Pomegranate Fall Salad

 

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With the holidays just around the corner it’s definitely not too early to start planning your holiday menu. I’ll be traveling for Christmas, but I still want to be able to bring along something. It’s got to be easy since I’ll have limited access to stores and kitchens. And it’ll need to be fast so I can whip it together in just a few hours after landing. I’m type A through and through so you know, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll be serving already.

Today I was thinking about which salads we’ll be having so I thought I’d test some out. I happened to have a bunch of pomegranates on hand so I decided to build a salad around those. I love how festive the arils look in this salad when paired with the greens, and of course I’m in love with the entire flavor combination of this salad! The onions even add a little spice!

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Beet Salad on a Stick

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I know it’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. Before we know it, we’re all going to have ugly sweaters on the couch, party dresses in the closet, champagne chilling in the fridge, and holly draping the staircase. There will be parties galore, and you’ll probably need a dish for each and every one. Today I’m here to help with an easy little appetizer – Beet Salad on a stick!

When you assemble the salad, I find it’s best to skewer the beet first followed by the goat cheese. I found this is the best order, as the goat cheese tends to crumble a bit. So by putting the cheese in the middle you’re salad tends to stay together better.

If you know me, you know I love recipe that can be changed up, so here’s my suggestions. Since this is a salad . . . you can add lettuce. I’ll let that bomb sink in for a few seconds. I’d put two pieces surrounding the cheese or just serve it over a plate of lettuce. And finally, I sometimes – if I have it around the house – like to add some orange juice to the dressing to give it a little bang. Each bite should have all of the above for an explosion of flavor! Yum!

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Simple Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

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  The one bad thing about cooking for your friends is spending all that time in the kitchen while you could be out laughing and spending time with them. Ok, cleaning up is all that great either, but it’s worth it to spend time with friends. So when friends are over in the summer months, I like to come up with easy grill recipes. It’s the perfect balance. All the prep work is done before everyone arrives. And while the main dish is cooking, everyone can be outside – beer in hand – talking and laughing together. Here’s an easy recipe you can switch out ingredients to make even your pickiest friends happy.  [Read more…]

Strawberry Honey Moscow Mule

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I’ve recently discovered that there is a difference between ginger beer and ginger ale. Ginger beer doesn’t have alcohol, and ginger ale is usually easier to find. I’ve always wondered why people just don’t take the short cut when making Moscow mules. I understand now.

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented. Ginger ale is just soda with ginger in it.  Since Ginger beer isn’t carbonated it has a much more gingery flavor. And just because it says beer, don’t let that fool you. No alcohol plus way less sugar than Ginger ale.  It’s a win-win really. And for the alcohol to make this Moscow mule a real mule, we just use something most of us have in our cabinets already anyway – vodka.

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