Peach

Peach

Peach Caprese Salad

Recipe obtained from:
(Magnolia Table, a collection of recipes for gathering by Joanna Gaines)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 white peaches, chilled
2 yellow peaches, chilled
Two 4-ounce fresh mozzarella balls, preferably water-packed
10 fresh basil leaves, torn
1 teaspoon flaky salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

In an 8-ounce screw-top jar, combine the vinegar and oil. Screw on the lid and shake well. Refrigerate until well chilled. The dressing can be made ahead and stored in the jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Remove the pits from the peaches and cut them into 1/2-inch-thick slices or wedges. Drain the mozzarella if necessary and pat it dry. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

On a serving platter, decoratively arrange slices of the white peaches, yellow peaches, and mozzarella. Scatter the basil leaves on top, drizzle over the dressing, and sprinkle the flaky salt and pepper on top. Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings

Peach

Peach

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The ripe and sweet peaches from our local farmers market make Peach Caprese Salad perfect to enjoy all Summer long! These peaches are fragrant, juicy, and full of color.  The fresh mozzarella cheese has a soft, moist texture with a milky flavor.  To add seasoning, we sprinkle fresh basil leaves, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper.  You’ll definitely want to try this simple and delicious salad for your next Summer party!

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Sandwich

Sandwich

Turkey, Brie, & Apple Sandwich with Hot Mustard Sauce

Recipe obtained from: What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell
(Southern Living: Southern Food For Any Occasion Life Serves Up)

Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) French baguette
1/4 cup Hot Mustard Sauce (recipe follows)
6 ounces thinly sliced deli smoked turkey
4 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 cup loosely packed arugula
1/2 cup thinly sliced Granny Smith Apple(from 1 medium apple)
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the baguette in half lengthwise. Place both halves on a baking sheet. Spread 2 tablespoons of the Hot Mustard Sauce on the bottom half of the baguette; top with the turkey and Brie. Bake in the preheated oven until the Brie melts and the baguette halves are lightly toasted about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven; top the Brie with the arugula and apple slices; sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons of Hot Mustard Sauce on the cut side of the top half of the baguette, and place on the apple slices. Cut into 4 pieces.  The recipe serves 4.

Hot Mustard Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup tarragon vinegar
1/2 cup dry mustard (such as Colman’s)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs

Directions:

Combine vinegar and dry mustard in a small bowl; cover and let stand at room temperature 8 hours or overnight.

Whisk together the sugar and eggs in the top of a double boiler until well blended; whisk in mustard mixture. Cook, whisking constantly, over gently simmering water until mixture coats the back of a spoon, 6 to 7 minutes. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Refrigerate sauce in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. The recipe makes 2 cups. 

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This is what we call a tasty and tantalizing Summer sandwich!   The combination of melted Brie, along with the crisp tartness of Granny Smith Apples layered on top of our favorite turkey, is simply delicious! Brie, otherwise known as the “Queen of Cheeses”, is full of buttery flavor and creamy texture.  Our French baguette bread and its crispy crust bring a fancy flair to our sandwich.  We then top with a pile of fresh arugula, which is full of spice and flavor, plus it adds beautiful color.  For the final touch, we add the homemade hot mustard, a versatile condiment  that tastes so good on any sandwich it’s spread on! 

pretzel

pretzel

Spring Flower Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

1- 16oz bag of Pretzel Waffles
1 -16oz bag of White Chocolate Confectionery Wafers or Candy Melts
1 -160z bag of Milk Chocolate M & M’s in Pastel Colors

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and separate M & M’s by color. You will need 6 of one color for the petals and 1 of a different color for the center to create a flower. Put the pretzel waffles in rows on the baking sheet and then place one confectionery wafer or candy melt on top of each pretzel.  Warm in oven for about 3 minutes until the chocolate is softened but not melted. Remove from oven and quickly place M & M’s with the logo face down to achieve the full flower effect.  Start by pressing one M & M in the center of the wafer then surround with the remaining 6 petals.  Working with a partner will help speed up the process. Once completed, let cool and serve.  You may store in an airtight container. 

pretzel

pretzel

We can’t think of a better way to welcome Spring than with these adorable and delicious Spring Flower Pretzel Bites! Your taste buds will be ecstatic with this incredibly sweet and salty dessert. The best combination…ever! Lauren whipped these up for the kiddos at Easter and they were a huge hit! With only three ingredients needed, these are easy and fun to make.  This colorful and festive dessert is perfect for your next gathering or holiday party.  Grab a bag of those special and “limited” M & M’s that are only available during the holidays and make a statement for Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas too! 

