Herschel Bernardi's Combination Spring Salad
2 peeled, chopped cucumbers (after chopping, let set few mins. to drain off liquid before adding to other vegetables)
2 peeled tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup minced scallions
Small bunch red radishes, washed and sliced paper-thin
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt, freshly ground pepper to taste
Small carton farmer's cheese (or skimmed cottage cheese), optional
1. Combine vegetables in salad bowl; season to taste. Cover, chill thoroughly before serving. Mix vegetables with yogurt; garnish with dusting of paprika for color. For an added bonus of protein, serve combination salad along with a generous helping of farmer's cheese (or skimmed cottage cheese).
Herschel Bernardi's Special Zorba Diet Glueppe
1 large yellow onion
1 cup lean chopped leftover cooked meat (beef, veal or lamb)
1/4 tsp. lemon-pepper marinade (if not available, raid your spice cabinet and combine: freshly ground pepper with dash of monosodium glutamate and a sprinkling of garlic salt)
Dash cayenne (or dry mustard), optional
3 tbsps. grated hard cheese (Parmesan, Cheddar, Romano, Edam or Gruyere)
Salt if desired
1 1/2 tsps. minced parsley (or chives), optional
1. Brown onion in a Teflon-coated skillet (do not use butter). Sprinkle meat with lemon-pepper marinade (or your own blend of seasonings); throw mixture into skillet with browned onion.
2. Add grated cheese. Beat eggs separately until light; add to mixture, cooking over high heat. When eggs begin to congeal, lower heat, continue cooking until eggs set. Turn out on heated plate, garnish with parsley (or chives). Consume at once. Makes one large he-man serving.
Herschel says, "Glueppe is only the beginning of some wonderful creations! How good it tastes depends on what kind of leftovers you find in the refrigerator, plus your talent for improvisation!"
Seafood: Add 3 tbsps. minced celery to onion; substitute diced cooked shrimp (or lobster) for meat. Omit cayenne (or mustard) and cheese. Season with few drops lemon juice and a dash of Tabasco sauce.
Chicken: Omit onion and substitute 2 tbsps. each chopped water chestnuts, canned mushrooms and minced celery and brown. Substitute cooked minced chicken (or turkey) for meat; omit cayenne (or mustard) and cheese. Season lightly with nutmeg and white pepper.
Italiano: Add three tbsps. chopped green pepper to onions to brown. Omit cheese, cayenne (or mustard). Substitute 1/4 tsp. each oregano and basil for lemon-pepper marinade. When adding beaten eggs to mixture, add 2 peeled chopped ripe plum tomatoes.