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Archive for the ‘Soups and Salads’ Category

Spinach and Strawberry Salad – Simple and Special Recipe!

Spinach and Strawberry Salad - Simple and Special Recipe!

This salad recipe from Whole Foods is the perfect compliment to an Easter ham.  I’m serving it holiday, minus the nuts because my son Jake has an allergy.  Spring is when baby spinach is in season so chances are good you can buy it fresh locally.  I recommend replacing almonds for pine nuts, but it’s really a matter of taste.  For those that do not like goat cheese, Ricotta Salata is a great alternative – it […]

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Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe

Today we’re happy to share a very delicious and healthy, vegan option for your Easter Celebration.  It’s also perfect for any night you want to make a little more special.   This Carrot Ginger Soup  recipe comes from Paulding & Co. – a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco that boasts vast opportunities for bonding and excitement.  Founded by mother-daughter duo Terry and Tracy Paulding, it specializes in creating innovative event ideas for families and corporate entities through […]

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Asian Cobb Salad – Party Platter!

We love sharing delicious recipes that utilizes lots of fresh and healthy ingredients.  This Asian Cobb Salad is perfect for everything from the family dinner to a ladies’ lunch.  Everyone can make it there own way!  Tip: Chop up everything in the morning and keep ingredients separate and fresh in Ziploc® bags, so you are ready to serve it on a moments notice. GLUTEN FREE ASIAN COBB SALAD Created by: Carol Kicinski Serves 4 as […]

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Fresh Onion Soup Recipe

Fresh Onion Soup Recipe

Soup is good food and is also perfect for party time. At your next gathering give this fresher version of french onion soup a try.  It makes a great first course for a dinner party or the main course for a luncheon, serve it with a Roquette salad. Plus onions are really good for you! A quick glimpse at their incredible health benefits: The phytochemicals in onions improve the working of Vitamin C in the […]

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Turkey Rice Soup – Thanksgiving Leftover Idea!

Turkey Rice Soup - Thanksgiving Leftover Idea!

Photo Credit: Alexandra Mascali Here’s a delicious and healthy way to enjoy the leftover Thanksgiving Turkey! This surprisingly hearty and healthy soup is one fortifying meal that warms you up from your head to your toes. It’s a great “make-ahead” dish that is a true treat to share with friends. Print Turkey Rice Soup Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Main Cuisine: American Serves: 6-8   Ingredients 1 turkey carcass 1 lb. leftover turkey, cut into bite-sized pieces 2 stalks […]

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Pumpkin Soup In A Crock Pot!

Pumpkin Soup In A Crock Pot!

When you think of October, you think pumpkins.  I just picked up 3 last night with my little man to carve for Halloween.   They make everyone happy; and don’t forget they taste great and offer big benefits for your health too (read: Pumpkin Superfood!) October is the also the time of year I dusk off my crock pot and get it going again, so what better way to kick off crock pot season than […]

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Simple Garden Gazpacho – Friday Night Bites

Simple Garden Gazpacho - Friday Night Bites

  Soup is good food – from the garden. It’s time for Friday Night Bites and today we have a dish that screams garden fresh goodness. It’s a refreshing and delicious way to serve up some fresh produce – it’s easy too.  Serve it with some fresh crusty bread or focaccia bread and enjoy a taste of summer,   Print Simple Garden Gazpacho Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Main Cuisine: American   Ingredients 4 heirloom tomatoes, washed and […]

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The Best Tomato Salads For Summer!

The Best Tomato Salads For Summer!

It’s tomato season and time to enjoy. Being a Jersey girl, I was raised on the juicy beefsteak, plump cherry, and perfect plum varieties from my Dad’s garden.  I love them all, truly tomatoes possess a very special power over me.  I can eat them plain with a dash of salt, in a salad, or in sauce – not much tastes better to me.   One of my favorites ways to enjoy tomatoes is to […]

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Stacked Tomato and Mozzarella Appetizer Recipe

Stacked Tomato and Mozzarella Appetizer Recipe

Tomatoes are in season; and here in NJ we have some of the best.  To make the most of this fresh farm fare, try this simple but very special appetizer at your next dinner party or summer celebration.  It’s a stand-up version of Caprese Salad! Stacked Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Appetizer makes 1 appetizer 1 large tomato, washed and dried. 2 ounces fresh mozzarella (ball or log shape) 2 to fresh Basil leaves Course Salt, […]

