Friday, August 31, 2018

Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad


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This light and fresh Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish to any summer picnic, Labor Day cookout, or potluck this season! - Slice of Southern

During the summer we crave quick and easy fresh salads. In an effort to use all the fresh summer vegetables we bought at the Calabasas Farmer's Market I packed a pasta salad full of veggies and Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad was born!

We got a little carried away at the farmer's market so there is a long list of ingredients, but don't be swayed, this salad comes together quickly and tastes outstanding! 

This light and fresh Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish to any summer picnic, Labor Day cookout, or potluck this season! - Slice of Southern

What vegetables do I use? Pasta salad can start out as a blank canvas and you can change the flavor and texture of the salad by using different vegetables. We want to use what's fresh and in season during the summer months so I chose, Roma tomatoes, yellow summer squash, zucchini, broccoli, and red onion. Change this to suit the season or the vegetables you have on hand to make whole new twist to a basic pasta salad.

Is it really to make? Yes, it is! The most time spent is in chopping the vegetables which can be done while the pasta is cooking. What brings this all together is a wonderful vinaigrette made with red wine vinegar, a wonderful California olive oil, some mustard for binding, and a dash of great spices to bring in more flavor. Mix it all together and let it chill to meld the flavors and you're done!

This light and fresh Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish to any summer picnic, Labor Day cookout, or potluck this season! - Slice of Southern

This is the perfect way to honor our summer vegetables. This light and fresh Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish to any summer picnic, Labor Day cookout, or potluck this season!

Enjoy!










Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad

serves 8
12 oz bow tie and penne pasta mix
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into half moons
1 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
1 medium broccoli crown, cut into florets
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
4 Tablespoons mint, chopped
4 Tablespoons parsley, chopped

Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup California olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic minced
salt & pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add some salt to the water and the pasta.  Cook according to package directions for al dente.  Drain in a colander.
Meanwhile, chop all the vegetables, parsley and mint, and place in a large bowl.  In a bowl or mason jar combine the ingredients for the vinaigrette and whisk until well combined. 
Add cooked and drained pasta to the bowl of vegetables.  Add the vinaigrette and toss to combine.  Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to blend and serve.

This light and fresh Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish to any summer picnic, Labor Day cookout, or potluck this season! - Slice of Southern


This light and fresh Summer Bounty Vegetable Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish to any summer picnic, Labor Day cookout, or potluck this season! - Slice of Southern


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

It's Time for Labor Day: Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream


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This Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect, quick, dessert to whip up anytime!  Slice of Southern

Summer lasts well in to October in Southern California.  But I do have to say that there has been a slight change in the weather lately that hints that fall is coming.  The evenings are getting shorter and are definitely a lot cooler than usual.

So we are celebrate the last few precious evenings of summer and are planning our Labor Day weekend with the theme "The Bounty of Summer"!.  This will include a backyard BBQ, some spectacular pasta salads, easy in-season vegetable side dishes and for dessert a no churn ice cream.


This Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect, quick, dessert to whip up anytime!  Slice of Southern

This is the first time I've ventured into the "no churn" ice cream realm.  Being a lover of old fashioned goodness I was hesitant to try this.  Boy was I pleasantly surprised and wish I had joined the fun ages ago!  I decided to go with a basic vanilla recipe that could be used for a base in an ice cream bar that I'll be setting up.  We'll have a variety of different fruits, chocolate, nuts, and candy to top your sundae to your hearts desire.

Is it really no churn?  Yes, you actually can make ice cream without churning it!  As amazing as it sounds it's true, and it tastes just as amazing!  It only takes 3 ingredients to make this wonderful ice cream:  whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.  I actually used a vanilla bean pastes which infused the ice cream with flavorful flecks of vanilla bean seeds.  I just love the looks of vanilla flecks running through my ice cream!  You can purchase this here.  Of course, you can always use pure vanilla extract.  Since you are only using 3 ingredients make sure to use ones that are top quality so your ice cream comes out top notch!


This Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect, quick, dessert to whip up anytime!  Slice of Southern

Does it taste like ice cream?  It actually does!  I was skeptical since I've made homemade churned iced cream all my life and I'm partial to it.  But after trying this I found that this is a great quick and easy substitute.  Lots of ice cream uses eggs that you cook into a custard base, but there are those that are just cream, half and half, and sugar.  The ingredients are similar in the no churn version and the fact that you whip the cream you are creating that air infused base which simulates churned ice cream.

What tools do I need? To make this ice cream you will need a stand or hand mixer such as this one, or this one.  You will need a rubber spatula such as this one.  Good vanilla bean paste.  Plus a freezer safe container to hold your ice cream.  I'm partial to this one because it's easy to scoop from!


This Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect, quick, dessert to whip up anytime!  Slice of Southern

This Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect, quick, dessert to whip up for your Labor Day festivities.  As it takes time to set up in the freezer it's perfect for making the day before.  Dress it up or keep it simple, any way you top it you're gonna love this ice cream!

Enjoy!






More Labor Day recipes:
Butter Burgers
Quick and Easy Strawberry Lemonade
The BEST Broccoli Pasta Salad
Indian Summer Fresh Corn Salad
Cast Iron Summer Berry Cobbler










Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream

Yield: 1 1/2 pints

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Using a stand or hand mixer, whip whipping cream until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes.  Pour in condensed milk and vanilla bean paste and gently fold into the whipped cream until combined.  Pour into a freezer safe container and place in the freezer to set 3-4 hours or overnight.


This Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect, quick, dessert to whip up anytime!  Slice of Southern

This Vanilla No Churn Ice Cream is the perfect, quick, dessert to whip up anytime!  Slice of Southern










This post contains affiliate links for items you may purchase and I am paid a small compensation fee at no cost to you.









Friday, August 17, 2018

Lemon Dill Rice


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Lemon Dill Rice:  Fluffy, fragrant, and bursting with flavor.  The perfect side dish to your favorite grilled meat!  Slice of Southern

Everyone needs a good side dish in their repertoire!  Living with a Persian means we end up eating a lot of rice.  It's a staple in MGG diet even though we've tried to curb that carb craving many times, we still crave it.

MGG typically wants rice as a side dish when we grill chicken, whether it be kabobs, breasts, drumsticks...whatever, rice is always foremost in his mind.  So last week we decided to grill some Latin Grilled Chicken (soooo yum!) and with that we needed a quick and easy side dish.  So I knew he was leaning toward rice along with some veggies, and I don't mind his cravings because truth be told, I love it too.

Let's talk about rice!  There are so many varieties of rice out there which one to choose?  Basmati, a white long grained rice that is aromatic is the choice of Persians and many other cultures.  But there are others that are wonderful as well such as Jasmine, brown, mixed with wild rice, red rice...and the list goes on and on.  So one consideration I had was that I didn't want to spend 20 minutes on a weeknight cooking rice, so I chose a converted rice that cooks in minutes.  No shame here.  You can use what you want but this turned out beautifully and it is a real time savor during the week.



Lemon Dill Rice:  Fluffy, fragrant, and bursting with flavor.  The perfect side dish to your favorite grilled meat!  Slice of Southern

Rice is boring!  True, rice tends to be bland, but there are ways you can jazz it up. I wanted a rice that mirrored the flavors in my Latin Grilled Chicken so I added aromatics.  Swapping out chicken broth for the water gives rice a nice flavor boost.  Some simple touches to finish the rice also add some pep to it.  I added lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh chopped dill to give it tons of flavor. 

So there you have it, Lemon Dill Rice!  It's the perfect side dish for chicken, fish, pork, and beef, and works well with most Latin, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern dishes.  Make sure to try this simple side dish this week.  It's one the whole family will love.

Enjoy!








Lemon Dill Rice

serves 3-4


1 cup minute rice
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup water
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 lemon, lemon juice
2 Tbls. fresh dill, chopped

Place chicken broth and water in a saucepan.  Turn on heat to high and boil water.  Add rice to boiling water, turn off heat and cover.  Wait 5 minutes.  Add lemon zest, and juice of 1/2 of a lemon, plus the chopped dill.  Stir to combine and serve hot.

Lemon Dill Rice:  Fluffy, fragrant, and bursting with flavor.  The perfect side dish to your favorite grilled meat!  Slice of Southern

Lemon Dill Rice:  Fluffy, fragrant, and bursting with flavor.  The perfect side dish to your favorite grilled meat!  Slice of Southern



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Summer's BEST: Latin Grilled Chicken


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Summer's BEST:  Latin Grilled Chicken - Your go to marinade for the rest of the summer is Latin in flavor and packs a huge punch! Slice of Southern

California cuisine is all about eating fresh.  Since our state is full of agriculture, local ingredients are treasured and are in abundance and often paired with lean meats or seafood.  Regional cultures are also a big influence in the dishes.

Today's recipe is influenced by all the Mexican culture around us in Los Angeles.  Bold savory spices mixed with bright citrus flavors hit all the right flavor notes when mixed together.  Since it's summer and we want to keep the heat out of the kitchen we are going to do some grilling outdoors.  Our go to meat is usually chicken, but this recipe would work well with fish or pork too.  To impart the most flavor in the chicken it is important to marinate it in a mixture of spice, acid, and oil.  Then the chicken is left to soak up all the flavors and produce a succulent and flavorful piece of meat.

