Never, ever would I have thought that Sriracha would be something I crave. Hot things were never a go-to flavor for me. That is until I married Tim. He love, love, loves spicy things. He uses Sriracha for ketchup, I don’t go that far but, I really like the flavor it brings to dishes. Continue reading “Sriracha Marmalade Wings”
Bloody Mary, brunch booze…..the cure for a hangover? How about a super yummy topping for Bloody Mary Bruschetta?
Bloody Mary’s are a common “Hair of the Dog” drink. Its combination of tomato juice (to settle the stomach), salt (to replenish lost electrolytes) and alcohol (to relieve head and body aches). But I think, the alcohol takes the edge off. Its reputation as a hangover cure makes Bloody Mary’s in the morning and early afternoon, brunch booze.
Well, its been years since I have drank, but the flavor of a Bloody Mary can be had without booze, and anything on toasted bread is delicious.
Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers. I learned to love it when I worked for my long time friend Michelle at a restaurant she owned. The Herb Garden Deli Cafe & Bakery. What a sweet and wonderful place it was. It expanded my foodie-ism and we put out some fancy smancy spreads. Michelle’s bruschetta was and still is my favorite, tomatoes marinated (secret) and served on toasted french bread spread with herbed goat cheese.My mouth is watering just thinking of it.
I have made many different versions of bruschetta over the years and this ranks right at the top of the list. It will never over take Michelle’s, but it is damn good!
The abundance of tomatoes at this time of year helped make this even sweeter. Fresh, ruby red, ripe tomatoes, marinated with all the tastes of a Bloody Mary, horseradish, Worcestershire, celery, and tabasco.
A creamy base, not Bloody Mary like, but really adds to the dish, made of Miracle Whip (as always use mayo if you must), horseradish, and celery seed, is spread on toasted bread and topped with the marinated tomatoes.
Garnish with extra celery seed, celery leaves, and what Bloody Mary is complete with out a pickle and a wedge of lime?
Bloody Mary Bruschetta, not a hanover cure, but a delicious appetizer cure!
- 1 zest of a lemon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ shallot, finely chopped
- 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon tabasco sauce, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, divided
- 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped celery leaves
- ⅓ cup Miracle Whip
- ½ teaspoon celery seed
- 6-8 slices toasted sourdough or French bread
- Celery Seed, Pickle Slices, lime wedges,and celery leaves for garnish
- Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon horseradish in a large bowl. Let marinate 10 minutes, stir in celery stalks and leaves.
- In a small bowl combine Miracle Whip and remaining horseradish, and celery seed in a small bowl. Spread each slice of toasted bread with the horseradish mixture, then top with tomato mixture.Garnish with celery seed, pickle slices, and celery leaves if desired.
Too hot to bake??? You bet, so don’t! No Bake Tropical Bites are a tasty trip to the Islands without the heat.
Little pop in your mouth snack that are filled with almonds, coconut, and pineapple. And the best part is you don’t have to turn on the oven.
These little bites are good for you too. Almond butter, oatmeal, and flaxseed, make them a clean eating snack as well.
Over the summer our school has a summer crew that does all the work that can’t be done during the school year. For a little extra cash I worked this summer on the paint crew. So, for those who know we well, know I LOVE TO PAINT!!!!!
Perhaps I’m slightly obsessed with painting. So, the paint crew seemed like the right choice and it was……I truly enjoyed it.
But, I had to pack a lunch everyday and I really tried to pack items that did not need refrigeration. No Bake Tropical Bites were perfect. Just popped them into a ziplock bag, and off I went. Now, I usually ate them for breakfast, they have oatmeal and that’s breakfast.
They also would make a great snack, or a sweet treat after a big meal. You know, when you have eaten a really great meal, and are stuffed, but just want something a little sweet, No Bake Tropical Bites are just the ticket.
A small sweet tropical treat. Enjoy some today!
- ¾ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded or flakes
- ¾ old fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
- ⅛ cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup dried pineapple, diced
- ¾ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- Extra almonds and dried pineapple for garnish
- In a large bowl mix together coconut, oats, flax, almonds, and dried pineapple, set aside.
- In a small bowl place almond butter,maple syrup, and almond extract. Mix well.
- Stir the wet ingredient into the dry and stir until throughly mixed.
- Using a small ice cream scoop portion mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You may roll them into balls if you like. I prefer to leave the bottom flat.
- Store in an airtight container.