Friday, January 24, 2014

Meyer Lemon Marmalade, Lemonade & Limoncello

School is closed today because of inclement weather. First things first: I made biscuits and got to sample the meyer lemon marmalade that Amy and I made two weekends ago.

I've never made marmalade before, but it was really easy and the meyer lemons were fun to work with. They're so beautiful. Amy picked out the recipe from Food & Wine.

Amy sent me home with some leftover lemons and suggested that I made limoncello. I'll post more about the limoncello when it's finished (the peels are resting for a couple weeks in the alcohol). The limoncello only uses the peels of the lemons, so I saved the juice to make mint lemonade (total treat..I never make lemonade).

No major plans today except doing some cleaning, crafting and some planning for next week's classes. We have very little snow outside, but I might be able to make a miniature snowman.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Copycat Costco Kale Salad & A Trip to Charleston

Last week I traveled to Charleston to visit my friend Danielle and her family. We had a great time of hanging out, eating delicious food, and going downtown. Her oldest daughter turned three while I was there and her baby was trying out new foods (I got to witness avocado). :)

 One night we stayed in and put together dinner at home. She had some kale salad that came from a mix from Costco that was delicious. It reminded me of a Whole Foods one, but better. I replicated it at home. It's so so good. I was happy to find a recipe for poppyseed dressing that uses honey instead of sugar too. 

For the salad:
Several kale leaves, sliced thin
Several brussels sprouts, sliced thin
Several broccoli florets, chopped fine
Sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, or walnuts

For the poppyseed dressing:
3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs. honey
2 tsp. dijon
2 tsp. poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tbs. red onion diced small
3 Tbs. vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil)

Whisk all ingredients for the dressing together except the oil & onion. Slowly whisk in oil. Stir in onion.

Toss to combine & enjoy.