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Roasted Carrot Salad

I totally cheated when I made this salad. My guys loved the Roasted Five-Spice Carrots so much that they asked that I use them in this salad. I sautéed the garlic and almonds in a little olive oil and added them to my roasted, sliced carrots. The BK can’t have cranberries so I substituted dried cherries, soaking them in hot water first to soften them. This recipe has just a touch of honey and cider vinegar as a dressing — a sort of “dry salad”. This is another recipe that combines flavor, texture, and color beautifully. I have reduced the original recipe (from allrecipes) by half.
(3-4 Servings)
1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the diagonal
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon honey

1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons dried cranberries cherries
4 ounce crumbled feta
1 cup mixed salad greens
1. Pre-heat an oven to 400 degrees F
2. Combine the carrots, almonds, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread out onto an ungreased baking sheet.
3. Bake the carrots in the preheated oven until soft and the edges turn brown, about 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.
4. Once cool, return the carrots to the mixing bowl, and drizzle with honey and vinegar; toss until coated. Add the cranberries and blue cheese; toss again until evenly mixed. Combine with the arugula and serve immediately.

Tomato Tulips ~ Potato Egg Salad



I made these Tomato Tulips for the birthday celebration of one of my closest friends, Stacey. I just think that this unusual appetizer is beautiful enough to double as a centerpiece. This is another idea that I snagged from Pat Duran at justapinch.com. The recipe is something of a finely blended potato-egg salad mixture. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any long grape tomatoes, the plums were too big, so I settled on some big, fat campari tomatoes instead. Be creative. I would love to try these again with a tuna salad filling or perhaps a white cheddar pimento cheese (?).

(12 Servings)


4 c mashed potatoes
1/3 c celery with leaves,finely chopped
1/3 c sweet pickle relish, drained well
1/3 c dairy sour cream
1/4 c mayonnaise
1/3 c onion, finely chopped
1/4 c half and half cream
2 Tbsp wine vinegar
2 tsp yellow mustard-to taste
3 large hard-boiled eggs, separate yolks from white part
salt, pepper
oval tomatoes
green onion tops
1. Separate cooked yolks from egg whites; refrigerate yolks for later in recipe. In a large bowl, combine the first nine (9) ingredients and the chopped egg whites only.
2. Mix thoroughly to blend. Add additional mayonnaise and half and half , only if needed. Mixture should be moldable. — Spray mixing bowl lightly with cooking spray , sized just large enough to hold filling completely to the top. Place potato mixture into bowl, making sure to pack firmly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to fill the tomatoes.
3. Making tulips: Use elongated (oval shape) large grape tomatoes. Cut a tomato crosswise, but not to the very bottom. Remove the flesh out of each tomato and put some salad inside. Sprinkle a little grated egg yolk in center tops. Make the tulip stems out of green onion tops. Add some dill as greenery. Put a bow around your bouquet.


Sauteed Grilled Portobello Mushrooms



It’s probably time that I admitted that I am a terribly picky eater. I probably eat only about 5% of the dishes that I prepare. That being said, it should be no surprise that I don’t like mushrooms . . . but I love, love, love to cook with them! This recipe (from allrecipes.com) is really lovely. The mushrooms are grilled first, and then sautéed with shallots and white wine until reduced. I think that roasting the mushrooms in the oven would be as effective if grilling is not convenient. These mushrooms would be wonderful as either a small plate or a side. The best part was the aroma that filled my house while it was cooking.

(4 Servings)


4 Portobello mushroom caps
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 cup white wine
1. Rub mushrooms with olive oil and place on a grill over high heat, smooth side up. Grill until they start to soften, about 10 minutes. Turn over, and grill on the other side for about 5 minutes. Remove mushrooms from grill and slice.
2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot, and saute for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add mushrooms to the skillet, and increase the heat to high. Cook for about a minute, then pour in the wine. Continue to cook and stirring to deglaze until the wine is nearly evaporated. Remove from heat, and serve.

Roasted Five-Spice Carrots



One of our local restaurants, Lucky 32, purchases locally grown produce daily. The chef has created a self-serve produce stand outside where you can pick up some of their extra fresh vegetables on the honor system. It’s a great way to grab some great items as well as support local growers. I stopped by last week and came away with a couple dozen baby carrots and four beautiful sweet potatoes. Since I’m still stuck on Chinese Five-Spice, I decided to try it out on some roasted carrots (from allrecipes) with great results.

