Here is a great summer salad that you will want to make with all the fabulous strawberries that we have now. These flavors from strawberries, mandarin oranges, and avocados just go together to make a fantastic combination that I would not ordinarily put together. And the avocado in this salad oh my! If you are looking hard to see the avocado you won’t. I served this salad to my book club last month and in the hustle and bustle to make a photo without holding up serving the food I forgot to add the avocado. But, don’t you leave it out thinking that it will be just as good without it. It won’t be! You’ll miss that buttery flavor. Trust me. I love this Cinnamon vinaigrette. It is a lovely salad dressing and a snap to make. I really cannot believe that today is July 1. In 30 days school starts and I must get busy on my To Do list which is absolutely nothing! Enjoy your summer.
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Here is another one of those recipes that I must have been buried under a rock for part of my lifetime. It has been out there forever, but I’ve never had it. Last weekend we got together for one of our family luncheons and Ken my sister-in-law brings in lots of goodies. This being one of them and I just had to nibble before lunch and oh my!!! This stuff is fabulous! Then I was blown away when she told me the base was saltine crackers. Unbelievable! I knew right then and there that I would have to make it and I am not a candy lover, but this is really good.
I have had enough of perusing all my magazines and cookbooks for the perfect dish for Thanksgiving. I no longer want to see the inside of the grocery store. I just want to enjoy my time at home with my family. Why do I put all this pressure on myself to come up with this fantastic menu that’s going to knock everyone’s socks off? My inner self or ego whatever you want to call it somehow thinks that I’m being judged by some great food editors so I must out perform what I did last year! Why can’t I just keep it simple? No, I have to cook two turkeys. One on the grill and another in the oven. Why do I want to cook two desserts? You’d think that I was running a restaurant where everyone gets to place an order. This is going to stop this year. There I have said it. No more trying to find perfection. What was wrong with the perfection that I made last year or the year before that? I am sticking to my guns and making my tried and true recipes that will please everyone and not drive me insane! Before I started blogging three years ago I did not have this problem, but now when I cook a dish I say to myself, ” Cook a new recipe that you will be able to blog about it.” I can kill two birds at once. Then the ultimate goes wrong as it did this past weekend. Two of the recipes that I chose were complete duds. I mean they were bad. Both went into the garbage and I was back to square one at eleven o’clock on Saturday night and lunch was to be served at one on Sunday. Serves me right. I should do as I tell my students. DO NOT try a new recipe when you are having guests. So it is totally my fault. You are my witness I have turned over a new leaf!! And to make myself feel better about my kitchen disappointments I got myself into the kitchen and whipped up my new favorite bread that is great for the holidays, but truthfully I love it all year-long.
I really do not know why I made this cake. After being stuck in the house for four days I guess it was just a case of cabin fever. Trust me on this one if you are watching your weight as I am make sure that you have more than two people to eat this cake. Oh My Gosh! It is so good! It’s not one of those elegant dessert cakes that you might serve to get the oohs and aahs as you put it on the table, but I can bet you money that everyone that has just a taste of this cake is going to thank you.