Tropical Strawberry Salad

Tropical Strawberry Salad

Summer time!  Don’t you love it?  We do!  Summer means lots of fresh fruits, yay!  Fresh fruits are a delicious way to end a meal or make a great snack.  That’s why I love this Tropical Strawberry Salad, I could eat it all summer!

This delicious salad is packed with healthy fruits.  Strawberries are high in fiber, who would have thought right? Bananas are considered a super food, they’re heart healthy, high in fiber, packed with vitamins and minerals including potassium!  And then there’s mango, many times called “the king of fruits”.  This delicious fruit is packed with antioxidants and vitamins; it’s heart healthy, helps lower cholesterol, helps in weight loss, good for digestion, helps fight cancer, is good for the eyes and teeth, and much more.  So packed together these three fruits don’t only taste great, they’re good for you!  Oh and it’s low in calories too!  So eat up!

Tropical Strawberry Salad

Ingredients:

12 Large Strawberries, washed, hulled, and quartered

1 Large Banana, sliced

1 Large Ripe Mango, peeled and cubed

1 Tsp. Sugar

Instructions:

Place strawberries in a bowl.

Sprinkle sugar over all and gently toss.

Add mango cubes and banana slices.

Gently toss together.

Serve right away or store covered in the fridge for a few hours.

 

 

 

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Burrata Salad with Peaches, Pickled Pepper and Pea Tendrils

Burrata Salad with Peaches, Pickled Pepper and Pea Tendrils

This summery salad from chef Ori Menashe will become your go-to this season. It’s sweet and savory, tart, crisp and creamy, rich and refreshing, all in perfect balance.

 

Active: 30 mins             Total: 1 hr 45 mins                 Yield: 4

 

Ingredients

PICKLED PEPPER
DRESSING
SALAD

Directions

Make the pickled pepper
  • Place the pepper rings in a small heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, boil the vinegar and salt, stirring, until the salt dissolves; pour over the pepper rings. Let stand at room temperature for 90 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, make the dressing
  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and shallot and let stand for 30 minutes. Slowly whisk in both oils until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.

Make the salad
  • In a food processor, puree 1 ball of burrata until smooth and spreadable. Spread the burrata puree in shallow bowls. In a medium bowl, toss the mint, pea tendrils, purslane and pickled pepper rings with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Mound the salad in the bowls. Tear the remaining burrata into small pieces and arrange in the salads along with the peach wedges.

Make Ahead

The drained pickled pepper rings can be refrigerated for 1 week.

Suggested Pairing

Pair this salad with a minerally, strawberry-scented rosé.

 

 

 

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Cheesy Baked Pasta with Radicchio

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Radicchio

A splash of red wine vinegar balances the richness of this cheesy pasta and magnifies the pink color of the onions and radicchio. Omit the prosciutto to make this a vegetarian main dish.

 

 

Active: 25 mins          Total: 1 hr        Yield: 6 to 8

 

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium-size red onions, thinly sliced
1 large head radicchio, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick ribbons
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
6 ounces softened goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 quarts water
1 pound uncooked short pasta (such as gemelli, casarecce, or strozzapreti)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 ounces fontina cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups), divided
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces
Unsalted butter, softened, for greasing baking dish
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat oil in a 12-inch, high-sided skillet over medium-high. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in radicchio, garlic, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until radicchio is just wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in goat cheese and cream; bring to a simmer over medium-high. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Step 2

Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot over high. Stir in 3 tablespoons salt. Add pasta, and cook until just shy of al dente, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain; reserve 1 cup cooking liquid. Stir pasta, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, pepper, nutmeg, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt into radicchio mixture. Fold in 11/2 cups fontina cheese and prosciutto; toss well.

Step 3

Transfer pasta mixture to a 3-quart baking dish lightly greased with butter. Dot with remaining 1/2 cup fontina cheese; sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top and bubbling around edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

Make Ahead

Pasta can be assembled through step 2 one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

 

Suggested Pairing

Substantial wintertime rosé.

 

 

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The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

If you’ve never had good old fashioned Banana Pudding then you are seriously missing out!  This creamy dessert is so popular that there’s even a 2 day festival in hour of it.  I kid you not; there’s a National Banana Pudding Festival the first week of October in Centerville, Tennessee!

