Today is National California Strawberry Day and to celebrate I have made a Chicken and Strawberry Panini
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Have you ever made something and it just didn't turn out the way you wanted it too? That is what happened when I made my recipe for this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
My Strawberries have been pretty good this year. They were small but plentiful and I was able to freeze a couple of quarts. We don't have a very big patch but this year our crop doubled and I am hoping that we may get a few more in the fall picking if the weather cooperates with us.
The other night I was thinking about lemonade.. probably because I saw some kids down the
street selling it. I wanted to make my own but not just plain lemonade, I decided to put some strawberries and basil in it. I didn't use much sweetener in it so at first it was a bit of a pucker power.. but as it made more then one glass I let it sit for a day and yum... the flavours blended in and it was so good. I will have to try it again.
Basil Strawberry Lemonade
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp minced basil
2 cups ice
2 cups water
honey to taste - I used a little less then 2 tsp.
Put all ingredients into the blender and blend til smooth. Optional garnish with lemon slice and basil leaves.
As I poured the lemonade into the glass, I got the two toned colour of the lemonade. The top was slightly more frothier then the bottom. I did put the leftover in the fridge over night. The ice melted but it still had a small frothy top. The flavours blended the second day and I think that I even liked it better the second day then the first.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Baby it is hot out there... I know, I know it wasn't long ago that I was complaining about all the snow that we have, but it is hot out there! I have never been one to enjoy the heat. At least in the winter you can pile on more and more clothes but you can only take off so much and if you are a blob like me, I know that I wouldn't want to see me in a bikini so I would not submit you to it.
Good news.... I have found the perfect way to cool off. This spring I went to a Dove Chocolate Tasting Party and then last month I hosted a party and got some way cool stuff to cook, bake and experiment with. If you have a chance to go to a party or else have a party yourself ~ Do it!
My first drink is all about strawberries, raspberries and chocolate... Sorry for the long name but I did want to get in that this is a non-alcoholic drink.
Strawberry Raspberry White Chocolate Virgin Daiquiri
This recipe is basically what it says on the package plus a little bit extra. I also had to add strawberries as I had no raspberries in the house, but I think the combination tastes wonderful.
7 oz lemon- lime soda
1 cup ice
1/2 cup fresh strawberries ( you could use frozen)
1 square Chef- Series Chocolate (milk Chocolate) melted
whipped cream for garnish (homemade or from the can)
Add daiquiri mix, lemon-lime soda, ice, and strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Melt chocolate. Add 1/2 the chocolate mix to blender and blend well. Chocolate will harden once hits drink, so add a little at a time and blend.
Pour into glass. Makes one 16 oz drink or two 8 oz drinks if you would like to share. Garnish with whipped cream and drizzle the rest of the chocolate over the whipped cream.
Perfect for these warm days.
Just be careful as the chocolate bits may plug up your straw. You may want to eat this delicious drink with a spoon so you get all the yummy smooth Dove Chocolate.
Keep a watch out for my next drink... It has mangoes in it and chocolate.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I love summer and fresh fruit. We have a small strawberry patch that this year is producing very well. Or at least I think so. I have also been able to get to them before the critters which helps. Before this year, I would pick and throw out the strawberries that had bites taken out but this year I decided to leave them. Low and behold they seem to be coming back to eat the strawberries that they had already started to eat~ I do hope this continue and they don't go for the new ones.
I decided to make a salad with the strawberries and a dressing. My basil is also starting to come up and basil and strawberries go so well together so came up with this recipe.
Berry Salad with Basil Chia Vinaigrette
assorted lettuce or spinach ( I used romaine and spinach)
sliced chicken (optional)
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp fresh minced basil
1 tbsp chia seed
1/2 tsp honey powder (or you could use what ever sweetener you like)
Make vinaigrette by mixing all ingredients together and let sit while you prepare your salad.
Assemble lettuce, add fruit, walnuts and chicken.
Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and enjoy.
Vinaigrette will keep in the fridge for 3-7 days depending on what you put into them. With fresh herbs, I have read that they don't last as long. I do keep mine longer but I don't recommend it to others. I throw them out when they start smelling bad.. that is my clue that I need to make some more.