Easy No-Bake Jelly Peach Pie

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Oh we had out of town guests this past weekend.  We ate and we swam, but oh that heat! I made Tomato Salad, Chicken Cacciatore and for dessert, Jello Peach Pie.  Nothing soothes a hot Summer’s day better than a slice of cool, refreshing Jello Peach Pie.  I also got to use these vintage dessert bowls I was saving for Thanksgiving.

Depending on what fruit you plan to use, your prep time could as little as 10 mins.

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Ingredients
:: 2-3 cans of peaches with juices
:: Knox Gelatin. 2 pouches. If using other brands. Follow instructions.
:: 1/2 cup hot water
:: 1/4 cup sugar
:: 1 pie shell

Optional: Tradition recipes call for 1/4 tsp cornstarch to ‘hold’ jello but I don’t like that it makes the jello ‘cloudy’.

Directions
:: Open cans of peaches with juices, and sugar into a mixing bowl.
:: Sprinkle gelatin powder over peaches and juice.
:: Stir to combine. Knox Gelatin will dissolve completely.  Otherwise, slowly add a small amount of hot water to dissolve clumps.
:: Chill in fridge till jello is set.
:: To assemble, scoop peach jello into graham pie shell.  Serve slices of pie with ice cream, or scoop into pretty dessert dishes, topped with sprigs of mint.

Enjoy and stay cool!


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Blushing Hearts Tomato Tarts

This is a perfect after school snack packed with antioxidants and vitamins.  It’s easy and cute, and the kids can get involved too.

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Ingredients
:: Pie Crust
:: Tomatoes
:: Basil, olive oil, salt, pepper
:: Cookie Cutter
Tip: Pick tomatoes that are just a little larger than your cookie cutter.

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Instructions
:: Follow package instruction to preheat oven.
:: Prepare baking tray with parchment paper.
:: Roll out pastry puff, then use cookie cutter to cut hearts.
:: Optional: You can smear tomato paste on pastry at this step.
:: Place a slice of tomato on each heart.
:: Sprinkle basil, salt, pepper.
:: Seal with another heart with a cut out. Crimp edges to seal.
:: Follow instructions to bake until golden brown.
:: Serve with ketchup.


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Colors of Summer Tomato Salad

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This simple tomato salad screams SUMMMMER! It is bursting with color and freshness.  We had an abundance of tomatoes and herbs, so this seem the perfect warm weather side dish. The fresh herbs give a delightful pop with little bursts of flavors with every bite. Just a spritz of lemon juice was all the brightness required.  No dressing needed.  It was a great no-cook way to use up last night’s cooked pasta on a hot hot day and is a beautiful salad to bring along for a potluck or beach picnic.  You’re sure to get compliments!

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Ingredients
:: Colorful tomatoes
:: Fresh basil (pick small leaves)
:: Fresh mint (pick small leaves)
:: Cooked pasta
:: 1 lemon
:: Salt and pepper.  I used coarse restaurant style black pepper.  Love the grainy texture.

Directions
:: In a large bowl, place pasta on bottom.  Top with tomatoes.
:: Arrange basil and mint leaves.
:: Spritz juice of a lemon.  Season with salt and pepper.
:: Best served chilled.

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Getting To Know Your Neighbors

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Do you live in a neighborhood where children have play dates while adults meet up in the front lawn for happy hour? Does your neighborhood have block parties?  Do people wave at each other when coming and going?  How many friends does your dog have? How many dogs do you know by name?

What are the characteristics of your neighborhood?  How well do you know your neighbors?  How do people connect where you are?

Join the conversation below.

 


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4 Ways To Wash Fewer Dishes

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Yes, there are ways to make this task less miserable. The shortest path to washing fewer dishes is to create fewer dirty dishes.

1. One Pan Meals.
Think risotto, paella, pasta salad, a casserole, crock pot or Dutch oven recipe that can go from the stove straight to the dinner table.

2. Re-Use A Pan.
Just sautéed some veggies? Give the pan a quick wipe down before searing the steak.

3. Prep and Go.
Skip the prep bowl. Slice all your veggies into the pan, top with seasoning, and fire it up.

4. Parchment Paper
A god send!  Line baking trays with parchment paper for burn-free easy cleaning.  Line oven safe serving platters with parchment paper to bake fish or vegetables.

Do you have any tips and tricks of your own?  Share them and I’ll keep adding to this list.

 


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Juiciest, Flakiest Salmon

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For the juiciest, flakiest salmon, I always bake salmon from frozen and a cold oven.  I’ll grab a baking dish, lay a sheet of parchment paper, smear some marmalade jam over the frozen salmon, pop the dish into a cold oven, set the temperature at 375 degrees and walk away for 25 mins for a slice and up to 45 mins for a whole slab.  Allowing the oven and salmon to preheat together prevents overcooking.  Shocking thawed salmon in a heated oven results in a dry rubbery slice of fish.

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Try this Zesty Salmon and Wild Rice Salad.

Zesty Salmon & Wild Rice Salad

Summer means drinks, salads, grilled food, dining under the stars… beaches, sun block and laughter.  It also means getting creative with bowl recipes.

This zesty salmon bowl with a hint of spice is a versatile summer one-bowl dish.  I love that it is easy to eat with a spoon out of a mason jar at work, and absolutely share-able at a picnic.

Tip: For the juiciest, flakiest salmon, I always bake salmon from frozen and a cold oven.  I’ll grab a baking dish, lay a sheet of parchment paper, smear some marmalade jam over the frozen salmon, pop the dish into a cold oven, set the temperature at 375 degrees and walk away for 25 mins for a slice and up to 45 mins for a whole slab.  Allowing the oven and salmon to preheat together prevents overcooking.  Shocking thawed salmon in a heated oven results in a dry rubbery slice of fish.

There’s almost zero clean up, since you used parchment paper. Hooray!

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Ingredients
:: Salmon. Above, then I flaked it with a fork.
:: Brown rice or quinoa.
:: Cucumbers, diced
:: Cilantro/Coriander, roughly chopped
:: Zest and juice of limes
:: Cayenne pepper
:: Salt.

:: To make dressing, combine lime juice, zest, a dash of cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy) and pinch of salt.

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Directions
:: In a large bowl, combine rice and cucumbers.
:: Top with the flaked salmon.  Gently fold the salmon into the rice mixture.
:: Top with cilantro.  Add dressing. Give it another gentle toss and get ready to plate!

Variations:  Sometimes we switch things up a bit with tomatoes, bell peppers, string beans, onions…. anything you fancy, really. 🙂

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

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The best tomato salad only needs a good olive oil, salt and pepper to be a conversation starter.  It’s fresh, colorful and so refreshing for this heatwave we’re experiencing now.

 

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Ingredients
:: Heirloom tomatoes or any colorful mix
:: A good olive oil
:: Salt and Pepper
:: Fresh basil

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Simply slice tomatoes and toss in olive oil, salt and pepper.  Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

 

Enjoy and stay cool!

 


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Crying Tiger Steak

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Made a speedy Crying Tiger Steak Salad tonight for an impromptu dinner gathering.  Simply grill up a basic salt and pepper salt and surround it with any available greens and veggies (spring mix, garden tomatoes, cilantro and avocado in my fridge tonight).  The simple dressing is a blend of lime juice, Thai fish sauce, sugar, any garlic chilli sauce (sriracha will do too) and chopped cilantro.  It’s hot, tangy, salty and sweet all at once!

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