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Dill Pickles | Easy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

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Dill Pickles – Quick and Easy!

Dill Pickles | Easy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles (with slideshow)

 

These dill pickles are my favorite instant pickles..  They may be used just after 24 hours. It’s no doubt that home made products, usually beat the flavor and reliability of store bought.  Pickles are no exception!  And the dill pickles from the store usually contain too much sugar and artificial coloring!  Make your own fresh, crunchy dill pickles, that require no special pickling equipment and temperature control.  You will be surprised how easy they are to make.  First time I made these, I was amazed at how good they were.  Fresh and crunchy, retaining the nutrients of the fresh cucumber.

Obviously, Dill weed is essential in making the pickles.  Fresh is always preferred but the dried herb may be used if you can’t find it!  And when it comes to pickling cucumbers, they say the the kind of cucumber that make you burp, are best for making pickles, due to the higher lever of cucurbitacin.  You can use whole cucumbers, spears or slices.  I tried a few varieties and I found these snacking baby cucumbers to be the best for my pickles.  If I want to use them for burgers, I simply slice them up after pickling.  We use these pickles in salads on a regular basis.

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Asparagus Dip | Creamy Simple Asparagus Spread

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Asparagus Dip

Asparagus Dip | Creamy Simple Asparagus Spread

 

This Asparagus dip, is extremely quick and easy to make! Quite tasty and even kids will enjoy this vegetable in spreadable form!  I am always looking for ways to get the kids to eat certain veggies.. Sometimes, a dip is the easiest way to achieve this. Creamy and tasty, its super, served with toasted pita wedges.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family and has been found to be an aphrodisiac, since ancient times.  It is packed with nutrients. High in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, beta -carotene, vitamin E, zinc, manganese and selenium.

It’s also especially rich in detoxifying compound, glutathione, which can help destroy carcinogens. For this reason, asparagus may help fight or protect against certain cancers.

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Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

 

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad is  one of the most popular and traditional foods served in Tunisia.  If you love dips and are always looking for something different, this is excellent. The combination of peppers, once grilled gives a unique and delicious flavor as well as enticing aroma. Slata Mechouia, pronounced ( S-lata Meshweeya) means ‘Grilled Salad’ in Arabic, but it is more of a grilled salsa than a salad.

Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita. According to the variety of peppers used, it can range from mild to spicy, however, the milder ones are more common and preferred.  It is customary to top the salad with flaked tuna, olives and boiled egg.. I was skeptical at the addition of tuna but it actually works with the spicy, grilled sweetness of the peppers. Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita.

An extremely popular appetizer in Tunisian homes and restaurants.. this is one of my posts honoring all the people I have met from across the world and their wonderful cuisines. Thanks to my high school friend Nadege, for some lovely Tunisian Recipes.

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Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad

Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad

Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad

Goodbye to boring old salads … This Thai Grilled Chicken and Arugula Salad is pleasingly delicious with various layers of flavor! A complete meal. We all love incorporating more salads into our meals. It’s no secret that while food is meant to be enjoyed, you have to keep it well balanced with the occasional indulgence. After all, what’s life without the ability to indulge in things you love – once in a while! With regular salads like these you can be happy and content at the same time PLUS you will be able to indulge more often in those guilty pleasures.

So we have chicken and we have arugula, in this delicious duet of a salad. The chicken is first cooked in a fresh aromatic and herby paste. A little coconut milk is added to keep the chicken breasts succulent.  The chicken is then grilled , while reserving the gorgeous, exotic sauce in which it was cooked. This forms one of our two dressings. The other, is made from half the arugula into a dressing with a kick from some added horseradish sauce and mayyonaise.  The fresh ingredients are simply tossed in olive oil, lime juice and salt. The grilled chicken is cut up and tossed in just before serving and the duo of chilled dressings is dolloped over the top. Sprinkle some sunflower seeds and your easy peasy delicious salad is ready!

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American Potato Salad | Quick Salads

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american potato salad recipe

American Potato Salad | Quick Salads with Video

 

Growing up, I always came home to delicious food every day. My mom will always be the best cook to me.. I admit during my teenage years, I was quite fussy with food.. I had a lot of things that I didn’t appreciate as much as I do now.  She always seemed to have time to fix me something that I liked. On the occasion that she would not be home when I came home, she would leave me something in the fridge. I would cleanup and hurry to find out what was in there for me. Cold Potato Salad was one of my favorites. I could have this just on its own or with some of her yummy chicken. This salad is a great side any day! Filling you up well till your next meal.

 

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Kadai Chana Masala

Kadai Chana Masala

Kadai Chana Masala – Wok Cooked Chickpeas and Potato Appetizer

Kadai Chana Masala

This version of Kadai Chana Masala is variation on the tradional recipe. Very tasty and very simple to make. It has a rustic flavor that is so popular in the Indian  fixed menu items. It may be served as an appetizer with Aloo Tikki or Samosas. It can also be served along with Puri.

Kadai Chana Masala ecipe

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Russian Salad – Olivier Salad with Macaroni

russian salad with macaroni

Russian Salad – Olivier Salad with Macaroni

The ‘Olivier Salad’ is a popular Salad that  originated in Russia and is known around the world as the ‘Russian Salad‘. The usual ingredients are potato, carrot, green peas, egg,  pickles and chicken or bologna sausage. The sauce is  a mayonnaise based one and can incorporate yoghurt or sour cream  as well. This recipe uses regular elbow pasta to make it a light meal in itself. To make the Classic Russian Salad, simply omit the pasta.

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Thai Beef and Cucumber Canapés

Thai Beef and Cucumber Canapés Thai Beef and Cucumber Canapés recipe

Thai Beef and Cucumber Canapés

What’s not to love about these party canapés? These bite size hors d’oeuvres, make for a cute decorative food that can be neatly picked up with your fingers and popped into your mouth. These Thai Beef and Cucumber Canapés are very simple to make. With some marination time, the beef cooks so fast in a cast iron wok or skillet.

I love the addition of tiny bits of thai red chili. There’s something about taking that bite and waiting for the chilli to hit you – that’s exciting! Leave the chillies off if you can’t take the heat and garnish with scallions or carrot – julienne.

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Simple Bean Sprout Salad with Mint

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Simple Bean Sprout Salad with Mint

A fresh and simple Bean Sprout Salad thats great as a side dish with grilled meats, chicken or seafood. I especially love it with my curry leaf fried chicken. I should get to that post soon. This salad is made with basic, simple ingredients that you might already have in your fridge.

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