Archive for ‘Appetizers’

May 30, 2011

Braised Artichokes (a little How-to)

This week grocery shopping, I decided to part with my usual organized self and go without a list. I know, right? Scary.  I am not abandoning my usually weekly menu planning, I am just doing it a little backwards. I decided to go to the store and pick out the things that looked good, were in season or, in some cases, more affordable (let’s admit that has to be considered more and more these days).

The one thing I knew was that I wanted to make a new artichoke dish, and lucky for me artichokes are in season and they looked good. Making artichokes usually means bringing a pot of water to a boil, then cooking the artichokes for 45 minutes to an hour.  Not this dish.  Braising artichokes does not require boiling water or cooking for a long period of time.  Braising brings out amazing flavor that puts the artichokes over the top. Butter and mayonnaise, no need! Save those calories and grams of fat but get a punch of flavor.

First, how to prepare an artichoke… (on my blog I have some step-by-step photos and my wonderful friend Tara helped me – thank you!).

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1. Cut about 1/3 off the top of the artichoke.

2. Cut the stem leaving about 1/2 inch or so on the bottom.

3. Peel off the tough outer leaves. Peel the leaf bending it back and the good part at the bottom of the leaf will stay on while the inedible part will come right off.

4. Snip off the tip of the remaining leaves, to remove the thistles.

5. With a pairing knife trim off the outer portions of the stem and the tough/stringy green part left by the leaves you peeled.

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6. Now turn the artichoke on its top and quarter the artichoke.

7. On the heart is a line where the little hairs start to form. Following that line cut toward the leaves and cut out all the hairs along with the bloom in the center. (that inner part will bloom into a thistle flower if left on the bush).

8. Place the quartered artichokes in a bowl of lemon water to help stop the browning while you cut the rest of your artichokes

To prepare an artichoke whole, stop at Step 5 and steam or boil your artichokes.  Also you could use a spoon to dig out the middle bloom and hairs, then stuff the artichoke with a cheese bread crumb mixture, or a mixture of your favorite herbs and butter.

BRAISED ARTICHOKES

4 artichokes (1 per person)

2 scallions, minced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup white wine

1/4 cup water

salt and pepper

(add-ins: chopped kalamata olives, herbs de Provence, capers, tomatoes, a mixture of your favorite herbs, thyme, basil, oregano.)

Prepare your artichokes, and quarter them.

In a heavy skillet heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté the shallots for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté until translucent.

Add the quartered artichokes and sauté for 5 minutes.

Reduce the heat to Medium-low and add the wine and water. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes, until the artichokes are soft and a leaf pulls off easily. I like to brown the artichokes up a bit at this point.

I like to serve this with crusty basil-garlic bread or as a side dish to grilled pork chops or chicken.

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May 16, 2011

Ratatouille Pizza

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We (my daughter and I) call this pizza the sunshine pizza. It’s so bright and happy and with the roasted marinated peppers as rays of a sun.  This recipe for pizza dough, though, is the bomb. Definitely the best I found. This weekend I got a great opportunity to help out with a catering event. It was a lot of fun and I learned so much in such a short amount of time.  Thanks Anne, it was awesome! (visit her site@ http://annewilesgourmet.com/). There was so much great food! In particular, Anne had set up a grilled pizza station for guests to top their own pizzas. We finished them off on the grill. Such a yummy, fun idea!

So now my inspiration kicked in for this fantastic ratatouille pizza.  I originally saw this idea on www.morethanamouthfull.com. I must say I am not a big fan of eggplant, as much as I want to be, it’s just on the “ok” list for me. But on this pizza it is pretty fantastic mixed with the squash, red onion, peppers and fresh mozz and basil! Perfecto!

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Dough (by Marcy Goldman)

1 1/2 cup warm water

2 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast

2 tsp sugar (or honey or agave)

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

2-3 cups bread flour

Olive oil for brushing the pans and dough.

