Friday, December 28, 2018

Apple Cinnamon French Toast


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Basic French toast is elevated a notch or two when topped with tender juicy apples and drizzled with a cinnamon syrup!


Apple Cinnamon French Toast:  Basic French toast is elevated a notch or two when topped with tender juicy apples and drizzled with a cinnamon syrup! - Slice of Southern

The best way to make your day start off right is to eat a hearty helping of French toast that is topped with soft tender apples dripping with a cinnamony syrup!  

Breakfast can be on the table in about 20 minutes with this quick Apple Cinnamon French Toast recipe.  Apples are in season right now and this is the perfect way to incorporate them into your diet.  This is indulgence at it's best!  There are so many wonderful apples to choose from so pick your favorite and enjoy a great breakfast at the start of a great day!

Apple Cinnamon French Toast:  Basic French toast is elevated a notch or two when topped with tender juicy apples and drizzled with a cinnamon syrup! - Slice of Southern

I love the apples and I look forward to them every year.  I also love trying new varieties of apples so I chose a Sugar Baby apple for today's dish, but use your favorite.  The apples will stew away while you cook the French toast so you want an apple that stays firm and won't fall apart.  I left the skin on the apples for the nutrients and structure but you can certainly peel them if you choose. 

This is a wonderful winter weekend end breakfast.  One that the whole family will love.  I love the combination of apples and cinnamon and this takes your basic French toast up a notch or two!  


Apple Cinnamon French Toast:  Basic French toast is elevated a notch or two when topped with tender juicy apples and drizzled with a cinnamon syrup! - Slice of Southern

Enjoy!





Apple Cinnamon French Toast

serves 2

    Apples: 
    1 large apple - choose your favorite firm apple 
    1/4 cup white sugar 
    1/4 tsp cinnamon 
    1 1/2 tbsp butter 
    2 tbsp water

    French Toast: 
    4 slices white bread , preferably slightly stale 
    2 eggs 
    1/4 cup milk 
    2 tbsp butter
    a pinch of salt

Place the sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium high heat.  Cut the apple into 1/4" thick wedges, leaving the skin on.  Add the apple and water to the saucepan.  Allow to simmer until apple have softened and syrup thickens slightly.  Stir occasionally.  

Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together the egg, milk, and salt.  Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet, over medium high heat. 

Dip the bread into the mixture, then remove, allowing any excess egg to drip off. Place in the skillet and cook until golden brown on each side - about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.  Repeat with the remaining butter and dipped bread.  

To serve, place French toast on a plate and top with the apple mixture, spooning over the syrup.

source:  Recipe Tin Eats


Apple Cinnamon French Toast:  Basic French toast is elevated a notch or two when topped with tender juicy apples and drizzled with a cinnamon syrup! - Slice of Southern
Apple Cinnamon French Toast:  Basic French toast is elevated a notch or two when topped with tender juicy apples and drizzled with a cinnamon syrup! - Slice of Southern





Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fall/Winter Picnic: Wraps, Salad Two Ways, and Ginger Lemonade

A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out!

A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern


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So all week long I've been bringing you recipes that are simple in nature, vegetarian, and oh so tasty! 

If you've missed my posts for Orzo Black Bean Salad, Feta Chopped Salad, or Pesto Cucumber Wraps take a moment to check them out.  They are all wonderfully light and delicious vegetarian dishes that I found in a new cookbook I got called,  "Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family", by Erin Gleeson.  What a fabulous book!


A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern

So let pull all these dishes together and go on a picnic.  I want to show you how easy it is to pull a picnic together if the weather is nice enough to go to a park and eat outdoors.  If it isn't cooperating this would be perfect as an indoor picnic in your living room on the floor with a blanket and a bunch of pillow.  


A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern

So grab your plaid throw and let's create a picnic.

The perfect thing about this is that both the salads can be made ahead of time and stored until time to serve.  The Pesto Cucumber Wraps are what I call the main entree, while the salads compliment them as side dishes.  