(4-6 Servings)


 7 large carrotspeeled and cut in half lengthwise  20-24 baby carrots, peeled and cut if needed

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

salt to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Cut halved carrots in half again crosswise on the diagonal. Place carrots into a 2-quart baking dish and drizzle with vegetable oil; sprinkle with five-spice powder and salt to taste. Toss lightly to coat carrots with oil and seasoning. Arrange carrots into an even layer.

3. Roast carrots in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; check for tenderness and stir if desired. Continue roasting until tender, 15 to 20 more minutes.


Veggie Dip in Baguette Rounds



Omigosh!! What is not to love about this recipe? It is everything — healthy, tasty, beautiful, and portable. This recipe idea was posted on justapinch.com by the brilliant Pat Duran. I made this for a pool party a year or so ago. It was fun to create and it was very well received by one and all. Not only do you have a portable dip cup for your veggies, but you can eat the bread cup with the remaining dip inside. YUM!

(24 Servings)

1 pkg Knorr vegetable recipe mix
1/2 c mayonnaise
16 oz sour cream
 2 medium baguettes
assorted vegetables, cut up to fit in prepared cups
1.   Combine Knorr mix, mayonnaise, and sour cream in a medium bowl. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before using to allow flavors to blend. Stir before using.
2. Cut baguettes on a slant into 3 inch rounds; scoop out about 2 inched of center of each round leaving about 1/2 to 1 inch wall. I used one of my favorite kitchen tools for this — a grapefruit spoon!  The serrated edges allow you to do  “cut out” the center.  Just take care not to dig too deep. Let set out while dip is chilling to dry out slightly.
3. I chose carrots, celery, red bell pepper, snow peas, and asparagus for my vegetables. I blanched the snow peas and asparagus for just a short minute to bring out the color, but leave them tender-crisp.
4. When ready to assemble place an ample amount of dip in each bread cup and add some of the prepared veggies into the dip in the little cups.

Shaved Asparagus Salad ~ Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette



blog15Lately, my favorite grocery store has been stocking some beautiful asparagus. This is a beautiful, elegant salad that I have been working on; however, it lacks something — it needs dimension. Next time, I think we will add more parmesan shavings, toasted walnuts, and maybe some dried cherries(?). I would like to try to perfect the recipe that I found on epicurious.com. This salad would be so lovely at a dinner party. Any suggestions?

(4 Servings)

12 large asparagus spears (about 1 pound), trimmed and peeled

1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan plus a piece for shaving

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup Eureka Lemon olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper



1. Working with 1 asparagus spear at a time, use a vegetable peeler to shave spears into long, thin shavings. Transfer to a medium bowl (the tips will snap off as spears get thinner; add to bowl). I like to prop my spears on the handle of a large wooden spoon when working with them.

2. Combine grated Parmesan and lemon juice in a small bowl and slowly whisk in oil until well blended. Season vinaigrette generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over shaved asparagus and toss to coat.

3. Divide asparagus salad among plates. Shave more Parmesan over salad

Deviled Egg Salad Sandwich



I had a few leftover deviled eggs from the Beer Simmered Grilled Sausages, and I thought they would be the beginning of a great egg salad sandwich. But, first for the deviled eggs themselves. This is my mom’s basic recipe — again, nothing fancy. Hardboiled eggs, mustard, and Miracle Whip (I guess she was a big fan). I can’t apologize. I got hooked on these at an early age. The secret to a good deviled egg filling is in the blending. I use a pastry blender to work the yolks down to a fine meal and to work in the liquid ingredients. I also like to use the SuperShooter by Hamilton Beach. It is so easy to pipe filling into eggs, pasta, mushroom caps, etc. Of course, top with some Hungarian Paprika.

(2 Servings)


8 deviled eggs

1/8 cup onion, finely chopped

2 T. pickle relish

1/4 t. dill weed



1. Separate the filling from the white of the eggs. If the filling is a bit stiff, thin with a touch of apple cider vinegar.

2. Chop the eggs whites and add the onions and pickle relish. Stir in the filling mixture. Season with dill weed to taste.

3. Serve on toasted bread (I recommend Arnold Sandwich Thins).