In a stand mixer. Mix the water and yeast and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the sugar, salt, oil, cornmeal, all-purpose flour and 2 cups of bread flour and mix to make a soft mass.  Knead with the dough hook on the slowest speed of the mixer, dusting in additional flour as required to form a soft, elastic dough, about 5 to 8 minutes.  Form dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until almost doubled, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Gently deflate the dough, cover and allow to rest an additional 15 minutes.

Gently deflate the dough.  Press or roll out dough to fit prepared pizza pans.

If dough resists or otherwise retracts, let it rest for a few minutes, then gently coax it to fit pan.  Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top of dough.

Preheat oven to 425 F.

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Thinly slice a yellow squash, Japanese eggplant (it’s closer in size to the yellow squash) and red onion. Slice roasted peppers into thin strips and dice some sun dried tomatoes (you can use fresh thin sliced tomato and layer it with the eggplant and squash.

Brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle some fresh oregano, or brush with a garlicky cream sauce.  Leaving about an inch from the edge of the crust alternate the eggplant and squash (tomato too if you are using fresh) once around. This is where my daughter got excited saying “hey, it’s a pattern!” Next layer some onion slices. Now alternate another layer of eggplant and squash until the pizza is completely covered. Lay the slices of peppers, we liked the sun pattern, you can do whatever way you’d like. Sprinkle a mixture of your favorite cheeses or mix and top with fresh mozzarella, basil and salt and pepper.

Bake 15 minutes, and then reduce heat to 400 F.  Bake another 15 – 20 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly brown.

Or cook your pizza on the grill – 450-500 degrees and cook the pizza on both sides just a little. Dress your pizza with toppings and then finish it off on the grill until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden.

April 21, 2011

Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

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This recipe came from Cooking Light May 2011 Issue. I don’t know about you but I think Cooking Light always has the prettiest food! Full of color  and rustic backgrounds. I am really starting to like that magazine. Especially after this recipe. (Since I’m not as “healthy” as Cooking Light I added a little more oil (originally 2 teaspoons) and bumped the cinnamon sugar mixture (originally 2 teaspoons of sugar – I don’t know how you are supposed to cover 6 tortillas with that!) At the same time, I did not go overboard and lightly sugared and oiled the tortillas.

1 Tablespoon Canola oil
6 whole wheat tortillas
Cinnamon and sugar (I always keep this mixture on hand for cinnamon toast or cookies so if you don’t use it all you can save it for something else!)
2 ripe finely chopped and peeled avocados
1 cup finely diced strawberries (all the same size)
2 Tablespoons minced cilantro
1 teaspoon finely diced, seeded jalapenos
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3/8 teaspoon salt

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • To prepare chips, brush oil evenly over one side of each tortilla. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle a little evenly over the oil-coated sides of the tortillas.
  • Cut each tortilla into 12 wedges (I used a fluted pastry cutter to make the chips more fancy); arrange wedges in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until crisp.
  • Combine avocado and remaining ingredients; stir gently to combine.

Serve with chips. Enjoy~

April 14, 2011

Seared Ahi w/Mixed Greens

This post will, by far, be the shortest post.  That’s how easy it is.

Seared Ahi

I made this for Appetizer Extravaganza! for Shawnee’s birthday (with zebra cheesecake).

Not having a lot of experience with making sushi or serving rare fish I am very cautious. I’m not confident with the freshness of fish at the grocery store, so I will start by telling you I called in a favor to a friend who owns a restaurant.  So if you know your source and the freshness of your fish you’re good (Or if you are lucky and fortunate enough to have a friend like I do!)

On with the recipe!

6-8oz of Ahi per person

sesame seeds (regular and black)

1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper

salt and pepper

On a plate evenly spread the sesame seeds, red pepper, salt and pepper.

Dip all sides of each piece of fish in the sesame seed mixture.

Heat a grill pan over high heat, spray with a thin coat of oil.

Sear the Ahi 2 minutes on each side (watch out the sesame seeds started popping everywhere).

Slice thinly and lay on a bed of greens. I served this with Sriracha chili sauce and soy sauce because we all liked it simple.

