Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Marinated Tri-Color Bell Pepper and Mushroom Salad


I don't know what's got into me, but I'm at an age and space in my life that now I can enjoy the 'fruits of my labor' as the saying goes! I'm actually sharing things on my food blog that really has everything to do about FOOD, and of course plenty of 'thrift finds' which seriously, I'm keeping that to myself...

Why? you ask; because then you will all be coming to S. Florida to visit and grab all the amazing things that I have yet to 'conquer' at a ridiculously cheap price!...LOL... I guarantee, nowhere in the states will you find such beautiful and practically new items for your home, from wares, dishes, pots and pans, glass ware, clothes, furniture, and other household items!

Now, I'm way off the subject! Way back to the mid to late 80's in my prime catering days, I purchased not one: but 2-35mil meter cameras, a Nikon, and a Canon with all the lenses including the telescope lenses for the close up shots, spent about $1,000. for the both, purchased at a local pawn shop, (Now my 14yr. old granddaughter Gabby has it and loves it, along with her latest Canon camera.)

I took some amazing photos with it, not knowing how the photos would turn out...no way to see and make adjustment before developing the photo! Well, here's an example of my pioneering days as a Private/Chef Caterer, which I rarely talk about, but nice to share these days!

I dug up my photo to scan, and also found the recipe on my trusty 4x6 index card which I also scanned to post the recipe of this delicious, and creative salad. The recipe and photo is from about 20 years ago, just when I got my first computer, with Windows 95 and AOL which still is my e-mail provider! Wow, to think I could've...would've...should've started my food blog which literally did not exist, for anyone, until probably starting ten years later, in 2006!
Here's another photo from 1996...just about when the Caprese Salad came into popularity...and still going very strong! I've made this salad so many different ways but this was one of my favorite with the addition of the pitted Nicoise olives, capers and snipped sun-dried tomatoes. The addition of the oil and balsamic vinegar is used just when serving!
Back in 1996, I worked for a small Cafe locally, part time, and also worked as a Private Chef for clients in Palm Beach, and Boca Raton, Florida for dinners and parties! Here are some samples of my goodies! The third from either side is the Caprese Salad, and the last one is my Marinated Tri-Color Peppers!

People often ask me what is my favorite cuisine, or most favorite things to make, I get tongue-tied and not able to answer right away because I have so many interests in the cooking field, but as I was reviewing my old (well, not so old) recipes, I see that it must be SALADS, and lots of it, which I also have posted on my Pinterest boards...the second favorite PASTAS, which I have also made at my work, and catering, and 3rd. has to be GRILLING...meats, and seafoods for sure! My all-time favorite cuisine is Italian, for sure...who doesn't love Italian food?!

Now that I share again...once more of some of my memories in actual photos, I feel HAPPY, and set for another day of adventures in FOOD and THRIFT!
Hugs,


12 comments:

  1. This is a lovely happy post! I loved seeing you catering business!

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    1. Thank you Patty, I have so many more to share from those days...who would've thought!?

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  2. Elisabeth, how wonderful that you shared this story and photos! You took awesome photos of your dishes and I love that first one - so colorful and professionally plated! And your Caprese Salad looks so mouthwatering. If I had stepped into your cafe, I'd want to sample everything!

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    1. Phong Hong, I guess I seemed to have been more professional back than...and my photos show it. Not knowing that I would be food blogging 20 years later!

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  3. I loved reading this Elisabeth! And your film shots are beautiful - I love film and still have my cameras and use them.

    http://www.asplashofvanilla.com/

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    1. Emma, I think I took better photos with the 35 mil. camera, than today's digital camera. Seems they were better made, and excellent quality that doesn't go out of date!

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  4. Those photos are very beautiful! I can tell that you are happy from this post :-)) Have an awesome day!
    Angie

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  5. Thank you Angie! Every time I see some of my photos from the past, of my creations, I always think what a great opportunity it was for me to 'pave' the way of what I started back then!

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  6. Love reading such post like this Elisabeth...so valuable memory post. When I see your old picture it just reminds me of my scrape book full of recipes I took from some newspaper or magazine around 1990s something ^,^

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  7. What an enlightening post Elisabeth in oh so many ways.

    I have always enjoyed my visits to Florida. I sometimes ask myself what I was thinking when I moved to PA from New York. My plan had always been to head South! Florida has so much to offer. I especially love the selection of seafoods:)

    It seems we've all had another life at some time. I too was an avid traveler on AOL and yes, I still have an email address there. It was AOL who afforded me my very first web page which of course celebrated food! Html was difficult to learn but I did it! Those AOL chat rooms were a huge help!

    I knew you were a caterer but I didn't realize you had a thriving catering business. How very cool. It's ironic how you wouldn't think oh so many years ago you would have a food blog. I didn't either when I had a luncheonette way back when, lol...

    I'm so glad you have found your blogging voice Elisabeth. I look forward to your words of glee and yes, your continued experimentations. That salad looks amazing!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Elisabeth. I'm looking forward to "seeing" you on Cookbook Wednesday:)

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  8. I still use my aol email, too---but have added gmail as my back up :) I love the look of these recipes! I'm definitely making your version of a Caprese salad this summer---it sounds fabulous!! xo

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  9. Wow dear Friend, what great accomplishments and great memories! I saved your recipe for when the peppers grow in our garden. Hugs

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