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Conch Ceviche Recipe

Conch Ceviche Recipe

  Today, we’d love to share a very special summer seafood appetizer: Conch Ceviche.  We call it “Key West Ambrosia“. Conch is king in the Key West – also know as the Conch Republic. Instead of an uninspiring salad at your next summer party, serve your guests Conch Ceviche.   The conch marinated in fresh key lime and lemon juice and loaded with lots of fresh produce and herbs. Serve it up in a shell […]

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Proscuitto Wrapped Salad

Proscuitto Wrapped Salad

Perfectly Pretty Salad Recipe If you’re looking for a salad that will wow your family and friends at your next sit down dinner party or luncheon, here’s a recipe that’s perfect! It’s not only pretty to look at it’s delicious.  The combo of Prosciutto, apple, blue cheese and balsamic vinegar tastes like heaven. Apple-Endive Salad Wrapped in Prosciutto di Parma recipe credit: Chef Justin Ward, Harvest Restaurant, Atlanta Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon […]

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Tequila Shrimp and Watermelon Salad – Friday Night Bites

Tequila Shrimp and Watermelon Salad - Friday Night Bites

It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight we have a special salad that’s perfect for kicking off weekend right.  Hope you enjoy! Tequila Shrimp and Watermelon Salad Ingredients: 2 Pounds Cooked Peeled, Cleaned and Chilled Cocktail Shrimp 2 Cups Seedless 1 Inch Watermelon ( or mix of melon) Cubes or any balls using melon baller 1 bag of baby spinach or arugula Dressing: 1 cup Casa Noble Tequila 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice 1/3 […]

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Two Amazing Summer Salad Recipes from Chef Laura Pensiero

Two Amazing Summer Salad Recipes from Chef Laura Pensiero

Today we are sharing two secret recipes for great salad!  Both come from JUST SALAD Executive Chef, Laura Pensiero.   Thanks to Chef Laura we can now make these at home and serve them at our summer parties! Chef and Nutritionist Laura Pensiero works with the Just Salad brand to design each inspired salad on its original and seasonal menus. As a cookbook author, nutrition and culinary consultant, registered dietitian and health educator, Chef Laura lends her culinary […]

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Amazing Summer Salad – 1st Recipe In The Chef “Ups” Summer Series From A Bullseye View

Amazing Summer Salad - 1st Recipe In The Chef "Ups" Summer Series From A Bullseye View

Our friends at Bullseye View are partnering with famous chefs this summer to take culinary classics to the next level!  Each week, A Bullseye View will feature a new chef  “up” their favorite summer dish with a special, signature twist.  Kicking off the series for A Bullseye View is Chef Francis Dimitrius, Executive Chef at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills, Calif and Food Network’s ”Extreme Chef” Winner (2011). Chef Francis serves up a mouthwatering culinary creation, Sesame Noodle […]

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Summer Garden Salad – Friday Night Bites

Summer Garden Salad - Friday Night Bites

It’s time for Friday Night Bites, and tonight we’re serving some garden fresh goodness that’s the perfect pairing for lobster! Wondering what to pair with your lobster? Some feel it really stands alone and doesn’t require a side. However, when entertaining you may want to serve a complementary side dish that doesn’t detract from but enhances the lobster. Since corn on the cob, green beans and lightly dressed salads are popular accompaniments, we decided to […]

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Chicken & Rice Soup -Friday Night Bites

Chicken & Rice Soup -Friday Night Bites

It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight we have some soup for the soul! We love serving a one-pot meal on Friday night, it makes clean-up easy, so we can start enjoying the weekend, as soon as dinner’s done.    Add some fresh bread and Vino (lightly oaked Chardonnay is a great match) if you like, and you have a meal that’s just right for inviting guests to join.   Print Chicken & Rice […]

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20 ‘Soup Or Bowl’ Recipes – Perfect Super Bowl Food!

20 'Soup Or Bowl' Recipes - Perfect Super Bowl Food!