Enjoy!

February 6, 2011

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meyer lemons are one of my favorites fruits, sweeter than traditional store-bought lemons with a floral smell to them. As my daughter explained, they smell like a flower. Fortunately, for me, my friend Charlie had some Meyer Lemons to share with me. Thank you Charlie! (Your marmalade is on it’s way!)

This recipe is from Simply Recipes. This is my first attempt at marmalade – mind you, I have never made jam or jelly before. Going into it I knew making marmalade would be a process and during the process I wished I had taken one of Linda’s canning/jam classes to boost my confidence. Nonetheless, here I am winging it on my own, recipe in hand, and pruned fingers (from preparing the lemons). Preparing the fruit took a lot longer than I anticipated. Throughout the whole process I was feeling a little unsure of my skills – and I was hoping I didn’t just waste 2 1/2 pounds of Meyer lemons.

  • 2 1/2 lbs of Meyer lemons (about 9 lemons)
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups granulated sugar

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You will need to go through the long process of cutting the lemons in half, then quarter each half. Peel off any of the membrane that is easy to get to, cut off the pith from the middle of the lemon, and remove any seeds setting all this aside to use to make pectin. Once you clean out the membranes, pith and seeds, slice the quarters into thin pieces of lemon (think how big of a piece of fruit you would want to eat). (Note: the portion of lemon segments to water to sugar is 1:1:1 so weigh your lemons)

FIRST STAGE OF COOKING

Place the seeds, pith, and membranes in a double layer of cheese cloth, tie it up into a bag to become pectin. Place the lemons, water, and pectin bag in a pot.

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This is the first stage of cooking. Bring the water to a boil on medium high heat. Cook the lemons until they are softened. 25-35 minutes. Test one of the lemons make sure they are soft and not the least bit chewy. Any chewiness and you need to cook them a bit longer.

Remove the pot from the heat, and remove the pectin bag to a bowl to cool until it is cool enough to touch. Squeeze the pectin from the bag and add it to the lemon mixture.

SECOND STAGE OF COOKING

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This is is the second and final stage of cooking – add the sugar to the lemon mixture and turn the heat back on to about medium-high and bring the mixture to a rapid boil. This is the stage where you have to be very careful not to have the heat up too high so the fruit doesn’t burn. Also, be careful not to over cook the marmalade otherwise you get a gooey marmalade instead of a jelly one – that is how mine came out – more gooey than I wanted.

The marmalade may take anywhere between 20-35 minutes at this point. After about 15 minutes start checking it often. I put 3 or 4 spoons in the freezer and had them read to check.

If you put the jelly mixture on the spoon and it spreads out and thins immediately it is not done yet. If it holds it shape when it hits the spoon and then wrinkles a little when you push it with your finger that means you are good to go! Remove the pan from the heat.

CANNING

Make sure you have some glass canning jars.

I washed all my lids and jars in the dishwasher and when they were done washing I put the jars on the cookie sheet and put them in a 200°F oven while my marmalade was in the second stage of cooking. (they should be in there at least 10 minutes before using).

Using a ladle (to ensure you have evenly dispersed lemons) pour the marmalade into the jars, leaving about 1/4” head space in the jar for a vacuum seal. Making sure your lids are dry and you wipe the rim of the jar clean with a towel or wet paper towel. Place the lids on your marmalade and let sit out on the counter overnight.

You will hear “pop” sounds as the vacuum seal is created.

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Makes 6-8 half-pint jars.

In the end, some were impressed but I did not like the marmalade as much as I hoped I would. A friend had some Blue Chair Jam, Lemon Marmalade that I tried and I did not much like that one either. There is a particular taste that I do not care for that I tasted in both my and the Blue Chair version– but you may love this! It sure does look pretty though!

January 25, 2011

Cornflake Crusted Chicken Tenders

So my dinner menu had to be changed a bit this week – the whole chicken I bought was no good. My garage fridge may have had something to do with it. So I am going to have to push out the chicken noodle soup to later in the week. For tonight I made the cornflake chicken strips (pictured below with garlic potato wedges).

