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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 08/28/2009 10:40 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 08/28/2009 10:41 PM
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Salad of Baby Greens with Fig Vinaigrette~by Jenny Baxter of Jennys Kitchen

Greetings from Union Square, At last my son, Jaime Burnsworth, daughter, Gina Burnsworth, granddaughter, Victoria Burnsworth and daughter-in-law, Lynette Burnsworth all managed to be available at the same time for a family vacation. It had only been TEN YEARS since we had our entire family together for a trip. After several planning and re-planning parties we decided it would be San Francisco and Monterey as our destinations! I had timed the first lap of our trip perfectly. I would pick my daughter up in Sacramento and we would drive to San Francisco and meet up with the rest of the family who were already there. We would miss the commuter traffic going towards the....



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city and get there just in time to have a fabulous lunch. In fact it only was an hour and forty-five minute drive. Approaching San Francisco set against royal blue skies, watching the seagulls, with enormous wing span, circling above Alcatraz, examining varied shaped structure of grayish steel reflecting the morning sunlight off their massive windows, and viewing various watercrafts gliding under the Bay Bridge, I just knew this would be a great day for shopping! Having recently made this same trip in December I thought I knew my way to our hotel in Union Square. Boy was I wrong! I passed Fourth Street so I thought I could just go a block ahead and circle back. Well, thirty minutes later, after several honkers and upset pedestrians I finally made it to our hotel. And yes, unlike many men I did ask for directions! (Sorry fellas, but you know it’s the truth!) After a quick check in we met with Victoria and Lynette,( Jaime had to leave for work in San Jose and would join us that evening,) and being famished we decided to walk over a few blocks to Macy’s and dine on the roof of the Cheesecake Factory. We had to do a “little” shopping on the way and once we arrived the place was packed. The wait was forty-five minutes. So we decided to walk to the five levels of the Westfield Mall and consume some lunch at Nordstroms. Now, four women who love to shop had to make a decision to eat or burn that plastic. We opted for lunch first and a shopping spree after that. As we looked over the busy city, bursting with department store after department store, from the top floor of Nordstroms we diagramed our plan of attack just like a general does when he is going into battle. Once we had devoured our lunch, two oriental salads, one pizza and one fruit salad, we took to the street to enjoy the sights and sounds that surrounded us. On every street corner we saw a different scene. A black man playing drums on five gallon used paint buckets turned upside down. Teenagers rapping and break dancing with their tattered basket in plain site seeking donations. Young women with jewelry for sale lined the avenues.

Vendors selling snacks amidst signage that said instant karma would get you if you stole their wares. But the mall was calling and we had to find as many bargains as we could before it was time to change and go to dinner at 8:00. We made it back to the hotel in time to freshen up and head across the street for an extensive meal at the bistro. Crab cakes, baby greens salad with fig vinaigrette, steamed vegetables and steaks appeared on white porcelain platters course after course. The service was uptown! A word of advice. Really look over your tab when you are dining in the city. I had planned to leave a $40 gratuity based on our meal and my daughter discovered the tip had already been added in. What do you want after a couple glasses of a hearty red wine, fatigue from the days shopping and the excitement of knowing it would all start over again in the morning? Someone to check over the bill! Instead of going for a nightcap we decided to gather in one room and chat until after 1:00 am! The sun rising over the skyline, the stillness in the streets and church bells ringing in the background was so nice to wake up to. And we were in for an unexpected treat! There was a youth parade that morning and we could all watch it from the comfort of our room on the 29 floor! It was time to shop, so requesting a late check out off we went. Well, there was one good day of shopping left in me before I hit the serene seascape of Monterey Bay where I would spend my time walking the beach, going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, feasting and revisiting all my former residences to see how they had changed. Yeah right! You know shopping in Carmel was the number one thing on my list!

Salad of Baby Greens with Fig Vinaigrette

4 cups baby greens

One basket figs halved

2 oz. goat cheese

¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 Tablespoons pine nuts

Roll the cheese into balls and coat with the breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 degrees about 8 minutes. Set aside.

Divide the greens between 6 salad plates arranging the figs on the top. Place the cheese next to the figs and sprinkle the pine nuts over the salad. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top.

Orange Fig Vinaigrette

¼ cup Balsamic fig vinegar

½ cup Calaveras Mandarin Orange Olive Oil

2 toes minced garlic

Zest of an orange

Salt and cracked pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients into a jar. Shake to thoroughly combine. Makes ¾ cup



Well, it’s thyme to go.

Jenny Baxter

Jenny’s Kitchen





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