It's been a tough week for the women in my life these past few months. I have a friend in hospice after a short but frenzied battle with cancer. She lives for two young children who will soon suffer an anguish that is like no other. She battles on to spend any additional day with her kids.
I have another friend who fights to get the best education for her autistic child, who is currently not being served in his school. She battles daily to get what her child needs, often times being defeated by the system, but she herself, never gives up fighting for more.
Still another friend deals with a child recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This means that for the immediate future, every carbohydrate, every bit of food has to be measured, calculated, and balanced with insulin. There is an incredible amount of math involved in every single meal (mostly addition and division) and nothing food wise is just picked up and consumed on a whim. The entire family is on standby and she still calculates, measures, weighs all the food that will go into her child.
There are those moms who daily battle with food allergies. I'm currently trying to figure out how to keep #2 safe in a classroom where no one seems to have gotten the memo that she is allergic to peanuts without offended or upsetting anyone else's food choices.
There are my friends who have to take care of aging parents while taking care of young children. They do it with a smile on their face, sweat on their brow, while the burden of two generations weighs on their shoulder.
I have dozens more stories of the amazing women in my immediate circle who are going through great lengths for their families. They sacrifice and push themselves for they can. They are the better for it on the other side of the challenge, but the road through the challenge is not easy.
Women - we are doing it all. We are doing the best we can. The road has been hard and the battle has been unpredictable. But we still go at it, strong, fierce and determined to do what needs to be done. And for these women, I'm so very proud to be their friend and to be a fellow woman.
These women, these goddesses if you will, I offer salad. Delicious salad with a dressing aptly named - green goddess. The dressing is creamy, sophisticated, vibrant and fresh. It enhances almost anything it touches. (I'm partial to it with carrot sticks and cucumbers.) The dressing is almost as good as a good woman.
With cucumbers, tomatoes and romaine, the perfect salad to go with any meal.Green Goddess DressingServes 6Ingredients1 cup mayonnaise1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (7 or 8 scallions)1 ½ cups chopped fresh basil leaves½ cup chopped Italian parsley1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)2 teaspoons anchovy paste (near the canned meat section of your local grocery store)1 teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 cup sour creamMethodIn a blender add all ingredients except sour cream. Blend until just smooth. Add sour cream and blend just a bit more. Use immediately over salad your choice of salad (I like romaine with cucumbers and tomatoes), or refrigerate if not using immediately.