Saturday, April 25, 2009

Story Of A Farmer, and My Salad

There once was a farmer in California named Walter Knott. Along with his wife Cordelia, who raised a family and berries during the depression.

The whole berry thing took off, the Knott family built a roadside stand, turning berries into a profitable business. Cordelia had a knack with jams, jellies and preserves, they sold those too. She could make a mean pie and killer fried chicken so they opened a restaurant.

Cordelia's fried chicken, pies and preserves were popular, crowds gathered at Mrs. Knott's Famous restaurant. Walter plowed up the berries and put in amusement park.

The blackberry seedless jam. It adds just the right touch to one of my favorite salads.

Mesculin Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Dressing


Mesculin or Red leaf
Red Seedless Grapes-sliced in half
Thin Red Onion Rings
Candied Pecans
Dried Cranberries
Blue Cheese-crumbled

Black Berry Balsamic Dressing

3/4 cup light olive or salad oil
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Knott's Blackberry Seedless Jam
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
Kosher salt and Fresh ground pepper to taste


Whisk vinegar with Dijon, garlic and jam. Stream in half the oil slowly while whisking briskly. Add a little salt and fresh pepper and taste. Continue whisking in oil as needed until just combined, but do not over beat. It's not always necessary to use all the oil, adjust along with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 8.


Mr's Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant is celebrating it's 75 anniversary, Congratulations! now pass the jam.

What's for Dinner?

Tri tip marinated in Worcestershire, fresh garlic, Dijon mustard salt and ground black pepper. No recipe needed, just trim, put it in a Z-lock with ingredients from above, pat dry and grill. Serve with it with this great salad!

1 comment:

rockrchef said...

Rene. Love your blog. You're the BEST! Thanks for all you've taught me. Miss you all very much.