Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mozzarella Stuffed Mushrooms


1 Tbsp Sun-dried tomatoes chopped 
salt grinder
pepper grinder
1 Tsp olive oil
6 mushroom caps 
1 pkg. fresh mozzarella

Directions; mix tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Put part of mix in each mushroom cap.  Top each mushroom with a piece of fresh mozzarella.  Broil in oven on lower setting until cheese just starts to brown.  Serve warm.


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  • Red Eggs
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rustic Apple Tart


This tart is so popular that I keep making it and I can’t seem to keep any in my house.  A family friend ran off with half of it last time I made it.  And the super picky eaters where all over it.  That means it was a super hit.

Very simple recipe

1 rolled out pie crust
3 to 4 organic granny smith apples ( depending on the size of the apples sometimes I use 3 and other times I use 4 so have 4 just in case you need it)
1 cup slivered almonds
1/4 teaspoon  organic cinnamon 
1 tablespoon organic salted butter
2 tablespoon organic sugar  divided
1/4 cup orange marmalade

Directions:  Lay your pie crust out on a cookie sheet.  I like to use a silicone slip pad on my cookie sheet for no sticking results.  In a food processor put your nuts, butter, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon sugar.  Pulse until all nuts are ground up in a consistent medium sand like texture. Place all of this mixture evenly on the pie crust.  Leave a 1 inch boarder all the way around the pie crust free of nut mixture.   Peel and core each apple.  Cut each apple into 8 slices.  Lay apple slices on the nut mixture in a circular pattern. Until you have covered the nut mixture with apples.  Warm orange marmalade, use a basting brush to  evenly coat all the apples so that they look glazed.  If you don’t use all the marmalade that is ok.  Just make sure that all the apples have a glaze over them.  Fold the one inch pie crust boarder over the top of the edge of the apples.   Take the other tablespoon of sugar and pat into the top of the folded edge of the crust.  Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes until crust is just golden.  Let cool a few minutes and cut in triangles like a pizza.  Can serve warm or room temperature.  This is so easy and a true crowd pleaser.


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  • Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Posts for other sites

    I appreciate everyone's support.  I am now freelance writing and blogging here of course.  I am also working on my cook books and a teen book for a camp I am working with this summer.  Check out the camp I am working  with and some of my recent articles.  Keep  cooking.  
    "Bringing families to the table one meal at a time"






    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Allergies and Disney



     Traveling with food allergies can be a challenge and depending on how many it can feel impossible. My daughters allergies can make things difficult at certain places.  If she has an allergen her day is over.  However we have been frequent visitors to Walt Disney World and have not had any issues.  WDW has recently taken things a step further. 
    On a recent visit to WDW I was so impressed.  We went to Yak and Yeti for the first time  at Animal Kingdom.  After looking at the menu my daughter and I both decided we wanted the ahi tuna salad.  So our waiter went to check an see if any of foods we were ordering had our allergen.  He promptly came back and told us my daughter could eat everything we ordered except the pot stickers.  The salad was huge and my daughter and I started thinking we should have shared one.  
    The next day we were back at Animal kingdom, we had a reservation elsewhere, but the kids loved Yak and Yeti so much that they wanted to try the quick service counter.  We asked at the counter about the allergen and they sent out the chef to talk to us.  Wow! at the quick service counter.  The lady behind us jumped in our conversation as she had the same allergy.  We ordered our lunch.  And again had a great meal.  
    At many restaurants we don’t ask anymore.  We have been there so many times.  However we ask if we are trying something new or the menu has changed.  However some of the restaurants are now asking if there are any allergies when you check in.  At Tokyo Dinning they asked, waitress confirmed, manager came over to notify of selections to stay away from and said she would check our order and make sure we did not order anything with our allergen.  I was impressed. 
    So now that you can feel good about how WDW handles allergies.  I thought I would let you know our favorite restaurants at WDW.   We base our selection purely on the food.  Many restaurants are more of an experience.  
    Our favorites are:
    • Yak and Yeti (Animal Kingdom) restaurant and quick service
    • Nine Dragons (EPCOT)
    • Tokyo Dinning (EPCOT)
    • Sunshine Seasons (EPCOT) quick service
    • Les Chefs De France (EPCOT)
    • Teppan Edo (EPCOT)
    • La Hacienda De San Angel (EPCOT)
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)
    • Sci-Fi Drive in (Hollywood Studios) my kids love this for the experience we have gone every trip for the last 10 years.
    • Ohana (Polynesian Resort)
    • 1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian)
    • Bongos Cuban Cafe (Downtown Disney)
    • House Of Blues (Downtown Disney)
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market (Dolphin Resort) love for breakfast
    • Koussina (Boardwalk)
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse (Yacht Club)

     For a quick treat we never miss grabbing some dole pineapple soft serve at Aloha Isle (magic kingdom).  My love affair with this soft serve started 13 years ago when I was pregnant, now our trip is not complete with a stop.  
    Another favorite thing  for our foodie family is to try the many desserts while walking around the world at EPCOT.  In each country they sell a quick sweet.  We love sharing and finding our favorites.  I think when it comes to dessert we all have a different favorite.  It’s unanimous that stopping in Norway is a must.  So make sure to end your next trip to WDW on a sweet note.

    The are my opinions and not a sponsored post.

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Lolly Pop Appatizers

    These look so cute with a great mouthwatering flavor.

    1 roll seamless dough sheet
    1/2 tsp Dill
    1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
    5 oz. goat cheese
    pretzel sticks

    Directions
    Goat cheese needs to be at room temperature.  Mix goat cheese, dill and tomatoes together.  Roll out dough sheet and spread mixture evenly over dough.  Roll dough sheet back up.  Slice one inch pieces of roll until entire roll is sliced.  Lay out slices on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 until golden.  While still warm stick a pretzel stick in each circle and serve.


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    • Yellow Nuts
    • Blue  Soy
    • Orange Fish

    Sunday, April 1, 2012

    Mediterranean burgers

    I love grilling during the summer and these are some great burgers for backyard fun.


    1 lb hormone and antibiotic free lean ground beef or ground turkey
    4 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
    2 tablespoons feta cheese
    1 teaspoon ground sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    4 organic wheat hamburger buns

    Directions:
    Take ground beef and mix sun-dried tomatoes, sea salt and white pepper.  Form mixture into four hamburger patties.  Grilled too desired preference (ie.  medium to well done)  Toast hamburger buns on grill and place cooked burgers on buns, top burgers with feta and place top bun.  These are great drizzled with some white  balsamic vinaigrette and are wonderful alone.


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    • Yellow Nuts
    • Blue  Soy
    • Red Eggs
    • Orange Fish










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