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Strawberry Beet Salad  {A Pretty Life} Feature

Strawberry Beet Salad

This Strawberry Beet Salad is a fresh and delicious summer salad!  Roasted beets and fresh strawberries are a match made in heaven!

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Oooooh do I have something scrumptious for you today…strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries!  It’s that time of year when the markets are full of sweet and flavourful strawberries, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I buy pints of them and we eat them au naturel as often as we can, but there are so many other ways to enjoy these delectable little summer berries!  They make tarts, cupcakes, sweet buns, salads and cheesecakes mega delicious.

And now you’re in luck because I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you 15 scrumptious strawberry recipes, just in time for summer!  Trust me, you won’t be able to leave here without wanting to make at least one of these strawberry recipes!

Fresh Strawberries {A Pretty Life}

I wanted to make something a little unexpected with strawberries, so I made a Strawberry Beet Salad.  Beets and strawberries are amazing when paired together, especially when the beets are oven roasted.  By roasting the beets, their natural sweetness and amazing flavour are enhanced, making them perfect with fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Beet Salad {A Pretty Life}

The beets and strawberries are then tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette, and topped off with crumbled goat cheese.  So basically this salad is amazing.  Ah.  Mazing.  Fresh, healthy and loaded with summertime flavour.

Strawberry Beet Salad {A Pretty Life}

This salad is delicious with BBQ chicken and fresh bread.  A healthy and complete meal you need to try!

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Ingredients

    Roasted Beets:
  • 5 medium beets
  • splash of vegetable oil
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tbsp canola (vegetable) oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • Salad:
  • roasted beets
  • 1 cup cubed fresh strawberries
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese

Instructions

    Roasted Beets:
  1. First roast the beets. To do this, I trim off the tops and bottoms of the beets, then cut them in half and place them in the centre of a sheet of tin foil, drizzle them with oil and wrap them up in the foil.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Vinaigrette:
  4. Combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients, and set aside.
  5. Putting it all together:
  6. Once the beets have been roasted, remove the beet skins then cut the beets in to small cubes.
  7. Then add the beets, strawberries and onions to a pretty serving bowl.
  8. Toss with the vinaigrette.
  9. Sprinkle with the crumbled goat cheese and extra fresh ground pepper.
  10. Serve right away and enjoy!

Notes

This salad is best enjoyed right away.

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Strawberry Beet Salad {A Pretty Life}

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Now that you’ve got this salad recipe to try, here are 14 more delicious recipes that you need to check out…if you love strawberries then I promise you, you will find something here you need to make!

15 Strawberry Recipes

Have a delicious day!

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Raspberry Galette  {A Pretty Life} Feature

Raspberry Galette

This Raspberry Galette is a simple and delicious dessert idea!  Use a pre-made puff pastry crust to save time!  So good.

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I love raspberries so much.  Growing up I remember picking fresh raspberries from giant bushes at my grandparents farm, then taking them back in the house to dip in the sugar drawer, then eating them doused in cream.  Seriously one of my lifes best childhood memories…farmhouse drawers full of sugar and fresh berries…dreamy.  Now I find it hard to eat raspberries any way other than fresh…can you blame me though?

Raspberry Galette {A Pretty Life}

But lately I’ve been craving raspberries baked into a pie…like craving in a bad way (my mind works in mysterious ways).  So I decided to bake a raspberry galette, because galettes are the fastest and easiest way to a delicious homemade pie.  I really love galettes because they are way less pressure to make than a traditional pie…there is no fuss making a crust and the crust doesn’t have to look perfect.  In fact, it’s the rustic look of galettes that I love the best.  That and the fact that you can buy the crust.

Raspberry Galette {A Pretty Life}

Yes, buy the crust.  I will never, ever, in the history of ever, make a puff pastry crust.  I just can’t bring myself to do that when I can buy a perfectly delicious pre-made crust.  I don’t think I could even make one that tastes any better anyway.  So I always try to keep a couple of pre-made puff pastry crusts in my freezer at all times.  Then I can bust one out and make a pie at any moment…Saskatoon Galette, Strawberry Rhubarb Galette, Strawberry Pie, Nutella Pie Pockets…endless endless deliciousness.

Raspberry Galette {A Pretty Life}

But I have to say of all the galettes I have made, this raspberry one knocks my socks off.  Puff pastry crust + fresh raspberries is pie perfection.  Enjoy it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream…so so good.

