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Archive for August 30, 2013

RECIPE: Strawberry Avocado Salad

Don’t let summer end without making this yummy strawberry, avocado and goat cheese salad. The recipe can be a side salad or a main course.

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO SALAD RECIPE

Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • Fresh salad greens: mixed greens, baby spinach, whatever you like
  • 1 pint strawberries, tops removed and halved
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese (chèvre) or blue cheese
  • 1 package almonds, regular (to save calories) or butter toffee glazed; or make this candied nuts recipe
  • Vinaigrette dressing (recipe)
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    Preparation

    1. PEEL avocados, halve and remove pits. Slice.

     

    A delicious summer salad. Photo courtesy GimmeSomeOven.com.

    2. PLACE greens, strawberries, onions and dressing in bowl and toss well.

    3. DIVIDE mixture among 4 plates. Place avocado slices on top.

    4. CRUMBLE cheese and sprinkle salad with cheese and almonds.

     
    The blog GimmeSomeOven.com makes a similar salad with a poppyseed dressing. Check it out.

    Find more of our favorite salad recipes.

      

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    FOOD FUN: FunBites Cuts Food Into Mini Squares

    Have fun with it! Photo courtesy
    OpenSky.com.

     

    Typically we avoid gadgets that clutter up drawers and have limited use (mango slicer, anyone?).

    But FunBites is a new kitchen tool that cuts food into 12 perfect bite-sized squares that make food fun for kids and adults alike.

    The curved blade cutter and matching popper top pop out mini-squares of brownies and pound cake, cheese, fruit and vegetables, pancakes, sandwiches, and more.

    This little gadget makes food so much fun that even the pickiest eaters will dig in. The little squares tempt the wary to try new things.

    For kids’ recreation, you can have “make your own snack” art contests at the table.

     

    The BPA-free plastic is dishwasher safe. At $12.99, it’s a gift idea for kids and adults alike.

    Get yours at OpenSky.com.

    Then, have fun making bite-size:

  • Burgers
  • Cheese
  • Grilled Cheese, peanut butter and other
    sandwiches
  • Melon
  • Omelets
  • Pancakes, waffles, French toast
  • Pizza
  • Tofu
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    What are you going to “square” first?

     

    We’re not lion: This is fun! Photo courtesy Fun Bites | Open Sky.

     

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Watermelon Boat

    Put your fruit salad or munchies in a
    watermelon boat. Photo courtesy Old World
    Gourmet.

     

    Have you ever carved a watermelon basket? The simple watermelon boat shown in the photo is a charming presentation. Most people fill it with fruit salad, but you can create rows of assorted munchies: cheese cubes, crudites, fruit, salami cubes.

    While it puts some labor into Labor Day, you can carve a true work of art from a watermelon, and it’s a fun project.

    The National Watermelon Promotion Board is here to help you, with almost 60 carved watermelon designs to inspire your fruit artistry. Beyond the conventional basket filled with fruit salad, there are:

  • Animal watermelons: cat, fish, hippo, ladybug, moose owl, penguin, pig, porcupine, rabbit, robot, seal, shark, turtle, T-Rex, whale
  • Kids’ watermelons: Minion (from “Despicable Me”), pirate skull and bones, smiley face, treasure chest, Viking helmet
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  • Sports watermelons: eight ball, football helmet, golf ball, race car, sailboat, surf wave
  • Summer theme watermelons: beach bucket, flip flops, flower garden, flowers,
  • Assorted fun watermelons: Angry Birds, mermaid, purse, submarine, tea pot, tiki mask
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    There are more, of course, including lovely basket designs and holiday-themed watermelon boats: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc.

     

    RECIPE: WATERMELON RELISH

    Take some of that watermelon flesh and rind and make yummy watermelon relish. Use it to top burgers and hot dogs, mix it with yogurt for a dip, mix it with mayonnaise for a sandwich spread.

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups watermelon rind, dark-green skin removed and white part cut in 1/3-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2½ cups water and ¾ cup water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pinch each cinnamon and cloves
  • 2 cups diced watermelon
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    Watermelon relish. Photo courtesy National Watermelon Promotion Board.

     

    Preparation

    1. MIX rind with 2-1/2 cups water and 2 tablespoons salt. Let stand covered at room temperature overnight. Drain and rinse well.

    2. COMBINE in medium saucepan the sugar, 3/4 cup water, 2 teaspoons salt, the lemon zest and juice, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the rind and cook gently for about 40 minutes or until the rind is translucent and tender (do not boil hard as mixture might caramelize). When done, remove from heat and cool.

    3. MIX in the diced watermelon.

    Makes 3/4 of a quart. The watermelon relish will keep refrigerated for 4 days.

      

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