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Peachy-keen Grill Idea for Lent

March 27th, 2012 at 5:24 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

Sweet and spicy shrimp kabobs & peaches – what says, ‘Hello, Spring’ better than that?  With the weather cooperating and Easter still a short time away, it’s a good time to try a new twist on the Friday night Lenten Fish Fry.  Here’s a summer grill favorite with a little sugar and spice via peaches and barbecue.  Serve it up with some rice and a leafy green salad and you’re ready for a fresh, healthy meal in less than half an hour. Enjoy!

Barbecued Shrimp & Peach Kabobs

What you’ll need:
12 metal or bamboo skewers
(If using bamboo skewers, soak in cold water at least 30 minutes to prevent burning.)
1 Tbls. packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. ancho chili powder
1 tsp. sweet paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground red (cayenne) pepper
1/4 Salt
1/4 freshly ground pepper
1 lb. shrimp (16 – 20), peeled and deveined
3 medium peaches, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 bunch green onions, dark green parts trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
Lime wedges for serving

Get cooking:
Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on high.  Combine brown sugar and all of the spices in a large bowl. Add shrimp peaches and onion and toss until well coated. Thread shrimp, peaches and onion alternately onto skewers. Grill 3 to 4 minutes or until browed and shrimp becomes opaque throughout, turning once.  Serve with lime wedges.

The good news:
Each serving (4 total) is about 135 calories, with 4 g. protein, 18 g. carbohydrates, 2 g. total fat and 0 g. saturated fat, 3 g. fiber, 112 mg. cholesterol, 665 mg. sodium

Not Your Usual Casserole

February 19th, 2012 at 8:14 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

  In the chill of even a mild winter, the kitchen is often the place to be for warmth, family and friendship – and a little fun with experimentation.  In an effort to find an out of the ordinary dish to share for a special gathering,  my husband encouraged me to thumb through his decades-old issue of the Moosewood Cookbook, a publication that came out of a popular grass roots restaurant by the same name in Ithica, New York.  Several friends and food lovers started it to share their passion for flavorful, nutritionally balanced and aesthetically pleasing dishes.  Now, it’s my turn to share one of my favorites from it with you.  It’s easy to make ahead, re-heats well and can be jazzed up with a little hot sauce on the side.  I paired it with a whole-grain mustard and honey asparagus stir fry, a green, crunchy salad and a whole beet borscht.  Try this colorful cuisine to satisfy your next dinner crowd.

Arabian Squash Feta Casserole

2 Medium-large butternut or acorn squash
1 heaping cup chopped onion
2-3 cloves crushed garlic (I always round up when it comes to garlic)
1 heaping cup mixed green and red peppers, chopped
3 Tbs. butter for saute’
1 tsp. salt
black & red pepper (cayenne) to taste
2 beaten eggs
1 cup buttermilk or yogurt
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds or chopped nuts for the top

Cut the squash down the middle, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard.  Place squash face-down on an oiled baking tray.  Bake at 375-degrees for 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the size of the squash, until it’s soft.  Cool until handle-able. Scoop out squash and mash.  Saute’ onion and garlic in lightly salted butter.  When the onion is translucent, add the chopped peppers. Saute’ until the peppers are just under done.  Beat eggs with buttermilk or yogurt. Crumble in the feta cheese.  Combine everything and mix well, adding salt, black and red pepper to taste.  Spread into a buttered casserole or baking pan. Top with seeds or nuts.  Bake at 375-degrees covered for 30 minutes or uncovered for 15 minutes.

