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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Refreshing Summer Goodies

Summer is finally here.  For those of you who live in the North East like me I know you are cheering too.  We have had one crazy winter.  My kids got out of school late this year because of all the snow days.  But I don't want to talk about winter, this blog is about summer, summer goodies to be exact.  A while ago I bloged about having some different idea's for my blog page.  Today I am introducing an idea I have been pondering.  Food. 

Everyone loves food and I'm no exception so with the heat of the summer here and many people having BBQ's I thought it would be fun to post some easy recipes to enjoy.  Most of these came from the FoodNetwork website, so feel free to hop over and explore some more.  In the mean time, try these tasting delights.

Bubbly on the Rocks 

Directions
Put a few strawberry slices, blueberries or raspberries in an ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze until firm. Drop the berry ice cubes into flute glasses and fill with prosecco or ginger ale.

Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches

Directions

For an easy post-barbecue treat, sandwich a scoop of softened praline or butter pecan ice cream and a spoonful of caramel sauce between chocolate wafers. Run a knife around the edge to smooth, then roll in chopped pecans, if desired. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve.


Red Potato Salad With Bacon

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • Salt
  • 2 ounces bacon (2 or 3 strips)
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper (any color or a combination)
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions (about 2 scallions)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

Put the potatoes in a large pot; add water just to cover and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels and finely chop.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, chopped bacon, bell pepper, onion and scallions.

In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour over the potato mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate or serve at room temperature.

Here is the link to the FoodNetwork if you want more tasty delights.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/

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