Picnics

Crunchy Egg Dip

August 27, 2013

Crunchy Egg Dip Bacon and eggs are more than just a breakfast staple; here they combine with cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles and crunchy vegetables to make a tempting dip. INGREDIENTS 8 Ounces Softened Cream Cheese 4 Hard Boiled Eggs (Finely Chopped) 4 Strips Bacon (Cooked, Drained, Crumbled) 1 Tablespoon...

Raspberry Sponge Cake

August 23, 2013

Raspberry Sponge Cake Today is National Sponge Cake Day so let’s celebrate with making a simple, but delicious sponge cake.  Many people wonder what the difference is between a sponge cake and a regular cake.  Sponge cake is a light, porous cake that is made by beating egg yolks and...

Blackberry Cheesecake

July 30, 2013

Blackberry Cheesecake Today is National Cheesecake Day! I love cheesecake.  Growing up I would go blackberry picking in my neighborhood.  There was always some area with overgrown blackberry bushes. Picking up my childhood sandbox bucket I would set myself to the task of bringing home a bucketful of blackberries.  Not...

Baby Eggplant Salad

July 29, 2013

Baby Eggplant Salad INGREDIENTS 1 Pound Unpeeled Baby Eggplants 2 Garlic Cloves 1 Teaspoon Ground Paprika 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin 3 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Bunch Chopped Fresh Italian Parsley Fill a large size pot with water and salt.  Cut the eggplants into quarters (lengthwise). ...

Blueberry Cookies

July 23, 2013

Blueberry Cookies If you’re tired of the same old chocolate chip cookie then give my scrumptious Blueberry Cookies a test run.  I wouldn’t quite put them in the “healthy” category, but close enough. INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 Cups Unbleached Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt 1 Cup Softened...

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

July 15, 2013

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies Over the weekend I was in the mood for oatmeal cookies.  I looked all over my pantry for the box of raisins that I could have sworn was in there, but couldn’t locate them.  BUT I did see a container filled with dried cherries. The jury is...

Bastille Day Pain Française

July 13, 2013

Bastille Day Pain Française Tuna sandwiches à la française!  The best way to make this very large sandwich is to make it a day in advance.  This allows the delicious juices to soak into the French bread.  Make sure to use olive oil packed tuna instead of tuna packed in...

Three Bean Insalata

July 10, 2013

Three Bean Insalata I love beans and they are full of protein, vitamin B and iron.  They are low in fat as well (about 1 gram of fat per cup) and loaded with fiber.  If you are using canned beans please be aware that they are higher in sodium so...

Summer Orzo Salad

July 3, 2013

Summer Orzo Salad I get tired of the same old side salads so I created this lively Summer Orzo Salad that goes with just about everything.This salad is also great for a picnic or potluck because it doesn't contain mayo. INGREDIENTS 1 Cup Cooked Orzo 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 3...

Peas & Cipollini Onions

June 17, 2013

Peas & Cipollini Onions I love peas and this dish is a favorite of mine.  Featuring cipollini onions it makes a beautiful presentation. INGREDIENTS 1 Cup Peeled Cipollini Onions (8 Ounces) 1/2 Cup Butter 1/4 Cup Water 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt 2 Teaspoons Chopped Basil 2 Teaspoons Chopped Cilantro 1/4...

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