Most often to get crispy chicken strips, they are fried and unhealthy, and while they are oh so good, they aren’t something you can eat all that often. And any you buy in the store, or even at restaurants,  are full of preservatives or pressed chicken – ick! But it is probably one of the things most kids opt for when out to dinner. I know chicken strips are one of my daughter’s favorites so I knew I wanted to make a good crunchy homemade version, full of flavor and not bland covered in flour that is not well seasoned.  Cornflakes are a great coating for chicken and keep crunchy when you bake them.   As with fried chicken season the coating generously with spices and salt and pepper, otherwise your coating will be bland.

1 pound of chicken breasts or tenders
1/3 c. parmesan
1 1/2 c. finely crushed plain cornflakes cereal (or ½ c. bread crumbs and ½ c. cornmeal)
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 eggs
4T. melted butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.

Put the cornflakes in a plastic bag and press out all the air and seal the bag. Then toss the bag on the floor and step on it until the flakes are good and crushed (you can use a rolling pin or food processor too). Mix together the flakes, flour, onion and garlic powder and season generously with salt and pepper.

Mix butter and eggs. Slice chicken breasts into thin slices (or using tenders) and coat with the egg mixture then dip the chicken in the cornflake mixture.

Place the chicken on the baking sheet and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

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December 25, 2010

Mexican-style Shrimp Cocktail

Inspired by my recent trip to Monterey, CA and more specifically eating at the Old Fisherman’s Grotto on the Monterey Wharf.

Exploring Monterey means not only visiting the sights at Cannery Row and Carmel not only hearing the sounds and feeling the sea air by the sandy beaches, but you will also notice the smells of food everywhere you go. If I had to sum up what Monterey smells like I really only remember smelling food everywhere, occasionally you get to smell some salty sea air, occasionally…The walk down the Wharf is pretty much window shopping for the perfect restaurant. You have clam chowder samples being thrown at you left and right, fresh seafood in open air delis. I wanted to eat something from each place, but my stomach wasn’t big enough. Clam chowder and fish and chips are all phenomenal. But I tried this mexican style shrimp cocktail and that is what impressed me the most. It’s like salsa, avocado and shrimp with some cocktail sauce…wow! It was so fresh tasting, with a hint of spicy chilies. Very impressive. I knew I had to try making my own version.  I hope you enjoy, please let me know of any suggestions you might have.

 

1 lb cooked peeled shrimp (41-50ct)

2 tomatoes, diced

1/2 bunch cilantro coarsely chopped

1 jalapeno finely diced

4 green onions

1-11.5oz can tomato juice

1 T horseradish

1 tsp sugar

salt and black pepper

1T olive oil

Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning

1 lime, juiced

1 ripe avocado

Dice the tomatoes, chop the cilantro, finely dice the jalapeno and slice the green onions. Toss together with the shrimp in a large bowl.

In a smaller bowl, mix the tomato sauce, horseradish, sugar, salt and pepper. Add more or less horseradish for more or less heat. Sprinkle the old bay seasoning and mix again.

Pour the cocktail sauce over the shrimp mixture and stir until combined. Leave in the fridge overnight to meld the flavors.

before serving squeeze the lime over the shrimp cocktail and dice the avocado and stir in.

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Serve with tortilla chips.

December 16, 2010

Think Pink Potluck

Each year at the law firm I work at, we get together and have an annual Think Pink fundraiser. The fundraiser is held to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  This cause is near and dear to me. Breast cancer runs in my family genetics. My grandmother, aunt, and my grandmother’s niece have all been diagnosed with breast cancer in their lives. Luckily, and thanks to all the research and attention breast cancer has received, all three survived breast cancer. Now my grandmother is no longer with us, but she was diagnosed in the 70’s with breast cancer and even back then, with less resources than we have now she survived!  Susan G. Komen is a fantastic foundation and I am very proud that my employer supports such a terrific cause.

