I know the Cheesecake Factory is a chain, but they’re often good, and sometimes really really good

The most recent book in The Dresden Files (not the one that’s about to be released – before that) has a Princess Bride reference.  Of course it does.  It was just a matter of time.  I should watch that again.  Not that I need to.

I had the best salad ever the other night.  It’s the French Country Salad, and it’s the best thing ever, and if you have a Cheesecake Factory near you, you should go order it.  It’s an appetizer salad, so it’s not as humongous as their entree salads (although they may make it entree-size – I don’t know), but it’s too big to actually be an appetizer salad.  I wanted to eat something else for dinner, so I only ate half of it and I boxed up the other half.  It was so good I wanted to take it home.  Of course, by the next day, the lettuce was wilted and it wasn’t good anymore.  So if you get it, eat it then. It’s totally worth it.  Lettuce (maybe arugula?  I don’t know.), some kind of vinaigrette, goat cheese, beets, candied pecans, and grilled asparagus.  So good.  SO good.  Deliciously good.  I don’t even remember what I ordered for dinner, actually.  Oh, it was New Orleans shrimp.  Eh.  The salad was memorable.  Not so much the shrimp.

Full disclosure – I do not work for The Cheesecake Factory.  No one I know works for them.  They are not paying me for this.  It was just a really good salad.  🙂


  1. Melvin?

    Maybe I’m just that much an arugula fan, but how do you not know the difference? Seriously, I asked that out loud when I read that. With husband nearby. And no context for him. Simply: “How do you NOT know?” asked incredulously at the computer.

    I haven’t explained it yet. What does it say about him (or me) that he hasn’t asked? Just watching tv, eating ruffles, totally fine with wifey asking random and inexplicable questions at her computer and never knowing the answer. He might be just as incredulous, if only he knew.

    I understand, though. Ruffles are good. Not as good as your salad, but still good. They have ridges.

  2. momma betty

    We rediscovered beets last summer when they were part of our weekly farm coop produce. Actually, Bob rediscovered them. I’ve always liked them. Roast
    them for a long time in the oven, just lightly tossed with a little bit of olive oil first. Then you cool them and peel them. So yummy on salad with toasted walnuts and feta cheese and a vinagraite dressing. Really easy,too, if you do the beets ahead of time. But I always end up eating most of them as I peel them. 🙂

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