Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Sometimes a meal just stands out from all the other food you’ve eaten lately with each bite a medley of harmonious flavors.  You find yourself slowing down and savoring every mouthful.  This menu is destined to be pulled out whenever you want to impress your friends and family.  Tonight we had such a dinner.  I found some unbelievable blackberries and bought them, sure I’d find something to do with them and did I ever.  The menu is simple, nothing difficult to prepare, and relies on fresh fruit at the peak of ripeness.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Fruit Salad with Blackberry Basil Vinaigrette

Once again I had Barry cook the pork, seasoned only with Cavendar’s, on the Big Green Egg.  Meanwhile I made the sauce.

Blackberry Sauce
1/4 cup blackberry preserves
1/4 cup white wine
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. rosemary, chopped if fresh
1 cup fresh blackberries
Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and stir over low heat till preserves are melted.  Add the blackberries and spoon over cooked meat.

I found the salad recipe in the local Junior Auxiliary’s cookbook.  The salad made a very pretty presentation and it is definitely one I will be making many times.  The cookbook is Rendevous on the Ridge and can be found in many local stores.  I have enjoyed many other recipes from this book.

Fruit Salad with Blackberry Basil Vinaigrette
8 cups mixed salad greens
1 1/2 cups sliced mangoes
1 1/2 cups sliced grapefruit sections
1 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 large avocado, sliced
Place greens in a bowl and arrange fruit on top.  Serve with vinaigrette.
1/2 of a 10 oz. jar seedless blackberry preserves
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
6 fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
Combine ingredients through pepper in a blender.  Pulse 2 or 3 times until blended.  Gradually add the oil through the food chute, processing constantly until the oil is incorporated.

I really hope you take the time to eat the foods now coming into season because it’s such a treat.  Visit a farmer’s market or produce stand this weekend and see what you can find.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what you are going to make with the food you find.  You can google the ingredients or look at allrecipes.com or other websites for ideas once you get home.  Have a happy weekend and enjoy your friends and family over a good meal.

Upadated on June 11, 2010

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