White Chocolate "Mousse" Recipe

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White Chocolate "Mousse" Recipe:

  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup heavy cream

Place chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.  Heat heavy cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until bubbles form around the edge of the pan - do not boil. Take off heat, pour hot cream over white chocolate chips and stir until melted. Refrigerate the mixture for 2 hours -to- 2 days. When ready to whip, pour into mixer bowl and use whisk to whip to desired consistency. Holds up well for a day in refrigerator. 💙🇺🇸❤️

Cornbread Panzanella Salad with Avocado Dressing Recipe

A panzanella twist...

Instead of the usual Tuscan panzanella salad with tomatoes, onion and garlic rubbed bread, this panzanella uses croutons made from cheddar jalapeño cornbread and a whole lot of diced veggies, grilled corn and a creamy avocado dressing!  It's delicious - we had it Thursday night with a grilled flank steak! You can add really whatever veggies you have on hand.  Beans would be great in this too!  We loved this salad topped with crumbled cotija cheese and toasted pepita seeds.  It makes a good amount - at least enough for 6 - will be a perfect summertime party salad! 

Cornbread Panzanella Salad with Avocado Dressing Recipe:

Christina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com

Makes 6-8 Servings

1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup flour
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup oil
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (2 ½ tablespoons)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons oil for drizzling on croutons

½ cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed (or parsley)
½ avocado
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup water
¼ cup olive oil

¾ cup corn cut from 1-2 grilled ears (or thawed frozen)
1 red pepper, diced, seeds removed
1 yellow or orange pepper, diced, seeds removed
3 medium Roma tomatoes, diced
1 English cucumber, diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup cotija cheese
2 tablespoons roasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)


Make Cornbread Croutons:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl and whisk together. In small bowl mix oil, milk and egg together.  Add wet ingredients to dry and begin to fold together.  Add cheese and jalapenos and mix until just combined.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 Minutes or until golden brown and pulling from the sides of the pan.  Allow to cool 5 minutes then remove to cooling rack to cool fully.

Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.  Cut cooled cornbread into 1-inch cubes and spread  on baking sheet.  Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, turn and drizzle with other tablespoon oil.  Bake for 25 minutes, flipping croutons halfway through.  

Make Dressing:
Pulse all ingredients in food processor except for oil.  Turn food processor on high and drizzle in oil.

Assemble Salad: 
(Best to toss when you’re ready to serve.)
In large bowl toss together all salad vegetables gently with croutons and dressing.  Top with cotija cheese and pepita seeds.

Printable Recipe Link: Panzanella Cornbread Salad




DIY Lemonade Kits - Great Party Favors

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The perfect summer sipper!

My girls love drinking from Mason jars lately - maybe it makes them feel a little country in our suburban jungle.  So, for a party my daughter was planning, she came up with this lemonade kit party favor idea.  Each guest took home a Mason jar with a straw top lid, straw and everything they need to shake up a real old-fashioned, feel-like-you're-in-the-country, homemade lemonade!  They were a huge hit!  And with the super simple lemonade recipe they'll be shaking 'em up all summer long!  You can buy Mason jars and straw top lids at grocery stores, craft stores and online.  We finished ours off with a ribbon and packaged them in a cellophane bag.

DIY Lemonade Kits: Step-by-Step Photos

For Each Party Favor You'll Need:

  • Mason jar w/lid
  • Straw
  • Straw top (optional)
  • Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • Directions
  • Ribbon/Cellophane bag

Directions for Making Lemonade:

Mason Jar Lemonade

-Juice of one lemon
-2 tablespoons superfine sugar
-10-ounces water

Cut the lemon in half
Squeeze lemon halves into jar with sugar
Add 10-ounces water to jar
Place lid on jar and shake until sugar is dissolved
Fill jar with ice
Replace lid with straw cap
Enjoy a taste of summer! ☺

Printable Directions Sheet

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