Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Here is another poppy seed dressing I’ve been making.

A sweet Poppy Seed Dressing
Perfect for fruit and vegetable salads, this makes any side dish taste like dessert!
Was great drizzled on Chicken
 Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, mustard, and salt. Shake vigorously and allow flavors to blend at room temperature, at least 30 minutes.

This can also be put in a blender

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Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Salad Dressing

Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Salad Dressing

Lyn was going through a poppy seed dressing thing for a short while I found the store bought just too sweet and figured it could make it at home cheaper also.

I tried a few and will post separately  since this is my cook book so to speak.

this one was from “The cafe sucre farine” and I borrowed their picture

 

Ingredients
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds

How

This is a hard one

Place all ingredient in jar and shake well. Alternatively place in a blender and give it a few spurts. this come out a more creamy dressing.

I had and my 3 year old niece would say a situation  here with the last batch I made. I was making a double batch and the container I like very much broke. I’ll write them and they should replace, they are very good about that this is not my first time I guess I’m rough on them. I held back the tears and dumped it into the blender as Lyn suggested.

 

Chef’n Emulstir Salad Dressing Mixer

 Then got replaced with lets see what they send next

 

 

Pineapple Cilantro Napa Cabbage Slaw

Pineapple Cilantro Napa Cabbage Slaw

We went to the mountains to find our Zen and get medical, metaphysical and general outlook on health enlightening, Canyon ranch highly recommended. The fist night we went to dinner the service was great the food excellent and the servings were perfect size, maybe small to some but  a good reminder of what it really should be. Concepts like changing back our  focus from what for dinner well lets see steak maybe chicken and some vegetables to lets make some roasted veggies and maybe steaks for the side. Did that for a long time can’t remember how we slipped away. Anyway I took a lot of hands on cooking classes and they always had a lunch and learn demo where you sit, listen learn make a few new friends as you eat some great food. I sharpened my knife skills, diced, minced and nibbled oh sorry chef’s treats, and thoroughly enjoyed my self. Maggie the Demo chef was great, open and warm after the week she got to know me and we compared notes mostly me stealing some of her ideas.

Anyway home and trying out a few things.

Grab

Ingredients

  • 1 small head Napa cabbage, about 1 pound shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced  ( if this is too string for you try scallions they are milder
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3/4 cup diced pineapple – fresh is best, in a pinch like today canned
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 table spoons pineapple juice concentrate.

How

Combine all  vegetables and in large bowl and toss.

Combine mustard, honey, pineapple and pineapple juice concentrate. Pour over vegetables and mix well.

I believe this will be better later in day or tomorrow, my general rule, taught by Mom .

 

 

SHAWARMA-SPICED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH GARLIC YOGURT

SHAWARMA-SPICED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH GARLIC YOGURT

Lyn and I both agreed that the combination of spice was pretty darn good. I added some diced cucumbers in the sauce.  Easy to prepare cooks in no time.

 

 

Cook Time: 15 minutes

An easy, grilled chicken version of the classic Turkish street food which is usually cooked on a rotating spit. It is perfect served over couscous with yogurt and cucumbers as I did here, or try it with rice pilaf, or on a pita.  Other sides that would work are tomatoes, tahini, olives, feta, or hummus. Harissa would also work great to add some spice!

INGREDIENTS:

CHICKEN:

  • 1 pound (2) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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GARLIC YOGURT SAUCE:

  • 1 (7-ounce) container 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • Chopped parsley (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place the chicken breasts, 1 at a time, in a Ziploc bag.
  • Pound each breast to an even thickness, about ½-inch thick, being careful not to puncture the bag.
  • Place pounded chicken breasts back into bag and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine olive oil and lemon juice.  Whisk until combined.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, red pepper, salt and black pepper and whisk again.
  • Pour the marinade into the bag with the chicken, massaging it to evenly coat.
  • Refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
  • In a small bowl (or right in the container), combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and salt.
  • Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Over medium-high heat, grill the chicken for 3 minutes or until it no longer sticks to the grill.
  • Turn the chicken and grill an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes then slice it thinly, across the grain.
  • Top each breast with 2 tablespoons sauce and a sprinkle of parsley.

Serve.

I put mine in a roll up with arugula and Lyn chopped her breast then added to some chopped arugula salad.

it was protein day so no veggies in this, arugula is a spice not a veggie, so on protein day we eat a lot of arugula.

Arugula, also known as salad or garden rocket, is one of the nutritious green-leafy vegetable of Mediterranean origin. It is a small, low growing annual herb featuring dandelion like succulent, elongated, lobular leaves with green-veins.

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Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Tarragon Dressing and Bacon

Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Tarragon Dressing and Bacon

Kathy inspired us with her broccoli salad so we searched for other recipes.

After checking out Moe’s Southwest Grill  for the first time this afternoon we were so full  that this was a perfect lite dinner. Moe’s was another thing Kathy inspired, she had their guacamole at the company BBQ and I thought it was pretty darn good.  We were on our way back from Wrentham Outlets and Lyn was hungry so she choose Moe’s. 

This turned out to be a really refreshing salad. The crisp apple was the perfect touch, everything was complimented by the tarragon and whole grain Dijon mustard dressing. While we were making it I said corn would be a great addition, Lyn said garbanzo beans. After tasting it I don’t think adding anything is necessary. You could skip the bacon if you don’t eat meat but there is something with a little hint of bacon. Now we have a giant bowl and I’m sure by midweek it will be quite enough if you know what I mean. Why we made for 9 is beyond me.

This is a refreshing new twist on the broccoli-and-bacon picnic standard that sometimes gets drenched in mayonnaise dressing.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2014

Yield: Serves 9 (serving size: about 1 cup)

Hands-on:15 Minutes

Total:3 Hours, 15 Minutes

Ingredients

         Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
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  • Salad

  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Jazz or Gala apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 2 Applewood-smoked bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

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How

Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl, and let stand for 10 minutes. Add yogurt, mayonnaise, and tarragon; stir with a whisk.

 

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With processor on, add broccoli through the food chute of a food processor fitted with the slicer attachment. Transfer broccoli to a bowl.

Add juice to bowl of food processor. Repeat procedure with apples; add apples to bowl with broccoli.

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Combine dressing and broccoli mixture; toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours. Stir in bacon just before serving.

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Serve

My Finished Dish

My Finished Dish not as pretty as their but mighty tasty

Kathy’s Broccoli Salad

Every year we all look forward to the company BBQ at Bruce’s  good food, drinks and company. Horseshoes was replaced by a similar game that you toss bean bags and instead of a pole it’s a hole. Stewart’s kids make a beeline for the pool while the rest of us watch and chat. I loved when Stewart’s youngest son tried the dark chocolate coated ice cream, “ DISGUSTING” as he handed it to his mother, his face must have resembled mine at that age the first time I tasted semisweet cooking chocolate, not what I expected. Anyway, Bruce’s wife Kathy made the best broccoli salad I have ever had, it disappeared very quickly.

Thanks Kathy’s this was great!!

She said that she does not follow the amounts exactly and to me that is what cooking is all about tweaking to your likes.

brocolli salad

Salad

  • 1 lb of bacon – cooked and broken into pieces
  • Broccoli maybe 1 to 2 heads
  • 12 oZ white cheddar cheese- shreddedDressing¾ cup sugar

Blend in blender

  • Add to all other ingredients ½ hour before serving
  • 4 TBSP Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups Mayo

Blend in blender

Add to all other ingredients ½ hour before serving