Making A Caesar Salad From My Garden

Making A Caesar Salad From My Garden

Raising my four children, Caesar salad was my favorite salad to prepare for them. There was never a drop leftover!Caesar SaladToday, I am gathering fresh Romaine lettuce from our garden, making the Caesar dressing from scratch, and tossing the salad!

Join me for Caesar salad tips . . .

Caesar Salad

A family favorite for years, this is the best Caesar Salad. The secret is the coddled eggs!


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 T. anchovy paste
  • 1 T. red wine vinegar
  • 1 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 t. salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 t. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 - 2 heads of Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 - 4 T. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup croutons, preferably homemade


  1. Fill a small saucepan 2/3 full of water. Bring to a boil. Gently lower 2 eggs into the boiling water. Boil for 90 seconds. Remove. Set aside. Cool.

  2. Gently crack the eggs into a wide-mouth mason jar. Scoop out the white part that clings to the shell, add to the mason jar. 

    Add the garlic, anchovy paste, red wine vinegar, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. With a submersion blender, pulse the mixture until blended. 

  3. Slowly add the olive oil to the mixture, pulsing all the while. The mixture will emulsify. 

  4. Add the lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Pulse again to blend completely.

  5. Add the chopped Romaine to a salad bowl. Toss some, but not all of the Caesar salad dressing ( you will have enough for a couple of salads). 

    Add the grated parmesan cheese and croutons, toss again. Enjoy!

  6. The extra Caesar salad dressing will keep for a couple of days refrigerated.

A Celebration, 100 Years in the Making

A Celebration, 100 Years in the Making

History was made in Austin, Texas 100 years ago. It happened again this month.

Austin – To honor their ancestors, a Daughters of the Republic of Texas – Reuben Hornsby Chapter was formed in April, 1919. For 100 years, members of the chapter held monthly meetings and preserved the history of the Hornsby family. Stories were shared and photos were documented for archives.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas – Reuben Hornsby Chapter celebrated the 100th anniversary with a family reunion. Over 60 family members traveled from around the country to celebrate!Reuben Hornsby 100th anniversary - family reunionReuben Hornsby, a soldier, surveyor, and one of Stephen F. Austin earliest colonist and his wife, Sarah Morrison Hornsby and their six children boarded the steamer “Pocahontas” at Vicksburg, Mississippi on January 2, 1830. They landed at the head Brazos river in Texas on Feb 5, 1830. At that time this area was part of Mexico. Little did Reuben and Sarah know it at the time, their courage to move to this unsettled territory in the Wild West would be the beginning of Reuben volunteering in the Army of Texas and sons, William, Malcolm, Josephus, and Daniel serving as Texas Rangers and Scouts during 1835 and 1836. In the spring of 1836, William was 19, Malcolm was 17, Josephus was 14, and Daniel was 12.

April 21,1836, Reuben, William, and Malcolm went on to volunteer at the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. Following the victory, they returned home and celebrated Malcolm’s 18th birthday on April 27th, 1836.

The Hornsby Bend is prominently displayed on maps of Austin, Texas. Its location is a horseshoe in the Colorado river. According to some accounts, the Hornsby community may be the oldest settlement in Travis County.

Hornsby home, according to J. W. Wilbarger said, “was always noted for hospitality.” Indeed, Sarah was known for welcoming pioneers in her home and feeding weary travelers.

For the Reuben Hornsby chapter’s 100th anniversary – family reunion, cousins brought their favorite dishes for lunch, celebrating Sarah’s Morrison Hornsby’s legacy, her gracious hospitality. Smiles, laughter, and a few tears were shared as stories of living on Hornsby Bend were told. New Reuben Hornsby Chapter Officers for 2019 – 2021 were sworn into office.

The following beautiful spring Sunday afternoon, a tour of the historic Hornsby Cemetery was enjoyed by all. Many Texas Rangers were buried here along with Rogers Hornsby. Historic Texas Cemetery, Hornsby CemeteryI wonder how history will be made in 3019 – 100 years from now?

No doubt the Hornsby’s legacy will be preserved and passed down to future generations. Thats’s the spirit of Texas!

The Easter Table Is Ready

The Easter Table Is Ready

The Easter table is ready . . . Easter, Easter table scape, bunnies

Designing a beautiful table for your Easter brunch is rewarding. Designing and sewing a linen table runner and placemats are a simple ways to embellish your table scape.

Join me for an easy-to-follow video on making linen placemats. You will be surprised at how easy it is to create them!

Happy Easter!

Cakes Are Special

Cakes Are Special

“Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.” – Buddy Valastro, Cake Boss

Everyone wants a Cake Boss cake! Just in case Buddy’s bakery isn’t in your neighborhood, you can make a beautiful cake at home. Really, it’s a snap with my delicious buttercream icing and decorating tips!

Buttercream Icing:

Back in 2009, I acquired this buttercream icing recipe and I have been making it for years.

It is the BEST buttercream icing because:

  1. The flavor – Creme Bouquet is the secret ingredient. It is available in the largest cake and candy supply store in North Texas, Cake Carousel in Addison, Texas. Even sweeter, because its family owned!
  2.  The creamy consistency – The special mixing technique is the secret. The easiest way to learn it is to watch my video. You have to see it to believe it!

Buttercream Icing Ingredients:  2-pound bag of confectioners sugar, 1/4(to 1/3 cup, depending on humidity) cup boiling water, 3 T. Creme Bouquet, 2. T. vanilla extract, 1 t. salt, 1 pound unsalted butter (room temperature), 1 1-pound, small tub of Crisco

Decorating Tips:

  1. Heirloom Garden roses – Central Market
  2. Heirloom ribbons – Shopping in the Fashion District in NYC, I discovered the family owned, East Coast Trimming.

With so many spring celebrations, Easter, Mother’s Day, showers, and graduations, now is the perfect time to master decorating a beautiful cake!






To Be An Artist . . .

To Be An Artist . . .

. . . is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

If you have attended David Dike’s Fine Art Auctions you know they are so much fun. If you are new to collecting art, no worries. David and his team will make you feel right at home! The fine art ranges from appraisal values of $100 lithographs all the way up tp $300,000 Selinas paintings. There is something for everyone!

The auction will be held at Wildman Art Framing, 1715 Market Center Blvd., Saturday, April 6. The bidding begins at noon. Doors open at 10:00am for a preview. For a sneak peak, join David today or this evening for a cocktail reception from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

While you are admiring the art, taste the tacos and enjoy the open bar. Kick off your boots and stay a while. Promise you will be entertained!

David is nationally recognized for his expertise in Texas art. Following graduation from TCU, he opened his gallery in 1986. Since 1996, David has hosted annual fine art auctions.

Create a beautiful home with David Dike Fine Art!