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The Optimist Creed

 

Promise Yourself …

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

The Creed of Optimist International

Featured Recipe    Corn Salad With Tuna Fish

When the weather turns gray and dreary, like it is today, I like my food to be yellow, sunny and bright. And nothing is  yellower, sunnier or brighter than corn. In the summer I make this recipe with fresh corn. But canned will do very nicely right now.

I like to take a simple corn salad and by adding some tuna fish and nuts turn this salad into a meal.

There are lots of variations you can make to this salad. This is one of my Garbage Can recipes. That is, I use up things in my refrigerator so I don’t have to throw them in the garbage can. Sometimes I add capers to this recipe, but have none in my fridge at the moment.

For instance, you can use any flavor vinegar you want in this recipe. If I have radishes I add some of those. If I have left over green onions or red onion I use that in place of the shallot. Any nuts will do for some crunchiness.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 cans of yellow corn

2 cans of solid white tuna fish

1 carrot

2 stalks celery

1 shallot

3-4 tablespoons pine nuts

Salt and pepper to taste

For the Dressing

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Drain the corn. Discard the juices.

Peel the carrot and wash the celery. Then shred the carrot, slice the celery, and dice the shallot.

I like to use different cutting methods on each of the veggies in this salad because it makes the salad look more interesting than having everything chopped the same way. How boring!  There is a certain craziness to my methods.

Place all of the vegetables in a bowl and mix together.

Make the dressing by simply add 3 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar and some salt and pepper to a bowl or easuring cup, and whisk till the dressing emulsifies.

Pour it over the vegetables and mix well. Taste. Add salt and pepper if needed and mix again.

NOTE: If you stop right here you have  a delicious salad or side dish for your main course. This also makes a great summer picnic salad.

However, you can turn this dish into a dinner salad with the addition of  a few other ingredients.

Now drain the tuna fish and dump it in a bowl. With a fork flake the tuna fish.

Add the tuna fish to the bowl and mix into the vegetables.

Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

In the mean time, toast the pine nuts over medium low hear until you start to smell them. Lightly brown, do not burn. Set aside.

When you are ready to serve the salad, add the nuts. Mix into salad.

Place in a serving bowl.

I like to eat the salad with some buttered Italian bread.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 cans  yellow corn                $1.98

2 cans tuna fish                     $2.56

1 carrot                                $0.16

2 stalks celery                       $0.22

1 shallot                               $0.99

3-4 tbspns pine nuts              $1.33

3 tablespoons canola oil        $0.14

1 tablespoon rice vinegar      $0.14

Salt and pepper

Total cost = $7.52
Cost per person = $1.88

Quote of the Day

One day at a time–this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.

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1 comment to The Optimist Creed

  • Roberta,

    Fabulous poem, Great for the beginning of a New Year! Thanks for the Gluten-Free, Red Meat-Free Recipe, I’m always looking for something new!

    Sammy