Delicious Meets Good For All

January 16th, 2012 at 11:09 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

Soup’s not all that’s on in January.  This is a great time of year to seek out sensational salad ideas to help you keep your resolutions while warming your heart.  I found a recipe in the Soup’s On For All Cookbook that satisfies an appetite for both.  It was contributed to this book  by Deb Bailey of Steelcase, Inc, a long time community volunteer.  She’s just one of many who shared their love of the kitchen and their compassion for their neighbors in need in a book as beautiful as it is delicious.   Proceeds from the sale of the book go to support the food programs of Catholic Charities West Michigan.  It’s named after the dual Soup’s On For All events happening in Grand Rapids on January 23 and Along the Lakeshore on February 23,  both evenings of hot soups, fresh baked breads and delightful desserts accompanied by local music and beautiful bowls created by caring artists.  The bowls can be painted and the cookbooks can be purchased at the newly opened Gallery 303 next to God’s Kitchen on Division in Grand Rapids.  Soup’s On cookbooks are also available at Art of the Table on Wealthy in Grand Rapids, and here’s a little taste of what’s inside. Enjoy!


Gorgonzola and Pecan Crunch Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Pecan Crunch
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2/3 cup Pecans, chopped
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Hazelnut Vinaigrette:
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Orange zest
2 teaspoons Red wine vinegar
4 Tablespoons Orange juice
1/4 cup Hazelnut oil (can substitute Walnut oil)
1/4 cup Light olive oil

7 cups Mixed lettuce (romaine, red leaf, spring mix), rinsed and spun or drained well (I love my salad spinner!)
6 ounces Goronzola cheese, crumbled

Pecan Crunch Prep:
In a small saute’ pan, heat butter sugar, salt, cayenne pepper and pepper over medium heat.  Add pecans and continue to saute’ stirring constantly until sugar begins to carmelize,
about 4-5 minutes, being careful not to burn the pecans.  Place the mixture in a paper bag, shaking occasionally as it cools. Nuts can be stored up to one month in a
cool, dry place.

Hazelnut Vinaigrette Prep:
Place all ingredients in a small jar.  Cover and shake vigorously to blend.  Store usused vinaigrette, covered, in the refrigerator.  Makes about 3/4 cup.

Place mixed lettuce into a large bowl. Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat. Toss in the Pecan Crunch and Gorgonzola cheese. Serve immediately.  Don’t expect leftovers.


Soup’s On 2012!

January 9th, 2012 at 10:14 am by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

The calendar says January and for most of us who know West Michigan well, it sure doesn’t feel like it.  Chances are pretty good that it’s going to get a whole lot colder, so the ultimate comfort food may be in order and that means soup.  It’s the perfect food to warm you up on the inside to help you stay warm when you’re outside.  Many in our community are seeking that kind of warmth every day and there is something all of us can do to help them out.  We can support God’s Kitchen and the food programs of Catholic Charities West Michigan, an organization that feeds thousands of people daily at several locations throughout West Michigan.  One way to step up is to attend a 2012 Soup’s On For All benefit in Grand Rapids on January 23 and on the lake shore on February 23.  Another is to buy the Soup’s On cookbook and bring home some warmth. Here are a couple of recipes from it to wet your appetite.   Enjoy!


Carrot Ginger Soup
by Dan Harris & Charles Forrester
Serves 8 – 10


1 large Spanish onion, diced
1 pound carrots, peeled, coarsely chopped
2-inch piece fresh gingeroot, peeled and minced
3 quarts chicken stock or broth
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon roasted fresh garlic or garlic powder
coarse salt and white pepper, to taste

In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat; add onions and saute’ until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add the carrots, fresh ginger and chicken stock; simmer over medium heat until the carrots are tender, about 12-15 minutes.  Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return the pureed soup back to the soup pot. Add the ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, sage and roasted garlic or powder; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the heavy cram and continue to simmer until warmed through.  Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust seasoning.

Lentil Sausage Soup

Lentil Soup with Sausage
by Sarah H. Jackoboice
Serves 6 – 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
4 stalks celery, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced lengthwise and cut into 1/2 inch slices
46 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
1 pound lentils, rinsed and picked over
one 3-inch strip fresh orange peel
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried savory, crumbled
5 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
28 ounce canned diced tomatoes

In a heavy, medium saucepan or soup pot, heat oil over medium-low heat; add the onion and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the celery and saute’ five minutes; add the sausage and cook another five minutes, stirring occassionally.  Add the chicken broth, water, lentils, orange peel and herbs to the pan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the carrots and tomatoes to the soup; partially cover the pan and continue to simmer until the carrots and lentils are very tender, about 50 minutes.  Discard the orange peel and serve.

