Monday, October 1, 2012

Tribute to Daniel & his Strawberry Balsamic Vinegarette

 Sadly, a dear blogging friend,  Daniel Saraga from The Haggis and the Herring passed away suddenly on Sept 14, 2012 at age 37 leaving behind his wife Mededith, two young children and a third on the way.

Although I only knew Daniel through blogging, our frequent emails, and his upbeat comments that he left on so many of our blogs, I truly thought of Daniel as a friend. His cheerful disposition and willingness to always lend a hand and advice to help a fellow blogger will not be forgotten. He presence in the blogging community will truly be missed. I know I will miss him, his enthusiasm, and his interesting recipes that he drew from his and his wife's heritages.

Please read  his eulogy which he loving wife Meredith wrote and posted on his site.

Secret Recipe Club' I knew Daniel from a Yahoo group before I joined the Secret Recipe Club; then it turned out that Daniel was one of my fellow bloggers in Group B in the club. As a tribute to his memory, many of us in the Secret Recipe Club are posting a recipe from Daniel's blog today! You can scroll down and see the links of all the Secret Recipe Club recipe tributes that are all from Daniel's blog.

                Daniel, we miss you; may you rest in peace.

Since Daniel recently blogged about one of my salad dressing recipes, cucumber dill   , I decided to try one of his salad dressing recipes, strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. It's a simple recipe, but it is full of flavor. It's a perfect dressing for my  jicama and mint salad. Dan, I will forever think of you when I make this dressing..

Daniel's photo from his post

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

The sweet flavor of this strawberry dressing is perfect to bring out the sweetness of the jicama

                                                                        jicama and mint salad

Dan left a long comment on my site the day he died. It was for my Rosh Hashana Post for Gluten Free Matzo Balls - 
They look perfect. My sister-in-law makes something similar nowadays. There's just something about matzo ball soup.

Funny tho, I usually associate it with the Manischewitz "Matzo ball and soup" in a box. And we all know that that particular soup has never been anywhere near a chicken!

It's one of the few "packaged" foods that I enjoy, just for the nostalgia. 
Real, home made chicken soup with home made matzo balls still win the day, tho.

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  1. That dressing sounds delicious, and perfect for your yummy salad. Nice being in SRC with you.

  2. It is a perfect addition to the salad. Daniel had many wonderful recipes

  3. Oh, I'm starting to tear up again as I look over all of this - I remember so many of these recipes, commenting on them, Dan's responses back. One of them (the cider chicken) is even mine; and I remember his having been so excited when a co-worker gave him a boatload of rhubarb, and I gave him a savory option for using it. Dan enjoyed food so much, from sandwiches to soups to his grandmother's Moroccan dishes, and he gave all of us so much joy as he enthused about them and shared the recipes. Such an unbelievable loss ....

  4. What a gorgeous recipe! Wow, so full of flavor. And a beautiful tribute, Judee. Such a terrible loss. We'll all miss Daniel.

  5. What a beautiful vinaigrette and a wonderful tribute to Daniel

  6. Lovely post. I will give this a try...and think of Daniel!

  7. I never would have thought of a strawberry puree in a salad dressing but strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a classic combo so why not force them to get a little closer? :)

  8. How incredibly sad, but your recipe looks amazing.

  9. What wonderful thoughts, Judee. And how great you got a comment from him the day he passed. I heard from him something silly about a cookie I posted about a week before his passing. Who would ever have known. I'm sure his family wants us to all show our loved ones how much we love them. That is the reminder I take from this.
    And the dressing sounds great!

  10. Oh, that is very sad news indeed. I loved reading Daniel's recipes and have even tried a few, with great success! What a wonderful tribute!

  11. Really nice tribute and amazing recipe I will miss Daniel too and I made my recipe of his blog!

  12. That dressing sounds fresh and delicious, and this was a wonderful tribute to Daniel.

  13. Thank you for your tribute to him. It's funny how we can develop friendships over the internet without even meeting someone. Thank you for sharing the recipe and a little part of him lives on.

  14. You've written a lovely tribute and made a wonderful recipe. Daniel will surely be missed.

    1. It was very touching reading everyone's tributes and recipes. Daniel will be missed.

  15. What a wonderful, touching tribute to Daniel and a great recipe. Love it! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words.

  16. Lovely tribute Judee! The flavors of the dressing sound incredible.

  17. Beautiful tribute to Daniel and a lovely dressing. Daniel was a special guy and the world has lost light with his passing.

  18. My thoughts go out to his wife, kids, and blogging friends. He sounds like he was a really special person. I will have to make this in his honor.

    -- Laura @ Frugal Follies

  19. Oh this dressing looks amazing! Especially strawberry dressing is my favorite. THanks for sharing!

  20. I was so sad at Daniels passing, he was a very caring person.
    Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. What a lovely way to remember Daniel. He really will be missed. His Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette sounds lovely.


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