  I wanted to try something a little different this year for the Super Bowl, so I curated a collection of 20 recipes from the blog on Pinterest.  Included are appetizers, soups, entrees and even a dessert.  Each recipe is served in a bowl (or a bowl shape) which means guests won’t miss a single tackle, pass or play, because they can eat and watch the big game at the same time.  Plus, not only […]

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How To Cook Quinoa – 2013 HOT Food Trend

How To Cook Quinoa - 2013 HOT Food Trend

As you know this month, we’ll be covering What’s HOT in Food for 2013.  Today, we’re embracing #12 on the list of TOP 20 Trends: Non-wheat noodles/pasta like QUINOA. You can mix anything you like with quinoa.  It serves as an excellent base for vegetables, meat, spices and even fruit.  You can serve it hot or cold, and as a main dish, side, soup or salad.  It’s as versatile as it is healthy for you!  […]

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Bacon Pomegranate Spinach Salad – Friday Night Bites!

Bacon Pomegranate Spinach Salad - Friday Night Bites!

Photo Credit: Alexandra Mascali It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight we have a fun salad featuring crunchy bacon bits.  This Bacon Pomegranate Salad also includes tangy red onions and a pop of tart and crunchy pomegranate seeds.   It’s a perfectly simple and special way to start the weekend.  Enjoy! Print Bacon Pomegranate Salad Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Salad Cuisine: American   Ingredients 12 oz. spinach/spring mix lettuce, washed and dried 1 medium red onion, […]

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Citrus Salad – Friday Night Bites

Citrus Salad - Friday Night Bites

  It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight we have a “lite bite” that’s perfect for feeling right! The combination of sweet mandarin oranges and tartly sweet Craisins®  add a punch of flavor and festive color to this delicious salad.  Enjoy!   Print Citrus Salad Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Salad Cuisine: American Serves: 6-8   Ingredients 12 oz. spinach/spring mix lettuce, washed and dried 15 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained ¾ cup Craisins Italian dressing (use your […]

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Potato Corn Chowder Recipe – Friday Night Bites

Potato Corn Chowder Recipe - Friday Night Bites

  It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight’s recipe is great for a cold Friday night. This potato corn chowder instantly warms you up. The best thing about this full-flavored soup is the contrasting textures of the potato and corn, which enhances this hearty dish. Plus, it’s easy to make, easy to reheat, and easy to enjoy! – Alexandra Mascali   5.0 from 1 reviews Print Potato Corn Chowder Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Main   […]

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Perfect Gluten Free Party Salad Recipe!

Perfect Gluten Free Party Salad Recipe!

This delicious, gluten free salad is packed with flavor.  Fresh cilantro, cranberries, lime, edamame and Tamari Ginger dressing give it an incredible taste and texture.  It’s a party in your mouth and it makes a perfect salad for entertaining this fall and through the holidays! Coconut Quinoa Salad Created by: Amie Valpone Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups cooked shelled edamame 1 (15 oz.) can white beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup finely diced red […]

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Butternut Squash Soup Appetizer

Butternut Squash Soup Appetizer

Here is a great recipe for fall entertaining, Butternut Squash.  It’s in season, so enjoy this sweet treat while it’s here.  It’s a one of our  party menu favorites.  These soup shot appetizers are fun to serve and keep guests happy until dinner is on the table.  They’re also perfect for homegating parties, simply sip while watching the game on Sunday. Butternut Squash Soup Shots (Makes 8-10 Shots) Ingredients: 3 lb. butternut squash, halved and […]

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Julia Child’s Vichyssoise Cold Leek & Potato Soup – #JC100

Julia Child's Vichyssoise Cold Leek & Potato Soup – #JC100

“Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.” – Julia Child Elizabeth and I were invited to celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday by joining several other foodies in promoting a Julia Child recipe each week.  You can imagine how excited we were – a Birthday Party for a culinary icon like Julia Child!  That’s our wheel house – so […]

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Perfect Italian Pasta Salad!

Perfect Italian Pasta Salad!

Here’s the perfect match for grilled meats from the BBQ.  You can mix up a big bowl for guests or bring it along to a summer party where you’re the guest.  As tomatoes come into season, it just gets better!   Print ELIZABETH’S ITALIAN PASTA SALAD Author: Elizabeth Mascali Recipe type: Side   Ingredients 1 16 oz. box medium shells, gemelli or farfelle (bowtie) pasta – (I like the way these pastas work in a pasta salad […]

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Fresh Fig and Prosciutto Salad

Fresh Fig and Prosciutto Salad

I’m so excited to report we finally have a fig tree (the little guy is pictured below)!   I can’t wait till it bears fruit, but many say this could take a few years.  Until then, I will continue to rely on the kindness of my neighbors at the beach, who share their bounty with us each year.   I love fresh figs, and enjoy them on cheese plates, roasted, stuffed, baked in desserts or raw in […]

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Ziploc® FreshOver Haul – Asian Cobb Salad Recipe!

