Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean quinoa salad makes for a quick lunch or dinner, and it can be served as a side dish or enjoyed as a meal on its own. This salad also keeps well if you make it ahead of time, so it’s a great recipe for when you are entertaining, so you can prepare ahead of time

What’s in this salad?

  • Quinoa – The protein-packed quinoa brings a nice texture and is the “heart” of this salad.
  • Turmeric and curry – These two spices are easily accessible, packed with tons of flavor, and full of health benefits.
  • Feta cheese – The feta’s creamy texture and salty taste will bring this salad to a whole new level.
  • Black olives – You can skip it if you are not big on olives. We love it, so we always add it to this salad.
  • Mint – In our opinion, mint is a MUST in this salad. 
  • Tomatoes and cucumbers – they will give a nice texture and crunch to the salad
  • Olive oil, salt, and pepper

Some tips:

  • Cook the quinoa ahead of time and let it cool completely before tossing the salad together.
  • Adding the turmeric and curry to the water before you cook the quinoa will give that yellow tone to the dish.
  • We prefer adding olive oil, salt, and pepper as the dressing, as the turmeric and quinoa will already give lots of flavor to this salad. If you prefer using a more elaborate sauce, you can use an Italian dressing.

Try this recipe and let us know what you think!!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean quinoa salad makes for a quick lunch or dinner, and it can be served as a side dish or enjoyed as a meal on its own.
Prep Time 20 mins
1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers 
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add the turmeric and curry in the water and cook quinoa according to package directions. The spices will give that yellow tone to the dish.
  • Let the quinoa cool completely.
  • Add feta cheese, black olives, mint, tomato, and cucumber.
  • Add salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Liquid Alfajor

Liquid Alfajor

Have you ever tried or heard about alfajores? If you have never tried them, you are missing out! They are delicate dulce de leche sandwich cookies that are very popular in South America. They are incredibly delicious, rich, and melt in your mouth.

As we like effortless recipes, we have twisted this classic cookie and created the liquid alfajor. It combines the dulce de leche and shortbread cookie and doesn’t require any baking.

Dulce de leche is decadent, smooth, and rich! If you are not familiar with this confection, they can be bought in cans and are most commonly found in your local store’s baking aisle. All the other items, we bet you are very familiar with.

Ingredients:
– 11 oz dulce de leche
– 11 oz heavy cream
– 6 oz butter cookie or shortbread cookie
– 8oz bittersweet chocolate – grated
– Mint leaves to garnish

How to:

  • Combine the dulce de leche and heavy cream and bring to a simmer for 3 min. Let it cool and pour the cream into a glass or a bowl;
  • Crush the cookies into fine crumbs;
  • Add the cookies crumbs on top of the cream;
  • Add the grated chocolate and refrigerate;
  • Décor with mint leaves.

You won’t regret trying this recipe. It is simply divine, quick, and a good choice to serve as a dessert. Irresistible!

Liquid Alfajor

Liquid Alfajor is a dessert that combines dulce de leche, chocolate, and shortbread cookies. It's so decadent, smooth, and rich
Prep Time 10 mins
Resting time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine South America
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 11 oz dulce de leche
  • 11 oz heavy cream
  • 6 oz butter cookie or shortbread cookie
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate – grated
  • mint leaves to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine the dulce de leche and heavy cream and bring to a simmer for 3 min. Let it cool and pour the cream into a glass or a bowl;
  • Crush the cookies into fine crumbs;
  • Add the cookies crumbs on top of the cream;
  • Add the grated chocolate and refrigerate for about an hour;
  • Décor with mint leaves.

Goat Cheese Balls

Goat Cheese Balls

These goat cheese balls taste decadent and are so simple to make!!! They are a great last-minute appetizer and a flavorful addition to any party spread.

This recipe calls for dates or grapes. Both are great, but we personally prefer the ones with dates. The natural sweetness of the dates paired with the tart flavor of goat cheese is so tasty.

Here is what you need:

  • Goat cheese
  • Dates or grapes
  • Crushed pistachios or almonds

How-to:
– Cut the dates in half;
– Wrap the dates with goat cheese and make small balls;
– Cover the balls with crushed pistachio or almonds;

Enjoy!!!!

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How to Garnish a Thanksgiving Turkey

How to Garnish a Thanksgiving Turkey

We won’t attempt to give the Perfect turkey recipe, as we have no shame to admit that most of the time we order our Turkey for the Holiday festivities. However, we encourage you to make your main dish look good on the server platter!

Check below these two pictures and tell us if it is worth it or not!