Pesto Cucumber Wrap:  A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern

Don't be fooled by the fourth of July plates, this was held on a blustery day in the park.  I just happened to grab what paper plates we had on hand.  To pull this off I grabbed a navy blue plaid throw to use as the base for the food.  Put both the Feta Chopped Salad, and the Orzo Black Bean Salad in bowls that have lids and transfer well.


Feta Chopped Salad:  A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern

Orzo Black Bean Salad:  A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern

To round off the food I made a wonderful Ginger Lemonade (recipe is below) and packed it in a nice jar.  Some fruit such as pears and grapes along store bought cookies for dessert finish off this menu.  

Ginger Lemonade:  A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern

Make sure to take along some entertainment.  MGG likes to fly his drone, while I like to read a good book on my kindle while we rest in the afternoon.

A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern

Having a picnic, inside or outside really allows you to do something a little different.  It breaks up the routine, makes the meal special, plus it's fun!

Enjoy some picnic time this season!




Ginger Lemonade

1 liter Store bought lemonade
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
1/2 fresh mint leaves

Mix all ingredients in a blender, then strain into a jar.  Can be made the day before and kept in the refrigerator.  Serve chilled or over ice if possible. Shake or stir prior to serving.


A series of wonderful vegetarian dishes pair perfectly together for a Fall/Winter Picnic, indoors or out! - Slice of Southern









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Friday, December 7, 2018

Pesto Cucumber Wraps

A flavorful vegetarian wrap that's simple to make and fun to eat!

Pesto Cucumber Wraps:  Crisp, cooling cucumber spears are wrapped in a pesto, cream cheese dressed spinach wrap.  Oh man is this good! - Slice of Southern


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Here's the 3rd item in the series of vegetarian dishes I've brought to you this week.

Please check out my previous 2 items, Orzo Black Bean Salad, and the Feta Chopped Salad.  Both are amazing and go together so well.  


The dishes are all vegetarian and they are all from a new book I got called, "Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family", by Erin Gleeson.  What a fabulous book!


She has colorful illustrations throughout the book accompanied by simple vegetarian recipes that anyone can make.  I truly love the layout of this book.  Her recipes are simple and easy to follow and the food is fabulous.  


You don't have to be a vegetarian to eat these dishes.  They are wonderful, filling, and will be enjoyed by all!

Today's dish ties the other two together.  It's a wonderful wrap!
Pesto Cucumber Wraps:  Crisp, cooling cucumber spears are wrapped in a pesto, cream cheese dressed spinach wrap.  Oh man is this good! - Slice of Southern

PESTO CUCUMBER WRAPS

Crisp, cooling cucumber spears are wrapped in a pesto, cream cheese dressed spinach wrap.  Oh man is this good!  It's a veggie sandwich that's light, yet filling and it goes perfectly with the two salads.  

What fun is it to eat a wrap!  Kids love them, and you will too. They are the perfect lunch, dinner, or treat.  This can be made slightly ahead of time and wrapped up, kept in the refrigerator until served.  


These are super easy to pull together.  No special equipment is necessary.  Just make, grab and go!  Don't forget the two salads up above that go perfectly and make an entire meal.

I hope you enjoyed these vegetarian dishes, and decide to make them yourself.  

Enjoy!



Pesto Cucumber Wraps

6 spinach tortillas
8 oz cream cheese, (room temp)
2 cucumbers, cut into ling spears. no need to peel
3/4 c pesto

Spread cream cheese & pesto on each tortilla, then add 3 long cucumber spears and roll up like a burrito. Wrap a piece of parchment around the middle and tie with twine. Can be made several hours in advance.



Pesto Cucumber Wraps:  Crisp, cooling cucumber spears are wrapped in a pesto, cream cheese dressed spinach wrap.  Oh man is this good! - Slice of Southern

Pesto Cucumber Wraps:  Crisp, cooling cucumber spears are wrapped in a pesto, cream cheese dressed spinach wrap.  Oh man is this good! - Slice of Southern


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Feta Chopped Salad

A light and fresh vegetarian salad that's the perfect side dish!

Feta Chopped Salad:  A wonderful Mediterranean inspired salad bursting with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and a soft mild feta cheese and dressed lightly with lemon and olive oil.  Delish!!!  - Slice of Southern



This is a continuation of my post from Monday where I shared with you a wonderful vegetarian salad from a new cookbook.  You can view that post for Orzo Black Bean Salad here.


