Archives for August 2011

Asian Inspired Chicken Meatballs with Citrus Sauce

These meatballs absolutely burst with flavor!  I’m embarrassed to admit that the first time I made this chicken meatball recipe  I loved it so much that I ate 7 meatballs in one sitting (while my husband ate 3).  That’s how good these are.  Since then I’ve managed some restraint ONLY because I ended up being uncomfortably full.  And I usually reserve that feeling for just once a year (Thanksgiving).  But these Asian chicken meatballs are that good.

You can serve these as appetizers (you may want to make them a bit smaller) or as the main meal.  They are super easy to throw together; you can do so earlier in the day and just keep them refrigerated until your ready to cook (bring to room temperature before cooking).

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Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes

These chocolate dipped meringue cupcakes were  absolutely heavenly!  I don’t have a lot of meringue-making experience and I’m thrilled to tell you that none is necessary.

Keys to Success: 1) The goal of heating the meringue is to dissolve the sugar – not actually ‘cook’ the whites.  In fact – you want to be sure that you only heat the meringue to the point where it is hot to the touch – no further.  Otherwise you’ll have cooked the eggs and ruined the meringue. 2) Let the chocolate cool (about 15 minutes) before you use it to glaze the meringue so that you don’t melt the meringue. 3) The original directions said to ladle the chocolate glaze over the frozen meringues but that ended up a mess with glaze all over the liners and surface.  I found it much easier to tip the pan with the glaze to one side and then gently dip and roll the cupcake in it (meringue only). 4) Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve them.  The meringue tastes better and won’t lose it shape.

Last note: I used a 3/8″ round tip with a disposable pastry bag (all purchased cheaply from a craft store – go to their website for 40% off coupons) but you can easily fill a ziploc storage bag with the meringue and clip off one corner and build your meringue frosting tops that way.  There’s no right or wrong shape – you just want to get some height to them (they are also called high tops cupcakes).

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Watermelon and Feta Salad

Bad picture – WONDERFUL salad! This salad is so easy to put together.  And you can vary the ingredients to your own liking.  We love the sweet and salty mix of watermelon, feta cheese and kalamata olives.   Add basil, mint or parsley –  all work beautifully in this salad!

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Southern Tomato Pie

Diva Entertains Whole Tomato Pie

So I’ve been staring at southern tomato pie recipes for the last few years and haven’t taken the plunge because, well, they aren’t exactly healthy.  And that is an understatement.  Yes – you do use fresh tomatoes but that’s where the good stuff ends.  Because it also calls for lots of cheese, a cup of mayonnaise and usually a bottom and top crust.  On the recommendation of my dear friend, Karen, I decided to give this one a try.  After all – this recipe doesn’t call for a top crust.  Which I consider one step closer to ‘diet food’:)

Seriously, the reason to make this is simply because it is absolutely fantastic.  Heck, better than that!  Something about the combination of tomatoes, green onions and basil really works, as does the cheese/mayo topping.  The latter forms an absolutely beautiful crust.

best tomato pie

The recipe calls for peeled tomatoes which is kinda a pain.  It involves slicing an “X” at the top of each tomato and quickly blanching it in boiling water.  Then the skin comes off rather easily by peeling away from the “X”.  What this achieves is not having the skins come apart as you eat the pie.

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Decadent Mississipie Mud Recipe

chocolate mud pie

I am a huge fan of rich, chocolately desserts!  And this scrumptious Mississippi Mud Pie recipe from my good friend Lizzy over at That Skinny Chicken Can Bake Blog will NOT disappointment.  Lizzy has been so generous – sharing delicious recipes and outstanding book titles (we are both active in bookclubs) – I always know that I can turn to her for something wonderful!  Be sure to check out her Blog as well as her list of books from her bookclub – they have given me hours of truly great reading.

cMississippi Mud Pie Recipe

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