It’s time for a killer salad! My go to starting point for a great healthy salad is almost always the Southwestern Caesar dressing that the Chef of Mii amo Cafe  at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona taught me a few years ago ( to learn more visit at  



Southwest Caesar Salad

serves 4

 Step One – Mayonnaise substitute:

1 cup soft tofu (drained so as to remove packaging moisture)

1 cup plain yogurt (drained)

1 tsp garlic (minced)

1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1tsp Tabasco

1tsp Dijon mustard

¼ cup rice vinegar

Dash of salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Step Two – Southwestern Caesar dressing

1 cup mayonnaise substitute (see above)

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

2 limes (juiced)

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

2 tsp red wine vinegar

8 to 10 anchovies filets

Dash of Tabasco sauce, Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in blender.  Blend until smooth.

Step Three – Salad

Romaine Lettuce

Fresh Baby Spinach

1/2 Red Onion – sliced

Cherry Tomatoes

Step Four – Filet Mignon

1.20  lb filet mignon

spread safflower oil over filet, and then generous salt and pepper

BBQ  filet until medium (pink center) maybe 5 minutes a side.

Let the filet set up for a few minutes and then slice into 1/3 inch wide strips.

Place salad components (except tomatoes and avocado slices) into a large bowl, add a little Southwest Caesar dressing and mix.

Plate the salad components, and to each plate add tomatoes, avocados, and an equal number of steak strips.

Drizzle a little more Southwest Caesar dressing along the steak, tomatoes, and avocados.

Top each salad with a little Parmesan, add a few slices of pita bread and you’re ready serve an easy but great dinner for friends or family.

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Can’t remember the last car magazine I bought. Bet its been 6 years.  Think I had the flu and She Who Must Be Obeyed got me my last mag.  So I’m wondering, midlife crisis or has my love affair with the automobile gone stale?  Seems as if any car I might actually like has a price tag which is near the GNP of a small country. And all the cars that are obtainable look pretty much like over sized pills with wheels.

Went to the LA Auto Show a year ago, and kinda liked a pony type car on display, until I saw the price was around $50k.   So to get a car I really liked would be what, over six figures?

So am I just getting old?  Maybe cheap? Or am I starting to think outside the consumer box of created needs?

I still like to drive.  I like the road.  I like driving down a curvy  road. I just don’t want to spend a fortune for the momentary joys of a road that’s not in gridlock.

And then I saw it. Coming down Catalina Avenue was a gang of Vespa’s.  Could have been 40 or 50 of em. Yeh I know, not too sexy a vehicle, and to be truthful in the past I’ve made snide remarks about guys on scooters.  But that was then.  Now what I saw was a group of people enjoying each other’s company riding down the road on fun vehicles that cost around $5k.

Ever since I saw the Vespa gang I’ve been thinking that could be my way back to enjoying the road again.  Seems like a pretty  affordable experiment.  And heck, if I get one maybe I’ll also get a Henna Tattoo – you know, just to try a tattoo out without that whole long term commitment thing.

Midlife crisis?  Nope, critical thinking.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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