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Avocado and Tomato Salad Recipe

Balsamic vinegar, red and white wine vinegar

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I found some beautiful tomatoes at the store recently and decided to make a very simple salad featuring the tomatoes and fresh avocado. I seasoned them simply with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, along with a drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. It was simple and so delicious – we all loved this salad. I served this dish with the Slow Roasted Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Butter for a delicious and flavorful meal.

Avocado and Tomato Salad:
Recipe and photo by For the Love of Cooking.net
  • Red tomato, sliced
  • Orange tomato, sliced
  • Yellow tomato, sliced
  • 1-2 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Drizzle of olive oil, to taste
  • Drizzle of red wine vinegar, to taste
  • Sprinkle of fresh cilantro, chopped

Place the sliced tomatoes on a serving plate along with the sliced avocado. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar then sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

 

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Salad

 

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THYME ROASTED BABY BEETS WITH MINT VINAIGRETTE RECIPE

Mangelwurzel

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It started simply enough.  Innocently enough.

Somehow, someway, somebody snuck not one, not two, but three bunches of baby beets into our home.  Given the fact that I’m a lifelong, card carrying member of the N.A.B.A., otherwise known as the National Anti-Beet Association, I knew the ‘somebody’, was certainly not me.

Growing up, I believed beets were served and eaten one, and only one way:  out of an aluminum can packed by the folks who lived in a town called Del Monte. Those fine folks made fruit cocktail, too.  Even as a little girl, beets were horribly off-putting to me.  To be honest, they scared the bejesus out of me. The gelatinous texture, the pungent smell, the unnameable taste, and an alien color which didn’t match any in my sacred box of 64-Crayola Crayons, the bible of all things pigmented and pretty.

Since then, I’ve had a rather turbulent on-again, off-again relationship with beets.  Every time I think I can commit to a bigger bite, I back off.  And RUN.  With 3 bunches of beets at my mercy, I was in a conundrum.  “Take one more chance on us”, I hear them say. “We promise this time it’ll be different”.  How many times had I heard that before?  Reluctantly, I put them back in the fridge (instead of in a bag on my neighbor’s doorstep) and with no other N.A.B.A. members in sight to commiserate with, I head to the bookstore for an afternoon distraction.

Lo and behold, THE beet recipe of all beet recipes lands in my lap.  Thyme Roasted Baby Beets with Mint Vinaigrette.  THE beet recipe which, in an insanely delicious, hocus-pocus, abracadabra instant, converts me from beet basher to beet worshipper.  Just like magic.  Just like that.  Yes, roasted beets are a now a weekly staple and somebody is very happy about it.

Make sure to use an assortment of beets, not just the old familiar red ones.  Not only are golden and chioggia beets gorgeous to look at, they add a subtle nuance of sweetness to the final dish.  If I can’t make to the farmer’s market, I like buying my beets in the loose bulk bin at Whole Foods.  I can pick and choose the exact mix I want and get only as much as I need for that evening (plus, it costs less than buying them in full bundles).  If you have trouble finding baby beets, medium ones are dandy.  Slice them in half before cooking.  For larger beets, slice into quarters.  Just make sure all pieces are more or less the same size to ensure even cooking.

And whatever you do, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT leave out the fresh mint.  This dish without the mint is like a crème brûlée without its heart-stopping crackly top.  It just wouldn’t be the same without it.

Adapted from Harvest to Heat

 

Source: http://kissmyspatula.com/2011/02/09/thyme-roasted-baby-beets-with-mint-vinaigrette/


 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Vegetables

 

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Betty’s Fresh Fruit Medley with Orange Dressing Recipe

Zumo de naranjas sanguinas

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a Fresh Fruit Medley with Orange Dressing. This fruit salad is made from oranges, apples, and bananas, which are generally easy-to-find. It becomes elegant when Orange Dressing is drizzled over the top.


Ingredients:

2 oranges, peeled and sliced into quarter-slices
2 apples, unpeeled and cubed (I used red delicious apples.)
2 bananas, sliced
splash of lemon juice
1 cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup orange juice, ½ cup sugar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened. Cool. Refrigerate until ready to use. When ready to assemble your salad, prepare the 2 oranges, 2 apples, and 2 bananas, using some lemon juice to protect the apples and bananas from browning. Stir fruits pieces until combined, and then transfer mixture to a nice medium-sized salad bowl. When ready to serve, pour the Orange Dressing into a small pitcher. Spoon a generous portion of the fruit mixture into sherbet glasses, and drizzle Orange Dressing over the top. This is a simple and elegant dessert, and is made of items you will quite often have on hand. It is a wonderful fruit salad to grace your holiday table, and it is healthy and low in calories. I hope you enjoy this recipe! –Betty 

 
 

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Lamb With Bean Salad Recipe

tuscan white bean salad

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Ingredients (serves 4)

1 small brown onion, roughly sliced
1 garlic clove, roughly diced
1 bunch English spinach
400g can Cannellini Beans, rinsed, drained
60g reduced-fat feta, crumbled
4 lamb leg steaks, excess fat trimmed
Olive oil spray
salt & pepper to season
*optional lemon juice to add to salad

ENJOY!

~ Nicko

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Lamb, Nicko's Kitchen

 

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Betty’s Boone Tavern Broccoli-Apple Salad

Granny Smith

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Broccoli-Apple Salad. This recipe was inspired by the Broccoli-Apple Salad that I had for brunch during our recent anniversary celebration at Boone Tavern Hotel Restaurant in Berea, Kentucky.

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces (You may steam these for 4 minutes to soften them.)
1 cup red bell pepper strips, about ¼-inch by 1 ¼-inches (You may steam these for 2 minutes to soften them.)
1 medium-sized Granny Smith apple, unpeeled and cut into slivers that will fit on a fork
1 cup red seedless grapes (cut in halves)
2/3 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing (You may use any variety of Miracle Whip or mayonnaise or substitute coleslaw dressing.)

After steaming 2 cups of broccoli florets and 1 cup red bell pepper strips, place them in a mixing bowl, along with 1 thinly sliced Granny Smith apple, and 1 cup red seedless grape halves. Stir to distribute evenly. Add 2/3 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing, and fold it into the fruit/vegetable mixture. Spoon the mixture into a nice serving bowl. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve. I loved this salad at Boone Tavern, and I think this is a pretty close replica! Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Salad

 

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