*For a recent dinner we hosted, I made a quick dressing for a simple but gorgeous salad of local greens and strawberries: 1/4 c. oil, 2 T. red wine vinegar, 1/4 c. sugar and 1 T. poppy seed. I also made a rhubarb strawberry dessert that received rave reviews. (Isn't it fun when that happens?!)
*My Father's Day attempt to recreate Eric's favorite restaurant was a little less successful. I tried a knockoff recipe of this soup, and though tasty, the flavor did not compare to the original. (This is Eric's opinion--I didn't have any because it contains sausage and bacon.) The bread I made was quite delicious, though! I received this recipe from one of those e-mail recipe exchanges, and can't remember who sent it:
Italian cheese bread
2 1/2 c. flour (I used 2 c. white, 1/2 c. wheat)
1 t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 T. quick-rise yeast
1 c. warm water (120-130 degrees)
1/4 c. Italian salad dressing
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. ground oregano
1/4 t. dried thyme
1 T. grated Parmesan
1 c. shredded mozzarella
In a bowl, combine first six ingredients. Add flour if needed to form soft dough. Knead for 2 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl and let rise for 20 minutes.
Punch the dough down and place on a greased round pizza pan, and pat into a circle. Brush with salad dressing. Combine seasonings and sprinkle on bread. Then top with cheeses. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes.
*I'm hosting my MOPS group later this week and will be making this fabulous dessert (with homemade frosting), served with a delicious "spritzer" we recently tried at a friend's house. To make the beverage, mix equal parts cranberry cocktail and Diet Rite white grape soda in an ice-filled glass. So refreshing!
*I had some French vanilla creamer leftover from my friend Mandi's visit so I did a search on-line for recipes to use it up. I came across this blended coffee drink and it sounded perfect to share with a friend on a 90-degree day. It wasn't amazing--I tweaked it several times, adding coffee and chocolate syrup as the original seemed watery to me, but it was still fun to try.
Whew--that's a lot of new recipes in one week!