Recipes of the week

Monday, January 14, 2013

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha... And by "Marsha," I mean "Salad." Here are a few of my yummy, delectable, tasty favorites:

emoticon Harvest Salad - Spring mix lettuce*, dried cranberries or cherries, chopped apple, blue cheese crumbles (optional), candied pecans (I prefer to make my own - recipe to follow), red wine vinaigrette.

*I find cleaning and chopping lettuce to be just too much effort, my corner cutting splurge is the pre-cleaned grab and go convenience salad, a real time saver!!

emoticon Candied Pecans - Pecans and sugar in a pan. That's it! There are many recipes out there and many of them are for the oven, for whatever reason I prefer the stovetop method. I would guess that I use about a 1/4 sugar for 1lb of pecans in a large pan over medium heat. Once the sugar starts to melt, keep stirring to avoid burning the pecans. It's going to eventually become very sticky and really freaking hot (if one falls out of the pan, no touch!!!). Once the pecans are a lovely darker hue, pour the molten nutty goo out onto a plastic cutting board or wax paper to cool. After about a half hour, you can bust up the formerly gooey, now hardened chunks. Store in a ziplock and use as needed (PRN for those of you keeping up with the foreign language we speak in the medical world.) Use on salads or a quick sweet snack. Stores up to a month, maybe longer. I've never had any last longer than a few weeks (or a few hours if my husband gets his hands on them...)

emoticon Cabbage Apple Slaw - this one is a personal concoction I created based on numerous recipes. Cabbage of your choosing (one head red, one head green = about 2 gallons of shredded cabbage - BEWARE!). 1/2 Thinly sliced apple (save the rest for dessert!). A handful of grapes (halved if large grapes). Raisins, craisins, or some variety of dried fruit. Toasted almonds (almonds + pan, stir for a few minutes until darkened. done.) Toss with red wine vinaigrette. Eat.

A second more savory version of the cabbage slaw... Shredded cabbage, thinly sliced apple, toasted almonds, some onion (thinly sliced), shredded baked chicken breast, balsamic vinaigrette. Pretty tasty...

emoticon Dessert: Not your typical fruit salad....
My recent obsession is plain greek yogurt. The opportunities are endless!! My quick version for work is yogurt, a little honey, topped with fruit. Easy. Boring. Yet satisfying and delish! But if you looking for something with some pizzazz (and let me tell you, you want the pizzazz)... Take a cup of greek yogurt, add a pinch or two of brown sugar, a dash of vanilla, and a dash of nutmeg. Mix mix mix. Add chopped apples, bananas, etc. mix mix mix. Eat. Then make the recipe for your family and take all the credit. No offense will be taken as long as you send a little secret "thank you" my way. :)

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