Today I want to continue on that journey.  I found a fabulous book you guys!  It is vegetarian, but not only for those who eat that type of diet.  The dishes in this dish are for everyone!  The food is simple, fresh, and seasonal.  The illustrations are so beautiful!  Plus, the recipes are straight forward and easy to make.  This book is a winner.  From the cookbook, "The Forest Feast Gatherings" by Erin Gleeson I want to share another vegetarian salad with you.

Feta Chopped Salad:  A wonderful Mediterranean inspired salad bursting with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and a soft mild feta cheese and dressed lightly with lemon and olive oil.  Delish!!!  - Slice of Southern

FETA CHOPPED SALAD

A wonderful Mediterranean inspired salad bursting with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and a soft mild feta cheese and dressed lightly with lemon and olive oil.  Delish!!!  This is a bright and fresh salad that gets a little zip from fresh mint as well.  What a great flavor punch.  You are sure to love this salad as much as we did.  In fact, I've made it several time since and let me tell you, it doesn't last long!

This salad is very easy to make.  The most effort is in chopping all the vegetables.  Once that is done you just toss is all together and lightly dress it.  Voila!  You'll have the perfect salad.  It can be made ahead as well, just don't add the cheese or dress it until you serve the salad.

Enjoy!




Feta Chopped Salad

1 cucumber, cubed
2 large tomatoes, cubed
1/2 small red onion, cubed
leaves from 2 sprigs of mint, sliced
3/4 cup crumbled feta

Toss all ingredients in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, & salt.

Vegetables can be chopped several hours in advance & refrigerated (onion & cucumber can be done the day before).  Add feta and dressing just before packing for a picnic or before serving.




Feta Chopped Salad:  A wonderful Mediterranean inspired salad bursting with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and a soft mild feta cheese and dressed lightly with lemon and olive oil.  Delish!!!  - Slice of Southern

Feta Chopped Salad:  A wonderful Mediterranean inspired salad bursting with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and a soft mild feta cheese and dressed lightly with lemon and olive oil.  Delish!!!  - Slice of Southern


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Orzo Black Bean Salad


A wonderful vegetarian recipe that's full of flavor and simple to make!

Orzo Black Bean Salad:  Imagine tender, earthy black beans tossed with al dente orzo pasta and fresh vegetables and then doused with a fresh spicy lime dressing!  Heaven!  - Slice of Southern


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I have a treat for you today!

I found some really great recipes that I'm going to share with you in a series this week.  They are all vegetarian and they are all from a new book I got called, "Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family", by Erin Gleeson.  What a fabulous book!

She has colorful illustrations throughout the book accompanied by simple vegetarian recipes that anyone can make.  I truly love the layout of this book.  Her recipes are simple and easy to follow and the food is fabulous.  

Each recipe I'm bringing to you this week are from this book and go together beautifully.  First up is a wonderful salad.

Orzo Black Bean Salad:  Imagine tender, earthy black beans tossed with al dente orzo pasta and fresh vegetables and then doused with a fresh spicy lime dressing!  Heaven!  - Slice of Southern

ORZO BLACK BEAN SALAD

Imagine tender, earthy black beans tossed with al dente orzo pasta and fresh vegetables and then doused with a fresh spicy lime dressing!  Heaven!  The southwestern flair of this salad really shines.  It was really easy to throw together, with a few items to chop while your pasta is cooking.  

Can I make this ahead? Yes, this salad can be made several hours ahead, even the day before, of your mealtime.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.  

What do I need to make this?  Simple everyday items like a good mixing bowls, 3 quart saucepan, colander, and wooden spoons, plus a good kitchen knife are all you need.

Orzo Black Bean Salad:  Imagine tender, earthy black beans tossed with al dente orzo pasta and fresh vegetables and then doused with a fresh spicy lime dressing!  Heaven!  - Slice of Southern

This salad is a great compliment to chicken, fish, or beef.  We chose to make this as a side salad for lunch and it was perfect!  Stay tuned for more recipes from my new cookbook that go along with this salad.

