Hearts of Romaine and Italian Dressing

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Story of "Must Goes"

Nothing went to waste. I was 11 years old, came running in the house starving, and said "Mama what's for dinner tonight?" She said "must goes" I said I don't want that, it sounds like fish, what is it? She said" everything must go" we have too many leftovers....hmm always makes me laugh anyway....

She would always find a way to make a delicious dinner that can be almost classified now as gourmet, imagine that! Amazing what you can find in your refrigerator....and so healthy for you... for the love of food we made a salad!
The Dressing:
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoons each of dried basil, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and grated Romano cheese
pinch of salt
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar or Balsamic
Mix all ingredients above for dressing and set aside
On a plate arrange the following:
1 bunch of Hearts of Romaine lettuce chopped into small pieces
small can of garbanzo beans arrange around dish to taste
1 fresh vine ripe tomato sliced or quartered
1 fresh ear of corn cooked sliced off the cob
black olives cured in oil (crinkled kind) or whatever you prefer
slices of cucumbers
steamed broccoli florets
grilled whole mushrooms or pickled
sliced buffalo milk mozzarella cheese, cheddar, provolone, feta
any kind of peppers
You can add leftover tuna, roast beef, chicken, turkey, salami, pepperoni, whatever you have goes into this salad, use your imagination.
So as the story really should say "anything goes" with " must goes"


  1. I still make a salad with whatever I can find in the 'fridge....
    Mom new what the term KISS meant...
    Keep It Simple Stupid....
    Keep it up Pegasus!

  2. It's amazing what a nice meal all the random items in the fridge can make! I try not to go grocery shopping until I clear out a lot of the "random" stuff...

  3. Growing up one night a week was dedicated to "must goes"-- I've never met anyone, besides my mom, who calls it that, too, so I am loving this post! Thanks for making me smile :)

  4. So glad someone can relate to that,with the smiles there are still tears of missing her.. but wonderful memories...thanks for sharing your story too.

  5. I hate to throw food away. This is a good way to use all the "must goes.":)

  6. We used to make soup the same way--left over pot roast or chicken, with whatever vegetables were hanging around...

  7. I tend to throw together leftovers for my lunch the next day...sometimes it's such a random mish-mash, but hey, it works!

  8. Yum, that looks so delicious and healthy!


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