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Recipe: Italian Tortellini Salad

Looking for the perfect dish to serve hungry guests this summer? Look no further than this Delicious, quick and easy Italian Tortellini Salad recipe with homemade dressing. Ready in just 20 minutes!

8-10 servings

20 ounces three cheese Tortellini (ie: Buitoni)
8 ounces uncured sliced Genoa salami, cut into thin pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
8 ounces mozzarella pearls, drained
2 (2.25) ounces sliced black olives, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh italian basil
–Italian Vinaigrette
3/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 cup white wine vinegar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup finely freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp of EACH dried parsley, drained oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp EACH black pepper, paprika
1/2-1 tsp agave or honey, or add more to taste

–Tortellini Salad
Cook the tortellini to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cool.
Place tortellini in a large serving bowl and toss with all the other ingredients.
Toss the salad with the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.
–Italian Vinaigrette
While the tortellini is cooking make the dressing. Add all ingredients into a mason jar, tighten the lid and shake until well combined. You can also add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined.
Store in an airtight container up to two weeks. Shake or whisk each time before use. If the oil becomes a solid in the fridge, just lettuce dressing sit out a few minutes for it to become room temperature.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Vanilla Roasted Strawberries

Add these Maple Vanilla Roasted Strawberries to your pancakes, waffles or yogurt parfaits. Or enjoy over cakes, whipped cream or ice cream! This recipe is so simple and delicious!

2-4 servings

1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed and pat dry
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle.
Trim ends off strawberries and discard. Cut strawberries in half, quarters if they are huge.
Place on a baking sheet and toss with maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Arrange berries in a single layer.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and scrape from the pan with a spoon. Enjoy hot, room temperature or cold.

Adjust maple syrup to taste, to go sweeter simple add more!

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Greek Barley Salad

Vegetarian Greek Barley Salad recipe is healthy and delicious! Great for summer entertaining as a side or main dish.

4-6 servings

1 1/2 cups barley, cooked to package directions
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for serving
pinch of sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
4 ounces sheep or goat feta cheese, crumbled, plus more for serving
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
4-6 sliced pepperoncini

Cook the barley to package directions, transfer to a large serving bowl and set aside.
For the dressing: In a bowl whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, dill and sugar. Whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Toss the barley with the salad dressing. Fold in the cucumber, tomato, onion, olives, cheese, mint and pepperoncini. Season with more salt and pepper to taste if desired.
Garnish with more crumbled feta cheese and dill. Serve cold or at room temperature.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Around here we can’t get enough chicken wings and this recipe for Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings is among our favorites! Serve as part of your weeknight dinner or for any kind of entertaining. Great for game day!

4 servings

–for the chicken
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings
olive oil to drizzle garlic
–for the sauce
4 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 425˚F with the rack in the middle.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place a wire rack onto the prepared pan.
Pat dry the chicken wings with paper towels. Combine the seasonings in a medium bowl and toss the wings one at a time in the seasonings.
Place the chicken in a single layer onto the rack. Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through.
While the chicken is cooking make the sauce. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the garlic and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, until fragrant and softened. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool. When the butter is room temperature mix in the olive oil, parsley and parmesan.
When the chicken is done baking, transfer to a serving platter. Spoon the garlic, parmesan mixture over the top. The sauce will melt again as it hits the hot chicken. Serve immediately with lots of napkins.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe for Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies will quickly become your favorite. They come together super quickly and will be devoured in minutes!

10 cookies

1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Prepare a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
Place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat. Continue to cook, swirling the pan often. The butter will foam and then it will make popping and cracking sounds. Watch carefully, when it is nearly done making sounds it will start to form brown bits. Cook for another minute or so then pour the butter into a heat proof bowl to cool a bit.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, with a spatula mix together the brown butter and brown sugar until well combined. Mix in the egg and the vanilla. Mix the dry mixture into the wet in 3 additions until well combined. Transfer to a clean work surface and combine the cookie dough with lightly floured hands. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Place large scoops (3 tablespoons) of dough onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 17-19 minutes until the cookies are slightly golden brown. Transfer to racks to cool.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

We can’t get enough of these absolutely Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies. The recipe is Simple and quick to prepare. Great for work and after-school snacking.

24 cookies

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar for rolling

Pre heat oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Lightly spray two cookie sheets with baking spray or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and light brown sugar for about 3 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla until just blended. Add the flour mixture in two additions until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in the turbinado sugar. Place 12 dough balls onto each baking sheet. Press each cookie down with a fork with a crisscross pattern. Lightly sprinkle the tops with any extra sugar.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown on the top. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temperature, covered for up to 5 days.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Asian Chicken Salad

This Asian Chicken Salad is one that you need to try as soon as possible. It is full of flavor (the sesame vinaigrette is amazing!) and is packed with the freshest vegetables and shredded rotisserie chicken. Ready in just 15 minutes! 

6-8 servings

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
3 cups shredded green or white cabbage
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped bell peppers (any color)
1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 avocado, diced
–sesame dressing
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp ponzo sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl, folding in the avocado last.
Add the dressing to taste. Serve immediately.

You can prep all the ingredients ahead of time and dress the salad when you serve it.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skewers

We love these easy and delicious skewers for summer entertaining. Use them in so many recipes!

2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
4 lemons, thinly sliced and halved
–for topping
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
chopped fresh parsley leaves

Make the marinade: Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme and smoked paprika. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
Place the shrimp in a zip top bag and marinate with the marinade for 30 minutes up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit with the the rack in the middle.
Soak wooden skewers in water before using so they don’t burn. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Thread 4-5 shrimp onto the skewers alternating with the sliced lemons.
Place the skewers onto the baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until pink, firm and cooked through.
Plate the skewers. Melt the butter. Drizzle it over the shrimp, sprinkle on the parsley.
Serve immediately.
*see notes for grilling

If using the grill: I like metal skewers for the grill best. Season the grill with some canola oil. Pre heat the grill to medium high. Grill skewers for 3 minutes on each side or until pink, firm and cooked through. Plate and finish with the melted butter and freshly chopped parsley.

~ Marla Meridith

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