National Dairy Month, Oh the Goodness! +HM #189

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National Dairy Month, Oh the Goodness! +HM #189

Dairy, whether you are down-home on the farm or living in the city there is something delicious about dairy. The gals of Home Matters are celebrating National Dairy Month. Don’t be surprised when you don’t see anything ice cream — we are saving that yummy treat for a roundup all its own. This week, enjoy the creamy goodness of the other tasty dairy products.

 

 

How To Make Compound Butters from Claire @ Sprinkles and  Sprouts

 

Homemade Butter Syrup from Alli @ Longbourn Farm

 

Salted Caramel Butter Bars from Ron @ The Merlin Menu

 

German Pancakes a Traditional Family Recipe from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos Recipe

Looking for a quick, easy meal? Try these Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos. Perfect for busy weeknights or anytime. Mexican American fusion food recipe.

 

Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos

Quick and Easy Mexican American Fusion Food Recipe

 

Grilling is something we can do nearly year round in Southern California, and we love to do it. Another thing our family loves is quick and easy meals that are packed with delicious flavors. These Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos with Ranch Sour Cream Sauce do not disappoint!

This recipe features fresh and tasty ingredients that are easy to work with and quick to cook. We served our tacos with grilled corn-on-the-cob and a colorful variety of bell peppers. Yum! A tasty, delicious, and healthy meal option for a busy night or anytime.

 

Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos Recipe with Ranch Sour Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (shredded)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Fresh Lime (optional)
  • Tortillas (I used Flour Tortillas)

Directions:

  1. Marinate Chicken Breasts in Barbecue Sauce for 6 hours to overnight
  2. Dice Tomatoes
  3. Shred Cheese
  4. Chop Fresh Cilantro
  5. Make the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce: Mix Sour Cream and Ranch Dressing to taste
  6. Grill chicken breasts
  7. Let chicken breasts rest a few minutes, then slice chicken into thin strips
  8. Warm Tortillas on a griddle or in the microwave
  9. Optional – cut Fresh Lime into wedges
  10. Load warmed tortillas with grilled chicken, tomatoes, and cheese
  11. Top with the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce and cilantro

 

 

Printable Recipe – Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos

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Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos
 
Looking for a quick, easy meal? Try these Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos. Perfect for busy weeknights or anytime. Mexican American fusion food recipe.
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Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Grilling
Ingredients:
  • Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (shredded)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Fresh Lime (optional)
  • Tortillas (I used Flour Tortillas)
Directions:
  1. Marinate Chicken Breasts in Barbecue Sauce for 6 hours to overnight
  2. Dice Tomatoes
  3. Shred Cheese
  4. Chop Fresh Cilantro
  5. Make the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce: Mix Sour Cream and Ranch Dressing to taste
  6. Grill chicken breasts
  7. Let chicken breasts rest a few minutes, then slice chicken into thin strips
  8. Warm Tortillas on a griddle or in the microwave
  9. Optional - cut Fresh Lime into wedges
  10. Load warmed tortillas with grilled chicken, tomatoes, and cheese
  11. Top with the Ranch Sour Cream Sauce and cilantro
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Here are a couple of wonderful side dishes that would pair perfectly with the tacos. Give Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad and/or the Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia a try.

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15 BLT Recipe Ideas – Re-imagine The Classic

Re-imagine the classic favorite with these 15 recipe twists on the Bacon Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich. Celebrate with BLT recipe ideas for every meal or party.

15 BLT Recipe Ideas

Re-imagine the Classic Favorite with These Tasty Twists

I have to admit, a good bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is one of my all-time favorites. There is just something sublime about the melding of those savory and fresh ingredients. It is an easy sandwich that everyone knows how to make…or do they?

We have had a big laugh a couple of times within the last six weeks or so while dining at two different restaurants. I ordered the BLT sandwich, and both times my sandwich was served without tomato. What’s that? Bacon, lettuce, and TOAST??? Both waitresses were as shocked as we were, and the laughter just rolled.