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Raspberry Galette

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Raspberry Filling:
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp corn starch
  • Puff Pastry Crust:
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (12x12 inches)
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Preparing the raspberry filling:
  3. In a bowl toss together the fresh raspberries with the sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
  4. Putting it all together:
  5. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper (I actually use the parchment paper that comes rolled with the puff pastry).
  6. Roll out the puff pastry to form a loose circle shape. It doesn't have to be perfect, this is a rustic pie remember!
  7. Place the raspberry filling in the centre of the pastry sheet.
  8. Fold the edges of the pastry over to cover the outer edge of the berry pile. Overlap as needed.
  9. Brush the pastry with milk, then generously sprinkle on the sugar.
  10. Place the galette into the oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
  11. When the galette is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
  12. Serve slightly warm with ice cream or whipping cream!
Recipe Type: Dessert
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/raspberry-galette/

Raspberry Galette {A Pretty Life}

So if you too crave a raspberry pie, you should try this recipe.  I think you will love it!

Have a delicious day!

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Cherry & Wine Compote with Goat Cheese Feature

Delicious Fruit and Cheese Appetizer Ideas

Delicious fruit and cheese appetizer ideas for your next get together!

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Is there any better flavour combination than fruit with cheese?  Brie with berries?  Goat cheese with cherries?  Peach chutneys, strawberry compotes and raspberries with cheese?  Is your mouth watering yet?  Fruit and cheese appetizers are wonderful served in the summer on a warm and sunny deck with your favourite glass of wine!  They are easy to make, and are definite crowd pleasers.  So to tantalize your tastebuds, I’ve put together some Fruit and Cheese Appetizer Ideas for you to try!

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I’m sharing the recipe for this Cherry & Wine Compote served with Goat Cheese over on the Kendall-Jackson blog today!  This appetizer is so delicious served on baguette slices.  The fresh cherries in this recipe are simmered with red wine and a sprig of fresh rosemary…it’s delicious!

Cherry & Wine Compote with Goat Cheese

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I shared this Puff Pastry Baked Brie with Blueberry Chutney recipe on the Kendall-Jackson blog a couple of years ago, and it’s still one of my most favourite appetizers.  I love love the Brie baked right into the puff pastry.  Decadent and delish!

Puff Pastry Baked Brie w Blueberry Chutney

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This recipe for Figs with Ricotta Cheese, Drizzled in Honey is a really easy appetizer to assemble!  Fresh figs, ricotta cheese and honey are a delicious flavour combination!  And so pretty too!

Figs with Ricotta Cheese, Drizzled in Honey

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Cedar Planked Fruit & Wine Brie Bites are so fun to eat.  I love individual Brie servings…they’re adorable and delicious.  The fruit chutney in this recipe is made with fresh strawberries and raspberries simmered in white wine.  SO good.

Cedar Planked Fruit & Wine Brie Bites

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This recipe for Apple Butter & Baked Brie is a great way to use up all those delicious summer apples.  I make the apple butter in the crockpot, making it very simple to assemble.  And it’s delicious served over baked Brie.  Yum.

Apple Butter & Baked Brie

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There are so many ways to enjoy fruit and cheese appetizers.  It’s as easy as putting together a platter of fresh fruit with different types of cheese, fresh bread and crackers.  Berries, apples, grapes, peaches and cherries all especially go great with cheese.

Fruit and Cheese Appetizer Idea

I hope you got some delicious fruit & cheese inspiration here today!  Don’t forget to head on over to try my Cherry Compote!

Have a delicious day,

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I am working with Kendall-Jackson wines to bring you some delicious recipes!  But as always the recipe, my voice, all content, and opinions are mine alone.  Enjoy!

One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner 2

One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner

This One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner is a quick and delicious meal idea!  In less than an hour it can be on your table!

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I’ve been sitting here for almost 2 hours trying to write this post, but I can’t seem to summon up the energy.  Ever have those days?  All I really want to do right now is sit on my couch and continue with my Gilmore Girls marathon…I’m on season 6 and am determined to finish it before the reunion show comes out.  What I really should be doing is writing for my blog, cleaning the mess I’m staring at, then I should make the raspberry and cream Bundt cake I’ve been planning for ages, but…the…couch…is…so…comfortable.

Actually now that I think about it, this is kind of a good segue into this chicken dish.  It’s recipes like this that save me on days like today…throw all the ingredients into one dish, bake it, then eat it.  Everyone gets fed a healthy home cooked meal with minimal effort.

One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner

I’m a big fan of one pot dishes for roasted chicken.  Chicken and vegetables roast together perfectly, with both being cooked and done at the same time, so there is no need for separate dishes which leaves you with only one dish to clean, hallelujah.  For this particular roasted chicken, I seasoned it with a spice rub that I always use for my ribs (the best ribs ever I think!), but I just knew it would be perfect for chicken.  This rub really is so fantastic, you can mix it up in 1 minute then smother the chicken in it…you’ll love the flavour.  You need to try it on ribs too…you really really do.