The first step is choosing the right serving platter. For a rustic look, feel no fear to serve on a wood large board (as we did here). For a more elegant and traditional look, a white or pattern large platter will be beautiful.

For the garnishes, we chose items that are not only delicious but also colorful. We chose roasted garlic, sliced persimmons, dried apricots, sage leaves, and dried oranges. Other options are roasted mini potatoes, cranberries, sliced apples, and pears.

There is really no secret! All you have to do is roast the heads of garlic and the oranges. For the garlic, make sure to trim the top off the head of the garlic just enough to expose the garlic cloves and roast them for about 30 minutes. You will need to bake the oranges for a little longer, but make sure not to let them burn. 

As your Turkey is roasting, you can already arrange the items on the corners of the serving platter. When the turkey is ready, all you have to do is place it right in the middle and bring it to the table!

We have also selected below some beautiful large platters that would look beautiful on your table. Happy Holidays!

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Who doesn’t love a creamy burrata?! Add pears, prosciutto, arugula, and toasts topped with the sweet fig preserve, and you will have a great platter that can be served as a salad or even as an appetizer.

This is a great fall recipe and so easy and delicious. As you know, we don’t like to spend hours in the kitchen, so we love simple and delicious recipes. This one combines the creamy burrata cheese with the salty prosciutto and the sweet fig jam and is so amazing!!!

Start by making the champagne vinaigrette. You have probably already seen this recipe a few times in our blog. It’s a simple dressing and so good!  All you need is champagne vinegar, olive oil and

In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the champagne vinaigrette and whisk together until smooth and well combined.

For the salad, you will need: Baby arugula, sliced pears, prosciutto, burrata cheese, fig jam, and balsamic glaze.

In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving. Add the burrata in the middle, the sliced pears, and the prosciutto. Top the toasts with fig jam and add to the sides of the salad. Finish up with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and salt and pepper.

Watch the video, and you will be surprised how easy it is!

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Who doesn’t love a creamy burrata?! Add pears, prosciutto,arugula, and toasts topped with the sweet fig preserve, and you will have agreat platter that can be served as a salad or even as an appetizer.
Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz Baby arugula
  • 1 Red pear, sliced
  • 1 Burrata Cheese
  • 8 slices of prosciutto
  • Toasts
  • Fig jam
  • Balsamic glaze

Champagne Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the champagne vinaigrette and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  • In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving.
  • Add the burrata in the middle, the sliced pears, and the prosciutto. Top the toasts with fig jam and add to the sides of the salad. Finish up with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and salt and pepper.

Apple and Pear Fall Salad

Apple and Pear Fall Salad

This is a great fall salad that you can serve as lunch or as a side dish. This salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and looks beautiful! It is loaded with the best fresh fall products: apples, pears, and arugula. It is the perfect combo of sweet and savory!!

The list of ingredients is very short! For the salad, you will need: Apples, Pears, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Candied Walnuts. For the dressing: champagne vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Start by making the champagne vinaigrette. This has become one of our favorite salad dressings, and we make this to drizzle on most salads.

In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the champagne vinaigrette and whisk together until smooth and well combined. In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving and add the crumbled goat cheese and candied walnuts on top.

Next, cut the apples and pears vertically. You want to choose a crunchy apple that isn’t going to brown too quickly when sliced. We have picked Gala, which is extra-sweet, crisp, and juicy, but Cortland is also a great option. When it comes to apples that don’t brown easily, the Cortland is one of the best.

The pears, like the apples, also turn brown quickly after they are sliced and exposed to air. So after you slice the apples and pears, we recommend soaking them in a bowl of cold water and fresh lemon juice for about 3 minutes.

Layer the sliced apples and pears on top of the arugula, and voila, super easy!!

Apple and Pear Fall Salad

Apple and Pear Fall Salad! This is a great fall salad thatyou can serve as lunch or as a side dish. This salad comes together in lessthan 10 minutes and looks beautiful! It is loaded with the best fresh fallproducts.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 red pear, sliced
  • 2 small apples, sliced
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Candied walnuts (as much as you like!)

Champagne Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the champagne vinaigrette ingredients and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  • In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving.
  • Top with the crumbled goat cheese, candied walnuts, and sliced apples and pears.

Fall White Sangria

This Fall Sangria Recipe is delicious and refreshing! We called it Fall in a glass as it includes the most iconic autumn flavors: apples, pears, plums, apple cider, and cinnamon. Can you imagine how good it tastes???

