Salad – Arugula with goat cheese and beets


Ice balls?

ice ball

Snow rollers?


Sun dogs?


We’re learning all sorts of new vocabulary during this frigid and horrid winter. Remember the old saying about the Eskimo language having over 50 words for snow? Well, I learned that it’s probably true, and that the Sami people, who live in northern Scandinavia and Russia have even more–180 words for snow and ice.

Here, we’re also adding to our vocabulary. It’s so cold that ice balls are forming in Lake Michigan. These are soccer-ball-sized ice chunks that form “when water from the lake begins to freeze and is pushed ashore by wave action” (according to Meteorologist Jim Andrews).

And snow rollers? “According to the National Weather Service, snow rollers need just the right combination of light, sticky snow, strong (but not too strong) winds and cold temperatures to form” (By Becky Oskin).

I’m not sure I quite understand the science behind sundogs, but it seems to be a phenomenon that appears when it’s cold and there appears to be three suns on the horizon. Maybe three suns would warm things up a bit.

The latest report I heard totaled our snow to be upwards of 60″ this winter, and that we’ve had temps an average of 7 degrees lower than usual. No wonder we’re always shivering and shoveling!

Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Beets

So for our dinner, along with the New England Clam Chowder, we had this delicious salad, contributed by Cindy W. Wow–it was great! I ran out of time so I didn’t toast the walnuts, but I’m sure they would have been even better with the flavor brought out in the toasting.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI love the peppery taste of the arugula. That, combined with the sweet of the cranberries, the mild goat cheese, and the slightly sweet dressing made for a delicious pairing to our clam chowder.


Our tummies were happy tonight.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThank you, Cindy W., for another great addition!



2 responses

    • Hey Cindy–I actually couldn’t find beets in the produce department, so I had to buy canned. I decided to get “shoestring” beets instead of sliced or whole. They ended up working really well.

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