Needless to say, BLTs have been on my radar, so I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of bacon, lettuce, and tomato inspired recipes. I’ve scoured the web and pulled together some amazing BLT recipe ideas that will make your mouth water. Plus, these varied twists on the classic can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, appetizers, dinner, you name it — they are delicious anytime, anywhere. And, take note, they all include tomato! LOL Enjoy the celebration…

BLT Recipe Ideas – Twist on the Classic

Fried Green Tomato BLT from Julie and Debbie @ Cooks With Cocktails

“This fried green tomato BLT is made with buttery toasted bread, smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, juicy fried green tomatoes, and a zesty balsamic garlic mayo.

 

BLT Bruschetta from Allyson @ Domestic Superhero

“everyone goes crazy over bacon, and this spin on traditional bruschetta is just so easy and tasty!”

 

BLT Pizza from Bev @ Bev Cooks

“And as if the crust wasn’t enough to do me in, I topped the whole dern thing with a BLT. Should we take a moment of silence?”

 

BLT Roll Ups from Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

“This amazingly easy appetizer blends cream cheese, mayo, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce in sliced wraps for a fresh take on the classic BLT!”

 

Grilled BLT Kabobs from Cade and Carrian @ Oh, Sweet Basil

“If you thought you loved a fat, juicy BLT sandwich you’re going to go nuts for these grilled BLT kabobs with a garlic aioli drizzle!”

 

BLT Pasta Salad from Brandie @ The Country Cook

“When I saw this recipe for BLT Macaroni Salad, I knew that I had to make it!”

 

BLT Bites Recipe from Ronique @ Stagetecture

“…try this twist on the traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with these BLT bites that combine bacon, tomatoes, and more yummy ingredients.”

 

Breakfast BLT from right here on Life With Lorelai

“I decided to just go for it and make a BLT on the Buttermilk Biscuits… they were AMAZING!”

 

BLT Summer Roll from Vicky @ Avocado Pesto

“The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form — BLT Summer Roll recipe with Avocado”

 

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Liz @ Pocket Change Gourmet

“There once was a grilled cheese sandwich that longed to be exciting, to be full of flavor and added crunch. And then along came the Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

 

BLT Cole Slaw from Michelle @ The Whole Smiths

“…the perfect dish to take to any summer gathering that EVERYBODY will love… a BLT Cole Slaw.”

 

BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap from Trish @ Mom On Timeout

“This BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap has all the makings to become your new go-to recipe!”

 

Rachel Hollis’ BLT Bites from Cathy @ She Paused For Thought

“This simple recipe can be customized to your personal preference. I prefer to use sourdough bread, freshly made aioli & Romaine lettuce. Turkey bacon or Veggie Bacon is also a good option if you don’t eat pork.”

 

French Toast BLTs from Jaymee @ E Is For Eat

“It’s bacon. And french toast. What more do you need in a breakfast food?”

 

BLT Quesadillas from Nick @ Macheesmo

“…put a BLT twist on a simple Tex-Mex quesadilla.”

I hope you have enjoyed these tempting recipes that re-imagine the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

 

 

 

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Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d’oeuvre Recipe

If you are looking for something spectacular to serve your guests as an appetizer this holiday season, then here is the recipe for you. This elegant and easy hors d’oeuvre features flavorful Stella Cheese.


Cheese, Fig, & Basil Hors d’oeuvres

An Elegant and Easy Stella Cheese Recipe

 

Are you hosting a holiday party for friends or maybe the big family celebration? These events can be stressful; but relax, I have you covered with a great tip. MAKE SIMPLE FOOD!

Now, simple food does not have to be boring or bland. Use quality ingredients and rich, bold flavor combinations to tantalize your taste buds. Stella Cheeses are a perfect addition to any appetizer.

The old world craftsmanship and rich dairy heritage of Stella Cheeses date back to 1923. These quality flavorful cheeses come in many varieties from shredded to crumbled, and sharp to sweet, and always adds a hint of romantic flavor. Your guests will adore Stella Cheeses.

I paired Stella’s savory Romano Cheese with a Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread and a sprig of Basil atop a mini toast. It does not get much simpler than this, folks! The flavors burst in your mouth, and the toast offers a very satisfying crunch. Not only does this hors d’oeuvre taste amazing, it is absolutely gorgeous — perfect for a festive holiday party or any occasion. Here is my recipe, and it has only four ingredients.

