Friday, July 31, 2020

Cashew Basil Cream

Creamy cashew basil sauce, cashews, basil

I am excited about this simple cashew creamy sauce that not only can be made using a variety of ingredients, it also can be used on a variety of different dishes! I'm sharing my favorite way to prepare it which is the basic cashew basil cream. 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

A Peek At My Week 7/26

a beautiful hydrangea bush

This has been a really hot week with temperatures rising to the mid-high 90's all week. I haven't felt much like cooking, so I've been making salads. 
We are still sheltering at home and my routine is pretty much the same: walking in the morning, reading, blogging, watching Netflix, and cooking, and having my older son and his family for dinner on the deck on Friday nights!  The hydrangeas are definitely thriving in this weather!

What I'm Watching:

Hamilton: On Disney+ through July 
They are showing an actual live performance  of the Broadway Play- Hamilton filmed in New York City prior to Covid. It is excellent and so worth taking the opportunity to watch it if you have Disney+: It's through July. 

Also Watching a Netflix Series:   

Quantico is a fast moving action packed series about a woman training to work for the FBI. She finds herself victimized by a terrorist group. It is fascinating to see the way she works her way out of the mess and the long tangled story of her life before she joins the FBI. I thought it was a new series, until my son told me her watched it on television at least 6 years ago. Regardless, I'm enjoying it and recommend it!

What I'm Cooking: 
Corn, Cucumber and Olive Salad (Recipe Here)
This is a really different and tasty summer salad made with freshly cut off the cob raw crunchy kernels of corn, whole pitted black olives, red onion, celery, cucumber and spices. Summer corn is in full season here in Pennsylvania now.

corn, cucumber and olive salad
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Red Cabbage Potato Salad  (Recipe Link)

Summer red cabbage and potato salad
This photo was taken before I mixed the salad

Another very tasty salad that is made with potatoes, red onion, red cabbage, and parsley. This hearty salad is vegan so there is no mayonaise, but it is dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. It's kind of like two sides in one- the starchy potato and the raw salad veggies.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Kasha Varnishkes Like Bubbie Made

Have you ever heard of Kasha Varnishkes? No one made Kasha Varnishkes like my "Bubbie" (grandmother) who emigrated from Russia solo to the USA in the early 1900's. At the age of 16, she brought little with her except her courage and her recipes.

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One of my favorites was her hearty and savory recipe which is a mix of pasta, sautéed onions, and buckwheat groats (kasha). 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

A Peek at My Week 7/17

We have started to a little more active outside ( not indoors anywhere)
This week I'm reviewing "100 recipes to live to 100! from the Blue Zone Cookbook- 2 Netflix Shows, and a Middle Eastern dessert and a yellow beet soup. 

Yellow Beet Borsht

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Traditional beet borsht has a bright brilliant red color. Red beets can be hard to work with because they stain everything, including your hands and the countertop. This borsht recipe was made using golden yellow beets, which produced a beautiful yellow soup that tasted lovely and didn't stain anything. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Easy Strawberry Mint Popsicles

popsicles from fresh strawberries and fresh mint

You might think popsicles are just for kids, but in this heat, my husband and I really enjoy them. During this pandemic, I am especially focusing on "individual" ways to serve friends and family outside on my deck. Popsicles qualify!  

Sunday, July 5, 2020

A Peek At My Week 7/3

This post is about another week of sheltering at home, book review, Youtube documentary review, and two amazing summer salad recipes.