This recipe is seasonal, simple, and the perfect addition to your Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or any other Fall gathering. You can make this recipe a few hours ahead or even the night ahead serving it. It is ideal to allow a few hours for the flavors to combine.

Here is what you need:

  • Fresh Apples
  • Fresh Pears
  • Fresh Plum
  • White Dry Wine (Pinot Grigio is our favorite for this recipe)
  • Apple cider
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sparkling water or Club Soda
  • Fresh thyme

How to Make

1- This fruity wine cocktail not only tastes amazing, but they are one of the easiest cocktails to prepare.

2- Start by chopping all the fruits in small chunks. You can also make a different fruit combination using this same recipe. Make sure to choose fruits that are in season and ripe, but firm, and you will not get it wrong!

3- Gather a large pitcher and add the fruits. Followed by the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, thyme, and last the wine. We prefer adding the sparling water only when it is time to serve the sangria.

4- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Don’t let it sit for more than 24 hours, or the fruits will start getting brown and the taste won’t be the same.

When it is time to serve, you can add the sparkling water and enjoy this easy and delicious cocktail!

Fall White Sangria

This Fall Sangria Recipe is delicious and refreshing! We called it Fall in a glass as it includes the most iconic autumn flavors: apples, pears, plums, apple cider, and cinnamon. Can you imagine how good it tastes???
Prep Time 5 minutes
2 hours
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 apples cored and sliced
  • 2 pears cored and sliced
  • 1 plum cored and sliced
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Sparkling water
  • Thyme

Instructions

  • 1. Add the chopped fruits to a large pitcher, followed by the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, thyme, and wine. Stir well.
    2. Cover the pitcher bring it to the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
    3. When ready to serve, add a splash of sparkling water, and it is time to enjoy!

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

It’s apple season!! Have you gone apple picking yet!? It’s one of our favorite fruits to pick and a great family activity! We, like everyone else, always end up with so many apples. There are countless recipes you can make with them. However, if there is a single recipe that embodies the spirit of fall baking is a good apple crumble. Do you prefer yours with oats or without oats? We have always debated which one is our favorite, but we always end up without the oats. We find that the combination of cinnamon and sugar, held together by flour and butter, is just perfect.

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Ingredients
·  5 large gala apples, peeled or unpeeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
·  Juice of half of a lemon
·   1/2 cup of white sugar
·   1/2 cup of brown sugar
·   ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
·   2 tsp pf cinnamon
·   6 tbsp of butter

In a medium bowl, whisk together both sugars, flour and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and use your fingers to rub the mixture together until the butter is incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the apple filling.

Place the sliced apples in a baking dish. Squeeze juice of half a lemon over the apple and toss it together. Sprinkle crumb topping over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is nicely browned and apples are done.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (non-negotiable our my opinion)

Apple Crumble

Ingredients

  • 5 large gala apples peeled or unpeeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • Juice of half of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp pf cinnamon
  • 6 tbs of butter

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together both sugars, flour and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and use your fingers to rub the mixture together until the butter is incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the apple filling.
  • Place the sliced apples in a baking dish. Squeeze juice of half a lemon over the apple and toss it together.
  • Sprinkle crumb topping over the apples.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is nicely browned and apples are done.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Lemon Mousse and Meringue Ice Cream Cones

Lemon mousse is so refreshing and always a great dessert! We made it extra special by serving it on ice cream cones and covering it with a delicious Italian meringue.

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Lemon mousse is light and creamy and can be whipped up in a few minutes. There are so many different recipes for lemon mousse out there, but one of our favorites is this one with only 2-ingredients. It is full of taste, simple, and requires zero cooking skills. We also love that you can make it a day in advance, saving on prep time.

Meringues are so delicious, but a lot of people think they are hard to make. We must admit that we thought so until we started making this Italian meringue recipe. There is no secret! Italian meringue is made with a hot sugar syrup that is mixed into whipped egg whites. The hot sugar syrup partially cooks the egg whites making them safe to eat and gives the meringue a firm texture and flavor.

For a beautiful display, we served the lemon mousse in ice cream cones. The waffle cones are a perfect addition to a dessert table. They not only are cute but give a nice crunch texture to the lemon mousse.

To make this easy lemon mousse, you only need two ingredients: condensed milk and lemon juice! Combine these two ingredients, and you will be amazed by the taste and the texture. As soon as the acid from the lemon juice hits the condensed milk, the mixture thickens. After both ingredients are well-combined, bring the lemon mousse to the fridge for 2-hours to set.

