Monday, September 20, 2010

Summer Peach Salad

I look forward to the day when you walk into a grocery store and peaches are on sale. I end up buying so many that peaches are part of every meal in order to eat them all before they spoil. This is an easy, versatile salad and a delicious way to say goodbye to summer.

3-4 large peaches, sliced
3-4 tomatoes, chopped and seeded
salad greens
mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup nuts

Fruity Vinaigrette
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp mustard
2 tsp honey
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp poppy seeds

Chop up lettuce or other salad greens and put in a large bowl. Chop peaches and tomatoes, and add them to the bowl and toss. Grate mozzarella on top and garnish with nuts. Mix vinaigrette ingredients together in a small bowl and serve on the side.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cranberry Brie Sandwich

I had this grilled cheese sandwich at a restaurant in Edinburgh called "Two Thin Laddies" and it blew my mind. So the first thing I did when I got home was recreate it. Easy and warm with such interesting flavors, perfect comfort food.

Quality bread
cranberry sauce (or any tart berry jam)
2 meduim onions, cut thinly
about 1 Tbsp butter
salt and sugar

Saute the onions on low for 10 minutes, add a sprinkle of salt and sugar and keep stirring until they begin to caramelize. Butter the bread and set a layer of brie, cranberry sauce and a scoop of the caramelized onions. Put the other bread on top and toast the sandwich on low heat until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted. Then be prepared to swoon.