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Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese I had a spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese in a restaurant a while ago and loved it.  It was elegant and special.  I wanted to make it at home Now that I have a garden growing lots of wonderful baby spinach I decided it was time for me to make this delicious salad myself.  You can make it at home as well.  Success is in the ingredients.  This is wonderful salad with plenty of fresh strawberry flavor.  I found flavorful, fresh strawberries on sale at my local grocery store.  What a perfect time of year to make this salad.  Yes, this elegant salad is perfect for serving to guests, but please don't wait for a dinner party.  Treat yourself. Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese The Salad Ingredients Serves 4 6 ounces fresh goat cheese log, cut into 4 1-inch rounds 1 egg, beaten with 1/2 teaspoon water 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs 12 fresh strawberries 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 4

Baby Spinach with Garlic and Olive Oil

How to Make the Best Baby Spinach with Garlic and Oil The spinach in my garden has been growing by leaps and bounds.  After a few short weeks I was ready to harvest the first crop from my newly planted raised vegetable bed to make my favorite baby spinach with garlic and oil side dish. Baby Spinach Doesn't it look pretty?  Armed with my trusty kitchen shears, off I went to snip my bounty. Wow, I thought.  All these little leaves really add up!  This Looks Like a lot of Spinach Not so much.  That large colander full of spinach leaves was only 7.25 ounces by weight.  That's an average sized bag from the grocery store. Baby Spinach It's enough for me to make a tasty serving of baby spinach with garlic and olive oil.  Yes, this is a simple dish, but I can't think of a better way to use a fresh harvest of baby spinach.  If you don't have spinach growing in your garden or in a large pot on your deck you can easily find it at your local gro

A Gardening To Do List for May

Do you have a gardening To Do List?  It's May and that means there's a lot of activity in my yard and garden.  Here's the list of gardening chores I am working on through for the month of May. May's Gardening To Do List In general, my list is specific to Northeast gardeners because that is where I live. Weed the flower beds and sprinkle with weed prevention.  I use  Preen . Fertilize my perennials and the lawn (Hubby does the lawn).  The lawn was fertilized a few weeks ago and is growing like gangbusters.  We've had to mow every three to four days so far this month. Deadhead bulbs and spring flowering perennials.   The spring bulbs are so cheerful and beautiful.   It's a shame they fade so quickly.  Deadheading helps to focus growth on the bulb for next season.  Don't cut back the greenery yet.  It will need to grow for about six weeks in order to sustain the bulbs.  I'll be cutting mine back in mid-June. Prune spring-flowering t

Meringue Cookies

Delicious Meringue Cookie Are you wondering what to do with egg whites you have stored in your freezer?  I made these meringue cookies the other day in recognition of National Egg Month .  Yes, May is National Egg Month.  There are just four ingredients and the eggs are the star ingredient.  I had quite a few frozen egg whites that I wanted to use and they worked perfectly in this recipe. These cookies are amazing in their simplicity and are easy as can be to make.  They have a crisp exterior texture,  but are soft and sweet inside. Go ahead, treat yourself! The Meringue Cookie Ingredients Meringue Cookies 3 large egg whites (I used frozen egg whites I had in my freezer) 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 3/4 cup ) superfine sugar (if you don't have superfine sugar simply take granulated white sugar and process it for about 30-60 seconds in a food processor) 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or almond extract Bring your egg whites to room temperature.  Beat the

Oh, Lemon Curd!

Lemon Curd with Meringue Did you know that May is National Egg Month ?  Oh yes, it is.  Seems a little strange that National Egg Month would be the month following Easter, but that's when it is.  The egg industry must take a huge sales volume dive in May.  Do you think National Egg Month drives additional egg sales? Well, hearing that it is National Egg Month made me stop and think about just how versatile the egg is.  It can stand alone as a main dish and is a critical ingredient in many recipes.  So, I thought it would be fun to focus on some egg recipes this month.  Today my focus is on desserts where eggs are the star ingredient. The first egg dessert I want to talk about this month is definitely all about the egg, but it also highlights another ingredient that is my obsession these days, lemon.  Oh, how I'm loving anything lemon.  So, what could be a better way to marry the egg with lemon than with lemon curd?  What's that, you are agreeing with me?  Let

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is actually not a Mexican holiday?  It was started by Mexicans and Latinos in California to commemorate the May 5, 1862 victory of the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of the Puebla.  For me it is a day to celebrate the flavors of Mexican foods that I have come to love. ...and margaritas! Do love margaritas?  Salt, or no salt? I'll have my margarita on the rocks, with salt, please.  It seems there are as many ways to make a margarita as there are people to drink them.  My favorite margarita may not suit you, but it's as good a place to start as any.  Try this recipe and then tweak it to get the combination of flavors that really floats your boat. Margarita Makes one cocktail 2 ounces Tequila 1 ounce Grand Marnier or Triple Sec 1/2 ounce simple syrup 1 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice Make your simple syrup by heating equal parts water and sugar together in a small pot over medium heat.

Caprese Salmon and Spring Rice

I had a easy, but delicious grilled salmon and roasted vegetables dinner planned the other night.  It was going to be one of my quick and easy recipes on the grill. I say was, because Mother Nature had a different plan for me.  Just before it was time to cook, the skies opened and torrential rain fell.  Hmm, I thought, what can I do instead?  After all, cooking in the rain can be a real pain. I quickly changed the plan from outdoor grill cooking to indoor cooking.   I used  ingredients on hand in my pantry and the result was a quick and fabulous dinner I want to share with you.  The dinner is relatively simple, and you can pull it together lickety split. If you don't like salmon, this recipe can easily be adapted to boneless chicken breasts. Caprese Salmon Printer Friendly Recipe 4 portions of salmon (approx. 1/2 pound each) 4 tablespoons basil pesto 1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced 6-8 fresh basil leave