Summer's BEST:  Latin Grilled Chicken - Your go to marinade for the rest of the summer is Latin in flavor and packs a huge punch! Slice of Southern

Let's talk ingredients.  When cooking on a weeknight simple is best.  Cumin (a wonderful spice used in many Latin dishes) is used for the spice (salt & pepper to taste) along with lime juice as the acid, and a good olive oil.  This makes the BEST Latin flavored marinade.  This is all you need!  Trust me, this packs such a flavor punch that you won't believe it. 

It's all about the marinade!  You also want a quick marinade time for weeknight cooking.  So take out your chicken and place it along with the marinade in a sealable bag and leave it on the counter to come to room temperature about 30-45 minutes before grilling.  This will give it a quick, but powerful marinating time to seal in the flavors in the chicken.  A good marinade is the basis for flavoring your meat!


Summer's BEST:  Latin Grilled Chicken - Your go to marinade for the rest of the summer is Latin in flavor and packs a huge punch! Slice of Southern

So did I mention that this dish is EASY to make?  It practically makes itself!  Really, this will become a go to recipe in your house this summer.  It's great during the week or on the weekend for entertaining.  This dish does it all!  

Enjoy!










Latin Grilled Chicken

Serves 4

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 lime juice, fresh squeezed
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
salt & pepper
4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

In a large re-sealable bag add the ingredients for the chicken marinade and the chicken breasts.  Close tightly and toss to coat all the pieces.  Place the chicken mixture on the counter for 30-45 minutes allowing the chicken to come to room temperature.


Preheat a gas grill to medium high heat.  Remove the chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill, turning once, until the center is no longer pink and reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.  About 8- 10 minutes depending upon the thickness and size of the chicken breasts.  Transfer chicken to a platter and allow to rest 10 minutes.  Serve.


Summer's BEST:  Latin Grilled Chicken - Your go to marinade for the rest of the summer is Latin in flavor and packs a huge punch! Slice of Southern

Summer's BEST:  Latin Grilled Chicken - Your go to marinade for the rest of the summer is Latin in flavor and packs a huge punch! Slice of Southern







Thursday, August 9, 2018

Homestyle Banana Blueberry Muffins


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What's better than a piping hot muffin spilling with berries fresh from the oven, made with love? Homestyle Banana Blueberry Muffins - Slice of Southern

I would say that my Mom passed on her love of baking muffins to me.  She used an old recipe from a book that is completely falling apart from usage.  This recipe is the base for a homestyle muffin that's made with love.  It's an adaptable basic recipe that I still use today.


What's better than a piping hot muffin spilling with berries fresh from the oven, made with love? Homestyle Banana Blueberry Muffins - Slice of Southern


We are going to change up that basic recipe and make some exciting muffins this morning.  I always have an overripe banana in our house, just waiting for me to make a smoothie, banana bread, or as in today, a muffin. 

Since it's summertime we always have an abundance of fruit around as well.  Sometimes MGG goes way overboard with the fruit buying (that's another story!) which leaves us with bits and pieces of leftover various fruit.  Today I found a scant 1 cup of blueberries hidden in the frig that were just calling my name.


What's better than a piping hot muffin spilling with berries fresh from the oven, made with love? Homestyle Banana Blueberry Muffins - Slice of Southern


Blueberries and Bananas?  Yes ma'am!  The flavor of tart blueberries and sweet bananas pair so well together.  You are gonna love this flavor combination.  The banana lends a sweetness and makes a really moist muffin and there's nothing better than biting into a hot juicy blueberry.  What's better than a piping hot muffin spilling with berries fresh from the oven, made with love?  Nothing!


Enjoy!









Homestyle Banana Blueberry Muffins

1 large ripe banana, mashed
1 large egg
1/2 c 2% milk
1/4 c canola oil
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

3/4 c fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl mash the banana.  Add the egg, milk, and oil.  Mix together using a whisk to completely incorporate.


Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to the egg mixture.  Stir just until combined.  Do not over mix.  Fold in the blueberries.

Using a cookie scoop, add batter to the prepared muffin tins. Bake 18-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes in the tin.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


What's better than a piping hot muffin spilling with berries fresh from the oven, made with love? Homestyle Banana Blueberry Muffins - Slice of Southern

What's better than a piping hot muffin spilling with berries fresh from the oven, made with love? Homestyle Banana Blueberry Muffins - Slice of Southern


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