Saturday, May 1, 2010

Some Very "Punny" Sisters!

Janet and Greta Podleski are two very talented, funny, and creative sisters...they wrote a cookbook quite a few years ago which "started it all" for them..."Looneyspoons". They went on to create another called "Crazy Plates", and their latest effort is called "Eat, Shrink and Be Merry". I have enjoyed their cookbooks, not only because the recipes are great, but because they are so entertaining! Full of puns in their titles, and humor aside, each page also has great nutritional information as to how to change one's habits for more nutritional ones. Because of our common "love" of puns, I have been in contact with these great sisters a few times now, and have their permission to share a recipe with you!
Chapter titles such as "Beyond Beleaf" (salads), "Poultry in Motion", "A Chorus Loin", etc. , indicate an idea of what you are "in for" with the individual recipes names! The whole idea, though, that you can make something very tasty, and leave out, lessen, or substitute ingredients which are more health-beneficial, is the real beauty of the books. For a summer barbeque last year, I made a salad from the book, and it was a real "hit" because it reminded one of the more calorie-laden version from a while ago, and yet was every bit as flavorful! Plus, this particular one looked so nice because it was layered. (when it comes to my own cooking, it is all "smoke and mirrors"...I try to make anything look better than it might taste...but won on both counts with this recipe!)

"Titanic Salad with Iceberg Lettuce"
Dressing....1 1/2 cups light mayonnaise (not fat free)
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

Salad.... 1 large head iceberg lettuce
1 1/2 cups very thinly sliced baby carrots
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced celery
1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
3/4 cup packed shredded light medium or old (sharp) cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions

* to make the dressing, whisk together all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
* To assemble salad, tear (don't chop) the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and spread evenly in serving dish. (use a dish that is about 9x12 inches in size and at least 3 1/2 inches deep. A standard glass lasagna dish is too shallow) Top lettuce with carrots, celery, red pepper peans, bacon, and chicken , in that order.
*Spread dressing evenly over chicken layer and spread to edges, like you are icing a cake. Sprinkle cheese over dressing and top with green onions.
*Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve cold.

Greta and Janet add that iceberg lettuce, although not as nutritional as other types, is the one needed here for this type of salad. Also, they suggest that a rotisserie chicken cut up works well for the chicken needed.
Personal note: I had a large deep salad bowl which I used for this salad, and added a few extra lettuce layers to make the salad a little bit deeper. Also, since my version was for a barbeque, I left out the chicken so that this would be more of a sidedish salad than a meal salad.

Thanks to Greta and Janet for allowing me to share this recipe! Others you might want to "check out" from this book are "Oinkers Away", a great navy bean and turkey bacon soup, "Spud Light", a potato dish, and "Feast from the East", an Asian beef noodle salad. Actually, like me, you may want to try all of them. (and remember, this comes from someone who thinks that kitchens are for resale purposes only!)


  1. "A Chorus Loin"....hahaha

    This looks like a great new book. I have the Looneyspoons one, but think that I better get this one too.

    The salad recipe is great!



    PS meant to answer your email the other day, and I got sidetracked - will send it off to you soon!

  2. When I have to cook, it is nice to use books like this so I can also be entertained!....and if the recipes work for me, they will "work" for anyone! Love the soup recipes in all of the books as well!
    Thanks, Sue! Will "talk" to you soon!