Breakfast in Bed

January 1st, 2012 at 4:13 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

What a great way to start a brand new year!  Of course, fine traditions like this one can begin on day two, too…or day three, four or five.  And why wait until morning to enjoy a good breakfast dish?  Here’s a little something that can be whipped up anytime.

2012 Scramble

I put this together in one of my favorite ways – by cleaning out the fridge.  First, I found I had just two eggs left.  At least they were the extra large brown variety and from a dozen brought home very recently for lots of holiday baking.  Next, I noticed three nice baby bella mushrooms and half a container of cherry tomatoes, some of which were just stating to wrinkle.  I sorted out the good ones and went to work.  Placing a little extra virgin olive oil in my saute pan, I waited until that got nice and hot then added the portabellas.  Back inside the fridge I found a handful of baby spinach leaves, just the green and iron needed to rev up this dish.  On another shelf, a jar with just a few pitted Kalamata olives left – perfect for the single serving I was whipping up.  When the bellas began to soften, I threw in the spinach and stirred just until it stated to wilt. About that time, I tossed in the toms and olives that I had sliced lengthwise in halves and sauteed this mix over low heat, just until the tomatoes were warmed through.  At that point I cracked the eggs right into the pan where I gently scrambled this all together. You can mix the eggs up separately in a separate dish if you want, but I’m a big fan of one dish dinners.  This whole mix takes just a few minutes to blend and cook with near constant stirring.  I use a stiff rubber spatula that helps remove all the egg from the pan which eases cleaning.  At the very end, I stirred in some leftover farmer’s cheese from our appetizer plate the night before.  Feta is a great low-fat, high-flavor option, too.  Just minutes after I started, I slid the 2012 Scramble onto a plate, garnished it with a slice of orange and some blueberries and served it to my husband with his mom’s recipe homemade Polish Platzek on the side, a gift of bread and memories from his cousin Laurie’s kitchen.   And 2012 is off to a good start.


Happy Holiday Apps!

November 27th, 2011 at 9:42 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

‘Tis the season when my favorite Apps aren’t found in the iStore.  Instead, they’re found at just about any seasonal celebration where my friends, family and food come together.  I’m sure mine is not the only calendar marked with multiple gatherings between now and 2012, so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite go-to appetizer recipes for ringing in any holiday get-together that calls for a delicious dish to pass.  Cheers!

Merry Molly’s Tomato-Basil-Goat Cheese Dip
Roma Tomatoes, diced and seeded
Fresh Basil, torn into small pieces
Red Wine Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 log herbed goat cheese (garlic and chive is my favorite), softened.
1 loaf crusty French bread or baguette, sliced, or toasted bread rounds

Part One – The Prep:
Mix the first four ingredients and refrigerate overnight or for at least a couple of hours.  I’m not good with exact measurements here.  I love the red/green combo and tend to cut my Roma’s a little larger than a typical dice.  I just eye the vinegar and EVO amounts to bathe the basil and toms, but not so much that they float in it.  When I’m bringing this to someone else’s home, I usually keep this combo together separately and build the app on site.  It’s a lot less messy that way and the cheese holds up better.  It’s much prettier fresh, too!

Part Two – Party Time!
Put the cheese in a shallow but ample microwavable dish and mic it for just a few seconds or until it’s soft enough to dip easily.  Pour the prepped tomato-basil mix over the goat cheese and place this dish in the center of a platter. Surround the center dish with the sliced French bread, baguette or toasted bread rounds.  Dig in and enjoy!  Miss Molly Kelly brought this to my house for a party once and I have shared it many times since.  Always a big party hit, just like Miss Molly.