It’s generally associated with the Southern part of the United States but it’s popular in all parts of the country.  It’s not really known exactly how the dessert became a Southern Icon but it’s been a Southern specialty since the 1940’s if not longer.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding is pretty similar to the English Trifle in that it’s layers of creamy custard, fruit, and a soft spongy cookie which can be topped if desired with a dollop of whipped cream, or in some homes meringue.

This iconic dessert was further popularized by the Nabisco company when it published the recipe on the box of every Nabisco brand Nilla Wafers, which of course is featured as Wone of the key ingredients.

So back to the beginning, if  you’ve never had good Old Fashioned Banana Pudding you’re missing out.  So to rectify that here’s  a recipe for this yummy dessert.  And no instant Banana Pudding from a box doesn’t count!

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. Flour

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Tsp. Salt

4 Cups Whole Milk

4 Egg Yolks

1 Tsp. Vanilla

4-5 Ripe Bananas

1 Box Vanilla Wafers (the Nabisco brand are called Nilla Wafers)

Directions:

Whisk flour, sugar, salt, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a saucepan.

Cook on medium heat about 15 – 20 minutes or until thick.  Keep stirring mixture as it cooks so it won’t scorch and stick to the pan.

Remove from  heat.

Layer vanilla wafers in the bottom of a dish or bowl.

Add a layer of banana slices, one on each wager works well.

Pour 1/2 of  pudding over the layers.

Repeat a layer of wafers and bananas on top of the pudding layer.

Pour the other half of the pudding over that new layer.

Top with crushed wafers if desired.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes

Christmas is yearly Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth. In Philippines, the majority of the population is Roman Catholic Christians that why Christmas is so important and needs to celebrate at least once a year. This is the time where people of all ages sing a Christmas song in every house they drop-in, we call in “CAROLING” after the song, the resident in the house will give them treats or money, that’s our way of expressing Christmas cause Christmas here in Philippines is Giving, no matter what, you have to give cause we believe that Christmas is Giving.

We celebrate Christmas every December 25th of the year so we will have our we call it “Noche Buena” or A midnight Meal ready to go. We have lots and lots of Noche Buena Recipes to Enjoy but for now, I will going to give you our 14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes since Christmas is near to come.

 

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Unlike any other spaghetti recipe, Filipino Style Spaghetti is quite different and simple, no herbs and no other spices and a little bit sweet cause it is really cooked specially for kids. Best for Noche Buena.

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Oh, I love this Tupig! It’s super yummy mouth-watering made from glutinous rice.

Tupig Filipino Recipe!!!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

This is a perfect desert for Noche Buena. Superb!

Gulaman – Gelatin in Coconut Milk Recipe!!!

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

This is a main dish during Noche Buena, it’s one of the Filipino Signature Dish that every Filipino loves.

Paksiw na Pata (Pork Stew in Vinegar and Soy Sauce) Recipe!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

I want more and more of this dessert dish is perfect for Noche Buena desert and snack.

Macaroni Salad (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

What I like about this dish is the balance of sweetness and saltiness, I really like the taste of it.

Pork Embutido – Filipino Style Meatloaf

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Morcon, a meat roll stuffed with sausage, veggies, and egg, is a popular Filipino dish usually served on special occasions like Christmas. I also love this wonderful dish!

Beef Morcon (Filipino Style) Recipe!!!

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

I also love this Sticky rice, with its balance sweetness and stickiness, you going to love this too.

Suman Malagkit (Sticky Rice Roll in Banana Leaves) Recipe!!!

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding) Filipino Recipe

This Filipino dessert is made with cornstarch, coconut milk, and sugar.  It is also called Coconut Pudding.   This luscious dessert is easy to make using common ingredients. Perfect for Christmas occasion.

Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding ) Filipino Recipe

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

You will love this Bibingka, The smell is terrific and the taste is fantastic! LOVED IT!

Merienda Series – Bibingka Galapong

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

A little bit of sweetness, soft and fluffy YUMMY!

Puto Cheese (Steamed Rice Cake with Cheese)

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

MY OH MY OH! THIS IS HEAVEN! I TELL YOU, HEAVEN!!!!

 

Halayang Ube (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe!!!

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!

And last but not the least; Noche Buena is not perfect without a Hamonada in the Table. Tender and Juicy, mouth-watering Main Dish for Christmas.

Hamonada or Hamon (Homemade Ham) Filipino Style Recipe!!!


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