Front Porch Salad

A good cabbage salad (invented by Mom)

1/2 head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp. ranch dressing
1-2 Tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1/4 c. bleu cheese crumbles
1/4 c. feta cheese crumbles

Place chopped cabbage in a bowl.  Add ranch dressing and mix until all the cabbage pieces are coated.  Add vinaigrette dressing, adjusting for taste (adding more makes it a bit spicier).  Stir in cheeses and serve.

Yes, it's a little ridiculous to name a salad after a front porch when the front porch looks like this:

But there's a story behind the name, so I'll go ahead and give it to you so it makes sense.  Last week my parents celebrated their 32nd anniversary and took each other and my two younger brothers to an Australian-themed national chain steakhouse for dinner.  Mom liked the salad that Dad ordered so much that she decided to try making it herself at home.  But of course she didn't want to name it after the restaurant so she called it "Front Porch Salad" instead.  Perfect name, actually.  My parents' front porch is the summer fellowship venue; the kitchen table is the wintertime rendezvous point.  We're getting a lot of use out of it this week as we're together to celebrate Christmas.  Though the details are somewhat sketchy, we think that it has been somewhere around 5 years, possibly 6, since the entire family was last together over Christmas.  So, we're REALLY enjoying this time we're getting to spend around the kitchen table, our winter-time front porch!

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