Laurie's Kitchen

A cooking blog of some of my favorites

Watermelon and Tomato Salad June 3, 2012

I participated in a recipe swap where the theme was summer salads. I made the following salad and it was a hit. It was out at dinner and left out for dessert. It worked well for both courses. The only change I made was using the plain feta and skipping the onion entirely.

Summer Salad

Serves 6 -8 people

1 8oz package of tomato/basil feta cheese crumbled or you can use plain feta cheese if you can’t find it
4 cups of tomatoes cut into chunks (I use different colors / kinds, yellow heirloom, some grape tomatoes, you can use whatever kind you like)
¼ cup of fresh basil shredded
2 cups of watermelon chopped
1 cup of strawberries sliced
1 red onion sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of olive oil

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and salt set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl add tomatoes, cheese, basil, watermelon, strawberries and onion. Gently toss together.
3. Pour vinegar mixture on top of salad and gently toss. Refrigerate for  at least one hour serve cold.


Tortellini Salad

Filed under: Dinner,Pasta,Recipe Swap,Side Dish,Summer,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 3:57 pm

1 package of tortellini salad (I use tri-color because its festive)
1 package of spinach washed and chopped in half/thirds just to make it easier to eat.
1/3 cup of parm cheese
2 cups of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 cup of kalamata olives cut in half
(sometimes I add artichoke hearts if I have them)

Balsamic Vinegar
Tomato Paste
Olive Oil
(touch of onion powder/garlic powder to taste if you like)

Cook the pasta then run under cool water or place in the fridge. Combine the other ingredients with the pasta when its cool and pour the dressing over the top.


Sweet Condensed Milk with Soy Powder

Filed under: Dessert,Ice Cream,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 3:55 pm

produces 1-14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk


  • ¾ cup White Sugar
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons of Soy Milk Powder

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Cool before using.  May be stored in the refrigerator.


Sweet Condensed SOY Milk

Filed under: Dessert,Ice Cream,Uncategorized,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 3:52 pm

(3) Cups of Soy Milk
(3/4) Cup of Sugar
Pinch of salt
Vanilla Extract to taste

Place Soy Milk and Sugar in a pot and stir do not stop stirring during the process and let the milk simmer down until its about 1 cup then add vanilla and salt and stir.

This can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days and used in any recipe you would normally used sweet condensed milk for.