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What's Your Favorite Salad ?

      We usually start our meals with a simple green salad. In the old-timey French tradition the salad was one of the last courses; after the roast but before the cheese. The French were all about digestion, which the salad was supposed to aid. I don't know how we in 'Murca got the order mixed up. Here's what Escoffier has to say:

    Salads are of two kinds: simple or compound. Simple, or raw salads always accompany hot roasts; compound salads, which generally consist of cooked vegetables, accompany cold roasts.
     I'm not talking about simple green salads. This diary is about special salads, salads with names. The Caesar Salad is really just a simple green salad with a special dressing. I want to talk about Salat Olivier and Salade Niçoise.

      Salat Olivier is interesting to me for the history of it. Here's Anya Von Bremzen, from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking:

    Sine qua non of socialist celebrations, this salady Soviet icon actually has a fancy, bourgeois past. The name? Derived from one Lucien Olivier, a French chef who wowed 1860s Moscow with his swank L’Hermitage restaurant. The Gaul’s original creation, of course, had almost nothing in common with our Soviet classic. His was an extravagant still life of grouse, tongue, and crayfish tails encircling a mound of potatoes and cornichons, all doused with le chef’s secret Provençal sauce. To Olivier’s horror, Russian clients vulgarized his previous arrangement by mixing up all the ingredients on their plates. And so he retooled his dish as a salad. Then came 1917. L’Hermitage was shuttered, its recipes scorned. All Soviet children knew Mayakovsky’s jingle: “Eat your pineapples, gobble your grouse / Your last day is coming, you bourgeois louse!”
    The salad gained a second life in the mid-1930s when Olivier’s old apprentice, a chef known as Comrade Ivanov, revived it at the Stalin-era Moskva Hotel. Revived it in Soviet form. Chicken replaced the class-enemy grouse, and potatoes and canned peas took center stage—the whole drenched in our own tangy, mass-produced Provansal mayo.
    Meanwhile, variations of the salad traveled the world with White Russian émigrés. To this day, I’m amazed to encounter it under its generic name, “Russian salad,” at steakhouses in Buenos Aires, railway stations in Istanbul, or as part of Korean or Spanish or Iranian appetizer spreads. Amazed and just a little bit proud.
    I made this one once, just because I'm into Russian history. I even chased down some Russian mayo which is made in Ukraine now. I didn't see the attraction, but I'm sure some restaurants are doing good Russian salads. Here's Escoffier:
    Take equal quantities of carrots, potatoes, string beans, peas, truffles, capers, gherkins, sliced and cooked mushrooms, lobster meat, and lean ham—all cut julienne-fashion, and add some anchovy fillets.
    Mix the whole with mayonnaise sauce (126); put on a dish, and decorate with some of the ingredients of the salad, together with beets and caviar.
     Salade Niçoise is a different matter. I often make this one and we eat it all by itself as dinner. Here's the classic, again from Escoffier:
    Take equal quantities of string beans, potato dice, and quartered tomatoes. Decorate with capers, small, pitted olives, and anchovy fillets.   
    Season with oil and vinegar.
     Many chefs use tuna now, instead of the anchovies, and some use hard-cooked eggs. We had one recently at a frou-frou restaurant that had a little slab of seared tuna and cute little purple Peruvian potatoes. The one in Larousse has lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, little onions, anchovies, bell pepper, celery, artichoke, tuna and back olives. Here's mine:

       On a bed of lettuce I put a can of Italian tuna in olive oil, some cherry tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs, artichoke hearts and avocado slivers. No potatoes. I squeeze lemon juice on everything and add a dollop of mayo and some olives, here a few kalamatas and some big green ones stuffed with blue cheese. A few crackers and some white wine and we got ourselves a meal.

      How 'bout you, got a favorite salad ? Let's talk salads, dressings or whatever else is on your mind this morning.

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Connecting Kansas:
Democrats Unite in Emporia

by tmservo433for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

So our latest hero, tmservo433 provides a great re-cap to the event we promoted here for him.

At the time Paul Davis spoke, I had an in room headcount of 166, which is a heck of a turnout.   Sam Brownback couldn't bring in 200 in the Kansas City Metro when Rick Santorum came to town.

Kossacks showed up.  Several Kossacks were in the hall, as well as individuals who noticed I still had on my Netroots gear, and were happy to come and tell us how they are working for change in our communities.
tmservo433 is doing great work seeking out Kossacks and moving his state's progressive agenda forward.

Please visit tmservo433's diary for more photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join Kansas & Missouri Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to tmservo433.


Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report

by susansfor Los Angeles Kossacks

The Los Angeles Kossacks ranks have increased by 40% in the last few months. New members attended the latest recreational field trip to see the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles.

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Back Row L-R: Vyan, Chiwere, susans, Otoelbc, mommyp00ka, Ducktape
Front Row L-R: Robin, 714day, Little Loner, Moody Loner, jakedog42 and grandaughter, SanFernandoValleyMom

Please visit susans's diary for details on the Space Shuttle. You can still REC it. You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to susans.

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Monday, August 4th

Asheville Kossacks Connect for Lunch Before Moral Monday's Event with Reverend Barber!
Followed by a stroll through downtown to the Mountain Moral Monday event

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Rosetta's Kitchen
111 Broadway St • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. DawnN
5. Lamont Cranston
6. Gordon20024
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
North & Central Florida Kossacks
Saturday, August 9th

Northern & Central Florida Kossacks Meet-up
with (D) DC Koller who is running for House Representative against Rich Nugent

TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Vetwife's Home
Kosmail Vetwife for address • Inverness

ORGANIZER: Send Vetwife a kosmail to attend.

1. Vetwife
2. Vet
3. Gordon20024
4. nancyjones
Latest diary: Attention Florida Kossacks !!!

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Saturday, August 9th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Picnic - Local Candidate Speaks
Meet at the Hays city park to enjoy a free hamburger/hotdog/watermelon feed. Jim Sherow along with other local candidates will be speaking.

LOCATION: Municipal Park
1st and Main • Hays, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

1. tmservo433
2. Skohays
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
Saturday, August 9th

LA Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Guild Restaurant
611 W. 7th St • Downtown Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send susans a kosmail to attend.

1. susans
2. Shockwave
3. navajo
4. Meteor Blades
5. Knucklehead
6. SanFernandoValleyMom
7. Otoelbc
8. Chiwere
9. Vyan
10. 714day
11. Ducktape
12. Mugwump Blues
13. Just Saying
14. Just Saying's friend
15. Panorama City Chick
16. jakedog42
17. Santa Susanna Kid
18. La Gitane
19. Susan from 29
20. gmats
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report
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Saturday, August 16th

DC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: National Mall
at the Smithsonian Metro stop • Washington DC

ORGANIZER: Send NinthElegy a kosmail to attend.

1. NinthElegy
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Sunday, August 24th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

1. kathny
2. belinda ridgewood
3. rubyr
4. joanbrooker
5. mconvente
6. ericlewis0
7. No Exit
8. sidnora
9. gchaucer2
David Nir
Latest diary: NYC Meetup Sunday August 24 at Spitzer's

Pikes Peak Region Kossacks

Saturday, September 13th

Pikes Peak Region Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up!

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Panera Bread
7344 North Academy Boulevard (general address) or 7351 Atlas Walk Way (mall address) • Colorado Springs

ORGANIZER: Send thanatokephaloides a kosmail to attend.

1. thanatokephaloides
2. tmservo433 (visiting from Kansas)
Latest diary: Our First Meeting: An Announcement
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