Lemon mousse is ready; now it’s time to prepare the Italian meringue. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat over high heat and let it cook until the sugar syrup reaches a temperature of 240F (I use a thermometer to check the temperature). Meanwhile, using a mixer on medium speed, mix the egg whites until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. With the mixer running, carefully and slowly drizzle in the hot sugar syrup. Increase speed to high and whip until you get a stable glossy meringue. Allow it to cool completely before using it. You can cover it with clingfilm and leave it in the fridge for up to two days.

When it is time to serve, add the lemon mousse to the ice cream cones up to the top, cover it with the Italian meringue. We don’t recommend adding the lemon mousse to the waffle cones too early in advance. If you leave the lemon mousse too long in contact with the cone, the chances are that the cone will get soggy (I did that once, and it did not taste good).

For a toasty golden brown color, we toasted the meringue with a culinary torch. If you don’t have a torch, don’t worry! You can certainly skip this step!!

Lemon Mousse and Meringue Ice Cream Cones

Lemon mousse is so refreshing and always a great dessert! Wemade it extra special by serving it on ice cream cones and covering it with adelicious Italian meringue.
Course Dessert
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (strained)
  • 4 ice cream cones
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp water

Instructions
 

  • 1. In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk and the lemon juice until well combined (about two minutes)
    2. Refrigerate, covered, for two hours or until completely chilled and thickened. It tastes even better if refrigerated overnight (don't forget to cover the mouse).
    3. Prepare the meringue: In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Cook over high heat until the sugar syrup reaches a temperature of 240F degrees and remove from heat.
    4. Meanwhile, combine egg whites and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Set the mixer to medium speed and mix until soft peaks form. Increase the whipping speed to high and pour in the syrup in a thin stream while whipping. Whip for about 10 min until you get a stable glossy meringue. Let it cool completely. You can leave it on the fridge covered until it is time to serve.
    5. When it is time to serve, add to the ice cream cones the lemon mouse and cover with the Italian meringue.
    6. Optional: Brown the meringue with a blowtorch.
     

Skinny Margarita Bar

Skinny Margarita Bar

You READ this RIGHT… SKINNY Margarita, YAY!! It’s no secret that we love margaritas. Margaritas are refreshing, and a great summer drink. However, most margarita mixes have lots of corn syrup, liqueur, and sugar. In our opinion, the best margaritas are the ones that combine a good quality tequila with fruit juice, lime, and sparkling water. That’s it!!!

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Drink stations are fun and keep entertaining easy for both the hostess and the guests. They give your guests the freedom to select their drinks and get refills whenever they want. The idea of creating a Margarita bar is perfect for the summertime.

As you get started, the first step is to plan where you will set up your margarita station. We used a bar cart; however, any table, countertop, or buffet works. For the décor, you won’t need much! The fruits and juice are colorful and will already be the star of the station. Besides offering slices of fruits to garnish the drinks, we also created a small fruit arrangement to add an extra décor touch. A beautiful flower arrangement goes well in any place, so we could not avoid adding some flowers to our station. Check out how we styled this arrangement.

How to set a Skinny Margarita Bar:

  • When it comes to making the perfect margarita, a high-quality tequila offers the best flavor. The best tequila for margaritas includes reposado, blanco, and añejo tequila. Make sure to search for the ones that say 100% de agave. The brands labeled as “mixto” have been cut with an inferior natural cane spirit.
  • Serve an assortment of fresh fruit juice. Our favorite choices are lime, grapefruit, and watermelon. But don’t be afraid of being creative with the fruits. Pineapple, Strawberry, and raspberry are some other great choices.
  • Fresh fruit slices for garnishes. They will also serve as décor to the drink station.
  • Don’t forget the pepper! In our opinion, spicy margaritas are the best. Our favorite is serrano pepper, but if you can’t find it, jalapeno is also a great option.
  • Get plenty of ice!
  • Water is key! Sparkling water works the best.
  • Glasses or tumblers
  • Provide sweetener or agave in case guests prefer to sweeten their drinks.
  • Provide salt and sugar for coating the rims.

This is all you need at your margarita station. Your guests will love creating their own drinks and trying different flavors.  

Skinny Margarita Recipe

Serves 1 person

Ingredients

  • 1- ounce tequila
  • Lots of ice
  • 4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Splash of sparkling water
  • 3 slices of serrano pepper
  • Optional: Salt to rim the glass

Instructions

  • Optional: Slice the center of a lime wedge and rub the wedge around the rim of your glass. Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate. Dip the glass into the salt.
  • Add ice to your glass, tequila, lime juice, slices of serrano pepper, and sparkling water.
  • Garnish with a lime slice

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