Feta Herb Salad
What you need:
- 6 cups mixed herb greens of your choice
- 1 cup broken pita chips
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 clove garlic, crushed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Salt and black pepper to taste
Mix together garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Throw in the greens, tomatoes, bell pepper, pita chips and Feta cheese and toss to coat ingredients evenly. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
Cheddar Arugula and Peach Salad
What you need:
- 6 cups arugula
- 1 peach, sliced
- 1/4 cup sharp white cheddar chunks
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
Toast the pecans in an oven (350 degrees Celsius) for 5-6 minutes until fragrant. Allow to cool, chop and set aside. Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Place the arugula, peach slices, cheddar chunks and chopped pecans in the bowl and toss to coat.
Garlic-Parmesan Green Salad
What you need:
- 2 cups torn Bibb lettuce leaves
- 2 cups torn escarole leaves
- 2 cups torn Romaine lettuce leaves
- 6 plum tomatoes, halved
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix plum tomatoes, escarole, Bibb and Romaine lettuce leaves in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together garlic, vinegar, chicken broth, olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over leafy greens and serve.
Even though this is a salad, I normally serve with my appetizer menu because it goes with so many appetizer dishes-both hot and cold including meat balls, chicken wings, seafood dishes as well as turkey and ham sandwiches which are all the making of a great appetizer menu. And it’s a great addition to your holiday menu without the fuss and long hours putting together. This cold spaghetti salad is surly a winner and is a welcoming addition to any menu. Enjoy and please share this recipe.
6 ounces spaghetti, uncooked
Garlic powder to taste
4 to 6 ounces basil Pesto sauce, more to taste, divided
Seasoned Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and run cool water on spaghetti in a colander. Once cooled, drain well.
Place spaghetti in a large bowl or pan; season spaghetti well with garlic powder. Add about 4 ounces of Pesto sauce to cold spaghetti; mix well. Refrigerate. One hour before serving, add cucumbers and tomatoes; add seasoned salt and black pepper as needed. Mix well making sure all ingredients are covered with the pesto sauce. If more Pesto sauce is needed, add according to taste. Mix well. Serve cold. Yield: 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy and please share this recipe.
Think of the positives of fruits:
Fruits are a natural source of nutrients. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers. They help to keep us healthy and support all active pursuits. Fruits are a preferred food for people of all ages so a fruit basket makes an interesting choice of gift.
Fruit hampers can be presented in various ways to suit the events. They can suit weddings, birthdays, festive parties or for any business event.
Fruit hampers can be made from a single type of fruit or assorted combinations. They can be selected to suit the occasion and most budgets.
Dried fruit hampers:
Dried fruit hampers can be made from raisins, goes, pears, figs, cherries, sliced pineapples etc.
They are a more unusual fruit basket, but have lots of advantages. They don’t spoil as easy as fresh fruit and are packed with fiber.
They are a much healthier alternative to chocolate or sweet hampers.
It’s an increasing trend for companies to provide dried fruit gift hampers to their employees, as a token of appreciation during festival seasons.
Get well soon gifts:
Fresh can be given to ailing and unwell people. They show the affection and care we have for them.
Gifts for elderly people:
Fruit hampers make an excellent gift for elderly people. It is always tough to find gifts which suit their needs. Fruits hampers are a clever option in these situations. It is an excellent gift where health matters.
Token of appreciation:
It’s nice to show appreciation to those people who have really helped us over the year. Sending them a fruit hamper containing some of their favorite fruits is a really sincere token of appreciation.
Gifts for intimate events:
Gifts for romantic events should be really special without being tacky. Fruit bouquets are exceptionally healthy, balanced, delicious and a potentially romantic option. They are arranged just like floral bouquets and decorated with finest of chocolates, nuts, yogurts and wines. The chocolates, nuts, wines and the colorful many fruits in the bouquet help to spice up the intimate mood.
Fast forward 40 years, and I think of her when I make this salad on cold winter days. Simple acts like washing the beets for the salad recipe below bring me comfort. Their earthy flavor and deep red hue speak to me about the inheritance our families pass to us.
It is my view that home-cooked meals & gathering around the table as a family are somewhat forgotten jewels, buried deep under crazy schedules, hectic deadlines, and the drive-through’s of our society. Grammy’s generation wouldn’t understand ours today, not that she’d want to. She made almost everything in her home from scratch, and we still had time to rock on the front porch every night.
I aim to create a family lifestyle which abhors the hasty, pre-made, selfish culture surrounding us. I want my family to learn healthy food choices through my actions. My inheritance to my son will be the same one that Grammy blessed me with–cooking. We might not make butter, but we’ll find our solace in the kitchen and find time to rock on the front porch.
I’m going to do what we all know we need to do. I’m going to take a daily personal interest in my family, and cooking will become our shining jewel.
Grammy, I love you—I hope you’re giggling at those good ol’ times…
Boil for ~20 minutes, or roast for ~45 beets thoroughly, so that a sharp knife slides into them easily.
Slice Comte cheese thinly
Plate, heat for a few minutes to melt the Comte cheese, then add S & P.
A bit of olive oil may spark your taste buds, if desired.