 

Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d’oeuvres Recipe


Ingredients:

  • Stella Romano Cheese
  • Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread (you can use any fruit spread you like)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mini Toast

Directions:

  1. Slice small pieces of Romano Cheese.
  2. Stir Fruit Spread to loosen it up, then spoon a dollop on a mini toast.
  3. Top with Romano Cheese.
  4. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh Basil.

 

Elegant. Festive. Delicious. Easy.

I’ve made this even easier with a Printable Recipe:

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Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d'oeuvre Recipe
 
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A spectacular hors d'oeuvre for holiday entertaining. Your guests will love this appetizer, and it's an elegant and easy recipe with a wonderful flavor and crunch.
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Type: Appetizer
Serves: 12 pieces
Ingredients:
  • Stella Romano Cheese
  • Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread (you can use any fruit spread you like)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mini Toast
Directions:
  1. Slice small pieces of Romano Cheese.
  2. Stir Fruit Spread to loosen it up, then spoon a dollop on a mini toast.
  3. Top with Romano Cheese.
  4. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh Basil.
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Your schedule and your guests will love this simple and tasty appetizer. Serve it at your next party! Try it with other cheese or fruit spread combinations.

Find Stella Parmesan Cheese, Romano, Asiago, and all the other wonderful varieties at a local store near you. Locate where to buy here. Look for another Stella Cheese Recipe here.

 

Stella Cheeses has an AMAZING CONTEST going on right NOW! You can ENTER TO WIN The Perfect Pair Contest for a chance to win a $5,000 trip to Napa Valley,  California, wine country! CLICK HERE to enter.

 

I wish you good luck in the contest. Have wonderful holidays, and enjoy your entertaining with this easy recipe and Stella Cheeses!

 

 

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe

Lemon Ricotta Cookies – A deliciously fresh recipe full of bright, luscious flavors. This cookie has the most heavenly aroma. I know you will love it as much as our family does.

 

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

A Deliciously Fresh Recipe

 

A week or so ago, I told you about our little mini family reunion, and the ever-so-yummy S’mores Cookies I made for the family. If you missed it, be sure to check it out. These Lemon Ricotta Cookies are another one of the cookies I took for the get-together. Luke’s dad really loved these cookies. The smirkish grin he got, when he walk by and snagged one, made me giggle.

This recipe is easy to make and packs a big punch of freshness in every bite. The lemony scent and flavor keeps you coming back for more. Lemon Ricotta Cookies are a perfect choice for a non-chocolatey treat.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

Granulated Sugar, Lemons (for juice and zest), Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Butter, Eggs, Ricotta Cheese, Powdered Sugar.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Line baking sheets with Parchment Paper.

  • Zest the rinds of 3-5 Lemons (enough to get 3 – 4 tablespoons of zest).
  • In a medium bowl, pour 2-Cups Granulated Sugar.
  • Add 2 – 3 Tablespoons Lemon Zest to sugar, and mix well with your fingertips.
  • Set aside and stir occasionally with fingertips. Allow sugar to become very fragrant.
  • Whisk together 2 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, and 1 teaspoon Salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine 1 stick Butter and the prepared Lemon Sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add 2 Eggs, one at a time, mixing slightly after each addition.

  • Mix in 15 ounces (1 container) Ricotta Cheese and 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice until incorporated.
  • Stir in dry ingredients a little at a time, until just combined.
  • Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheets (about 1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons for each cookie).
  • Bake for 13 – 15 minutes, until just slightly turning golden at the edges.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire racks (placed on top of wax paper), and allow to cool completely.
  • Prepare the Lemon Glaze.

For the Glaze:

  • Sift 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar into a small to medium bowl.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, and  1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest.
  • Mix well.

  • When cookies are cool, drizzle glaze over the tops of each cookie.
  • Allow glaze to dry.

