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Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
Lemon poppy seed fruit salad makes a great side dish for the summer. You can bring this fruit salad to parties or prepare it at home to impress your guests. I made this salad for the 4th of July this year as part of my cookout. This salad uses only 3 different types of fruit—pineapple, strawberries and kiwi. You can add additional fruits as well such as fresh blueberries. The fruits are sliced and placed into a bowl and then tossed with lemon juice, sugar and poppy seeds. You can use honey instead of the sugar if you choose. Enjoy.

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh pineapple (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • 2lbs fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 4 kiwis (peeled and diced)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the prepared fruits into a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, sprinkle with sugar and poppy seeds and then gently stir to combine.
  2. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

 Adapted from The Stay at Home Chef

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Chipotle Pico de Gallo Recipe

Chipotle Pico de Gallo
Here is a recipe for the pico de gallo salsa just like at Chipotle Mexican Grill. This salsa goes on great on all kinds of different Mexican foods such as Tacos, burritos and quesadillas. This recipe is a simple combination of tomato, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper. The salsa is seasoned with lime juice and salt for additional flavor. I really like the amazing flavor that this salsa adds to burritos! Enjoy.

Chipotle Pico de Gallo
Chipotle Pico de Gallo

Chipotle Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • ½ red onion (diced)
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 5-7 steams of cilantro (finely chopped)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine tomato, onion, pepper and cilantro. Add the lime juice and salt and gently stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour. 
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Baked French Fries Recipe

baked French fries
It is not an issue if you do not have a deep-fryer because French fries can be easily prepared and baked in the oven. The process to making oven French fries is simple—the potatoes are sliced into strips and then tossed with various seasonings and olive oil and then baked in the oven. If you would prefer to peel the potatoes first that would be fine or you can leave the skin on. These fries get a lot of their flavor from garlic powder, paprika, pepper and parmesan cheese. Preparing French fries in the oven is also a healthier alternative to deep-frying. These fries to get served with sandwiches or hamburgers. Enjoy.

baked French fries

Baked French Fries

Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 large russet potatoes (cut into thin strips)
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, paprika and ground black pepper. Add the potatoes and toss to coat. Drizzle the potatoes with the olive oil and toss to coat again.
  3. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake at 450 degrees F. for 35 minutes (flipping the fries over halfway through cooking) or until golden brown.
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Poutine Recipe

Poutine
Poutine is a dish that originated in Quebec, Canada. This dish consist of French fries that are topped with gravy and cheese curds. Although it is mostly popular in Canada it can also be found in certain parts of the United States as well. This Poutine recipe consists of homemade gravy and homemade fries. It does take a little time to prepare but it is definitely worth it! The gravy gets a lot of its flavor from ingredients such as beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. The fries themselves are made from russet potatoes and are deep fried twice. Cooking times for the fries may vary if you are cutting bigger pieces. Poutine makes a great side-dish or snack. If you can, it would be a good idea to try and time the cooking of the fries with the gravy—that way the gravy will not have to sit for that long before serving. Enjoy.

Poutine

Poutine

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4lbs russet potatoes (skin-on, washed, and dried)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Canola oil (for frying)
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese curds

Directions:

  1. Cut the potatoes into lengths of about ¼” x ¼” x 4”. Place the cut up potatoes into a large bowl. Fill the bowl with enough cold water to cover the potatoes and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Heat the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted whisk in the flour and cook while whisking until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add the minced shallot and garlic and cook until soft (about 2 more minutes). Add the beef broth a little at a time while whisking. Whisk in ketchup, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil while whisking. Cook while whisking until the mixture has thickened (about 6 minutes). Keep the gravy warm.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 325 degrees F. Drain the water from the potatoes and dry them with paper towels. Fry the potatoes in small batches tossing occasionally until tender and slightly crisp (about 4 minutes).
  4. Drain the potatoes on paper towels and allow them to cool for 20 minutes. Increase the temperature of the deep-fryer to 375 degrees F. Deep-fry the potatoes once again in small batches, tossing occasionally, until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Divide the potatoes into serving dishes. Pour gravy over the fries in the serving dishes and top with cheese curds. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Saveur.

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