Thursday, June 30, 2011

Recipe for Peach-Basil-Onion Salad

Since my post on Monday I have received several emails requesting the recipe for the salad.  My disclaimer is that this is NOT my recipe, but from the June 2011 edition of Martha Stewart Living. 

It is delicious and we made it again Tuesday night with some peaches I got from my great friend/masseuse, Connie.  The second time I made it I didn't really measure anything, more eye-balled it.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any comments/questions or if you added something that you just loved and wanted to share with me :)

Peach-Basil-Red Onion Salad
Toss 3 peaches, sliced 1/2 inch thick, with 1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced, 1/2 cup fresh basil (leaves torn if large), the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and some freshly ground pepper.  Drizzle with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Serves 4
Per serving: 81 calories, 0 g saturated fat, 3 g unsaturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 13 g carbohydrates, 140 mg sodium, 1 g protein, 2 g fiber


Monday, June 27, 2011

Dinner 6/26/11

My husband and I have decided (like we have many other times, lol) that we will once again make an effort to eat more healthy meals when we are at home.  Last night was the first home cooked meal with this goal in mind and I am quite pleased how it turned out.

Pictured above is our meal of shrimp lettuce wraps and a peach-basil-onion salad.  You can also see the bottom of my glass of lemonade with vodka and mint. 

It was such a beautiful day yesterday that I thought we could enjoy a fresh summery meal on the back patio.  I had jotted down some notes of my first edition of Martha Stewart Living (June 2011) courtesy of my friend Jenny, which had some splendid menu ideas.

I made the summer mayonaise which I coated the shrimp with and we then wrapped in butter lettuce.  I also found the peach-basil-onion salad recipe from the same magazine.

Martha also had a recipe for a delightful lemonade and suggested the addition of mint and vodka for a cool cocktail.  We have a fully blooming lemon tree in the backyard, so the husband picked about 20 lemons, juiced them, and then I got to work on following Martha's easy-to-follow recipes.

The meal was a complete hit.  The only change for next time will be that we will BBQ the shrimp with some seasoning first as it needed just a bit more flavor.

The summery mayo made A TON - I was so amazed that making your own mayo was so easy by the way.  I made tuna for my husband and I for lunch today and we will have some Tuna salad for dinner tomorrow. 

Thanks for reading and I definitely recommend both recipes. 


I do apologize - I cannot believe I have been MIA for over two months! Where has the time gone!? Well a brief update/explanation and I am hopeful I will be back posting regular blogs now. 

My husband was in Japan for 3 weeks for work.  Having had a recent break in at my residence it was somewhat nerve-racking, but all is well and he is home safe now. He also spent four of the last six weeks working down South at a military base in which he stayed down there only coming home on weekends.  I am hopeful that he does not have another work related trip for a bit.

Our vacation planned for May 27th through June 8th was cancelled.  We had planned to visit my grandparents in Maine and just a few short weeks (on May 9th) he passed away.  We have rescheduled our trip for later this month in which we will be going to Toronto, Niagra Falls, and Michigan (where the hubby's family is from and we will be attending his cousin's wedding). 

I HAVE been crafting just a bit and will try to get some pics up soon.  I'm also trying out some new recipes from my favorite - Martha Stewart, and will review those soon as well. 

My biggest distraction has been genealogy research.  Many years ago I had started doing some research on my family tree in an attempt to become a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).  With the passing of my grandfather, it renewed my interest in my genealogy when I received some photo albums of his childhood and those of his parents whom I had never met.  It's actually quite addicting and I've spent countless hours doing this research.  I have a new membership on and have been loving the discoveries I've come across - my favorite being passport applications from the early 1900's of various ancestors of mine which include photos! Way cool!

Well I'm back - hopefully I did not lose all of my followers! HA!