 

Here’s a Printable Recipe for your collection:

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe
 
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Lemon Ricotta Cookies - A deliciously fresh recipe from Life With Lorelai. This flavorful cookie has a heavenly aroma. #Cookie #Recipe #Lemon #Ricotta
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 40 Cookies
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Granulated Sugar
  • 3-5 - fresh Lemons (for 6 Tablespoons Juice and 3-4 Tablespoons Zest)
  • 2-1/2 Cups - All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon - Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 Stick - Butter (softened)
  • 2 - large Eggs
  • 15 Ounces (one container) - Ricotta Cheese
  • 1-1/2 Cups - Powdered Sugar.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line baking sheets with Parchment Paper.
  3. Zest the rinds of 3-5 Lemons (enough to get 3 - 4 tablespoons of zest).
  4. In a medium bowl, pour 2-Cups Granulated Sugar.
  5. Add 2 - 3 Tablespoons Lemon Zest to sugar, and mix well with your fingertips.
  6. Set aside and stir occasionally with fingertips. Allow sugar to become very fragrant.
  7. Whisk together 2 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, and 1 teaspoon Salt in a medium bowl.
  8. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine 1 stick Butter and the prepared Lemon Sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  9. Add 2 Eggs, one at a time, mixing slightly after each addition.
  10. Mix in 15 ounces (1 container) Ricotta Cheese and 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice until incorporated.
  11. Stir in dry ingredients a little at a time, until just combined.
  12. Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheets (about 1 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons for each cookie).
  13. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes, until just slightly turning golden at the edges.
  14. Remove from the oven, let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  15. Transfer to wire racks (placed on top of wax paper), and allow to cool completely.
  16. Prepare the Lemon Glaze.

    For the Glaze:

  17. Sift 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar into a small to medium bowl.
  18. Add 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, and 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest.
  19. Mix well.
  20. When cookies are cool, drizzle glaze over the tops of each cookie.
  21. Allow glaze to dry.
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Simple Mac and Cheese Recipe

Simple Mac and Cheese

A Satisfying Comfort Food

Life is hectic. I long for the days when the kids were little and didn’t have crazy schedules. Alas, those days are gone. Now, I have to contend with dance classes and various doctors’ appointments. Oh, and add to that all of their social engagements. Yesterday was one of those days. Crazy, crazy, crazy! So, when it came time for dinner, I had two options: take-out or make it simple.

As always, I chose the make it myself simple route. I hate paying a small fortune for food that I could easily make myself. Since time was short, I decided on a Simple Mac and Cheese dish. Shells and cheese actually, but let’s not split hairs.

For those busy nights, I also like to keep bags of frozen veggies in the freezer. You know, the ones that you can microwave right in the bag. If you want to add some meat to it, you can throw in some cooked bacon (and jalapenos) or some already grilled chicken. I believe you can find that in the produce section of most supermarkets.

Gather all of your ingredients. I like to have mine measured out and ready since we’re making a roux and things happen so quick. Once you have boiled your pasta, drain it in a colander and set aside. Use the same pot you used to boil the pasta, to make the sauce. (One pot, less cleaning!)

Get your pot nice and hot, and then add the butter. Once it is melted, add the flour and whisk, whisk, whisk! Once the butter and flour are completely combined, add milk and whisk until thickened.

I was recently teaching my daughter how to make a roux. She complained that it wasn’t getting thick. I told her that that is how it works. It’s thin, it’s thin, and then bam! Thick!

Now that your sauce has reached the desired thickness, add the cheese. For my mac and cheese, I add: cheddar, mozzarella, and a wild card. It really depends on what I feel like that day or what I have on hand. Stir until completely melted.

When your cheesy sauce is ready, add the pasta back into the pot and stir. I keep my heat on low during this step to make sure everything gets warmed back up.

Serve and Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz pasta (macaroni, shells, penne…whatever)
  • 6 tbps flour6 tbsp butter (not margarine)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups of cheese (you can use 3 cups of the same or mix it up and use three different)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

How to:

  1. Cook Pasta according to the instructions on the box. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter. Once melted, add flour and whisk until completely combined.
  3. Add milk and whisk until it reaches desired thickness.
  4. Add cheese to pot and stir until melted.
  5. Add pasta to pot and stir until combined.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy.

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you…

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Simple Mac and Cheese Recipe
 
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A Simple and delicious Mac and Cheese recipe from Life With Lorelai's Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward.
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Type: Main
Ingredients:
  • 16 oz pasta (macaroni, shells, penne…whatever)
  • 6 tbps flour
  • 6 tbsp butter (not margarine)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups of cheese (you can use 3 cups of the same or mix it up and use three different)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
Directions:
  1. Cook Pasta according to the instructions on the box. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter.
  3. Once melted, add flour and whisk until completely combined.
  4. Add milk and whisk until it reaches desired thickness.
  5. Add cheese to pot and stir until melted.
  6. Add pasta to pot and stir until combined.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.
Notes
Suggested add-ins:
Bacon
Grilled Chicken
Jalapenos
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Don’t you just love simple and delicious meals like this Mac and Cheese? I know, I do!