  Tonight Elizabeth and I are headed to the Ziploc® FreshOver Haul event with Rachel Ray, in NYC tonight.  We will be enjoying some of America’s favorite dishes that Rachael has given a “freshness makeover”. We can’t wait to share Rachel’s recipes and tips for incorporating more fresh foods into your daily diet.   Ziploc® and Rachael Ray will also shed light on their mission to help Americans eat fresh.  We’ve always been a proponent of […]

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GLUTEN FREE CRUNCHY CHICKEN PEANUT SALAD by San-J

Give this delicious, healthy and gluten-free salad a try.  The flavor of the fresh ingredients is really brought to life  with San-J Gluten Free Tamari Peanut Dressing.  YUM! GLUTEN FREE CRUNCHY CHICKEN PEANUT SALAD Created by: Carol Kicinski Serves 6 as entrée Ingredients 1 1/2 cups San-J Gluten Free Tamari Peanut Dressing 1 head Napa cabbage, shredded 1 small head red cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded 2 cups shredded […]

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Elizabeth’s Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

This soup screams fresh healthiness! I’m always searching for an easy way to get more servings of vegetables into my diet. How much easier does it get than dicing up a bunch of them and blending them up into a delicious soup – you would never know this tomato soup is loaded with veggies, it’s that good! Elizabeth’s Easy Tomato Soup Ingredients ¼ cup Olive Oil 2 carrots (peeled and thinly sliced) 2 stalks celery […]

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Gluten-Free Lentil, Sausage and Almond Soup with Nut•Thins® – Considerate Entertaining

Warm Up with a Healthy, Gluten -Free & Hearty Meatless Soup and be sure to check out more recipes at BlueDiamond.com When entertaining you need to consider the dietary restrictions of your guests.  One issue that keeps coming up for me is the need for many of my friends and their children to eat gluten-free.  If you are gluten-free or entertaining someone that is this winter, try this delicious soup.   To make it more special, […]

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The Best Potato Soup

The Best Potato Soup

Potato soup in all its glorious forms (potato chowder, baked potato soup, potato & corn chowder) has always been a favorite of mine, but it can be so heavy. So driven by my love for potato soup, I entered the kitchen inspired to create a “lighter” version without sacrificing the flavor. No one can believe there’s no cream or even dairy in this recipe, it’s that good!- Elizabeth Ingredients 2 tubs chicken Knorr Homestyle Stock […]

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The ‘Surprise Guests’ Summer Salad!

The 'Surprise Guests' Summer Salad!

Try serving this gorgeous salad when guests pay a surprise visit this summer.  It’s perfect for impromptu parties because it takes just 15 minutes to make.  I love the way it tastes and looks with its delicious layers of sweet, sour and crunchy!   Add a fresh loaf of country bread and you have a hearty lunch or lite dinner.  The recipe comes from the Betty Crocker website, which is full of great ideas for everything […]

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Two Super Spring Salad Recipes!

Spring is here and so many fruits and vegetables we missed all winter are back in season.  Here are two delicious and easy recipes for putting some spring into your salad and wowing your family and guests.  Note: Grilled Chicken or Shrimp on either can turn this salad into a meal. Spring Greens Fruit Salad (Crowd Size) – From Betty Crocker Ingedients 1/2 cup champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar 1/4 cup olive or vegetable […]

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Grilled Cheese Is Cool Party Food!

An American Mom Classic and in my book one of the greatest comfort food pairings of all time, tomato soup and grilled cheese is now being featured on the menus of high-end restaurants across the country.  It’s stealing the spotlight as the trendy comfort food of choice; toppling the very played-out gourmet versions of mac and cheese we have seen over the past few years.  So, take your cue from the culinary world and serve […]

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Score Big with Taco Soup and Sunday Football!

Reposting this recipe from last year, because it’s so good! Let’s get ready for some Football!  Sundays during Football Season provide the perfect opportunity for some stress free entertaining.  Invite friends and family over to share the day cheering on the home team and enjoy some good food.  Score big by serving up Taco Soup.  It’s a perfect dish for this type of get-together – easy to make, delicious to eat and inexpensive for serving […]

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