Photo by Chalmers Butterfield
The Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad….
The same, real Brown Derby restaurant that Lucy and Ethel went to when they went to Hollywood. The Episode where Lucy dumps food all over a movie star – William Holden.
William Holden orders a Cobb Salad…a Hollywood Salad! A GLAMOUR Salad!!!!
Cobb Salad – named after a Brown Derby owner, Bob Cobb.
Of course, since Lucy is involved……and there was a pie…….
Before Lucy – After Lucy
It was a few years later that I found out what was in a Cobb Salad….
page from The Brown Derby Cookbook, probably the 1949 edition – here are several versions of the Brown Derby and it’s cookbooks
One way to remember the ingredients:
Eggs + Avocado + Tomato Chicken + Onion + Bacon + Blue Cheese
I recently had a Cobb Salad that was a variation on the theme. It was made with radicchio instead of greens, which was a little too warming for a summer salad, but for an autumnal one…..Mmm Mmmm Good!
And it was chopped up nicely. Somewhere in the 21st century we’ve forgotten that salads are eaten with forks in public places and that they’re supposed to be ready to eat and not need more knife work.
This version also had roasted butternut squash and turkey instead of chicken and dried cranberries, a Plymouthy version. Good, and got me thinking about a few more tweaks. I’d do chopped radicchio as the base, great color, nice change from KALE (hasn’t the clock ticked past that by now????)
Anyhow – turkey instead of chicken – but a roasted turkey. A roasty flavor would help here. Maybe toss a turkey breast in while roasting the butternut squash.
Now that the nights are cool – last night was downright COLD – a little “toss a sheet pan of something in the oven” action is NOT out of the question., and if it helps to stave off another night of not turning the heat on…more power to that!
I might use fresh cranberries, once they once they come in, instead of dried. Blue cheese. Hard boiled eggs – easy. Bacon? No hardship there. I also have managed not to start a jar of bacon grease, so get a jar ready….I’m going to go with black olives as the O…..I just don’t like raw onion, and since it doesn’t like me right back, we’re even on that score.
What have a got so far?
Egg + A…….+ Turkey Cranberry + Olive + Bacon + Blue Cheese
Hmmmm – What the A?
A stands for Apple!
Rene Magritte 1964
If I make an Apple/Maple dressing, a little chopped apple will temper it, give the sweet to go with the rich/spicy/…apple cider vinegar, chopped apple, maple syrup and a touch of oil….
The temptation to ‘pumpkin spice’ this is nearly overwhelming, but I’ll try to resist.
September Salad – The Thanksgiving Cobb – check.