Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wordless Wednesday- Carole King Musical - Beautiful

The Carole King Musical, Beautiful, was nothing short of beautifull.

Carole King Playbill
I enjoyed every minute of the story, the songs, and the fabulous cast. 

It is a play worth seeing!

BThe musical

Carole King Musical Photo

Some of Carole King's Songs

And don't forget to stop by the famous Sardis Restaurant for lunch while you are in the neighborhood- you might see a celebrity!!

Bud vase with lilacs
Flowers from my garden in a bud vase that belonged to my mother
Shared on Wordless Wednesday at Beth Fish Reads Wordless Wednesday blog carnivals:
  Wordless Wed on Tuesdays wordless on tuesday http://thesimpleyear.com/, image in ing, ClaireJustine linky  and Saturday snapshot hosted by West Metro Mommy  Create with Joy bethere2day nanahood

Brie with a Fruity Topping


Brie is one of those appetizers that everyone seems to love. 
I don't know about you, but when I entertain I like to make delicious food that is as easy as possible to prepare and serve. It doesn't get easier than brie.  

Brie requires very little preparation and can be made at the last minute. 
It tastes great with fresh fruit, jams, and nuts.

Did you know there are two kinds of brie? 

Both kinds are French but the one made from goats milk is the creamiest type of brie. It has a somewhat salty taste. 

The other is made from cows milk and has a mushroom kind of taste.

Brie is delicious on its own, but a fruit topping can enhance the flavor even more.

Whole Foods Makes a Great Brie Topping - that I made myself

Fig Jam, walnuts, dried cranberries

The other day I was in Whole Foods checking out their brie for my husband's birthday party.
I noticed that in the prepared food case near the big display of olives was some prepared brie appetizer. It was made with fig preserves, chopped walnuts, and dried cranberries. It looked amazing.

I was about to buy a good size expensive piece for the party when my frugal guardian angel whispered in my ear - " you can make it yourself and it will save you money" -

I realized he / she was right- Sitting right out in the open was a jar of fig preserves for $4.99. I had some walnuts and dried cranberries at home.

I made the beautiful topping for the brie myself and it came out great!

It was an easy appetizer that could be served at room temperature with a simple gluten free cracker.

I actually forgot to take a photo of the finished product. This is all I had from a table shot at the end of the pary.
I put a few raspberries on top too- it was after all was cleaned up and a friend was taking it hone the brie who was not gluten free and threw some bread and her shot glass on the plate

This sophisticated appetizer ( which I forgot to photograph) looked amazing, tasted great, and was totally no fuss- Perfect for your next party!

Look for Brie that is labeled Gluten Free
It's a great gluten free choice! However, I usually look for brands like  Alouette brie that are labeled gluten free. 

The cheese part of the brie is no question gluten free- it's the rind very remotely may be grown on spores from wheat. A friend called President Brand and they say their brand is also gluten free although it is not labeled- but check for yourself.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
Serves : one who brie + 

1 small jar of fig spread ( I bought it at Whole Foods)
1/4-1/2  cup of chopped walnuts
1/4-1/2 cup of dried cranberries

Mix the walnuts and dried cranberries into the fig spread. Spread the mixture over the Brie ( depending on the size of your brie, you may have some spread left over. Serve at room temperature.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Salad with Orange Cashew Dressing

This colorful spring salad calls for seasonal dark greens and sweet strawberries and the citrus dressing adds an interesting touch.

Fresh Greens are prevalent in the spring and fall. If you belong to a CSA ( Community Agriculture) or frequent the farmer's markets, a variety of fresh greens should be available right now. 
Otherwise, local supermarkets are usually well stocked.

I like to eat a raw salad for lunch. This one has great eye appeal, lots of crunch, and interesting flavors. It has a wide variety of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. In addition, it adds a nice fiber boost to your day to help you detoxify a little.

I eat this salad with a variety of dressings, but I thought the orange cashew dressing would be a nice dressing to share with this salad. It is light and  delicious and just a tablespoon or two dresses the salad perfectly!

As with any salad, you can add or eliminate ingredients to your liking or use what you have available in the refrigerator. 

Out of strawberries? Substitute grapes, blackberries, or blueberries
Don't have sunflower seeds? Try pumpkin or sesame seeds. 
Can't find dandelion greens? Use baby spinach

A good salad enhances a gluten free meal. Salads don't have to be boring

Author: Judee Algazi of Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: None
Serves : One ( double or triple depending on who you are feeding)

Ingredients: Salad for one

1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of broccoli slaw ( I bought this in the supermarket and it was mixed with carrot and cabbage)
6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 large or 2 medium strawberries sliced
1/4 or 1/2 of an avocado, diced
1 tablespoon of raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of chopped dark greens ( I used dandelion greens- or substitute spinach, kale, or endive)

Ingredients for orange Cashew  Dressing

2  seedless oranges, peeled and squeezed for the juice
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least half hour or more and drained well
1/4 cup of rice vinegar

Directions for the dressing:

Combine the three ingredients in a blender until smooth. Use a Tablespoon on each salad

Linking to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post.