Christmas Cranberry-Walnut Brie
1 round or wedge of Brie
Dried cranberries
Chopped fresh thyme
Chopped walnuts, toasted

Okay, this one is super easy and never fails.  Here’s all you do:  Take the outer rind off of the top of the Brie.  Place it on an oven safe baking dish cut side up.  This is where my Kouchy Brie Baker that my daughter Keri gave me for Christmas one year comes in very handy. It’s a pretty little dish that bakes Brie perfectly and is pretty to serve it on, too.  Corningware works great, too.   Top your Brie with a handful of dried cranberries and walnuts and sprinkle with thyme.  Bake it at 350-degrees for 20 minutes or until the cheese is soft and warm.  Serve immediately with crackers of your choice.  A little sweet, a little tart, a little nutty, and a lot festive – bring on the holiday fun!


Happy Halloween Eats!

October 30th, 2011 at 11:33 am by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

Celebrate All Hallows Eve with Spooky, Creepy Treats from Kitchen!

Your little ghosts and goblins with gobble up these goodies with freaky fast!  The recipes below are easy to create for home, school or your office gathering.  The only thing to fear is a few extra calories. Enjoy!

Pecan-Caramel Spiders (a terrifying take on tempting turtles)

1 1/2 cups toasted pecans
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, in pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 ounces thin black licorice strands, cut into 2-inch pieces
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
Chocolate curls, optional

Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Mound 30 small clusters of pecans, about 3 or 4 pecans each, spaced a couple inches apart on the pan.  To make caramel, warm the cream over low heat and keep warm while you cook the sugar. Put the sugar and corn syrup and in a deep, heavy-bottomed large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring, raise heat to medium-high, and simmer until the sugar reaches the hard crack stage, or 305 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes.  Whisk the butter and salt into the sugar mixture. Gradually pour in the cream and vanilla taking care since the mixture will bubble up. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar reaches soft ball stage, 240 degrees F on the thermometer, about 5 minutes more. Immediately remove from the heat and cool for a minute. Ladle a couple tablespoons of warm caramel over some of the nut clusters, to make the spider bodies. Then press 6 pieces of licorice into the warm caramel to make the legs. Repeat with the remaining caramel and licorice.   This is where your little helpers can share in the spider building fun!  If caramel hardens, warm over very low heat.  Let spiders cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, put the chocolates in a medium heatproof bowl or double broiler. Bring a saucepan filled with 1-inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. You can put the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl instead and melt it at 50 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, 2 to 3 minutes more. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each spider. Sprinkle with chocolate curls, if desired. Let cool until firm.

Screaming Spice Cookies – you’ll be screaming for more!

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling out dough
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Hard candies, try yellow, red, black, (Jolly Ranchers preferred)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons egg white powder
3/4 teaspoon orange extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 empty metal tuna fish can, (about 6 ounces) for cutting cookies
Lollipop sticks, available in craft or bakers’ supply stores

For the cookies, whisk the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together in a medium bowl. Beat the butter in a large bowl with a handheld mixer until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the sugars, and continue beating until light, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract, beating until smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients while mixing slowly to make a smooth dough. Divide dough in half and press each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Transfer 1 disk of dough to a floured work surface and roll about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into cookies with a pinched tuna can. To make the spooky scream-cookie shape, remove the top and bottom of the clean and dried tuna can. Pinch the sides of the can together to make a skull-like shape.Transfer cookies  to a nonstick or silicon lined baking sheet. Cut out eyes and a mouth with a pastry tip, fat straw, or a knife. Press the lollipop sticks into the narrow end of each cookie, if using. Repeat with remaining dough. Press excess dough together, roll and cut into cookies. Refrigerate cookies for at least 30 minutes. Evenly space the racks in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Put the candies in a small plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin to break into little pieces. Bake the cookies just until they are set, about 20 minutes. Remove baking sheets from the oven and carefully sprinkle the broken candies into the eyes and mouth of the cookies. Continue to cook until the candy liquefies, about 3 minutes more. Cool cookies on pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool cookies on a rack.
For the icing, whisk the water, egg white powder and orange extract in a medium bowl until foamy but smooth. Gradually whisk in the confectioners’ sugar to make a smooth icing. Spread a layer of icing over the entire surface of the cookies with the back of a teaspoon. Let rest until the icing sets, about 30 minutes. Serve or store in a covered container for up to 3 days.

