Articles by: gtp

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

Serves: 4

Time: 10 minutes +1 hour sitting

Kid Friendly Tasks: picking cucumbers

Summertime and the cucumbers are cheap, plentiful and fresh at the market. They make a lovely cooling, crisp summer salad. The salad below is one of my favorites to make each summer. It pulls together quickly although you absolutely have to remember to mix the cucumbers with the salt ahead of time. Otherwise they dilute the dressing too much once the salad has sat for a while and then you get soup. This salad keeps for about a day after it’s made. I like to serve it with shashlik or mousaka, but it would be lovely with anything.

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Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

Yeah for spring and strawberry season! I corralled my three, mostly willing, helpers (hey there was the promise of ice cream from nearby at the end) and we set off on a grand picking adventure. After the usual hour it took to lotion everyone up and put on hats we set out towards the strawberry fields. The first thing we learned, other than that the berries were plentiful, was that my toddler had no interest in picking. However, he was very interested in the part where you put the berries in the bucket. Lucky for us his older sister agreed to be a team with him. She picked and he dropped the berry into the bucket while his brother struck out for parts unknown in search of the largest berries

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Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

This is my take on classic cheesecake, every rich decadent mouthful. I make this roughly once per year because it is so rich and decadent. Often it is my husband’s birthday cake and works particularly well for his Christmas birthday because it isn’t holiday themed. I also use it as a base layer for whatever “flavored” cheesecake you want, strawberry topped, add a swirl of homemade caramel, top with banana slices, chocolate curls, a sprinkle of pie spice. It makes the perfect palette.

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Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Serves: 4

Time: 30 min

Kid Friendly Tasks: Washing Veggies

This is going to be one of those no brainer recipes that almost doesn’t seem worth posting but I’m going to do it anyway. I love roasted veggies as a side dish to any meal, especially Mediterranean. They are quick to prepare and will happily cook while you make the main course of something else. You can adjust the seasonings to match whatever your central dish is. Personally, I like to roast veggies in just a bit of flavorless vegetable oil, just enough that they don’t stick and then toss with butter, salt and pepper.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Ingredients Scatterer

I don’t know if with spring coming up it counts as pot pie season, but then again, is there ever really a bad time of year for chicken pot pie? I personally don’t think so. I like to make this recipe after I’ve made a roast chicken and have leftovers.

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