Now I know I am a few months late, but I still wanted to get this posted on the blog because being healthy and teaching people healthier eating habits is very important. Everyone in the office came up with very creative and yummy dishes incorporating “superfoods.” On our potluck sign up sheet we listed “superfood” items with a breif explanation of what is “super” about the particular ingredient. The ingredients each have a property that helps our bodies fight against cancer – from breast cancer to prostate cancer – and many harmful diseases and environmental pollutants.  These foods are just plain good for you (although some of these recipes below may not be ALL good for you, but they do contain some foods that are very good for you).  Below are some photos and descriptions of the items that were served at our Think Pink Fundraiser. My recipes are included below.

Coconut Cupcakes

COCONUT – high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It’s oil is has been described as one of the “healthiest oils on the earth.”

 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 package of instant vanilla pudding (only the powder)
1- 13oz can unsweetened coconut milk
¼ c. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 c. room temperature butter
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs 
½ – 14oz bag of sweetened shredded coconut.Preheat oven to 350°Toast the shredded coconut until browned about 8-10 minutes. Spread out on a sheet of wax paper to cool.Whisk together flour, baking powder, pudding powder and salt. With an electric mixer in a large bowl combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time allowing each to incorporate well before moving on to the next ingredient. Incorporate the dry ingredients and coconut milk by alternating – half of the dry ingredients and half of the coconut milk. Use a small ice cream scoop for the cupcake batter. It makes the perfect size cupcakes. Bake for 18 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. 

 

 

 

Frosting Recipe   1/2 cup shortening (used the Crisco stick because it’s easier to measure)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) – room temperature
4 cups confectioners sugar
2-4 T. coconut milk (just the creamy top portion of the canned coconut milk)
1 T. vanilla extract

In a stand mixer, beat the shortening and butter together, add the vanilla extract.  Incorporate the sugar gradually – 1c. at a time. Once sugar is incorporated (it will look dry) add the coconut milk 1 T. at a time until you get the consistency you like. It will be about 3T for a medium consistency.Cover with a wet cloth while not in use, or place in the fridge if you plan on using it much later.

 

Deviled Eggs

EGGS – one study showed that women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%

Shrimp with Spicy Chili Sauce

 SHRIMP – contain selenium , an antioxidant which some studies link to the prevention of cancer.

Bacon Wrapped dates and almonds with balsamic reduction (aka “bacon balls”)

ALMONDS –  also contain selenium ,  and they help heart health.

Caprese Salad

TOMATOES – contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant

1lb roma tomatoes

1 pkg fresh mozzerella

1 bunch of basil

Olive Oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper

Thinly slice the mozzerella, slice tomatoes 1/4 inch thick. Lay mozzerella on a plate, top with basil leaf and a tomato. Drizzle balsamic dressing over the salad. Serve!

Walnut Torte

WALNUTS – some studies indicate that walnuts positively impact heart health, bone health, diabetes and weight management.

Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad

KALE – contains sulforaphane, which some studies have shown to have anti-cancer properties. Also Indole-3-carbinol which some studies have show to help repair damaged cells.

This recipe came from Food and Wine magazine, the Thanksgiving issue. I wasn’t unsure about Kale, as I had never tried it and was under the impression it was a green that should be cooked. But after trying some in the store it reminded me a lot of broccoli. The strong flavor of Kale with the sweet apple, salty pancetta and the tangy dressing mix so well with one another! This salad went over very well even with the threat of KALE.

2c. pecans

1/2c. confectioners’ sugar

1/2tsp cayenne pepper

Kosher salt

1/4c extra-virgin olive oil

6 oz thickly sliced pancetta, finely diced

1/4c. white wine

2Tbsp caper brine (from a jar of capers)

3Tbsp maple syrup

Freshly ground black pepper

2 granny Smith Apples, cut into matchsticks

1 large head radicchio, shredded

one 8-oz bunch of kale, finely shredded

3Tbsp snipped chives

1Tbsp chopped tarragon

2 oz. shaved pecorino

1.     Preheat the oven to 350°. In a bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, cayenne pepper and 1 1/2 tsp salt. In a sieve rinsk the pecans in water and strain completely.  Add the pecans to the sugar mixture and toss. In a sieve shake off the excess coating.  Arrange pecans on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the sugar is lightly caramelized and the pcans are golden.

