Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekend Round-up

Best New Grocery Store Find
Dark Chocolate Party Cups are a fun way to celebrate special occasions. They are edible, gluten free  and just the right serving size. Fill with any fresh fruit, dessert filling, mousse, ice cream, gelato or sorbet and your dessert is elevated to elegant!  I found these party cups in the baking aisle near pudding mixes. Four come in a box with added chocolate and white chocolate curls to use for toppings. The company is Kane Kandy. I'm sure there are other similar products. 
Here's a sneak preview of Valentine Special-White Chocolate Mousse recipe to be posted this week. 
Start the week out with a healthy Thai salad packed with flavor and lots of nutrients. The spicy peanut dressing is reminiscent of Granite City Restaurant dish called Grilled Asian Chicken Salad. Add cooked pieces of chicken to the salad for more protein. 
Thai Mango Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing 
Cook's notes: It was easier to find a mango this time of the year that I had thought it would be. Recipe adapted from Thai Mango Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing Recipe serves 2-3 but can easily be doubled. 
Make dressing and use immediately
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 mango, peel outer skin with a potato peeler, then dice into chunks
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 large carrots, shredded or spiralized
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, halved
  • 2 cups red cabbage, shredded 
  • 2 cups from a prepackaged Asian Chopped Salad Mix
  • 1/3 cup green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds. toasted
  • optional: fresh cilantro and chopped cashews
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 TB. lime juice
  • 1-1/2 TB. each rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar
  • 2 TB.honey
  • 1-1/2 tsp. sesame oil 
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a blender and mix well.
  • Toss salad ingredients together and  mix with dressing. 
25 Heart Shaped Foods
This is my favorite-so simple
RAK Idea 


  1. You should own a restaurant. That's what I've decided. I know, a little late in life for that. But you would serve some of the best food based on all of the wonderful meals you prepare at home.

  2. Well at my age owning a restaurant would be a stretch- but believe me I have mulled it over before. I so appreciate the vote of confidence;)