Monday, July 30, 2018

Homemade Salsa....

(let's Salsa)

With tomatoes in abundance at the market.....

....I had a craving for some fresh salsa - and here's how I make it:

  • 2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  •  1 jalapeño chile (stems, ribs, seeds removed), less or more to taste, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • few leaves of fresh oregano cut into ribbons
  • Small clove garlic, minced
Everything is tossed into the food processor and pulsed a bit (do not pureé)

(Serve with tortilla chips)

and I serve it in a pretty bowl with an engraved spoon, on a MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market charger!

I have been known to toss fresh salsa on top of angel hair pasta for a quick lunch, add leftover salsa to homemade soup and even add it to a grilled cheese sandwich!!

How do you salsa?

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Have you tried Frosé?....

If you like Rosé, Frosé is simple to make!

It is delicious on a hot evening and can be kept in the freezer for weeks. 

It can be garnished with a strawberry, a sprig of mint or a lemon slice...

...and served with a straw or spoon.

1 bottle Rosé
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
4-6 oz cut up fresh strawberries
1 oz fresh lemon juice

Pour Rosé into a large bowl.
In a saucepan, make a simple syrup by simmering sugar and water until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add strawberries.  Let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain strawberries and syrup through a sieve and add to wine.  Toss away strawberries.  Add lemon juice.  Freeze Rosé for a few hours.  

Serve Frosé in stemless wine glasses and enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Quick Little Snack....

Here's a simple, quick snack, so easy to prepare....

...Simply mix 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup mustard and serve with pretzels.

Use a good maple syrup, not the "cheap stuff, for great flavor!!

And it tastes even better in a cute little "turtle" bowl from Anthropologie on top of a MacKenzie-Childs Parchment enamel plate!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Caitlin's Bridal Shower....

We celebrated my youngest daughter last weekend with a Bridal Shower at Lake Ontario Winery....

....We were served a delicious brunch and a variety of mimosas....
...I painted about 60 wine glasses and glass centerpieces for the favors.... and we had a dessert bar for the guests to help themselves while gifts were being opened...

We celebrated 4 generations as baby Callan is the newest member of our family.  There will be two Maids of Honor and 5 bridesmaids (one from Texas couldn't make it), and her future mother-in-law made most of the delectable desserts!

She giggled with embarrassment while opening a little negligee and received a unique hand painted platter with caricatures of the wedding party...

Caitlin received lovely gifts and was definitely "showered with love", especially when her Fiancé arrived with a bouquet of flowers:

We all look forward to the September wedding!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

"Everything" Roasted Potatoes

Jenna's recipe for Everything Potato Chips encouraged me to finally use the Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend that has been in my pantry for over a month!

We love roasted potatoes, so I pulled out a plastic bread bag and poured some EVOO in the bag, tossed in 2 potatoes, that were cut into wedges and added the "Everything" seasoning, along with salt and pepper - and shook it to coat the potatoes well!

I roasted the potatoes on a sheet of parchment paper... 375' for 50-60 minutes...

...they were nice and crispy on the outside!

To finish off our dinner, I sautéed 1 crushed garlic clove in 1T butter and 1/2T EVOO...

...added a T of water, turned off the burner and tossed in a bag of baby spinach and covered it to wilt:

John grilled the steak - and our dinner was delish!!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Seasoned Butter for the 4th of July....

Are you serving corn on the cob for the 4th of July?

If so, make some seasoned butter stars!

Simply soften your butter, add some seasoned salt, garlic pepper and chives...

...and press it into a mold (this one was purchased at Walmart for $.97)...

...freeze it and then pop it out onto a dish!!

It's not only "festive", but also so tasty on corn!

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