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Then to the dish I add what ever vegetables I happen to have around at the time, but really you could use just about anything…carrots, potatoes, onions, parsnips, cauliflower, beets, whatever you like.  Once that’s done throw the dish in the oven and bake.  Then about 15 minutes before serving this dish I smother the chicken with loads of BBQ sauce then put it back in the oven so the sauce can get all caramelized and delicious.  It’s a great way to have BBQ flavour without actually using your BBQ.  Yum.

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Ingredients

    Chicken Rub:
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 - 3 tbsp chili powder
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Chicken:
  • 3 - 5 chicken breasts, with back attached (this # really depends on how many family members you are feeding)
  • Vegetables:
  • 3 - 5 carrots
  • 3 cups baby potatoes
  • 1 - 2 cups cauliflower
  • olive oil
  • seasoning salt (my favourite is Lawrys)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • your favourite BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Preparing the Chicken:
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the rub: salt, brown sugar, chili powder and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Place the chicken in a heavy oven proof skillet.
  5. Smother the chicken with the rub mix.
  6. Preparing the Vegetables:
  7. Cut up your vegetables and toss them in a couple teaspoons of olive oil and 1/2 tsp of seasoning salt, then add them to the pan, around the chicken.
  8. Place the skillet in the oven and roast for 25 minutes.
  9. After 25 minutes, smother the chicken with your favourite BBQ sauce, then return the skillet to the oven and continue roasting the chicken for 15 minutes, or until it is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees).
Recipe Type: Chicken
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/one-dish-roasted-sticky-bbq-chicken-dinner/

If you like this recipe, you may also like this One Hour, One Pot Roasted Chicken Dinner:

One Hour One Pot Roasted Chicken Dinner

Well now that I have actually managed to write this post, I’ll get back to Lorelai, Luke and Rory…

Have a delicious day!

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Festive Onion Casserole  {A Pretty Life}2

Festive Onion Casserole

Today I’m sharing a recipe and story from my Mom…moms have the best treasure trove of recipes!  My Mom is an amazing cook, and so much of my childhood memories are of delicious home cooked meals, and homemade treats, which I credit to my love of being in the kitchen as well.  Her love of feeding us healthy home cooked food, has been passed along to me, and it’s a gift that I will always be thankful for.  

Before we get to her recipe you should meet my Mom.  Did you know that she also has a blog?  Yes she does, and it’s beautiful…she writes at Keeping With The Times, and shares stunning photography, recipes and craft ideas.  We are a lot alike, in that we love photography, gardening, home making, food and cooking.

One of my most favourite Mom-made dishes ever, is this Festive Onion Casserole.  If you love onions, you will probably love this dish…the onions which are naturally sweet go perfectly with the parmesan cheese crust…so delicious.  It’s so good that I just have to share it with you.  As a matter of fact, we had it last night with roasted chicken!  Yum.

Festive Onion Casserole {A Pretty Life}

Now a little background about this dish from my Mom:  “This recipe was given to me, probably 25 or more years ago, by my friend, Rema. I have prepared it countless times and my family loves it. Now I often make it when I am on my own. That’s when I don’t have anything else with it – no meat – no salad – nothing. It’s oniony, creamy, and tangy with parmesan cheese. Better comfort food I’ve never found! I often throw in a little grated mozzarella, or asiago right into the onions if I have a bit on hand. Last night it was a tablespoon of ricotta, some extra parmesan and a bit of asiago. Any yellow onions can be used but if you use sweet onions the taste is out of this world!”

I can attest to enjoying this dish all on my own…I eat the leftovers for lunch…all of them.  I don’t share.  😉

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups sliced onions
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • extra cheese (a little grated mozzarella or asiago, or 1 tbsp ricotta or parmesan) - optional
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place onions and butter in casserole dish (I used an 8x8 dish) and microwave on high for 6 minutes, stirring every two minutes. Keep the lid on the dish so the onions steam a little bit.
  3. After the onions have cooked, they may have released a lot of juice, so you might want to drain some off...if there is too much the dish will be runny.
  4. Meanwhile, in another dish beat the eggs lightly, then mix in the cream, salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in any little bits of extra cheese if you wish.
  6. Then pour the egg mixture over the cooked onions.
  7. Cover with the parmesan cheese and bake, uncovered for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and bubbling..
Recipe Type: Side Dish
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/festive-onion-casserole/

Enjoy!

Have a delicious day!

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