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Watermelon Pomegranate Chiller

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Is everyone enjoying the extended Summer this year? Boy, it’s hot out and the last day of Summer was like a week ago or more, I don’t even know anymore. I have watered and watered my lawn but it still looks so dry that people are by now considering me a really careless gardener. The trees were confused for a week about the upcoming Autumn but they seem to be enjoying the Summer as well. Last week-end was too hot though. Some friends suggested going to the park but the others definitively said no because it was crazy hot. We ended up enjoying this Watermelon Chiller late evening in the backyard and went out for dinner. How are you enjoying these bonus Summer days? Share with me, will you?

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End of Summer Peach and Nectarine Galatte

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With the two back to back natural disasters hitting US, the last thing on anyone’s mind is reading a food blog and much less writing it. I was reading the news reports and heard about a Pizza restaurant opening its doors to the displaced Floridians where they can pay what they can or eat on the house. The owner is a National guard member who explained that “when disasters hit, most people want is to sit down in a safe place and a warm meal”. A warm meal can give you the strength and hope to deal with the eventualities. 

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Spinach Salad with Hot and Sweet Walnuts

I do need to apologize to you all for being MIA for the past few weeks. A lot was happening around here. I changed my job recently. I had to transfer literally a ton of files and then there is training for the new work which seems to take forever. I feel like I am kinda settling in and can go back to my passion of cooking new dishes and sharing them with you.  I do want to Thank all my readers who sent emails asking about posts. It’s because of all of you I feel so loved and gives me tremendous encouragement to do what I do.

How was your Easter? Did you do the egg hunt? We had a fabulous time. I am writing that post soon so keep watching that mailbox for an update.

I made the Spinach salad as one of the dishes for the Easter Brunch but even otherwise I have made this literally every week in the past few weeks. This salad is the one that finally got A1 eating spinach. She asks for more. The first time I heard her say that, I had to ask her again what she was saying, it was so unbelievable. 🙂

spinach salad

Ingredients:

Serves 2

  • Spinach about 4 cups  chopped
  • Walnuts 1 cup per person
  • Strawberries ½ cup sliced
  • Mandarin oranges packed in water 2 container
  • Red onion chopped ¼ to ½ cup per taste
  • Cheddar Cheese per taste about ½ cup
  • Maple Syrup 2 Tbsp
  • Cayenne Pepper flakes or Chipotle Pepper powder ¼ tsp or more per taste
  • Cinnamon 1/8 tsp
  • Butter ½ Tbsp

Dressing

  • Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 Tbsp
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 Tbsp
  • Honey ½ Tbsp
  • Salt and Pepper per taste

S2

Directions:

  • For Maple roasted Walnuts, in a small saucepan, on a low flame, roast the Walnuts until fragrant.
  • Add the butter and let it melt.
  • Add Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper and mix quickly.
  • Finally add Maple Syrup and mix. Mixture should be on the flame just for enough time to melt and mix otherwise it will burn.
  • Take off the flame and let it cool.
  • For the dressing, mix all the ingredients with a whisk and keep aside.
  • Chop the Spinach, add onion and mix.
  • Mix the dressing with a Salad. Pour in individual bowls.
  • Top with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Cheese.
  • Finally, top with Walnuts.

Enjoy!!

xoxo

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