Sunday, July 23, 2017

7 Must Try Salad Dressing Recipes that are Family Favorites

Homemade salad dressing is so quick, easy to make, and delicious that we always make our own. Making our own ensures us that we will know that are made from healthy quality ingredients, and I can be certain that they are gluten free. I've rounded up 7 of our family favorites for you to try.

No chemicals, no additives,,, just good wholesome ingredients.

Homemade salad dressings are not just empty calories, they contain fresh herbs, fruits, and other ingredients that add nourishing enzymes and nutrients.

Over the years, we've experimented with all kinds of flavors. Our basic dressing is usually just freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil. Somedays when we are feeling more adventurous,  take the extra 5 minutes to make a special dressing like one of our seven family favorites below.

We love to add fresh herbs from the garden like basil, mint, and dill. Fresh and amazingly fragrant, they make the dressings not only taste wonderful,  but these gluten free dressings also smell fabulous.

Our fresh ingredient salad dressings add a delicious zing to any salad.

  • Tips on making quick homemade salad dressing
    • Use your Vitamix, Bullet, or blender to make a salad dressing in minutes
    • Use fresh herbs that completely pulverize in a strong blender and add an incredible flavor
    • Use balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or fresh lemon juice
    • Use olive oil or coconut oil or simply blend in an avocado
    • There are no chemicals 
    • It hasn't been sitting on a shelf for a year
    • It's tastier
    • You control the amount  and type of oil you want to use in the recipe
Homemade salad dressing can bring out the best of any salad! Whether you prefer a fruity dressing or a savory dressing, I'm sure you will find one in our favorites! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday- Whale Watching

I'm getting on the Wordless Wednesday bandwagon.

There are bloggers who post photos every Wednesday.

I find myself enjoying their photos of places they have visited, their hometown photos, food, outfits, family gatherings etc. -

I recently went to Cape Cod and took a ton of photos. Since it's Wordless Wednesday, I'm going to share a few of  them with you today.

Le me just say that it was a magical day!!

Whale Watching Cruise from Hyannis, Massachusetts in Cape Cod

looking for whales on a misty day in our friend's Noreen and Avi's raincoats

Monday, July 17, 2017

Papaya and Blueberries Make a Beautiful Fruit Cup

I was having company for dinner the other night and blueberries and papayas were in season.
So I decided to forgo the typical fruit salad that I usually make and instead make a dessert using only the two fruits.

Their complementary colors presented a brilliant contrast that was lovely and appealing . My summer dessert was very extremely easy to make, made a beautiful presentation, and was simply delicious. Of course it was naturally gluten free and vegan as well.

When I served it, I sliced a 2 inch thick piece for each person . Some fresh whipped would make it divine.

We ate it with a fork and knife.
Actually the skin and seeds are edible, but I don't know how good they taste.

I Live Near The Blueberry Capital of the World

We live about an hour from Hammonton, New Jersey which is nicknamed " the blueberry capital of the world." (Google it)  Hammonton is located on the way to the Jersey shore where there over 250 blueberry farms on 8,000 acres of sandy soil.

blueberry bushes 

It wasn't always that way. Fifty years ago, the farms were smaller and served mostly local markets.

However, today I understand that most of our local berries are now contracted to Driscoll.
So, no matter where you live you may very well be eating our local berries.

Years ago when my two sister in laws were still teenagers, I took them blueberry picking on a pick your own farm in Hammonton, NJ .

After picking ( and tasting) for about three hours in the vast sea of blueberry bushes, we went home with quite a haul.

We froze most of them, ate many of them, and made a few batches of blueberry muffins. It was a fun but exhausting. It was the one and only time I picked blueberries.

My dessert reminded me of my blueberry adventures.

Since blueberries are in season, why not make this simple dessert. It's naturally gluten free, low in calories, and rich in appeal.

Remove the seeds from the papaya

I sliced the papaya in two lengthwise and scooped out the waxy round black seeds from the core of the papaya and was left with a large long cavity. I filled it with blueberries.

I placed both the papaya and the blueberries in the refrigerator to chill.

My Notes:
Papaya tastes great with freshly squeezed lime..
Papayas from Hawaii are GMO ( their flesh is yellow)
Papayas from Mexico and Belieze usually are not GMO ( these have a more orange flesh)

How to Freeze Blueberries
Blueberries freeze really well and it's very easy to freeze them.
Simply wash them, dry them well, place them in ziploc freezer bags and freeze them.
Be sure to dry them well so they will not stick together.
Use the frozen berries for smoothies, muffins, pancakes, etc.

I usually freeze them when they are on sale,or whenever I can get organic blueberries at at reasonable price

How to Select a Papaya
Papaya are an extremely nutritious fruit. However, most papayas that come from Hawaii are genetically modified ( GMO) they have yellow fruit inside -
try to look for papayas that come from Mexico or Belieze which are usually not GMO- often called Caribbean Reds and Maradol- they look orange inside.
I found  an article online that explains more about safe Papayas 

I also found this Youtube that explain how to select a papaya when it's ripe- he talks about the Hawaiian variety (which will be GMO- he doesn't mention that) but he also explains about the Caribbean variety and how to identify it ( which is the non gmo type)