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Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad Recipe

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

A Refreshing PATRIOTIC Side Dish!

 

Labor Day is here. That means the end of summer, and the last of the big BBQs. So, get out your flags and bunting, and let’s make another Patriotic splash! I’m sharing with you today a recipe for a delicious and refreshing red, white, and blue salad that is wonderful anytime, but especially fun for those Star-Spangled holidays–Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad. It is super quick, super easy, and super tasty.

Here’s What You Need:

Watermelon, Blueberries, Feta Cheese, and Balsamic Vinegar. Can you believe it? There are only 4 ingredients.

The Directions:

Cut your watermelon into large rectangles, triangles, crescents, or whatever shape you’d like. Stars perhaps? Place the watermelon on a platter. Top with blueberries and Feta cheese. Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar. Easy peasy, right?

This watermelon salad will not only be a big hit for its fabulous flavor, but also for its fun and festive appearance.

Tip for Cutting Watermelon

If you are just wanting bite-sized chunks of watermelon for this salad or any other time, try this easy cutting tip.

  1. Cut your watermelon in half.
  1. Using a knife, cut along the outer edge of the red, along the rind.
  1. Now, take the knife and cut through the ripe fruit (but not through the rind), making strips or vertical lines.
  1. Then cut perpendicular lines, so it resembles a checker board.
  1. Scoop out the watermelon using a large spoon. Scoop horizontally to make chunks.

All the juices stay within the rind making for easy clean-up.

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you… Enjoy!

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A delicious and refreshing red, white, and blue salad that is wonderful anytime, but especially fun for those Star-Spangled holidays--Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad. It is super quick, super easy, and super tasty.
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Ingredients:
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Feta Cheese
  • Balsamic Vinegar
Directions:
  1. Cut your Watermelon into large rectangles, triangles, crescents, or whatever shape you'd like. Stars perhaps?
  2. Place the watermelon on a platter.
  3. Top with Blueberries and Feta Cheese.
  4. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar.
Notes
Tip for Cutting Watermelon:

If you are just wanting bite-sized chunks of watermelon for this salad or any other time, try this easy cutting tip.

1. Cut your watermelon in half.
2. Using a knife, cut along the outer edge of the red, along the rind.
3. Now, take the knife and cut through the ripe fruit (but not through the rind), making strips or vertical lines.
4. Then cut perpendicular lines, so it resembles a checker board.
5. Scoop out the watermelon using a large spoon. Scoop horizontally to make chunks.
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Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

 

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

A Tasty Side Dish for Any Meal

 

Tomato and Grilled Bell Pepper Salad is a perfect side dish for a barbecue or any meal. It’s quick, easy, and tasty, tasty, tasty! Of course, this salad is best with fresh-from-your-garden produce, but it is delicious any time of year. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

This salad features very simple ingredients: Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, fresh Basil, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt.

Directions:

Chop the bell peppers into bite-sized chunks, and dress them with a little olive oil and sea salt to taste. Place the bell peppers on the grill. (This can be done on the stove top in a grill pan as well.) Chop the tomato, and chiffonade the basil.

When the bell peppers are grilled, combine with tomatoes in a bowl. Add the feta cheese and basil. Toss and serve.

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Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad
 
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A beautiful salad with fresh tomato and grilled bell pepper.
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Type: Salad
Ingredients:
  • Tomato (multiple colors if you like)
  • Bell Pepper (multiple colors if you like)
  • Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • **NOTE** - Adjust amount of tomato and bell pepper for the number of people you are serving.
Directions:
  1. Core and cut the Bell Peppers into bite-sized chunks
  2. Drizzle with a little Olive Oil
  3. Sprinkle with Coarse Sea Salt (to taste)
  4. Put the Bell Peppers on the Grill, or in a grill an on the stove top
  5. While the peppers are cooking: Chop the Tomatoes
  6. Chiffonade (or chop) the Basil
  7. When the peppers are grilled, combine with tomatoes in a bowl
  8. Top with Feta Cheese Basil
  9. Toss the Salad
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