2.     In a skillet, heat the oil with th pancetta and cook until the pancetta is browned, about 6 minutes.  Strain the pan drippings into a large bowl; whisk in te vinegar, caper brine and maple syrup. Season the dressig with salt and pepper.

3.     Toss the apples, radicchio, kale, chives, tarragon and dressing. Top with pecorino.

NOTE: I did not use radicchio, I couldn’t find anything in my local grocery stores that looked good.

October 3, 2010

Meatballs

Meatballs in Vodka Sauce

Homemade meatballs are pretty easy to make. I think people are intimidated thinking the process of cooking meatballs will be involved and take a long time. However, they are much easier and more approachable than you think!  Also, I just cannot bring myself to buy the frozen meatballs in the freezer section, they are filled with so many preservatives and high in sodium and probably start with highly processed meat. Unnecessary in my opinion, and homemade meatballs taste so much better! I’ve made these meatballs for sandwiches, fondue parties, spaghetti, ravioli. You can even use them for the sweet and spicy meatballs you see at potlucks, mix them with some barbeque sauce, or sweet and sour appetizer…the possibilities are endless!

 This recipe is easy enough for weeknight cooking with the indulgence of homemade comfort food!

1lb ground beef
1 lb mild Italian sausage (not in casings)
1T Herbs de Provence (or dried basil and oregano)
1 egg, beaten
½ c. bread, torn (can also use bread crumbs, finely crushed crackers)
¼ c heavy cream
¼ c. parmesan
1/8 t. nutmeg
S&P

TEAR up bread into small pieces and pour cream over bread. Meanwhile, crumble ground beef and sausage in a large bowl. Add herbs, bread, and parmesan. Whisk egg lightly and add. Toss meatball mixture to make sure ingredients are spread throughout meat.  Do not over work otherwise the meat will be tough.

PREHEAT oven 400 degrees.

ROLL meatballs into a bite-sized balls. Add to a cast iron skillet and brown all sides. Move skillet to oven and finish in the oven 15 min. (Can also place on a baking sheet if all the meatballs don’t fit in one pan or if you don’t have a oven safe skillet).

Serve as an appetizer with dipping sauce, or with pasta and an italian sauce sauce (Vodka Sauce).

September 9, 2010

Guacamole and Mediterranean Salsa

My first “official” gig in which I wasn’t making food for an event I was planning myself. I was asked to make a few dips for a party of about 40 people.

I was a little scared at first, not knowing how much food to estimate or how much time I would need to make that amount of food. How to keep the guacamole from turning color. Things that I did not ever put too much worry into. I guess when you are making food for someone else’s event it is just more stressful. Probably questions everyone asks when they first start making large quantities of food for OTHER people! It was not as bad as I anticipated! Whew!

It was a fun and exciting new challenge and hope I get the opportunity to do this more often! I love to feed people’s bellies so this was a privilege for me!

Here is what I made:

Guacamole – this recipe is on my site already, but I’ve updated it with a photo

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Next was Mediterranean Salsa which in a previous blog I promised quite some time ago…sorry for the delay! This recipe doesn’t make enough for 40 it makes enough for probably a crowd of 15 or so.

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Mediterranean Salsa

1 lb. tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 English (seedless) cucumber, diced

1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped

2 sprigs of mint, finely chopped

3 green onions, thinly sliced in rounds

juice of  1/2 lemon

1 clove of garlic

3T olive oil

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 c. feta cheese

Toss the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil and salt. Pour over tomato and cucumber mixture and toss.

Serve with Pita chips or toasted Lavash Chips.