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July 31, 2016

When I make my oven roasted salmon, I make to roast enough salmon to have extra in order to make salmon salad.  This salmon salad sandwich is absolutely yummy!  I like to do my sandwich open-faced on sourdough bread.  It is so pretty!  It makes a nice elegant lunch for guests or a special treat for yourself!  You can can also put a nice rounded scoop on a lettuce leaf in order to make it gluten free and eliminate the bread.

Directions:

The ingredients are simple - just some good quality mayonnaise, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, sliced green onions, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.  I do not have exact measurements so I will walk you through how I do my salmon salad process.  It is easy!  First, as you can see by the picture above, I have about 8 ounces of cooked salmon.

Using my hands, I gently break the salmon into medium-sized chunks, discarding the skin.  I place the chunks in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

I then add about 1/4 cup of the toasted w...

July 29, 2016

Here are some useful tips for peeling peaches!  This goes along with our featured July pie, but if you make any sort of peach dessert, this tip will come in handy.

Directions:

Place peaches in boiling water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Remove carefully, and place in a large bowl of ice and water.

The skins should easily peal off with the help of a paring knife! 

Hope this pealing tip was helpful!  Bon Appetit.

(edited by Anna Weicht)

July 29, 2016

There is just something about pie.  A good pie can do wonders for a bad day.  I have been making pie for twenty something years, and it truly is one of my favorite desserts to create.

As a young bride, I was determined to master the "art of pie"!  It is my husbands favorite dessert, and being an over-the-top-in-love newlywed, I  wanted to please my man with pie!

I have tried many  pastry recipes over the years, and I have found two that work perfectly for my needs.  I have not included them in my pie recipes, because I have found that most people have their own favorite pastry dough recipes.  Or they prefer to get their pastry shells at a grocery store.  If you are interested in a blog post on pastry dough or even a video demonstration on how I do my pie crusts, let me know in the comment section or through our other social media.

I thought it would be fun to feature a new pie every month (since I tend to make so many of them).  As an added bon...

July 28, 2016

This is my take on a French vinaigrette.  It is really easy to make, and tastes really good too!  Making salad dressing can be a good option if you want something unique that will impress both guests and family alike.  Buying salad dressing from the store is not a horrible thing, but with this dressing one can pick and choose how much of one ingredient to use.  It is especially helpful if there is a picky eater in the family, or someone with sensitive taste buds as I can substitute ingredients if need be or add less of an ingredient that might be too strong.

This classic French Vinaigrette is what works best for our family.  I like to experiment with different salad dressings, and I find that this combination of ingredients works best for this dressing.  These simple ingredients when put together make something extraordinary!

Ingredients:

Red Wine Vinegar

Dijon Mustard

Olive Oil

Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Salt

Directions:

In a medium bowl, place 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar...

July 27, 2016

This salad is one of my go-to salads.  I absolutely love this salad.  I could eat this everyday, but I think my family would revolt.  They enjoy this salad, but they prefer some variety in their diet.  Not only does this salad taste good, but it looks pretty too!

You can start with any mix of greens you have on hand.  I love using lettuce from my garden, but when lettuce is not available my go-to choice of greens is romaine.  You can make your salad in a large bowl, or you can make individual plates to serve to your guests.  I personally like to do my salads buffet style by placing the greens in a large bowl and putting the toppings in little bowls with your dressing in a small pitcher.  This is a great way to serve your guests, because they can choose the toppings they like to put on their salad.  My favorite toppings are sliced baby bella mushrooms, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, sliced green onion, freshly ground black pepper, and French vina...

July 26, 2016

Hard boiled eggs are great for breakfast or just a snack.  I use them for a number of recipes.  I put them on my french salad, but there are so many ways that they can be used.  I have come to realize that knowing how to do a good hard boiled egg is a must.  I have found that this method is the best way to boil eggs!  

Simply place eggs (I use large ones) in the bottom of a saucepan and pour cold water to cover the eggs.  

You want about one inch water above the eggs.

 Place the saucepan on stove top and bring to a boil.  

Take your saucepan off the heat and place a lid on the saucepan.  You then let your eggs sit for 18 minutes (less time if you like a less cooked egg).  After 18 minutes, you drain off the hot water and run cold water over the eggs to stop the cooking.  You now have perfectly boiled eggs!  I like this method because you do not get any cracked eggs, and this method consistently puts out a perfectly boiled egg.  Bon Appetit!...

July 25, 2016

Toasting walnuts (or any nut) is so easy!  They can be used in a lot of recipes too.  You could mix them with dried fruit as a simple snack or even add them into a favorite recipe.  For instance, if you don't have any granola (or don't like granola), you can add some toasted walnuts to the yogurt berry bowls in our previous post for some added crunch.

There are two methods to toast nuts.  One is by putting them in an oven, and the other is the stove top method.  I prefer the stove top because I feel I have more control to achieve a more even toast.

Directions: 

Place the nuts in a skillet (no need to grease the skillet) and sauté them until toasted.  You can do this with any type of nut and coconut.  

 As you can see in the picture above, I broke apart some walnuts (in order to get smaller, similar-sized nuts) by hand, and then placed them in a small skillet.

 I turn the heat on high, and using a wooden spoon, I start moving them around the pan.  I do this constantl...

July 22, 2016

This recipe is simple but so good!  You can eat it for breakfast or as just a light easy snack. It is perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day.  This recipe is also good for you.  Isn't it great when a delicious snack can taste good and be healthy at the same time?

Directions:

I start off with seasonal berries.  My favorite mix is strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.  You can also throw in some banana slices too. (The bananas will make it even sweeter). 

I place the berries in the bowl and add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt - the nice thick creamy stuff!  I then top it with a drizzle of raw local honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Stir that glorious mess with a spoon!  I add another drizzle of honey and another sprinkle of cinnamon!  After that, it is ready to eat!  You can also add some granola, for the crunch factor, if you so desire.

Bon Apetit!

(edited by Anna Weicht)

July 17, 2016

I thought I would share with you how I do my berries.  This is a great breakfast side dish that can be assembled easily.  You can serve along with plain Greek yogurt, raw local honey, cinnamon, and if desired granola (homemade is yummy).  Your guests can make their own yogurt bowls!

Adding the bowl of berries to a buffet style breakfast helps add color and diversity too.  I usually serve them with my banana chocolate chip muffins and an overnight breakfast casserole.  I usually make my overnight breakfast egg pie for an easy morning.  As a hostess, you want to enjoy your guests and not spend it away from them cooking in the kitchen! 

If you are interested in my overnight breakfast egg pie or my homemade granola let me know and I will include it in a future update.

Ingredients: Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries

Recipe Directions:


 

Start by washing your berries.  I use a veggie/fruit spray sold in most grocery store produce sections.

I plac...

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