Crazy Creepy Carrot Fingers with Dip (for the health-minded haunters)

1 bag peeled baby carrots
1 cup sliced almonds
Cream cheese
Ranch dressing

Place a bit of cream cheese on the end of a baby carrot and place an almond slice face down on top. The almond should look like a fingernail on the carrot “finger”.   Repeat until all carrots are finished. Pour dressing in a bowl and stand a few carrot fingers upright in the bowl. Place the bowl on a platter and lay the remaining carrot fingers around the bowl.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Dad’s Favorite Cake

October 2nd, 2011 at 1:14 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

It’s Honey Crisp season and I can’t think of a better time to share a family recipe for Dad’s favorite cake. Apples are one of my favorite fruits to create desserts out of, from easy baked apples to Dutch apple pie, homemade apple butter and crunchy apple crisp.  Traditionally my favorite apples to bake with are Northern Spys, Ida Reds and Honey Crisps and this is the perfect time of year to find all three at your favorite farmer’s market or orchard, like Crane Orchard in Fennville where this photo was taken.  Wherever you get them, enjoy them while the apples last.  And here’s a warning – putting them into this next recipe will make your apples disappear fast!  It’s been passed down for generations and no one really knows how it came to be in the first place or why it’s called Jewish Apple Cake. We just know that when Aunt Mary made it, the whole family devoured it and they are still enjoying it today.  It’s the perfect combination of not-too-sweet and melt-in-your mouth dessert goodness for any occasion.  Bake one up today and enjoy!

Mary’s Jewish Apple Cake

Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan

4 or 5 large apples, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 c sugar
Mix together and set aside

1 c vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
2 1/2 c sugar, or a little less
4 eggs
7 Tbls orange juice (about two oranges, fresh squeezed)
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
Cream oil, sugar, orange juice, vanilla and eggs well

1/2 tsp salt (I eliminated the salt)
3 c all purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour)
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
Sift salt, flour and baking powder.

Mixed flour mixture with creamed mixture. Alternate dough and apples in the prepared pan, starting with the dough and ending with a ring of overlapping apple slices.  Bake at 250 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Cool on rack completely.  Gently loosen side, then invert onto a round plate. This cake is excellent served with vanilla ice cream or on it’s own.  Enjoy!

Hot Night, Cool Summer Salad

August 3rd, 2011 at 11:04 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

When the going gets hot, those in the kitchen get creative.  So, how do you satisfy a hungry crowd with a protein packed entree without turning up the heat another degree? How about a salad packed with fresh, local ingredients and a carb-friendly, high-protein three-bean punch.   If that sounds like a light, easy plan to you, give this crisp, crunchy and delicious recipe a try.  It goes by the title ” Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing” but I like to just call it Hot Cool Salad.  Here goes…

Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

Start to Finish – approx 40 min

2 cups garden fresh green beans, trimmed if desired
8 cups mixed greens
2 cups edamame – shelled sweet soybeans
2 cups white beans, cooked or canned, such as cannellini, thoroughly rinsed and drained
1 cup radishes, quartered or sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 recipe Fresh French Dressing (below)

1.  In microwave-safe bowl combine green beans with 1/4 cup water and 1 tsp salt, mixed.  Cook uncovered about 2 to 5 minutes until just tender. Set aside and cool.
2.  I love my salad spinner. Seriously. I use it every time I break out the greens.  Simply trim, toss into the inner bowl, wash thoroughly, then spin until dry. I always use very cold water to perk up the greens, then spin away and discard all extra moisture captured in the bowl.
3.  Place thorougly spun greens in a beautiful bowl along with the cooled green beans, radishes, edamame, and cannellini beans, plus your version of a dash of salt (sea salt for me) and always freshly ground pepper
4.  Add about half of the dressing from the recipe below and gently toss. Pass the rest of the dressing with the salad.
Make about 8 servings

