Grilled Corn and Summer Fruit Salad

With these hot summer days, using the stove and oven are not an option around here.  This easy and refreshing summer salad features corn grilled on the barbeque.

DSC01861Ingredients:

1-2 ears of corn

1 nectarine or peeled peach

1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

DSC01853Grill the corn on the barbeque, then cut off the cob.  Slice nectarine and strawberries.

DSC01854Add all the ingredients to a salad bowl, then tear the basil leaves in.

DSC01855Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

DSC01860Add dressing over salad and toss gently.  Serve

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

Here is an easy summer salad.  You can grill it on a pannini, put it in a pita pocket or on a salad.

DSC01826Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces

2 celery stalks, chopped

Mayonnaise

1/2 cup Feta or Blue Cheese

Wing sauce

DSC01827Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces.  We used rotisserie chicken.

DSC01828Chop the celery into bite-size pieces.DSC01830Place the chicken and celery in a bowl.  Add cheese.  Stir in enough mayonnaise to make the salad hold together.

DSC01831Add wing sauce and salt to taste.

DSC01834Delicious on a roll with lettuce!

Breakfast Burritos

DSC01808Ingredients:

1 package large tortilla wraps

4 eggs

1 package of frozen or fresh hash brown potatoes

ham, bacon or sausage

Shredded Mexican cheese mix

Salsa

Hot sauce, avocados (optional)

DSC01810Prepare eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Add a splash of milk, salt and pepper.

DSC01811Cook hash browns with a tablespoon of oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.

DSC01813When the potatoes are browned, push to one side and add the eggs.

DSC01814In a separate pan, cook desired breakfast meat.  We had some ham and sausage on hand.

DSC01815Start building the burritos.  Place a spoonful of potatoes close to one edge of a warmed tortilla.

DSC01817Add meat and eggs, cheese, hot sauce or salsa if desired.

DSC01818Start rolling by folding in the sides first.

DSC01819Then the bottom…

DSC01820Continue rolling, keeping ingredients from falling out.

DSC01821Garnish with sliced avocados, salsa and sour cream.  These burritos can be made ahead and frozen.

Megan’s Super Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Megan thought of this sandwich combination the other day.  We tried it for lunch with a cup of soup.  It was really good!

DSC01763Ingredients:

for 1 sandwich

2 slices sourdough bread

Goat cheese

Cranberry sauce

4 slices thin sliced turkey

1 slice Swiss cheese

1/2 apple, thinly sliced

olive oil for grilling

DSC01764Spread goat cheese on both slices of bread.

DSC01765Add cranberry sauce to one side

DSC01766To the same side, add Swiss cheese, apple and turkey slices.

DSC01768Place the sandwich top on and brush both sides with olive oil.  Grill the sandwich until the cheese is melted.

DSC01769Yum!

Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels

These pinwheels are great for lunch.  They also make a good appetizer.  These are the basic ingredients we used.  You can use anything you like in a sandwich.

DSC01752Ingredients:

Flavored tortilla wraps

Softened cream cheese

Cranberry Sauce

Turkey slices

Lettuce or sprouts

DSC01753Spread cream cheese over the entire surface of the tortilla.

DSC01754Spread cranberry sauce on the bottom half of the tortilla.

DSC01755Cover with turkey slices leaving the top with only the cream cheese.  That is the glue that holds the pinwheel together.

DSC01756Add torn lettuce or sprouts to the middle.

DSC01757Begin rolling the tortilla.

DSC01758

DSC01759Slice and serve!

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

DSC01735Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup applesauce

1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2)

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

DSC01736Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, blend the first five ingredients:

flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda

DSC01738In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.  Add the applesauce.

DSC01739Beat the eggs separately.  Add it to the banana mixture.

DSC01740Blend it with the dry ingredients.

DSC01741In this variation of our original banana bread recipe, we decided to add chocolate chips and pecans.

Fold in to the bread batter.

DSC01742Prepare a large loaf pan by greasing with shortening or cooking spray.  Pour batter into the loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

DSC01743Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting.

Lemon Herb Crackers

We found this recipe in a recent issue of  “Something Extra” magazine.  It looked easy so we gave it a try. They came out pretty good.  They are tasty by themselves or with some hummus dip.

DSC01726Ingredients:

Cooking spray

1 package of egg roll wrappers

1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary, crushed between your fingers

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Ground pepper to taste

DSC01727Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cover 2 baking sheets with foil and spray them with cooking spray.  Olive oil cooking spray is best, but it works with any kind.

DSC01728Place Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, rosemary, garlic salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix together well.

DSC01730Cut each egg roll wrapper into six equal pieces.

DSC01731Place the cut wrappers on the baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.

DSC01732Sprinkle topping on the top.

DSC01733Bake for 10 minutes until lightly brown.

Enjoy!

Baked Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts

Our days start pretty early around here.  We made this baked oatmeal for a quick breakfast.  Just spoon out already-baked portions and warm in the microwave.  Add a little milk for a delicious warm breakfast!

Ingredients:

3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

DSC01712In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients; oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

DSC01713In a separate bowl mix together milk, eggs and melted butter.

DSC01715Add to the dry ingredients and mix all together.

DSC01716Chop the apricots and walnuts.  Add all the fruit to the oatmeal mixture.

DSC01718Pour into a greased square baking pan.

DSC01719Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 35-40 minutes.

Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms and Roasted Butternut Squash

Ingredients:

2 cups cubed butternut squash

3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

8 ounces orzo pasta

2 Tablespoons butter

8 ounces sliced mushrooms

1 cup Marsala wine

4 ounces cream cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DSC01686Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place cubed butternut squash in a casserole dish.  Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and balsamic vinegar, toss all together.  Place in the oven to roast for about 1/2 hour, until soft.

DSC01688Bring a large pot of salted water to a  boil.  Add orzo and cook according to package directions.  Drain in a colander.

DSC01689Place a large saute pan on medium high heat.  Add one tablespoon of olive oil and butter.DSC01690Saute mushrooms for 3-4 minutes.

DSC01691Add the Marsala wine

DSC01692Cube the cream cheese and stir into the mushrooms. Melt, making a sauce.

DSC01693Spoon in the cooked butternut squash and drained orzo.

DSC01694Stir in salt and cheese.

DSC01695Serve immediately.  Yum!

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Here is a copy cat recipe we found for Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars.  We changed and tweeked the recipe a little to fit the ingredients we had on hand.  They are yummy!!!

Ingredients:

Bars:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

`1/3 cup white sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons orange juice

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 cup dried cranberries

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Frosting:

3 ounces softened cream cheese

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest from one orange

Topping:

1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

1/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon canola oil

DSC01668Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 10×15 baking sheet with parchment paper.  With an electric mixer, blend together butter, and sugars until light and fluffy.

DSC01669Blend in eggs, orange juice and vanilla.

DSC01670In a separate bowl, blend together dry ingredients before adding to creamed mixture.  Add in cranberries and chips.

DSC01671Spread batter onto the prepared cookie sheet.  The mixture will be very thick.  Bake 20-24 minutes until the edges are light brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool well before adding frosting.

DSC01672For the frosting, blend cream cheese and butters, then add in powdered sugar, vanilla and orange zest until creamy.

DSC01673Frost cooled bars.  Chop the dried cranberries and sprinkle over the bars.  Combine the white chocolate chips and oil and melt in the microwave in 15 minute intervals.  Drizzle over the bars.  Cut into triangles and serve.