June 2014

Parisian Eating

Has it been almost a month since my last blog post? Oops.  Time really got away from me this month, and I’ve been doing more eating than cooking. I also had my sister’s nuptials in there and a trip to Paris.  So, no new recipes yet (though I am cooking Sunday dinner as I type this)…but I have some wonderful food photos to share from Paris. You’re probably thinking ‘food photos’? WTF am I supposed to do with those.  Well, look at them I suppose. And think to yourself, what kind of useless blog is this?

First night, deeeeeelicious cheeseburger at Le Castiglione.

Sorry for that weird photo. It’s all I had to document the best cheeseburger ever. Which, by the way, had a cheese sauce in lieu of just plain old cheese. Yum.

Second night, amazing filet (on top of tons o’ mashed potatoes) at our favorite Parisian restaurant Christine.

Enjoyable and totally-worth-your-money lunch at Le Jules Verne on top of the Eiffel Tower (happy as a clam here)..

Pan seared John Dory with artichokes that kind of look like claws…

Traditional french treats and a melty-lava-amazing-chocolate thing….

In need of some non-French food at Paparazzi

Followed by a need for some totally American food at Breakfast in America.

Next, one of our favorites that we’ve gone back to over and
over….a cozy romantic little pizza/pasta place on a charming little side
street by the Eiffel Tower…Il Sorrentino.  Dinner here followed by some strolling around the lit up tower (and a stop at the ice cream stand)…is just about the most perfect night I could ever imagine.

And finally, saving the best for last…the CROQUE MONSIEUR. My favorite thing about Paris, and we ate the best one ever at L’Imperial.

GO TO PARIS.  It’s the best city in the world. 

Au Revoir!

I’ve been trying to recreate the creamy Asian dressing they
have in American Airlines first class for quite some time now. Yes, an airline
salad dressing may be the best I’ve ever had. And for the record, the flight
attendants think so to.  We talk about it
every time.  Actually this was my first
time trying to make it, but I’ve been thinking about trying it for a really
long time. It was a total success- exactly the flavor I was looking for –
though it’s not entirely homemade.  I
started with this delicious bottle of stuff from the Asian aisle at the grocery
store – Miso Ginger Sesame sauce/marinade (I’m sure you can find something

It is a bit strong tasting, so
I modified as follows:




  • 1/4 cup ginger sesame miso marinade
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 6-8 cups spring salad mix
  • 1-2 ripe avocados, cubed
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes


The buttermilk turns it into a really thin and delicious
dressing, just like we like them in the Braley house.  I then put together a salad of mixed greens, avocado (s), tomatoes, and toasted sesame seeds (toasted in a skillet on low for a few minutes until golden). Toss with
the desired amount of salad dressing (I did not use it all), and it’s just like
you’re on a 14 hour flight from DFW to Tokyo.