Fresh French Dressing:
Place a couple of medium tomatoes, halved and seeded in a blender.  Add 1/c cup olive oil, a couple of tablesppons red wine vineagar plus some fresh snipped tarragon and about two teaspoons Dijon mustard to toms.  Cover and blend until all mixed up.  Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  If the dressing is too thin, blend in a little tomato paste.  Refrigerate until serving time.

Dress the salad and enjoy summer dining indoors or out.




Pomegranates Add Punch to Summer Soiree

July 17th, 2011 at 9:05 pm by under Food Joy, Uncategorized

Sometimes the subjects of the stories we read end up on the menu for our monthly book club meetings and our July title was ripe for the opportunity.  Luckily for the SSW, member Kate was also up for the culinary challenge.  It wasn’t really much of a stretch for a food loving group like ours.  While we discussed ‘Traveling With Pomegranates”, a mother-daughter dialogue written by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Kidd  Taylor, we sipped on sweet and sparkly Pomegranate Punch and delighted in Turkish Bulgur, Pomegranate and Almond Salad.  I won’t give away the book ending, but am happy to share the recipes we enjoyed along with it.  I’m taking a stab at the drink on my own and have Kate to thank for the tasty salad.  Here goes!

Pomegranate Punch

1 quart pomegranate juice
2 cups fresh orange juice, strained
2 cups fresh lime juice or lime-aid
One 750-milliliter bottle *Famega or other crisp, clear, sparkling wine
Lime and orange slices, for garnish
1 cup pomegranate seeds

In a punch bowl, combine the pomegranate juice, orange juice and limeade. Pour in the
Famega; float lime and orange slices on top. Ladle into 12 ice-filled glasses, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and serve.

Famega is my favorite go-to clean, crisp and sparkly white vino for summer.  This product of Portugal was recommended to me by Don the wine guru at D&W Fresh Market in Cascade years ago. Thanks, Don!





Turkish Bulgur, Pomegranate and Almond Salad

1 cup coarse bulgur prepared according to package directions.  Quinoa works well for this, too
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup almonds, slivered
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/2 of a large pomegranate)
1/2 cup chopped mint
zest from 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo chili pepper flakes (optional)

Prepare bulgur or quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile, turn on your broiler. Place halved cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet. Place tomatoes under the broiler for 8-10 minutes, until softened.  Transfer tomatoes to a bowl, but leave the broiler on.  Scatter almonds on the same baking sheet and slip under the broiler just for a minute or two, until toasted but not burned – watch them carefully!  Combines cooked bulger or quinoa, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, almonds, pomegranate seeds, mint,  lemon zest and salt in a large bowl.  Toss to combine.
Combine the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, olive oil and chili flakes. Add the dressing just prior to serving

Serves 4 to 6

Turkish Bulgur, Pomegranate and Almond Salad 

1 cup coarse bulgur prepared accorcing to package directions.  Quinoa works well for this, too
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup almonds, slivered
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/2 of a large pomegrante)
1/2 cup chopped mint
zest from 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo chili pepper flakes (optional)

Prepare bulgur or quinoa according to pacakage directions. Meanwhile, turn on your broiler. Place halved cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet. Place tomatoes under the broiler for 8-10 minutes, until softened.  Transfer tomatoes to a bowl, but leave the broiler on.
Scatter almonds on the same baking sheet and slip under the broiler just for a minute or two, until toasted but not burned – watch them carefully!
Combines cooked bulger or quinoa, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, almonds, pomegranate seeds, mint,  lemon zest and salt in a large bowl.  Toss to combine.
Combine the pomegranat molasses, lemon juice, olive oil and chili flakes. Add the dressing just prior to serving

Serves 4 to 6