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Arugula, Peach & Cheddar Salad

21 Aug

Here’s a tip – if anyone invites you to dinner and asks you to prepare a salad, you say “yes” and never look back.

Why? Because salads are one of the easiest items to bring to a dinner party. I usually go for appetizers or desserts because they feel creative and fun. Ends up a salad can be just as gratifying to prepare. As decadently fun to eat as this? Don’t be ridiculous.

I over bought on peaches and pecans for this recipe, which meant I made peach pecan muffins after. Look for that blog post, coming next week.

And thanks to Real Simple, this recipe was easy and delicious.

Arugula, Peach and Cheddar Salad, c/o Real Simple

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Ingredients

1/4 C pecans
3 TBSP olive oil
1 1/2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard1/2 tsp honey
kosher salt and black pepper
2 bunches arugula, rinsed
1 1/2 peaches (I increased this from the original recipe), sliced
2 oz sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into chunks

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle pecans onto baking sheet (with a lip) and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until nicely toasted. Allow to cool, then coarsely chop.

Mix together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper.

In a bowl, add arugula, peaches, pecans, and cheese. Dress with dressing and serve.

I took this salad to our friends’ home, which is about 30 minutes away. I put the salad into a serving dish, then packaged all the ingredients in their own Tupperware, to keep everything from becoming soft or wilted. Right before dinner was served, I quickly tossed the salad together.

Dessert Kebabs

15 Jul

Looking for an easy, delicious, healthy dessert for a group gathering?

Look no further.

May I present to you – dessert kebabs!

*Does elaborate jazz hands sequence *

Fun to eat and good(ish) for you.

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Dessert Kebabs

Ingredients/Tools

Pound cake mix, plus ingredients called for in mix
StrawberriesBlueberries
Raspberries
Skewers
Whipped cream, if preferred

Preparation

Prepare pound cake as directed on box. Allow to completely cool before cutting cake into hearty squares.

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Cut Strawberries and other fruit to bite size, if necessary.

Alternate cake and fruit on skewers.

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Serve.

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Classic Potato Salad

8 Jul

Sometimes you need a basic, go-to potato salad recipe.

Why?

For the mayonnaise-laced potassium. I mean, HELLO!

Classic Potato Salad

Ingredients

1 lb small red potatoes1/4-1/3 C mayonnaise
1 TBSP white wine vinegar
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 TBSP sweet relish
Salt and Pepper
Dash of Paprika

Preparation

Boil a large pot of water. Cut your potatoes roughly to bite size. Cook potatoes for about 15-18 minutes or until they fall off a fork when pricked. Remove from heat and drain. Cool (preferably refrigerate) for a few hours until potatoes are thoroughly chilled.

Meantime, chop celery and onion.

Blend mayonnaise and vinegar.

Mix together all ingredients, using a wooden spoon to keep from smashing potatoes.

Chill until ready to serve.

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