Sunday, March 20, 2016

Kale Salad

You never know where your next inspiration will come from. One evening I stopped by our local WM to pick up a few items. I was rolling through the produce section, heading for the deli to get my hands on some proscuitto when lo and behold I saw this incredible looking salad in the deli section. I immediately bought a small bowl to see if it tasted as pretty as it looked.

This isn't an exact replica of what I bought but this is what I made a couple of days later. I have cooked with kale, but have never used it as a lettuce substitute in a salad. It's a really hearty leaf. When you eat it, it's not watery like iceberg lettuce and a slightly more substantial than Romaine. I could have been my imagination, but it seemed to be more filling. As better fruit produce is available, I'll be substituting the dried blueberries with fresh and experimenting with different viniagrettes. I didn't measure what I mixed, but tried to get a nice blend of a little bit of everything in every bite.

1 bunch of Kale
Mixed, dried berries (cherries, blueberries and cranberries)
Match stick carrots
Sliced almonds
Pine nuts
Small purple onion
Raspberry viniagrette
 Remove the stem from the kale and chop.
 Rinse the chopped kale and drain very well. There's a lot of hiding places for water, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time for draining.
 In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. Add viniagrette and toss with tongs until all is well coated. 
Refrigerate and let chill for at least an hour before eating.
Add additional dressing, if desired, when served.

Orange Sherbet Mimosas

One of my favorite "girlfriend" or brunch drinks is a Mimosa. The things I don't like about them are: I never get enough opportunities to fix them and when I do I get heartburn from the orange juice.

Right before Thanksgiving, I was thinking about the different kinds of punch I could mix up when I came across a picture that caught my eye on the Sassy N Simple Facebook page. It was a picture of pretty wineglasses each filled with a big scoop of orange sherbet and sparkling champagne being poured on of the top of the orange ball of yummy.

At the same time I found an apple cider mimosa recipe. So a discussion came up amongst myself and a few friends and we decided to taste test the orange sherbet version. I didn't have champagne, but I did have a bottle of Proseco and Asti to lend to the experiment. Since this was a test, we didn't break out the fancy wine glasses, but opted for some styro cups to help the sherbet stay nice and chilled.

SUCCESS! No heartburn and the flavor was quite divine. Girls, summer is just around the corner! Here is a beverage you can enjoy in the heat of the day whether you're at a picnic, waterside or just hanging out on the deck.

Sassy N Simple Community

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Welcome Spring 2016!

I sat with a  follower of Man, That Stuff is Good!, Dianne K., at a Ladies Night Bingo event our husbands' employer hosts every year the other night. She let me know I needed to update the au gratin recipe on the front page. I can't say I disagree. LOL!

Sorry folks, winter time has turned into work time. If you've ever been to Tennessee, you know you will experience every season in the winter, sometimes all in one week. I caught this "Busy Bee" who was enjoying the beautiful "buttercups" blooming everywhere last weekend!

I've been a little behind, as usual, but I have not stopped trying new recipes. I've got a stockpile building and I will probably overwhelm you! Who am I kidding? The sun is shining....finally! 
We're headed to the river to work on dock repairs while the water is low, low, low! 
In a few weeks the opportunity will have passed until next fall. We've got to work while the getting is good.