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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Homemade Lower Fat Pimento Cheese and Summer Tomatoes with Truffle OilSandwich

If you are as obsessed with truffle oil as I am then you will love this quick sammy! It's a lot like my avocado tomato truffle oil sandwich but cheesier ;)


Homemade Lower Fat Pimento Cheese
(Makes a lot but good to have on hand in the summer for guest that might just pop in)

Ingredients: 
12 oz - shredded sharp cheddar 
6oz - shredded mozzarella 
6oz - 50% low-fat Pepper Jack cheese (Cabot is what I used). 
2tbs Reduced Fat Vegenaise or low-fat mayo (add more if you like yours a little creamier but be careful it will add more fat)
1 jar of diced Pimentos, drained
2 tsps - Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste 

Mix all ingredients together and yum! 

For the sandwich - toast your favorite bread (I prefer Ezekiel's sprouted grains) and slice your beautiful summer tomatoes. Sprinkle a small amount of salt, pepper and Truffle Oil (I use white truffle oil made with sunflower oil that I got from Publix and Winn Dixie- expensive but last forever) on tomatoes. Spread the Homemade Pimento cheese in toasted bread And add the Sliced tomatoes and Presto! Deliciousness!! 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Running for Aunt Susan


My friend, Susan Angerholzer, and I are running the New Orleans half marathon in memory of her Aunt, Susan Hart. She lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer last July, only 4 months after being diagnosed. It was an honor and an absolute privilege to have met her. Aunt Susan was a wonderful person, full of personality and love. I know that I speak for everyone that met her when I say that she will always be greatly missed. Susan and I have decided to join Team Hope and help raise money towards research and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. 
  We are participating in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in New Orleans on Feb 24, 2013, and I am hoping you'll support us in our efforts.
  It is estimated that nearly 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death, with a five-year survival rate of just 6%. PANCREATIC CANCER HAS THE LOWEST RELATIVE SURVIVAL RATE OF ANY MAJOR CANCER.

Please visit my personal page at http://teamhope.kintera.org/individual2013/ambruckmann to learn why this cause is important to me, and make a donation today.

Susan and Aunt Susan

Friday, September 21, 2012

Simple Shrimp Salad

Try this great and easy recipe that will make everyone want more! This is a perfect thing to make for dinner on top of a salad or for lunch in a sandwich or have it all by itself. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, shrimp was a staple in our household and it can be used in so many different recipes. Shrimp is very easy to cook but also very easy to overcook which will make it very hard to peel. It should only take about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes to cook in boiling water - Cooked shrimp will be in a shape of a "C" and Overcooked shrimp will be a shape of an "O".



Simple Shrimp Salad
*Serves 4*

Ingredients:
2 tsp Salt
1 lemon, cut into quarters
1-1 1/2 pounds large shrimp in the shell (16-20 count) 
1/2 Cup Vegenaise® (instead of Mayonnaise) 
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar - I used The Delicious Dietitian White Muscadine Wine Vinegar
1 handful of fresh basil, chiffonade
1/2 Cup red bell pepper, minced
1/4 Cup red onion, minced
Salt Pepper to taste

Perfectly Cooked Shrimp makes a "C" for Cooked!














Directions:
1. Bring 2 quarts of water, 1 teaspoons of salt, and the lemon to a boil in a saucepan. 
2. Add the shrimp and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for only 3 minutes or until the shrimp are in the shape of a "C". Drain shrimp and move to bowl of cool water. Peel shrimp once cool enough to touch. 
3. In another bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil. Combine with peeled shrimp. 
4. Add red bell pepper and red onion. Season as needed. 

Serve immediately or let it chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. Yum! 


Simple Shrimp Salad over Arugula

Monday, August 13, 2012

August Garden Guide


Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Taste of Borough Market in London


My husband and I recently went to Europe in June on an amazing trip. The last week of our trip we stopped in London to visit my sister-in-law and her family, we had  a great time visiting and spending time in London. While we were there we went to Borough Market in Southwark, London. I've been dying to go ever since I saw it on the Food Network and needless to say it exceeded my expectations! For those of you who aren't familiar with Borough Market, it is considered one of the largest farmer's markets in the world and in my opinion one of the most unique. It opened in 1851 and is the best wholesale fruit and vegetable market that I'd ever laid my eyes on! The market has a vast array of produce, rare meats, fine cheeses and wines, gourmet food and beautifully crafted sweet treats! A place where you could spend all day wondering and tasting everything it has to offer. We went on a Saturday and shopped for a BBQ we were having later that evening and treated ourselves to a few different lunch options. Everything was so fresh and simply delicious! It's a must do if you go to London! 
Here are some of the pictures that I took while I was trying to soak it all up!


My brother-in-law and his daughter enjoying the market!

                                      Fruits and Vegetables...
 




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beer vs. Diet Coke

Check out my blog post on Style BluePrint! Which one would you choose, Beer or Diet Coke? Just go to the link below to find out more or go to www.styleblueprint.com then look under the Nashville section to find it.

 Style Blueprint - Beer vs. Diet Coke