Spartan Olive Oil – you could be a winner!

If you have been reading my posts on a regular basis you will remember that I have posted two recipes using Spartan Olive Oil.  It is one of my favorite oils and both of my recipes below have generated great traffic and many great complements.  I received a note from Perry Konstas regarding their one year anniversary promotion to share with my readers.  What fun it would be to win Spartan Oil for a year!  If you do, please let me know.

Carol, I wanted to let you know that we’re doing a pretty amazing promotion for our 1 year anniversary in October. The promotion starts this week and includes several daily winners of a bottle of olive oil and 1 grand prize winner of a year’s supply of Spartan Oil. Might be something your readers would be interested in. Here’s the link with some of the details;  http://www.spartan-oil.com/blogs/news/54047427-spartan-oil-one-year-anniversaryI

olive oil orange bread

http://apassionforentertaining.com/olive-oil-orange-bread/

 citrus olive oil cake

http://apassionforentertaining.com/citrus-rosemary-olive-oil-cake/

 

 

My Life as a Food Blogger

There are a few times that I just have to reflect on what my life is like as a food blogger.  I have to admit that I have been to some fabulous locations, tried marvelous foods, learned everything from bottling bourbon to farming oysters, learned new cooking techniques and toured wonderful markets.  However, the day to day life is what I cherish the most.

I love hearing comments and hearing from my readers….

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I love cooking, even at rainy tailgates…

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and – I even have to smile even when my recipes don’t exactly go as planned!

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Did I mention – I just love being a food blogger!  I am always on the lookout for a great food adventure, creating new recipes and having fun every step of the way!

 

 

My take on a Shake Shack burger

On our recent trip to New England, we stopped at a Shake Shack in Connecticut for lunch.  I just had to try a Shake Shack burger and I must admit is was delicious.  So, I thought it was time to recreate a Shake Shack burger at home.  Their sauce is very good and a great example how a burger can be enhanced with a delicious sauce.  

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Blueberry Chutney

Looking for that perfect accompaniment to pork, chicken or ham?  Blueberry chutney is perfect to serve.  It is also wonderful with soft cheeses on a cheese board with crackers.  This will also take a turkey or ham sandwich over the top with flavor.  Add a dollop on your favorite sandwich.  I had an abundance of blueberries since they were on sale, buy 1 – get one free.  I have made so many desserts, pies and breads with blueberries this spring, I opted for a sauce that I could serve with savory dishes.   You can also refrigerate 1/2 of the chutney and freeze the other 1/2 for a later day. 

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The Great Paper Plate Debate

My close friends know that I am very hesitant about using paper plates. It is very hard for me to consider using paper plates for many occasions. Even if it means staying up late into the night washing dishes (luckily my wonderful husband always does clean-up duty when we entertain), I have an aversion to paper plates. When I host our hot dog happy hour party, I use plastic hot dog baskets with wax paper liners and we are thrilled when the clean-up is so easy. Paper plates however are a different matter. Well, I might be turning the corner on using paper plates for certain occasions. We hosted a casual card playing night and I found these great paper plates at the local party store. This is going to be a slow change for me. Seeing the great looking paper products on the market today, I might be opening my horizons to something new when I entertain. Henry David Thoreau had a great quote “Things do not change; we change”, looks like that might be happening to this entertainer! (in moderation)
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Triple Berry Champagne Sherbet

Think spring, think strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.  I am always a fan of make ahead items when entertaining.  A frozen dessert is wonderful because you can prepare it ahead.  I used to have an ice cream maker but through the years I am not quite sure what happened to it.  When I was shopping a few weeks back, I picked up an ice cream maker.  I thought it was time to try making ice cream, sorbets, and sherbets.  I purchased the type where you freeze the internal canister and then put it on the motorized base.  It works wonderful and was under forty dollars,  To me, that is one appliance I will use.  I thought berries with champagne, what a delightful combination.

triple berry sherbet

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Plum Balsamic Sauce

One of our favorite dishes is grilled lamb chops.  This recipe is so easy and the results are so spectacular.  It is great to grill a rack of chops, individually cut.  They are quick to grill and always a company favorite.   I must admit that I tried a mint bourbon sauce but resorted to this plum balsamic sauce which is just delicious as a dipping sauce with these chops.  The fresh rosemary infuses the lamb when cooking and imparts a wonderful taste.  A perfect spring dinner.

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Roasted Pear Salad

I was in the produce department and picked up a few Bosc pears, baby spinach, and goat cheese. I then thought I would create a roasted pear salad. I have baked pears previously, however this time I thought a salad with a warm pear would be delicious. I am writing this the morning after I served this salad, it was so good, I don’t want to forget how I made this salad. The goat cheese melts on the warm pear and the result is wonderful.

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