I absolutely love Panzanella. It is such a great recipe to make this time of year when the tomatoes are perfection. I especially love grabbing some at the local farmers market and running home to put this together. The longer it sits, the better it is!!! I cannot wait for you to try! Bon Appetit!!
Adapted from the Pioneer Woman
1 loaf very crusty Italian bread
1 whole English Cucumber, Halved, Seeded and Sliced
6 whole assorted tomatoes, cut in wedges
1/2 whole Red Onion very thinly sliced
1/4 c Olive Oil plus more for drizzling on the break
1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
Salt And Pepper
25 Whole Basil Leaves, chiffonade (more to taste)
Olive Oil for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 275 F. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, arrange on a baking sheet, and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Place the pan in the oven for 20-25 minutes to slightly crisp (“stale”) the bread without toasting it. Remove it from the oven and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, combine bread, cucumber, tomatoes, and onion. In a small jar, shake together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over the salad ingredients, tossing gently. Add basil and Parmesan shavings and toss again. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for an hour or two before serving.
Sprinkle with more salt and pepper and serve.
My son asked me to help him make Queso the other night for taco night…Queso is a great thing to bring to a friends house or to bring on a picnic. It’s such a good addition to chips and salsa. You can make it as spicy or mild as you like. Ours was so easy to make and soo delicious.. Bon appetit…
Recipe Adapted from The Spicy Perspective
What is better in the summer than corn on the cob. Over the years I have cooked my corn so many different ways. I decided that I really wanted to prefect it so I did a search for the best way. OMG!!! You have to try this. I think the secret really is the stick of butter in the boiling. You really do not need any extra butter and I think it is so much less messy to eat. I cannot wait for you to try this!! Bon Appetit!!!
Adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen
Are you looking for something a little different this weekend? Maybe something sweet but just a touch of salty? I saw this recipe for Popcorn Bars and it looked so good I knew I had to share it. It’s pretty simple to make but the end result is simply delicious. Just perfect to celebrate our last weekend in July!!! Bon Appetit!
adapted from Real Simple
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (10-oz.) pkg. miniature marshmallows, divided
9 cups popped, salted popcorn (from 1 [3.29-oz.] microwavable bag)
1 cup miniature pretzel twists
1 cup roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely chopped, divided
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium. Remove and reserve 1 cup marshmallows; add remaining marshmallows to saucepan. Cook, stirring often, until just melted. Remove from heat and fold in popcorn, pretzels, ¾ cup chopped peanuts, and remaining 1 cup marshmallows.
Coat a 13- by- 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Press mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup peanuts. Let set until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut into 3- x 3¼-inch bars and serve.
I thought it would be a good time to share another Weight Watcher’s dessert. These banana puddings are great served in individual dishes/cups and the perfect summer treat for these humid days. Each serving has about 4 points and if you do not follow the Weight Watchers plan, that means you can have 2!!! Bon Appetit!!!
adapted from midlife healthy living
This awesome recipe was in my inbox today from Aerin Lauder’s mailing list…it is her favorite Sangria recipe. I have been asking friends over for a social distance outdoor dinner during the past few summer Friday nights. It is a nice way to catch up on the many weeks missed, spend some quality time together al fresco, and try dishes and drinks that have been on our list. I just love the idea of this easy refreshing Sangria and I think I am going to make it this weekend. Bottom’s Up!!
Add 2 types of fresh fruit to a bottle of light, fruity white wine
Whatever fresh fruit you have on hand will do…sliced strawberries, cut melon, orange slices, blackberries, raspberries
A splash of Cognac and throw in a clove or 2
Add a teaspoon or 2 of sugar (depending on how sweet you prefer)
Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve over ice in really pretty GLASS.