Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tortellini Spinach Salad

There are some times in life where your definition of a great meal is something unbelievably chocolaty and rich like the chewiness of a warm brownie; sometimes that definition involves a perfectly grilled fillet mignon with blue cheese crumbles; and still sometimes that great meal will be something light, but filling, nutritious and flavorful, and easy to make while elegant to present. 

The Tortellini Spinach Salad is the light-filling-nutritious-flavorful-easy-to-make-elegant of those options mentioned above. What I found most refreshing about this meal was how sweet the asparagas tasted against the somewhat peppery fresh spinach.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mint Lime Mocktails

These refreshing sippers liven up your otherwise standard sparkling water while still providing your that necessary cool down when the heat index is over 100 degrees, as it is expected to be this week in Minnesota. That's right - for you out of stater's that think that Minnesota is this cold, frozen place where people only talk in funny 'Fargo' accents and are 'nice' all the time - I guaranty you that couldn't be farther from the least, not this week.

This week, there will be overheated Minnesotans who may talk funny and will not know that they are not being nice because they are too hot to know the difference. Unfortunately, it seems like only yesterday I was wondering when winter would end (because it was a long winter and probably similar to what most of the country thinks our weather is like most of the time). Well, we took a quick hop from a long, cold winter into a HOT HOT HOT summer. Thank the P.T.B. for AC today.

This Mock-tail can be made individually per glass, in pitcher form for a group or spiced up with rum to become a mojito.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

When talking about things that compliment each other, many people say ...It goes together like peanut butter and jelly. 
Well, I say...It goes together like peanut butter and chocolate. 

What a grand combination and when done right, you most likely will get a tummy ache because you don't want to stop eating it.   This ice cream is no exception to this rule.  I find that I am very much appreciating the ice cream maker that the household bought this year.  It is very low maintenance, very little prep work and takes very little effort...with the exception of the patience that you MUST have to wait for the mixture to cool for 1 - 2 hours before putting in the machine.


Key Lime Cupcakes

Once upon a time there was an adorable cookbook dedicated solely to making cupcakes. 
Enter an excited and ambitious young man ready to make something new and bake!

Adorable kid in swim goggles chose KEY LIME CUPCAKES!!!

There were three sets of ingredients for the three separate components to the final dessert...the simple vanilla cupcakes, the key lime filling, and the meringue to top.  A fun morning of baking involved much laughter and some learning.  D-man learned how to meringue and I learned that any left over crumb of a cupcake removed to add the filling will quickly be gobbled up by a smiling 11 year old.