Tuesday, July 10, 2012

-Pear Almond Crisp, with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream-

I know its July and the last thing anyone is thinking about is turning on the oven to bake but trust me you absolutely must try this recipe...you will be so happy you did! I have to confess I LOVE to bake more so even than  to cook... I have this need at least once a week to turn on the oven and bake.... I just cant help my self... If your looking for a super yummy and as easy as can be dessert to whip up you have found it , yup this crisp is so great and so easy...top with some vanilla bean ice cream and you have dessert bliss.....

                                                             -Pear Almond Crisp-
                                                                  3 Pears
                                                                  1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
                                                                  1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
                                                                  1/2 Cup flour
                                                                  1/2 Cup Quaker quick cook oats
                                                                  1 Tbsp Cinnamon
                                                                  1/2 Tbsp Nutmeg
                                                                  4 tbsp of butter
                                                                Pre-heat oven to 350
Chop pears uniformly, place in  a 12"  round baking dish .Next place dry ingredients plus chopped almonds in a mixing bowl & mix  dry ingredients well...melt the 4 tbsp of butter and pour over dry ingredient mixture .Stir until you have a "strudel like crumb mixture" Pour over pears and bake @ 350 for 30-40 minutes....Place warm pear crisp on a pretty plate then top with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream...Yum Yum!!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

-Watermelon Arugula Salad-

This salad is from one of my favorite chef's....I love her recipes,  they are not only amazing but pretty easy to prepare.. If you read her cookbooks she even talks about keeping things pretty simple..& stress free .... Entertaining is easy &  ingredients for the recipes you will actually use again and again....

I have all of her cookbooks and they are my go to for dinners all the time...I just love her ,hope you enjoy this one!!! Run out and grab her cookbook you will be so thrilled you did! THIIS Recipe is from the Bare Foot Contessa....
                                                         - Watermelon Arugula Salad-
                                                              1 pkg of Arugula
                                                              1 Small Watermelon Cubed
                                                              1-6 oz pkg feta cheese
                                                              1- Red Onion

Place washed Arugula on a pretty platter, then add watermelon, red onion and feta cheese toss gently
I used a strawberry vinaigrette for dressing you can leave it as is or use a dressing of your choice this salad is so great for this time of  year I hope you make this soon you will be so happy you did!