Recipes Simple. Fast. Delicious.
March 6, 2012, 9:57 AM
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Delicious.  Can I get that recipe?  Wow! Did you make that? These are all comments we love to hear when we cook or entertain.  Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed with work, family, friends, and exta-circular activities of both our kids and our own making; that we can feel like even the tought of preparing a meal seems impossible.

What is your favorite smell?  Yes that’s right, I said smell.  Why is it your favorite smell?  What does it remind you of?  Chances are it is a food scent and reminds you of a happier, relaxed time in your life.  Perhaps a childhood memory, or your wedding day, or a holiday meal.  Making a meal is an art like any other.  Do you remember the best meal you ever had? Of course you do.  What was it?

Here are some simple recipes to use to make the everyday more special with little effort and time:

1) Caprese Salad Bites- 60 red and yellow cherry tomatoes (30 each), 1lb fresh Mozzarella cut into small cubes, 1/4 cup olive oil, 3tsbp Balsamic Vinegar, fresh basil for garnish.  Cut tops of each tomato.  Remove seeds with melon-baller and cut a thin slice off the bottom  of each tomato.  Place them upside down on paper towels to drain.  Stand upright.  Place 1 cube mozzarella in each tomato; drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.  Garnish with basil.

2) A new drink I like is Watermelon Limeaid.  8 cups cubed seedless watermelon, 1/2 cup lime juice (fresh squeezed is better), 2 tbsp agave nectar.  working in batches, place all ingredients in blender.  Puree until smooth (add more agave to taste).  Serve in tall glasses over ice.  Garnish with mint sprig and watermelon slice.  Serves eight.

3) Orange Bread.  My mom was great at baking and I wish I had spent more time learning from her.  This is one of her recipes.  Preheat oven 350.  Sift together in a large bowl: 3 cups sifted flour, 3tsp double-acting baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt.   Combine and add; 1tbsp grated orange rind, 1/2-3/4 cup sugar.  For a more cookie-like result use the larger amount of sugar.  Combine and beat: 1 egg, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 1/4 cups milk, 2tbsp melted shortening.  Add 1 cup chopped or broken nut meats if you wish (Nutmeats are the inside of the nut without the shell).  Walnuts usually work best.  Pour the mix into the bowl.  Combine all ingredients with a few swift strokes.  Stir lightly until barely blended.  Bake the bread in two greased loaf pans about 50 minutes or until done (when you insert a toothpick in center and comes out clean.  Let cool slightly in pan before serving.

4) Polish vegetable salad I picked this one up from a friend in Tomashov, Poland.  I visited in 2008 and had a wonderful time with all the new friends and family we met and worked with.  It reminds me of a wonderful times and experiences. 6 potatoes peeled and boiled and diced; 8 carrots peeled and boiled and diced (you may also use cold carrots, I prefer it), 1 cup peas, 2 dill pickles finely diced, 1 cup mayo, dash of salt and pepper.  Mix it all up. You can also add 2 diced up celery sticks if you wish.  Serve immediately.

5) With the change of the weather how about firing up the grill?  One way to get you hubby to help with dinner and less clean up for you:)  Plumbs of Summer is a recipe my Dad came up with.  You will need 1 cup Merlot, 4 plumbs medium-large size, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup sifted corn starch, cinnamon sticks.  Cut plumbs in quarters or halves depending on size and pierce thru center with cinnamon stick after removing the pits.  Place on grill in aluminum foil till warm (about 5 minutes) on a medium heat.  While this cooks, heat wine till it simmers slowly add sifted corn starch, and sugar mix with a whisk until thickness of a molasses consistency.  Remove plumbs from grill and pour over plumbs and serve.

Well get out there and enjoy all. And don’t forget to tell me how it turned out!


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Comment by Magali Spraggs

Thank you sooooo much! How kind of you to take the time and say so. We appreciate you taking the time to share. We are happy to know that others are reading and being helped!
God Bless,
Adrianna and Christine

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