Enjoy!




Orzo Black Bean Salad

1 1/2 cups orzo
1/4 red onion, diced
1 cup black beans, drained & rinsed
1 red bell pepper, seeded & diced
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped

Dressing:
3 T olive oil
juice from 1 lime
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder

Cook the orzo in salted water, according to package directions (about 9 min) and then rinse and drain under cold water.  If making ahead stir in 2 tsp of olive oil to avoid sticking.

Mix in onion, beans, bell pepper, corn, and cilantro.  In a small bowl mix together dressing ingredients.  Whisk well to combine.  Pour over salad and stir until well coated.

This salad may be made a day ahead but stir in the cilantro and dressing no more than 1 hour before serving.  Serve at room temperature of refrigerated.


Orzo Black Bean Salad:  Imagine tender, earthy black beans tossed with al dente orzo pasta and fresh vegetables and then doused with a fresh spicy lime dressing!  Heaven!  - Slice of Southern

Orzo Black Bean Salad:  Imagine tender, earthy black beans tossed with al dente orzo pasta and fresh vegetables and then doused with a fresh spicy lime dressing!  Heaven!  - Slice of Southern
This post contains affiliate links to items you can purchase, in which I get a small amount of compensation for at no cost to you. I bring you items that I actually use that are of great quality that I can pass along suggestions to you.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Farmstyle Pumpkin French Toast


The most amazing winter morning breakfast! Perfectly sweet and spicy using leftover canned pumpkin that will melt in your mouth!

Farmstyle Pumpkin French Toast:  Wonderfully pumpkin pie spiced bread that's dripping with warm cinnamon syrup will make your breakfast irresistible. - Slice of Southern



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Welcome to Part II of my leftover canned pumpkin recipes.  Last week we made my delectable Small Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and today we are going to use up the remaining pumpkin in my recipe for:

Farmstyle Pumpkin French Toast:  Wonderfully pumpkin pie spiced bread that's dripping with warm cinnamon syrup will make your breakfast irresistible. - Slice of Southern

FARMSTYLE PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST

A lot of times I struggle between choosing French toast and pancakes.  My mom made both all the time growing up and I think I lean toward pancakes, but every now and then I get a hankering for luscious, decadent French toast.

So I pulled out my mom's old recipe for French toast that she got from her Aunt Grace and tweaked it a bit to create a pumpkin version.  Wonderfully pumpkin pie spiced bread that's dripping with warm cinnamon syrup will make your breakfast irresistible.  You'll have this pile of deliciousness on the table in the time it takes you to say "I'm hungry"!

Farmstyle Pumpkin French Toast:  Wonderfully pumpkin pie spiced bread that's dripping with warm cinnamon syrup will make your breakfast irresistible. - Slice of Southern

My great aunt lived on a farm in Oklahoma and she came up with some great homestyle recipes.  I treasure those dearly.  To keep in that tradition use a good country bread that's on the thick side.  It's preferable if the bread is slightly stale as it will soak up all that deliscious custard better.  

Enjoy a great winter breakfast this season using leftover canned pumpkin.  It's a great staple to have in your house, and one the whole family (especially the kids) will enjoy!






Farmstyle Pumpkin French Toast

Yield: 2- 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:


2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 loaf Country bread, thick sliced 

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 

Syrup:
1/2 cup maple syrup 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Powdered sugar (optional)


Directions:
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. Dip bread slices into the egg mixture, allowing to soak for at least 20 seconds and coating both sides.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bread slices to the skillet, working in batches, and cook until evenly golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Use additional butter and repeat with remaining bread.

Meanwhile in a small pan add maple syrup and cinnamon and simmer over low until heated through but not bubbling.  Stir to combine.  
Serve immediately with maple syrup, garnished with powdered sugar, if desired.

    Farmstyle Pumpkin French Toast:  Wonderfully pumpkin pie spiced bread that's dripping with warm cinnamon syrup will make your breakfast irresistible. - Slice of Southern

    Farmstyle Pumpkin French Toast:  Wonderfully pumpkin pie spiced bread that's dripping with warm cinnamon syrup will make your breakfast irresistible. - Slice of Southern


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