Thursday Night Nicoise Salad

Thursday Night Nicoise Salad
Allow all of your salad stars to shine on their own. Dress each component of your salad individually and pile onto a platter. Simple food is just so darn pretty. Make something like this whatever you have on hand!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Katie's Passion Kitchen Coming To Your Dealership Today!

I cannot seem to stop feeding people. At the dealership, I often think of what few options we have for fairly healthy, fresh, fast and delicious food in our area. Slim pickins'. Then, I think, well, I can surely go home and whip up something nice for my co-workers, right? It won't take long. Maybe I can make a big pot of lentil soup or a tuna and cannelini bean salad? You get the picture. Plus, my boss, Tim, has been encouraging me to start selling lunches at NSH. So, I made lunch three times during the past week or so for interested employees at Nissan of South Holland. On Day 1, I arrived with 8 sandwiches on freshly baked Ciabatta bread. Most of the "sammies" were made with smoked turkey breast, creamy Danish havarti cheese and some tender greens. A few others were made simply with hard boiled eggs, sharp cheddar cheese & mayo, or eggs with slightly hot grilled peppers. 5 Bucks.

Day 2 was "Corned Beef Day". I made 18 sandwiches. Mostly corned beef and baby swiss or corned beef and dill havarti. A few others were smoked turkey with cheese and some fresh greens. Organic, artisan baked loaves from Whole Foods on Roosevelt Road. Pumpernickel and Tuscan. Crisp Romaine lettuce and Vlasic dill pickle spears were served on the side. I made hot and spicy mayo with Sriracha and fresh lemon juice plus a tangy mayo made with Dijon mustard, fresh horseradish and white balsamic vinegar. The special mayos, Miracle Whip, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard and plain mayo were all on hand for self-service. 5 Bucks.

Day 3 was "Be Italian" day. 19 freshly made sandwiches on
our all-time favorite focaccia bread from Chicago landmark Italian Bakery, D'Amato's, on Grand Avenue. The oily, delectable and super-fresh focaccia rounds were cut into thirds, carefully split, then filled with hot capicola,
salami, mozzarella and provolone cheeses. 6 Bucks. I grilled a huge pan of red, green, orange and yellow bell peppers the night before "Be Italian" Day. At the crack of dawn, I was slicing and lining up the bread, assembly line style, and organizing the lunch
shipping and handling.
"Be Italian" Day came complete with Italian music streaming out of our garage boom box in the dealership lunch room.

If IOUs aren't paid up tomorrow, KPK special delivery
service may be cancelled, even though K had a lot of fun with KPK on wheels. Hey, does Mickey D's have an eat now/pay later lunch special?

Eat well at YOUR office today!

Love, Wit & Humor From the KPK Author,

Katie


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From here, you can continue scrolling down to check out some of my favorite dishes and KPK highlights.

For more posts (articles), recipes, stories and pictures, you can scroll up (in the right column under "What You Missed") and click on 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013. As of June, 2013, there are are total of 139 posts in KPK. You can spend more time here when you know where to look, right?! Another way to enjoy my kitchen is to click on any items of interest in the section entitled "Passion Posts", also up above in the right column.

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