Apr 22, 2014

Dad's Three Bean Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Dad's favorite salad is the three bean salad! It's made with organic red kidney beans, green beans and great Northern beans, then tossed in an apple-cider vinaigrette making this a very light and sweet tasting salad to serve throughout the season.

As temperatures start to rise and flowers bloom, we are ready to swap out the rich and hearty dishes for the light and fresh ones!

This is one of his favorite salads, and ours too.  Dad loves this bean salad, and it makes him so happy every time we make it for him.  It's the small things nowadays that makes him so happy.
This is a recipe that requires no fuss and very little time to prepare. It's made in less than 10 minutes.  You only have to steam the green beans before they are combined. Then add them to the canned beans that have been rinsed and let it marinate with the sweet vinaigrette for awhile. Then serve.  
We love this salad for many reasons.  It's quick and easy to make, very practical, and sensible to bring to any picnic or barbeque. You can easily make this salad all year long.  All the beans are really good for everyone, they offer some protein, while some are very high in fiber.  This is a wonderful salad, as it brings the essence of spring and summer to the table with its colors, texture and taste.  Best of all, it's very healthy.


We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and Passover!!
We have some joyous news to share, our son has proposed to his beautiful girlfriend!
                         Another wedding is in the planning. We are so excited! 
And, our daughter is expecting our third grandchild sometime in August!
Have a great day everyone! 

Apr 18, 2014

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin French Toast with Nutella

From the very first bite, to the last and every one in between, this French toast gives you instant gratification.  Moist and sweet, it is a scrumptious treat, I don't know whether to call it breakfast or a dessert. 

Cinnamon swirl raisin bread turns into an amazing French toast in a snap! I used a loaf of my favorite bread, dipped into an egg and milk wash and grilled until golden brown. Then topped with a drizzle of Nutella and powered sugar, and served with fresh berries on the side.  Heck!  This was the best French toast we've ever had.  It's was so delicious and savory, we had to call this French toast a dessert rather than breakfast.

Apr 17, 2014

Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed red peppers with crumbled sweet Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese and Italian breadcrumbs, takes a new spin on a classic favorite of sausage and peppers.  Red bell peppers gets a delicious balance of rich flavors in every bite, making dinner a snap and simple as an all-in-one casserole.

Apr 16, 2014

Artichoke Hearts Steamed with Olives, Capers and Garlic

Our mom's recipe for artichokes hearts are steamed with gaeta olives, capers, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and fresh parsley, happens to be our Dad's favorite dish, not to mention, ours too!  They are so amazingly delicious!  Everyone in the family looks forward to enjoying her artichokes on every holiday.

Mom calls her recipe "Carciofi alla Judea" which means Jewish artichokes. She says this is how the Neapolitans in Italy have been making them for centuries.  Even though we have heard that in Rome they're prepared somewhat differently, making Carciofi alla Judea by flash frying them. 
We adapted our mom's recipe for making her artichokes, with a lot more ease than she does. She normally prepares this dish using the fresh artichokes, which she cleans herself and it requires more tedious work and time consuming labor ( to say the least).

Apr 15, 2014

Sweet Melon with Prosciutto di Parma

Juicy cantaloupe melon slices with a layer of prosciutto di parma on top is truly sweet and delicious.  A refreshing appetizer you can make in minutes and serve at anytime.
It's so pretty and festive, we love to serve melon with prosciutto as an appetizer on Easter Sunday.

Apr 14, 2014

EASY Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Easy garlic mashed potatoes happens to be the favorite in our home  We took our mom's recipe and reduced the fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.  Creamy mashed potatoes are made with Idaho potatoes that are boiled, then mashed with low-fat milk.  We used 30 % less butter than original mashed potatoes, and garlic powder, giving the potatoes a mild flavor of garlic without the extra steps.  
So good! 

Apr 11, 2014

Grilled Sesame Ginger Salmon

Salmon steaks, marinated with fresh lemon juice, then topped with a tablespoon of toasted sesame ginger seasonings and cooked to perfection, were the quickest way  to prepare salmon steaks for dinner.