Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Simple Fruit Dip

Perfect Pairing:  Summer Fruit


This recipe came to be because of a cooking accident.  I liked it so much that I repeated the accident many times!  It started because I had a surplus of Ina Garten’s Stewed Rhubarb and Red Berries.  Her recipe says it serves 6, but I found that it had 12 or more servings, so I was looking for a new way to use some of the delicious stewed fruit.  I decided to try a trifle with angel food cake.  I layered cake cubes, the fruit, and a luscious white concoction I came up with, then repeat.  It was a scrumptious dessert!


The angel food cake was small, and of course I didn’t have a full batch of fruit, so when I finished the trifle I had a surplus of this delicious creamy concoction.  What to do?  I tried dipping fruit in it and decided that this trifle component was actually pretty amazing on its own. 


It is embarrassingly simple with just three ingredients.

Whisk them up and you have an incredible fruit dip that makes a fruit platter really special. 


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Caesar Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables

Perfect Pairing: Yogurt based Caesar dressing


Pasta salads can be so bad.  Rarely, rarely do I like pasta salads from restaurants or grocery store delis.  They all have the same odd taste and are just not worth the calories.  There ARE good pasta salads out there though!  I don’t want to pat myself on the back, but this one is really good.  I think I just did it anyway.


Grape tomatoes, whole button mushrooms, and sweet onions are grilled then tossed with pasta, arugula, and a super simple dressing.


The dressing is made with store-bought Caesar dressing.  I used this yogurt variety so it was a little lower in calories and fat.  The dressing is whisked with pesto and fresh lemon juice.  If you happen to have an abundance of homemade pesto stocked in your freezer (I’m so jealous) use that, but feel free to use store-bought pesto here.


We ate this while it was still slightly warm.  YUM.  It was also great leftover chilled.  It would be fantastic with grilled chicken or steak for a full meal. 


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