Broccoli Crunch Salad Broccoli for Broccoli Crunch Salad Salad Dressing Ingredients for Broccoli Crunch Salad Broccoli Crunch Salad ingredients Broccoli Crunch Salad recipe We have a simple Broccoli Crunch Salad recipe for you today. I don’t really have much to say about this salad other than it’s the perfect thing to bring on a picnic, or to a BBQ. Growing up in Idaho my high school was right next to this market called the CO-OP, and I would go there a lot for their pre made salads at lunch. They also had a Broccoli salad there and I loved it so much. The crunch factor was intense, and also awesome because it wasn’t lettuce. I’m not really a fan of steamed or cooked broccoli, so in this form is really the only way I want to have it. Yum. Broccoli Crunch Salad for everyone! Teri

Broccoli Crunch Salad
Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:
dressing:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 heads broccoli, cut into bite sized florets (you can also trim, peel and cube the stems or reserve for another use at another time)
5 rashers cooked bacon, chopped
1/2 cup chopped and dry roasted cashews
1/3 cup Zante currants
1/4 cup diced red onions, optional
1 green onion, thinly sliced

Directions:
1. Place all dressing ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
2. Place broccoli florets into a large mixing bowl and top with dressing. Fold together until fully combined.
3. Add remaining ingredients and fold together. Adjust seasonings. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.
4. Give salad a good toss before serving.

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Broccoli Crunch Salad

July 30, 2014  /   /   //  8 Comments

Creamed Kale Kale for a healthy Creamed Kale Steamed Kale for Creamed Kale Creamed Kale Ingredients Creamed Kale recipe Lately I have been on a dip kick, or anything with crackers really. Cheese and crackers, and dip and crackers are where my head is at. So today we have a Creamed Kale recipe for you. This recipe is kind of like creamed spinach, only better! We used Almond Breeze for the cream factor so it isn’t actually heavy, but you still get a little richness that you would want in a dish like this. We added some red pepper flakes for a little kick and some lemon to brighten everything up. This is a really yummy healthy dip or side dish recipe that goes perfect with something like grilled steak or chicken, but it can also be slathered on bread or crackers if that’s your thing. This is just a really good recipe to have in your arsenal because it’s easy to throw together, and so versatile and healthy. ♥ Teri

Creamed Kale
Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients:
2 bunches kale, washed dried and torn into pieces (ribs removed)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (can substitute coconut oil for healthier alternative)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced shallot
3/4 cup unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Blanch kale in salted, boiling water until bright and tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain kale into a colander, pressing out as much liquid as possible. Set aside.
2. Place a skillet over medium high heat and melt butter. Sauté garlic and shallots for 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Add almond milk and reduce heat to medium. Simmer mixture until milk has reduced by 1/3.
4. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until mixture has thickened and everything is completely combined. Adjust seasonings and serve.


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**This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze**

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Creamed Kale

July 27, 2014  /   /   //  5 Comments

Grilled Rack of Lamb roasted radishes Horseradish and Feta Sauce Ingredients Grilled Whole Rack of Lamb prep Grilled Whole Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb dinner recipe Hey guys! We’re so deep into summer now, and it’s great…but hot…real hot. I know I’ve mentioned a couple times already that the boyfriend and I have been grilling up a storm this weekend. We love cooking outside, especially in the evening as the weather starts to cool and a small breeze gently grazes the back of our necks as we sip on ice cold beers out on the patio, chat about the weird antics Dexter (our pooch) got into that day and grill something glorious. Recently we grilled up a rack of lamb with a creamy feta horseradish sauce and ate it alongside some roasted radishes. It was so simple and delicious. We were loving this dish so much that we ended up cutting the rack into individual chops, set down our utensils and pretty much ate them like meat lollipops by hand. Don’t judge.

We know lamb is slightly out of the ordinary from the standard beef, pork or chicken, especially out on the grill, but it’s such a tasty and low maintenance and lean protein, we often find ourselves going for a cut of lamb to cook up. An important thing to remember when purchasing a rack of lamb is to French the ends of the bone. This just means to clean the ribs completely of any meat that may surround them. You can do this easily by taking the back of a pairing knife and scrapping the bone back and forth, which will pull the meat up, making it easy to remove. If you’re not particularly stoked about getting all handsy with your lamb, you can always ask your butcher to French your rack for you…wait, that sounds bad…but you guys know what I mean, right? ☺ It’s also good to note that although there is a fat cap (layer of fat) atop the rack, you really don’t want to go overboard with trimming. Not only will the fat help to keep the meat moist and full of flavor, but unlike a standing rib roast, the fat cap isn’t tremendous and if you trim too much off your rack will become loose and possibly fall apart on the grill.

We’re serving our rack with a creamy feta, horseradish sauce. We’ve steered away from the more familiar mint jelly sauce because we love the spicy kick we get from the horseradish and the extra bit of salty, creaminess from the feta. The sauce is great with the lamb as well as our roasted radishes. Roasted radishes have been one of my favorite things to eat since I was a little girl. Roasting them takes away their sharp spice and really mellows the flavors out. They become so soft and delicate in both flavor and texture, they practically melt in our mouth. SO GOOD. The radishes pair nicely with the lamb and sauce, without overshadowing either.

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious recipe for grilled rack of lamb, we got you covered! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

PS Don’t forget that the American Lamb Board is hosting a Grills Gone Wild contest and all you need to do is sign up and post a photo… that’s it! Go check it out!

