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

Ingredients
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

Directions:
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)

Dressing:
Balsamic Vinegar
Tomato Paste
Olive Oil
Basil
Parsley
Oregano
Salt
Pepper
(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.

 

Watermelon Sorbet August 12, 2011

Filed under: Dessert,Fruit,Ice Cream,Sorbet,Summer — laurms15 @ 5:08 pm

1¼ cup sugar
1¼ water
6-7 cups fresh seedless watermelon chunks (about half of the melon)
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice (approximately 3 1/2 medium-sized limes) I usually use add more to taste.

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Place in a bowl to completely cool.

Put the watermelon chunks simple syrup and the lime into a blender or food processor and puree.

Pour the watermelon mixture into the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker.  The sorbet will have soft serve texture. You can enjoy right away or put the sorbet into an airtight container and place in the freezer until firm for about 2 hours.

 

 

Strawberry Sorbet

Filed under: Dessert,Fruit,Ice Cream,Sorbet,Summer — laurms15 @ 5:03 pm

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1lb fresh or frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
(optional)
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other liqueur

Melt the sugar and water together to form a simple syrup and cool.

Mix the strawberries and simple sugar and lemon/lime juice and puree in a blender.

Freeze the mixture in ice cream maker according to directions for the ice cream maker.

 

Mocha Chip Ice Cream July 25, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Dessert,Ice Cream,Summer — laurms15 @ 12:45 pm

1 cup whole milk, chilled
1 can of sweet condensed milk
2 tablespoons instant espresso (I used starbucks instant coffee because its all I could find)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2.5 cups heavy cream, chilled
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I added at least another 1/2 cup to that haha)

In a bowl, whisk together milk, condensed milk, espresso and cocoa until dissolved.  Stir in heavy cream and vanilla.

Pour mixture into ice cream maker bowl and mix until thick, about 25-30 minutes.  About 5 minutes before mixing is complete, add chocolate chips.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer until firm (about 2 hours).

As usual I alternated layers of ice cream and some chocolate syrup.

 

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream July 15, 2011

Filed under: Chocolate,Dessert,Ice Cream,Summer — laurms15 @ 2:09 pm

Ingredients

1-1/8 cups good quality peanut butter (not natural)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/4 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped chocolate peanut butter cup candies


Instructions

In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or whisk to combine the peanut butter and sugar until smooth. Add the milk and mix on low speed until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 25 to 35 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the chopped candy through the top and let mix in completely. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

**When I place in the container to freeze I layer the ice cream and chocolate sauce for extra chocolate.

*** This ice cream is probably one of the most popular that I make!

 

Coconut Lime Sorbet June 7, 2011

Filed under: Dessert,Ice Cream,Sorbet,Summer — laurms15 @ 8:35 pm
  • 2 15-ounce can cream of coconut (preferably Coco Lopez)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
In a bowl whisk together ingredients. Freeze mixture in an ice-cream maker. Transfer sorbet to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.
This was given to me by Rachel. I’m so glad she thought of me!!