Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Old-Time Homemade Lemonade

This recipe is easy and delicious.
Perfect for a summer afternoon.


5 Lemons
1 1/4 C White Sugar
5 C Water

Step 1:
Peel off the rinds/or peel of the lemons.
Cut into about half inch slices.
Place into Bowl.
Cover with Sugar and let sit for 1 hr.
No need to Mix!
This lets the Sugar soak up the Lemon Oil.

Step 2:
Boil Water and then pour over lemon and Sugar.
Let cool for 20 minutes. Then remove the rinds.
While Waiting, juice the lemons.

Step 3:
Pour lemon juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture.
Put it in the fridge until chilled to perfection.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Mediterranean Pasta Toss

I love one pan dishes,
Well, two. Still.
I also love when it tastes delicious.

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
2 Small Zucchini, sliced
10 Small Sweet Bell Peppers, sliced 
1 C Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1/2 yellow onion, diced 
2 Cloves Garlic, sliced
1 tbs Dried Italian Herbs 
1 tsp Salt
1 15 oz. Artichoke Hearts in water. drained and sliced in half
1/4 C Sun-dried Tomatoes
1/3 C Balsamic Vinegar
1 1/2 C dry whole wheat penne
1/3 C crumbled Feta Cheese

Step 1:
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onions, garlic, zucchini, peppers and cherry tomatoes and saute till tender

While vegetables are cooking start cooking Penne according to box. 
(save some hot water in case needed at end)

Step 2:
When veggies are tender- add italian herbs, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Mix well then add balsami vinegar.

Allow vinegar to reduce for a few minutes, stirring often.
The balsamic will become sweet and sticky and will coat the veggies.

Step 3:
Add pasta and mix until coated, use saved hot water if needed.
before serving spread crumbled feta on top.

Bon Appetit!