Posts Tagged Winter Recipes
Well it’s Holiday season and to me, nothing says holiday appetizer like Rosemary Cashews. My good friend Velda came to a Christmas party at my home several years ago and enlightened me as to the wonderfully unique flavor these cashews have as well as how simple they are to make. The rosemary adds a flavor like nothing else, and then you add to that, the saltiness and the slight kick from the ceyenne pepper and WOW! Thank you Velda . . . your legacy lives on!
Let’s make Rosemary Cashews!
PREP: 5 MINUTES
ROASTING TIME: 5 MINUTES
OVEN TEMP: 350 DEGREES
SERVES: 5 TO 10
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 Spread cashews out on a pan or cookie sheet
3 Toast in the oven until warm, about 5 minutes
4 In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and butter.
5 Thoroughly toss the warm cashews with the spiced butter
6 Serve warm
Wasn’t that easy?! Be sure you have this recipe handy when you serve these lest your guests will stalk you to get it!
As always, thank you for reading and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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By now you are probably detecting a theme in my favorite salads and that is that they generally contain fruit of some sort, nuts and cheese. I think the reason is that these types of salads will go with just about anything. They are light enough to be refreshing in hot weather, but with the nuts and cheese, they have plenty of protein and so will stay with you. We prepared the Irish Flag Salad at our March cooking class at The Lark Inn and everyone loved it! Another theme with my favorite salads . . . they are simple to make as is this one! Let’s make an Irish Flag Salad!
IRISH FLAG SALAD
PREP: 20 MINUTES
- 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
- 2 medium pears, thinly sliced
- 2 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
- 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Divide spinach among four plates; top with pears, oranges, cheese & pistachios
**This salad features green spinach, orange fruit and white cheese, mimicking the colors in the national flag of Ireland.
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This is one of my favorite fruit salads because it is easy and quick to prepare and . . . is perfect anytime. Because of the berry fruit, it is very light but the balsamic dressing adds just enough body for it to hold it;s own in cold weather as well.
PREP: 15 MINUTES
3 TABLESPOONS BALSAMIC VINEGAR
2 TABLESPOONS AGAVE NECTAR OR HONEY
KOSHER SALT AND FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER
1 POUND STRAWBERRIES, HULLED AND QUARTERED
1 PINT BLACKBERRIES
1 LARGE SPRIG MINT, LEAVES ROUGHLY TORN
- 1. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, cardamom, a pinch of salt and a few generous grinds of pepper in a medium bowl.
- 2. Tumble in the strawberries and blackberries, sprinkle the mint over them and gently toss, being careful not to bruise the berries. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your palate.
I introduced this Winter Fruit Salad at my “Fall Harvest” cooking class. the combination of fruits and spices is perfect for anytime . . . but especially cold weather. Though it is served cool, at room temperature, it’s savory blend of flavors will warm you up on any winter day.
This is very light, simple to prepare and is perfect to serve with a heavier meals. Another option is desert. I love this so much that I serve it as a appetiser or as a stand-alone dessert.
WINTER FRUIT SALAD
PREP: 15 MINUTES
SERVES – 8 MINUTES
3 TABLESPOONS PACKED BROWN SUGAR
1 TABLESPOON GRATED LEMON ZEST
2 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE
1 TEASPOON GROUND ALLSPICE
3 BRAEBURN APPLES, LARGE DICE
2 CUPS FRESH CUBED PINEAPPLE
2 BOSC PEARS, LARGE DICE
½ CUP CURRANTS
¼ CUP SLICED ALMONDS
Combine the brown sugar, lemon zest and juice, and allspice in a large bowl. Add the apples, pineapple, pears, and currants; toss to coat. Sprinkle with almonds.
Note: Cover and refrigerate the salad up to 2 hours in advance, but don’t sprinkle it with the almonds until just before serving.
This is very light and is perfect to serve with a heavier meals. Another option is desert. I love this so much that I serve it as a appetiser or as a stand-alone dessert.
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