Canned Grape Juice

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: August 28. 2012
Yield: 1 quart
Time needed: just a few minutes once the container has been sterilized.

I was pleasantly surprised, not only by how easy this is to put together, but by how good the resulting juice is.

Canned Grape Juice

Canned Grape Juice
1 cup/250 ml Concord-style grapes, washed
½ cup/125 ml sugar
boiling water to fill jar.

Place the grapes in a hot, sterilized quart jar.
Add the sugar and fill jar with boiling water to within ½ inch/1 cm of top.

Note: to avoid cracking jar, place a metal utensil such as a table knife in the jar to absorb the heat of the boiling water.

Stir briefly to dissolve sugar.
Seal jar with sterile lid.  No further processing is necessary.

To serve, just strain and discard the grapes.  The juice is ready to drink once chilled.


Fruit Smoothie

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: June 13, 2012
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time needed: 5 minutes

I love smoothies.  This can be made with whatever fruit is in season and in June that means strawberries.

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie
2 cups/500 mL fruit (berries, melon, peaches, etc.)

1½ cups/375 ml plain yogurt
1 cup/250 ml milk
2-4 Tbsp. honey or sugar to taste

Purée the fruit in the blender
Add the other ingredients and blend till smooth.

Pear, Endive and Brie Salad

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried:August 7, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed:30 minutes

This was so well appreciated at a family dinner “Grandma Sherri” (my son-in-law’s mother) asked for the recipe!

Pear, Endive & Brie Salad

Pear, Endive and Brie Salad
3 medium size ripe but firm pears
2 medium size Belgian endives, separated into leaves
6 oz. Brie cheese at room temperature, cut into thin wedges
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp tarragon vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to tasted
1/4 cup minced fresh chives for garnish

Peel pears and cut them carefully into quarters lengthwise.
Trim core away, then cut each quarter in half lengthwise.
Put pears in salad bowl.

Cut the endive leaves in half lengthwise. Put them in the salad bowl.
Add wedges of Brie and toss gently.

Melt butter in a small skillet over low heat.
Add the pecans and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat and let cool a few minutes, then add to salad bowl

Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients in a measuring cup or small bowl until thickened.
Pour over salad and toss gently to coat.
Sprinkle chives on top and serve immediately.

Banana Orange Royale

Source:Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried:July 8, 2017
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: a minute in the blender

A quick refreshing drink, but not a flavour combination I find appealing. I used yogurt. I may try again with buttermilk to see if that is an improvement.

Banana Orange Royale

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Celestial Chicken Salad

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: June 3, 2012
Yield: 10 servings
Time needed: assembly takes only a few minutes, but the chicken salad is chilled overnight and the completed salad for another 1-4 hours. So it is a definite plan-ahead meal.

Prior preparation needed:
Cook chicken & chill

This dish truly lives up to its name.  It is delicious and beautiful, a fit centre piece for a summer buffet luncheon.

Celestial Chicken Salad

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