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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apple and Basil Gazpacho


Today is Crazy Ingredient Challenge Day!  CIC is the headed up by Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade - this is one group of talented chefs who come up with these recipes each month, made with, well, crazy ingredients!


I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I heard that this month's ingredients were apples and basil.  I love both ingredients in both sweet and savory recipes.  The Apple and Basil Gazpacho I made is sort of a combination of both!


This is a super recipe for hot weather (something we've had a lot of lately).  And if you're not in the mood for something cold?  Try it hot - also delicious!


I love the flavor of the basil with the bright strong flavor of the apples.  I used cinnamon basil that I have growing in my yard - just the perfect flavor combination!


Before you get to my recipe, see what other fantastic recipes that my fellow Crazy Ingredient Chefs have made:







Apple and Basil Gazpacho

by Susan @ Love from the Kitchen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes plus 3 hours to chi
Keywords: blender soup/stew Apple Basil
Ingredients (Serves 6)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced, plus one for garnish
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped, plus several sprigs to garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the apples and saute until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend unti smooth.
  5. Stir in the heavy cream and remove from heat.
  6. Chill for three hours and serve cold.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tuesday's Table for September 16, 2014

Welcome to Tuesday's Table!  Thank you so much for coming by and sharing all of your wonderful ideas.  I get such inspiration from everyone's links!







This week's feature is Cannin Peaches from Our 4 Kiddos.  I am {moderately} obsessed with canning, though I haven't gotten around to canning peaches yet.  This easy recipe makes me want to try!  To see how to re-create this. step-by-step, in your kitchen, head over and see this wonderful site.





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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mediterranean Chicken



Not too long ago, we were driving with my father-in-law and spotted a restaurant that served Mediterranean Food.  My father-in-law asked what was considered "Mediterranean Food" exactly.  He figured maybe it was pizza.




The countries that have inspired Mediterranean food all surround the Mediterranean Sea. These cultures have eating habits that developed over thousands of years. In Europe, parts of Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, and southern France have congtributed to what is considered Medierranean food, as have Morocco and Tunisia in North Africa. Even parts of the Balkan region and Turkey as well as Middle Eastern countries like Lebanon and Syria have Mediterranean food in their roots.

The Mediterranean region is warm and sunny, and produces large supplies of fresh fruits and vegetables almost year round that people eat many times per day. Wine, bread, olive oil, nuts, and legumes (beans and lentils) are other staples of the region. The preparation and sharing of meals is a very important and festive part of Mediterranean culture as well, and Mediterranean cuisine is popular around the world for its flavors.

So pizza yes, but also so much more.  This fast and easy chicken dish has many ingredients and flavors of the Mediterranean.



Rustic and filling, this tasty chicken has all the flavors of the Mediterranean and just a little bit of heat!



Mediterranean Chicken

by Susan @ Love in the Kitchen
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Keywords: saute entree chicken artichoke hearts garbanzo beans Mediterranean
Ingredients (Serves 8)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chiken breasts
  • 3 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 15 ounce cans Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 14 ounce cans Artichoke Hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen peas
Instructions
  • Dice the chicken breast and saute in large skillet over medium heat until browned.
  • Add the bell peppers and saute until the peppers are soft.
  • Add Garbanzo Beans, Artichoke Hearts, rosemary, cumin, coriander, oregano, ground cayenne and chicken broth.
  • Bring to a simmer and add the frozen peas. Simmer until the peas are heated through.
  • Serve hot with crusty French Bread.
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Monday, September 08, 2014

Tuesday's Table for September 9, 2014

Welcome to Tuesday's Table!  Thank you so much for coming by and sharing all of your wonderful ideas.  I get such inspiration from everyone's links!







This week's feature is 2 KIds and Tired Cooks' Milky Way Brownie Bites.  I have a terrible weakness for chocolate and caramel.  And brownies.  Together?  Yum!!  To see how to re-create this yummy treat in your kitchen, head over and see this wonderful site.





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