Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tangy Salad

Today was a pretty good day--disregarding classes, homework and the mouse that seems to have turned into our fourth roommate. Ugh.

More about my great day in a second, but first let me tell you that we NEED AN EXTERMINATOR in our apartment. Like NOW! I'm serious though, mice are disgusting little creatures. I don't know how much longer I can manage living under the same roof as one (I'm hoping it's only one that we have).


I'm sorry for spamming my food blog with mice speak, but I needed to vent.

Anyways, that's done and over with. Today I finally had time to look through my food magazines and find yummy recipes. I forgot how many folded corners marked the pages of the dozens of magazines in my room. Tons of recipes waiting to be made--and that's not even counting the ones that I was too lazy to mark.

So for tonight I decided to make a salad from a FOOD issue that I had lying around. It's quick, easy and deliciously fresh. I suggest pairing it with roasted chicken or a steak.

Tangy Salad with Apples (adapted from FOOD)

  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche (use sour cream if you can't find it)
  • 5 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • S & P
  • 1 small lettuce head (I used Green Leaf, because I couldn't find Frisee)
  • 1 Gala apple, sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients. Whisk together with a fork and season with S & P. 
  2. Place lettuce and apples in a large bowl. Pour half of the dressing and toss salad. Add more dressing if needed to coat lettuce and apple compketely. Season with S & P and serve immediately.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Raspberry Lime Jello Wedges

Friday was a night to remember. We finally had our housewarming party--a whole month after moving in. Regardless, it was amazing.

I got to see all the friends I hadn't seen since last semester or since the summer. I made new friends. I danced around on our roof deck. And yes, I took some jello shots. Not just any jello shots. Raspberry-and-vodka-filled-lime-wedge shots. What can I say, they were pretty cool.

You know that horrible process of having to get the jello shot out of the cup; the plastic breaks or half of the shot stays stuck. Well, with this awesome creation (many thanks to Michelle at That's So Michelle) gets rids of all those complications.

What better party treat than cute and colorful hassle-free jello shots!

Raspberry Lime Jello Wedges (adapted from That's So Michelle)

  • 10 limes, sliced in half
  • 1 box Raspberry jello
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vodka
  1. Squeeze limes to get the juice out and loosen the pulp. Reserve lime juice for other use (you can make cocktails or limeade). Using a paring knife, go around the inside of the knife to loosen up a bit more. Then using your fingers or a spoon, hollow out the lime so that only the peel is left. Arrange lime halves on a rimmed baking sheet
  2. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and dissolve jello. Add vodka and stir constantly until well combined.
  3. Pour mix into lime halves and place sheet in the refrigerator. Cool overnight.
  4. With a sharp knife, carefully slice lime halves in two. Serve immediately.