Easy Grilled Rack of Lamb with a Creamy Feta-Horseradish Sauce
Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients:
Creamy Feta-Horseradish Sauce:
1/2 cup crème fraiche
2 ounces feta, crumbled
2 tablespoon buttermilk (optional)
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
pinch of sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons minced thyme
1 teaspoon minced marjoram (oregano is fine)
1/2 teaspoon minced rosemary
1 rack of American lamb

Directions:
1. Preheat grill to 375˚F. (over high heat)
2. For the sauce: Place all ingredients into a food processor and whip until smooth. Adjust seasonings and set aside.
3. French the ribs of the rack (unless you’ve already had a butcher do so for you) and wrap the tips of each rib with about an inch of aluminum foil.
4. Place the thyme, oregano and rosemary into a small bowl and toss together. Set aside.
5. Once the grill is hot, brush both the rack and grill with extra virgin olive oil and generously season the rack with herb mix, salt and pepper, on both sides.
6. Place rack on the grill, fat side down and sear for about 4 minutes. Flip the rack and continue to sear for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the flames to medium and cover the grill. Allow the rack to grill with the cover closed, for about 6 to 8 minutes (keeping a close eye out for flame ups), uncover the grill allow the rack to continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. This will give you medium to medium-rare results. For a medium to medium-well rack of lamb, keep grill cover closed for 8 to 10 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and transfer the lamb onto a cutting board and loosely cover with foil. Allow the lamb to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
8. Serve rack with sauce and roasted radishes.

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Grilled Rack of Lamb

July 25, 2014  /   /   //  6 Comments

fresh_Summer_apps watermelon_soaking watermelon_skewers grilled_watermelon cherries whipped-burrata crostinis Hi Guys! When it comes to hot summer days, it seems like all we want to do is lay by the pool while sipping cold, refreshing wine-tails and nibbling on quick and easy to prepare bites. Who wants to slave away in the kitchen over a hot stove all day? Not us! So, today we have a couple of easy and delicious appetizer recipes that are great to enjoy while lounging by the pool or anytime you have a snack attack.

The first dish we have is grilled watermelon and queso blanco skewers. We know that watermelon and feta cheese are usually paired together in this type of appetizer, but because we infused the watermelon cubes with the crisp flavor of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, we thought the more mild and creamy queso blanco (very similar to a more firm, part-skim mozzarella) was a better alternative. While you’re cooking, it’s important to only allow the skewers to “kiss” the grill on each side for about 15 to 20 seconds. This ensures that your cheese starts to get a little melty but doesn’t turn into stringy mess. You can always swap the queso blanco for a foolproof grilling cheese such as halumi.

Staying with the theme of wine soaked fruits, our second appetizer is a wine soaked cherry and whipped burrata crostini. If there were only one thing we could eat all summer, it would probably be this cherry and burrata dish. The wine infusion draws out some of the natural sweetness of the fruit and adds an unexpected but pleasant tang to the cherries. We also love the anise flavor that the tarragon adds and how it offsets a little bit of the creaminess from the whipped burrata. If you can’t get ahold of burrata, a whole milk ricotta cheese is a great alternative but you will lose some of the richness

One of our favorite things about preparing these appetizers is that the reserved fruit soaked wine is the PERFECT base for some simple and tasty wine-tails. All you need is a splash of tonic water or club soda and lots of ice, then you have yourself delicious wine-tails to sip on while you nosh on grilled watermelon and queso blanco skewers and cherry and whipped burrata crostini! Enjoy!

Grilled Watermelon and Queso Blanco Skewers
Makes 20 pieces

Ingredients:
20 (1 inch) cubes watermelon (about 2 cups)
1/2 (750ml) bottle Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
10 ounces queso blanco (or part skim mozzarella), cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
20 small bamboo skewers

micro greens
warm honey, optional

Directions:
1. Soak skewers in water for about 30 minutes.
2. Place watermelon cubes in a nonreactive bowl and top with Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio. Allow watermelon to soak for 10 minutes.
3. Drain watermelon (chill reserved liquid, add a splash of tonic water and enjoy as a simple watermelon infused spritzer) and line on paper towels to remove excess liquid.
4. Pierce a piece of watermelon and a piece of cheese onto each skewer until all the food has been used.
5. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat and brush with a small amount of oil. Once the surface is hot add watermelon and cheese skewers, in batches, only allowing the skewers to kiss the surface for about 15 to 30 seconds before flipping (to make sure the cheese doesn’t melt too much). Quickly remove from heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6. Drizzle skewers with a small amount of honey, if using, and top with micro greens. Serve.

Fresh Cherry and Whipped Burrata Crostini
Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:
1/2 (750 ml) bottle Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
1/2 pound bing cherries, pitted and quartered
2 sprigs tarragon
whipped burrata:
1 (6 ounce) ball burrata cheese
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons minced thyme
1 teaspoon minced oregano
1 teaspoon minced mint
salt and pepper to taste

1 French or sourdough baguette, thinly sliced and lightly toasted

Directions:
1. Place cherry quarters in a nonreactive bowl and top with Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio. Allow cherries to soak for 15 minutes.
2. Drain watermelon (chill reserved liquid, add a splash of tonic water and enjoy as a simple cherry infused spritzer) and line on paper towels to remove excess liquid.
3. Remove leaves from tarragon sprigs and place into a bowl. Add cherries, lightly season with salt and pepper and toss together.
4. For burrata: Place all ingredients into a food processor and process for about 1 minute until burrata is fluffy and smooth (if you don’t have a food processor, place all ingredients into a bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy).
5. To assemble: Spread a small amount of whipped burrata onto each crostini and top with a scoop of the soaked cherries. Lightly season with salt and pepper and serve.

*This post was sponsored by Ecco Domani. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! It helps us keep going!*

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Fresh Summer Apps

July 24, 2014  /   /   //  7 Comments