Valentine's

Best Toasted Garlic-Butter Ravioli with Spinach Recipe (Delish.com)

Ingredients:

kosher salt
16-18 oz. cheese ravioli
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
5 oz. baby spinach
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (we chose Pecorino Romano)

Directions:

Bring 12″ sauté pan of water to a boil and generally season with salt.  Prepare a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.  Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Remove ravioli using a slotted spoon and place in a single layer on the sheet pan, then discard water. 

Place the pan over medium heat.  Add oil, butter, and garlic; stir with a rubber spatula.  Add half the ravioli and stir gently until well coated; immediately add the balance of ravioli and repeat.  Flip the ravioli gently as needed to prevent them from sticking.  Cook ravioli until golden brown, about 5 minutes. 

Gently toss in the spinach, then garnish with parsley and parmesan.  Serve immediately!

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Valentine’s Day is for lovers! What would be more comforting than a sumptuous bowl of cheese filled ravioli?!

Valentine's

WINE-INFUSED BROWNIES:

Ingredients:

Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 Tbsp Blackberry Wine*

Directions: 

Follow baking directions on the box, replace the water with wine* for extra flavor.  To add festive flair to our brownies, we used Lauren’s heart aluminum cake pan

Valentine's

What says love more than coffee and chocolate? Our delicious Spirited Cafe Mocha combines the sweetness of chocolate and the richness of coffee. Yum!

Valentine's

SPIRITED CAFE MOCHA: (VICTORIA MAGAZINE)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup chopped milk chocolate
1 cup espresso
2 ounces amaretto
2 ounces chocolate liqueur
2 cups steamed milk
Garnish: cocoa powder

Directions: 

In a microwave-safe dish, heat heavy cream and chocolate on medium in 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted. Whisk to combine. Add espresso, amaretto liqueur, and half of the steamed milk; stir just until combined. Pour into glasses, and top with remaining steamed milk and milk foam. Sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired.

Valentine's

We’ve got a scrumptious menu for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart! Cozy up by a warm fire and enjoy DATE NIGHT IN this Valentine’s Day!  XO ❤

Valentine’s/Date Night Simple & Delicious Dinner for Two HERE

Healthy

Mason Jar Parfaits are simple to make in just a few minutes time. Try fresh fruits with greek yogurt or fresh vegetables with hummus!  Both will help you make a healthy choice for breakfast, lunch, or snack time. Just grab and go!

Healthy

Healthy

Grilled chicken and roasted sweet potato Kabobs are the perfect combinations for a delicious dinner.

Healthy

Who needs mayonnaise anyway? Swap the condiments for roasted red peppers on your next turkey sandwich for a healthier approach. The fresh baby arugula adds more color and flavor!

Healthy

Let’s face it, mornings can be hectic! These make-ahead egg white breakfast muffins with turkey sausage will keep you satisfied.  They taste great and are the perfect portable breakfast for those mornings you’re flying out the door!

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We’re kicking off 2018 with a bunch of healthy and simple recipes to help you stay motivated and fit this year! Here are some of our favorites that you can prepare in advance for eating on-the-go! Egg White Breakfast Muffins, Mason Jar Parfaits, Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, and a delicious Turkey Sandwich. Yum! Doing meal prep will help us and you avoid grabbing something unhealthy and stay on track. To watch how we prepare these recipes, click on the link below. Plus, we’ve got some great snack ideas too!

Healthy Eating On-The-Go