such an ominous statement, but I'm ME. I LOVE lettuce. I have salad every night with dinner. Sometimes, I have a salad for lunch AND a salad with dinner. But asinine "oh I'll trust my FEELINGS" me turned down the temperature on refrigerator because it FELT warmer than it should. And then sane "don't screw with something that isn't broken" me woke up the next day to frozen lettuce.  This whole therapy / learn to trust my feelings thing is SO not working for me. At least in the lettuce department. So now, I have no salad for dinner. But I DO have fresh tomatoes, and I do know how to make lemonade out of lemons. Er, caprese salad out of tomatoes....

I can't take the credit for the basic idea; I saw it somewhere and it lodged in my noggin. It is rather clever. The hearts are my own personal touch. Mainly to hide the fact that my FRESH BASIL ALSO FROZE. In the Great Freeze of 2012. Really, I am trying to cope with this. :sigh:  Anyhoo, a fresh, hot house tomato, perfectly ripe, sliced and stuffed with mozzerella slices. Drizzled with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar, and sprinkled with fresh sea salt. Really, it's love on a plate.

The main course isn't as pretty, but it is a classic American casserole. Tuna casserole. Up-scaled a bit with leeks, celery, onion, and garlic in a bechamel with half and half; and white albacore tuna.  And peas. Yum! And low-carbed with gluten-free pasta, which makes for a slightly less pretty dish (especially if you leave it on the stove and fuss with tiny little cheese hearts for twenty minutes while the casserole dries out on the stove. (I blame it on the fact that I really need a vacation.  Seriously, how important where those hearts???)

Oh, how I love the American classic dishes. <3

Comments

Kim (required n...
Shannon, you are freaking &gt;funny.&lt; ;)
Shannon
Seriously, man, I'm JONESING!!!! ; )
Kim (required n...
Jonesing for lettuce??? *snickers* you kill me. You really do. :D. You can make a simple Tomato look spectacularly appetizing... and yet, all you want are leaves... Lol!!! Shan, Shan, Shan... Whatever shall we do with you?????
Shannon
Give me lettuce!!! I know it's weird, and I don't even know why it is, but I CRAVE lettuce. Topped with olive oil, lemon juice, ranch dressing, vinegar, I don't care, but I heart lettuce!
dawn-marie
shall I include a refrigerator thermometer in the next mailing?
Shannon
oooh, a refrigerator thermometer, I NEED one! Do you know the angst that would have saved?!?! ; )
Kelly
Too bad you don't live closer. My dad has several different types growing in his garden.
Shannon
Kelly, how does he feel about strangers breaking into his garden late and night and foraging? ; )
Jim Dee
I love having salad as I'm having the main course, makes for an interesting time at the occasional "sit down" place of any formality. Lettuce is a base for me but darn, I love other greens ***AND*** Arugula. The latter always with something oil-based, ranch/bleu not the best for this reactive appetite.
Shannon
oooh, maybe I'll pick up some arugula, too, that sounds good! I'm one of those "salad first" people... and not because I am formal (that would be weird, I grew up living in trailer parks off and on, lol!!) but because I just LOVE salad. But I do NOT want it to be the main course. So salad first, enjoy every last bite, THEN onto the main course. ; )
Kelly
He is very ok with sharing. You wouldnt even have to sneak in at night. I have to take a picture of this new type of cucumber he has in there. They are funny looking but very tasty.

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