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A Taste of Summer- Sassy Strawberry Lemonade

Everybody loves strawberry time. Its truly one of the first true signs of summer! The smell of fresh strawberries brings a smile to my face!! On memorial day, my husband Mark and daughter Caitlyn ventured slightly east on Long Island to the Garden of Eve Organic farm.

We bought four empty pints and headed to the strawberry patch! The strawberries were ripe and abundant. After that we enjoyed playtime in their children’s play area and looked longingly at all the amazing plants they had for sale.

After the hours of enjoyment, I couldn’t wait to get home to make something and after a hot day in the patch there was nothing better to be had then a glass of ice cold lemonade!

I don’t know about you but I don’t enjoy my lemonade sickeningly sweet so this is a refreshing child friendly version of a summer classic

Ingredients:
1 cup of finely diced strawberries with 2 tbsp of sugar added
1 quart of water
6-8 tbsp of sugar
1 cup of lemon juice

1) Finely dice strawberries and add the 2 tbsp of sugar to them. Let them sit to draw the juices out of the strawberries
2) Mix the strawberries, lemon and water to make the lemonade. It is best left to sit for 1-2 hours to let the flavor develop or overnight
3) Serve over ice or well chilled!

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Big Game- Last Minute Amazing Guacamole

I cant help but say that I am addicted to guacamole.I shared a recipe earlier in the week that was awesome and this one is slightly different but just as delicious. I suggest if you are making this for more then 2 people I would double it.
Ingredients:
– 2 ripe avocados
– 1/4 of a large red onion diced finely
– 1 lime
– 1/4 cup of salsa verde ( i used the one from Trader Joes)
– salt and pepper to taste
– tortilla chips

1) Cut, pit and scoop out avocado and place in a medium sized bowl
2) Cut the lime and squeeze its juices over the avocado
3) Add the salsa verde as well as salt and pepper
4) Mashed to desired consistency and enjoy with yummy tortilla chips!

Enjoy the big game and go Giants!
2) Cut lime in half and squeeze over the avocados

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Souper Bowl Week Continues ! – Sassy Split Pea Soup

I never knew my hidden love for split pea soup until one day when we had an extra ham hock lying around after a family dinner so I said boldly I will take it home and make split pea soup….I had just been to Vermont visiting family and picked up some split peas from Dakin Farms and was excited to see what could happen.

I went home and did my meta recipe search again (as any good PT would do when picking out treatment techniques). Here is the recipe I came up with …. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
* 1 lb of split peas- picked over for shells etc
* 2 quarts of chicken stock
*1- ham steak or ham hock with extra meat (ham steak should be 7-8 oz in weight and chopped/diced finely or to your own liking
* 2 stalks of celery- chopped finely
* 2 Carrots- chopped finely
* 1/2 of a large onion
* 1-2 tbsp of canola oil
* salt and pepper to taste
1) Chop and finely dice all of the above ingredients
2) Heat your soup pot to medium heat and add finely chopped vegetables and sweat them for 5-6 minutes until onions and celery are translucent, (Add some salt and pepper at this stage to help add to the depth of flavor)
3) Add ham and continue cooking until heated through
4) Add chicken broth and split peas. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for 1 hour to and 1 hour and a half
5) Ladle into soup bowl and enjoy with some hot crusty bread.

Souper Bowl Week Continues …. Italian Wedding Soup !

Long Island has been blanketed with a fresh “dusting” of 15 inches or so of snow. I unlike most other Long Islanders absolutely love snow !!! I think it’s God’s way of saying shhhhh rest ! I love to cook on snow days as well as knit. On our last snow day I made a big huge batch of Italian Wedding soup. Here is the recipe from my kitchen to yours! Enjoy !
Italian wedding soup
Ingredients:
• Olive oil for soup pot
• 1 medium onion finely diced
• a bit of kosher salt for the onions to taste
• 1 lb lean ground turkey
• 1 large egg
• ¾ cup maybe more bread crumbs
• 2 14 oz containers of turkey broth or chicken broth
• 1 10 oz container of fresh spinach

1) Grab your favorite soup pot out of your pan closet. Set on stovetop with your range set to medium heat
2) Dice onion to desired size ( I like my onions in my soup really really small) add to soup pot and sweat for 10 or so minutes. Onions should be translucent and not turn brown.
3) Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl mix together turkey, bread crumbs and egg. This mixture is a bit sticky but the consistency comes out great later. If you would like a stiffer meatball just add more breadcrumbs.
4) Add broth to onions, bring to a simmer and add meatballs. Cook without stirring for 5 minutes or until meatballs float. Add Israeli couscous at this time.
5) Let soup continue to cook for a couple minutes approx 7-10 minutes
6) Add spinach. It will look like a lot but will cook down fast.
7) Serve and enjoy ! Its delicious!

Amazing Guacamole!

Today we had an amazing family gathering! I was fortunate enough to not have to make much as we did soup and sandwiches… But I had to add a homemade touch…. So I meta searched my recipe archives and tailored and came up with my amazing guacamole recipe! It was so amazing it made a non avocado fan a believer in guac!

Here is the recipe:
-3 avocados ripe, cut and removed from shell
– one quarter of a large onion ( yellow oe red) approximately 1/4 cup finely
diced
– salt and pepper to taste
– half of a cup of salsa
– 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Combine in a large bowl. Mash avocados and combine all ingredients let sit for a while before serving to allow flavors to blend.

Serve with your favorite scoop able corn chips!!! Yummy!

Snow Day Italian Wedding Soup

Long Island has been blanketed with a fresh “dusting” of 15 inches or so of snow. I unlike most other Long Islanders absolutely love snow !!! I think it’s God’s way of saying shhhhh rest ! I love to cook on snow days as well as knit. On our last snow day I made a big huge batch of Italian Wedding soup. Here is the recipe from my kitchen to yours! Enjoy !
Italian wedding soup
Ingredients:
• Olive oil for soup pot
• 1 medium onion finely diced
• a bit of kosher salt for the onions to taste
• 1 lb lean ground turkey
• 1 large egg
• ¾ cup maybe more bread crumbs
• 2 14 oz containers of turkey broth or chicken broth
• 1 10 oz container of fresh spinach

1) Grab your favorite soup pot out of your pan closet. Set on stovetop with your range set to medium heat
2) Dice onion to desired size ( I like my onions in my soup really really small) add to soup pot and sweat for 10 or so minutes. Onions should be translucent and not turn brown.
3) Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl mix together turkey, bread crumbs and egg. This mixture is a bit sticky but the consistency comes out great later. If you would like a stiffer meatball just add more breadcrumbs.
4) Add broth to onions, bring to a simmer and add meatballs. Cook without stirring for 5 minutes or until meatballs float. Add Israeli couscous at this time.
5) Let soup continue to cook for a couple minutes approx 7-10 minutes
6) Add spinach. It will look like a lot but will cook down fast.
7) Serve and enjoy ! Its delicious!

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