It’s a beach day

 

I found some seashells!

I found some seashells!

The beachside forecast is 84 to 86 degrees, feel like 90 degrees!

 

 

Ready for an afternoon of fun in the sun,

with beach umbrella under one arm,

  and beach bag and my favorite beach towels,

collect seashells and smooth  white small stones sanded by the sea.

PerhapsI’ll  relax on a beach chair, dig  my toes in the sand,

 take time to read a few chapters in my latest book, Secret Life of lobsters, or

tales of Egypt,

I’ll snack on iced tea from the cooler  and enjoy the breeze of the salty air,

listening to thesound of the  crash of the waves.

 dig my toes into

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more Sand than ocean .......where's the seashells?

more Sand than ocean .......where's the seashells?

 

 

 

 

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Yum. Delicious!

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Ruby Tuesday

Summer garden's bounty

Summer garden's bounty

Italian White Bean Salad

Italian White bean salad is an excellent dish for a summer buffet.  It can be an accompaniment to cold grilled chicken , thin slices of a beef steak, or pork loin.

In Italy, these beans are paired with canned tuna ( an expensive tuna packed in oil) and served as a main course.  Simply chill both the beans and the tuna.

Italian White Bean Salad

Ingredients:

1 16-ounce package dried small white or navy beans

2 bay leaves

1 large onion,stuck with two whole cloves

3 cloves garlic, skinned and flattened

4 medium, ripe tomatoes, diced

1 cup of fresh parsley, chopped

Vinaigrette dressing ( see recipe below)

salt and pepper to taste

Whole lettuce leaves ( preferably butter or romaine)

Sliced tomatoes

Directions:

1.  RINSE THE BEANS IN COLD WATER.  PLACE THE BEANS, ONION STUCK WITH CLOVES. BAY LEAVES, GARLIC, AND PEPPERCORNS IN A 3- QUART SAUCEPAN AND COVER WITH 2 INCHES OF WATER.

2.  Bring to a rapid boil for 2 minutes.  Remove the mixture from the heat and let it stand 1 hour.

3.  Return the beans to the heat and bring them to a boil.   Reduce heat and let beans simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until they are tender but not mushy.

4.  Drain beans.  While they’r still hot, place them in a bowl with chopped tomatoes and parsley.  Add vinaigrette and mix well.  Cover and chill in refrigerator.  Just before servong, mix again.  Add additonal  vinaigrette if needed and salt and pepper to taste.

5.  Line a bowl with whole lettuce leaves.  Place bean salad on top of leaves and surround with thick slices of vine-ripened tomatoes.

    Serves   8 as a side dish

Vinagrette  recipe

Makes enough for a salad for 4 people

1/4 teaspoon of salt

a good gring of black pepper

2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

6 tablespoons of good quality olive oil

1 tablespoon of water

2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard

Using a small glass jar with a tight fitting lid, put all ingredients into the jar, put lid in place and shake vigorously. 

Yo customize the vinaigrette, add 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh herbs-thyme, sweet marjoram, chives, parsley, salad burne, summer savory or basil- to the mixture. 

A pressed clove of garlic can also be added, as well as a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or balsamic  vinegar.   Note: if you add the lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, subtract an equal amount of vinegar from the recipe.

Vinaigrette  in a larger amount- 2 cups recipe

keeps in the frig for a week or so.

1 teaspoon salt

several grinds of black pepper

1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

1 1/2 cup of good quality olive oil

4 tablespons of water

2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard

 Commments are welcomed:

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  Please take a few moments to say hello and tell me what you thought of these recipes.

RECIPE–CHICKEN CASSEROLE

SERBIAN  CHICKEN   CASSEROLE    ( a recipe from Turkey)

                                                                         4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS:

1 FRYING CHICKEN ( 3 POUNDS), CUT INTO SERVING PIECES

1/2 CUP BUTTER

2 CUPS FINELY CHOPPED ONION

1 GREEN PEPPER , SEEDED AND CHOPPED

1/2 CUP COPPED CELERY

1 TEASPOON PAPRIKA

1 TABLESPOON SALT

FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER

2 1/2 CUPS   ( 1 1-POUND 3-OUNCE CAN ) WHOLE TOMATOES  OR SIMILAR SIZE YOU CAN BUY.

1 CUP CHICKEN STOCK

1 CUP UNCOOKED RICE

DIRECTIONS:

1.   PREHEAT  OVEN TO 350 DEGREES.

2.   WASH THE CHICKEN PARTS IN COLD WATER AND DRY WELL.

3.   HEAT THE BUTTER IN A LARGE SKILLET AND COOK THE ONION, GREEEN PEPPER, AND CELERY IN IT UNTIL THE ONION IS TRANSLUCENT.

4.   add the paprika, salt, pepper to taste, tomatoes, stock, and rice.

       Stir briefly and pour the mixture into a one-and one- half casserole dish.

      ARRANGE THE CHICKEN PIECES ON TOP AND SPRINKLE WITH SALT.

    BAKE FOR 1 HOUR OR UNTIL CHICKEN IS TENDER AND THE RICE HAS ABSORBED THE LIQUID.    Add  more stock as the dish  cooks  if the rice becomes too dry.

Cook book:

The New Yor Times International Cook book by Craig Claiborne

a note from luvsclassics:

I am so happy that I found this wounderful cookbook; browsing at a booksale one day a  few summers ago at a booksale in Cranford library in Cranford, N.J. after work one day.

Recipe- Pecan Puffs

PECAN PUFFS

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

1 cup pecans

1 cup flour

confectionary sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Beat until soft 1/2 cup butter.

Add and blend until creamy 2 tbsp sugar.

Add: 1 Tbsp vanilla

Measure, then grind in a nut grinder Or (use blender), i cup pecan meats.

Sift before measuring, 1 cup flour.

Stir the pecans and the flour into the butter mixture.

Roll the dough into small balls ( round , the size of a quarter).

Place cookie balls on greased cookie sheet and Bake 30 minutes.

Roll cooie balls while hot in confectionary sugar.

SCENIC SUNDAY

SCENIC SUNDAY

Rural New Jersey

Rural New Jersey

 

 

100 year old farmstead
100 year old farmstead

 Scenic Sunday

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