Archive | December, 2015

Cooking Party With Momtrends and Wonderful Pistachios (amazing recipes included) #GetCrackin

21 Dec

For the past 6 1/2 years I haven’t been able to cook with nuts or have them in my house. When my oldest daughter turned 1, she had a reaction to peanuts. The thought of nuts in the house was extremely stressful. Recently, we found out that she is one of the 20% to outgrow her food allergy. It’s been challenging getting her to try different foods with nuts, after so long of telling her they would hurt her, but I can now cook with and eat nuts at home in ease. With the most recent discovery, I was excited to join Momtrends and Wonderful Pistachios for a night of cooking and mingling at My Cooking Party. It was fun night catching up with friends while working together to put together a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert, all having pistachios as an ingredient.

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My top favorite recipes from the night were:
Wonderful Pistachios, Peach and Barley Salad

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A fresh summer salad with the crunch of Wonderful Pistachios and delicious peaches.

Prep: 15 minutes / Time to Table: 1 hour a 5 minutes / Serves: 4

  • ⅔ cup pearled barley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cups trimmed green beans
  • ¼ cup pistachio oil, or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 2 ripe peaches, sliced ¼-inch thick
  • ⅓ cup crumbled ricotta salata
  • ⅓ cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted, roughly chopped

1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in barley, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Cook about 45 minutes, until barley is tender and water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and set aside 10 minutes. Add parsley, fluff barley with a fork and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in another saucepan; boil string beans about 5 minutes, until crisp and tender. Blanch in ice water and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk pistachio oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss with arugula, string beans, and half the sliced peaches.

4. Place greens mixture on individual plates. Top with a scoop of barley, remaining peaches, ricotta salata and pistachios. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired

 

Turkey Roulade with Wonderful Pistachio Pesto

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Image from Mom trends

Pistachios, apples and onions are stuffed in this impressive, but easy main course. A nutty Wonderful Pistachio pesto is the perfect accompaniment.

Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes / Time to Table: 2 hours 30 minutes / Serves: 6 to 8

Wonderful Pistachio Pesto:

  • 1½ cups baby spinach (about 2½ ounces)
  • 1 cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup olive oil

Turkey Roulade:

  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, diced into ¼-inch pieces (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces (about 1 2/3 cups)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 5 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 ounces day- old french bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces (about 1¾ cups)
  • ¾ cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios, toasted, and roughly chopped
  • 1 skinless, boneless, turkey breast half, butterflied (about 2½ lbs)
  • 3 small red onions, cut into wedges

1. To make the pesto, place spinach, pistachios, garlic, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Slowly pour in oil, while machine is running, about 20 seconds. Pulse to completely combine. Set aside in the refrigerator, up to one day ahead.

2. To make turkey roulade, position oven rack in the center and heat oven to 375°F. Place cranberries in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 5 minutes until softened. Drain and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add onion and cook 5 to 7 minutes until softened. Add apple; continue to cook, 5 to 7 minutes, until onion and apples are golden. Add ½ cup chicken broth, thyme, rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoons pepper, and simmer. Stirring occasionally and scraping up any bits that stick to the bottom of the pan, about 5 minutes, until broth is absorbed and apples are softened. Transfer to a large bowl.

4. Add bread and cranberries to apples and stir to combine. Pour in ⅓ cup chicken broth and stir to combine. Add additional 2 tablespoons chicken broth, as needed, until bread is moist, but not wet. Stir in pistachios and set aside to cool.

5. Place turkey between sheets of plastic wrap, and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin, to about ½-inch thick. Season each side with remaining ¼ teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoons pepper. Place turkey, skinned side down on working surface. Spread stuffing over turkey leaving a border uncovered, about 1½-inches all around. Roll up and secure tightly with kitchen twine.

6. Heat a roasting pan (or large skillet), with 2 tablespoons olive oil, on medium to medium-high heat. Brown turkey roulade on all sides, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside on a plate. Add wire rack to roasting pan and place turkey on rack. Combine onion wedges in a bowl with 1 tablespoons oil and place in roasting pan alongside turkey. Add ½ cup chicken broth to roasting pan and place in oven.

7. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until turkey temperature reaches 165°F. Remove from oven, transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil. Allow to rest 10 to 15 minutes, until juices have had time to absorb, before cutting into 6 to 8 slices.

8. Meanwhile, add remaining chicken broth (about ½ cup) to roasting pan, and scrape up any bits with a wooden spoon. Serve pan drippings alongside turkey with pistachio pesto.

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Wonderful Pistachios, Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Glaze

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Sweet roasted potato wedges get the holiday treatment with crunchy Wonderful Pistachios, tangy goat cheese and a lovely pomegranate glaze.

Prep: 20 minutes / Time to Table: 45 minutes / Serves: 8 (about 4-5 wedges/person)

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, well-scrubbed and cut into 1” thick wedges
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • ½ cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.

2. Toss potato wedges with olive oil, salt and pepper, mixing thoroughly. Transfer the wedges to the baking sheets making sure they spaced evenly.

3. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir wedges and rotate pans. Bake another 10 minutes until cooked through and caramelized. Remove from the oven.

4. Combine the honey and the POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir. Arrange the sweet potatoes on a platter and scatter the Wonderful Pistachios and goat cheese over them. Drizzle the pomegranate glaze over all. Serve.

 

 

In addition to amazing food, the space was absolutely stunning.  Momtrends did a wonderful job creating a gorgeous winter white tablescape using pistachios, beautiful Teleflora centerpieces, lighted tress from target and a gold specked table runner from Minted.  They  also used Wonderful Pistachios with candles and created a keepsake ornament place setting filled with pistachio shells.  The simple yet beautiful accents  added a special touch to the delicious meal, perfect for entertaining this Holiday season.

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Image from Momtrends

Have a wonderful Holiday and a Happy & Healthy New Year!  Happy Cooking!

Disclaimer: I received a gift bag from this event as well as compensation for this post however this did not alter my opinions.  It was a wonderful night and the food was delicious.  Thank you to Momtrends, Wonderful Pistacios and My Cooking Party.  Looking forward to making these recipes again for family this Holiday season!

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Sending Cheer and Extra Sweetness During The Holidays

15 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of year when our elf, Snowflake, returns.  The girls light up and look forward to waking up to see where she decides to hide.  On occasion, she has been known to leave a gift or two when they’ve been extra good.

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Recently, Snowflake left them a gorgeous Teleflora Peanuts arrangement and delicious Matthews 1812 House desserts. Snowflake must have known that I had holiday entertaining on my mind. The beautiful arrangement from Teleflora is placed in a fun and festive Peanuts cookie jar. Once the flowers are gone, the jar can be used for cookies at the next Holiday gathering and for many years after. Teleflora also has many other gift options that are perfect for any occasion. I’ve ordered many times and they’ve always been prompt, fresh, and beautiful.  They can transform a room and brighten a day.  Perfect for “sending cheer” this Holiday Season.

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Matthews 1812 House has delicious desserts for gatherings. Snowflake brought us the 1812 Bar and Fruit Filled Cookies.  At our most recent Holiday Movie Night Gathering, we brought the 1812 Bar.  It is made with apricots, pecan, and chocolate chips mixed with batter, on top of a shortbread crust, finished with a browned butter frosting.  My daughter, who we recently found out was one of the 20% to outgrow her nut allergy, loved it.  I didn’t mention there were nuts in it and she didn’t taste them because after 6 1/12 years of being nut free, it’s been hard to tell her she can eat them.  The adults loved it too.  It was definitely a sweet treat to share with our group of friends.

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We also had the opportunity to try the Matthews 1812 House Fruit Filled Cookies.   The apricot, peach, strawberry, and raspberry cookies were absolutely delicious.  We moved our Teleflora arrangement to another vase because the girls were anxious to put the cookies in the cookie jar for an ornament decorating party with friends.  The cookies were gone in a flash.

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Teleflora and Matthews 1812 House were a huge hit for our family.  They are perfect for entertaining this season and make the perfect gift for teacher, friends or family.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season filled with cheer!

To learn more about Teleflora, click here.

To learn more about Matthews 1812 House, click here.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook.

Disclaimer:  I  did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I received samples for review however this did not alter my opinions.  Thank you Teleflora for “sending cheer” to my girls and to Matthews 1812 for adding some extra sweetness to our Holidays.