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  Jul 19, 2016   brunch, cocktails, peach, Recipes

Peach-Mango Bellinis

Peach-Mango Bellinis

Makes 8 - 10 bellinis

When we celebrated my dear friend Rachel Lostombo’s birthday, we organized a gourmet Italian picnic which we enjoyed at Wolf Trap park in Virginia, while listening to Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar.

When Rachel’s friends arrived at my house before we carpooled to the concert, I greeted them with these peach-mango bellinis and Caprese bites on colorful toothpicks with balsamic-olive oil and crushed red pepper dipping sauce.  At the Italian picnic we also enjoyed prosciutto and cantaloupe bites, Italian salami and cheeses, orzo and arugula salads, olives, artichokes and other traditional Italian antipasto, and Rachel's favorite, Stella D'oro cookies for dessert.

These bellinis are fruity and bubbly and go down oh-so-smoothly. They would also be an elegant addition to a Sunday brunch. The peach-mango syrup would also be divine drizzled over vanilla ice cream or turned into grown-up ice pops.  It's also delicious mixed with...

Best No-Cook Summer Recipes

Best No-Cook Summer Recipes

When the thermometer tops 90, the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven or stove, or even the grill! So The Scramble team put together a list of our most popular and best no-cook summer recipes. These are also perfect to bring to a picnic or potluck, an outdoor concert, baseball game, or just enjoy on a shady porch, cooled by a fan, on a hot summer night.

How do you enjoy your meals during the warm weather? As long as I’m out of the direct sun, I can’t get enough of the outdoors, even in steamy weather. My family eats dinner almost every night during the summer on our screened porch. Sometimes we linger out there, sitting on the wrought iron furniture that used to be Andrew’s grandmother’s, long enough to watch the bats swoop down to eat the pesky mosquitos.  Ah, summer living!

I hope you and your family get outside this summer and enjoy some of our best no-cook summer recipes: Mediterranean...

Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil

Enjoy this asparagus salad with strawberries and basil as a delicious springtime family dinner side dish or for a light lunch.  Our Grilled Vegetables is another wonderful way to serve asparagus. I show you how easy it is to make the asparagus salad in this YouTube video: And here's the 1 minute version of the recipe for you to enjoy and share: Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil Prep + Cook Time: 10 minutes 4 servings 1 bunch asparagus, about 8 oz. cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 Tbsp. pine nuts, or use walnuts, lightly toasted 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced 1 - 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced red onion (optional) 1 - 2 Tbsp. of crumbled goat or feta cheese (optional) Steam the asparagus in the microwave in a covered dish or on the stovetop for 1 – 2 minutes until it is just tender-crisp and drain it. Combine the asparagus in a serving bowl with the remaining...
  May 10, 2016   Easy Family Dinner, gluten-free, Recipes

Have you Tried Zucchini Pasta?

Have you Tried Zucchini Pasta? In this new Youtube video, I show you how easy it is to make zucchini pasta and share a recipe that everybody—even kids--love! P.S. I’ll be sharing new videos each Wednesday. Please "subscribe" to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any.

Let Kids Use Sharp Knives and Hot Stoves: 7 Ways to Let Go of Our Fears and Get Kids Cooking

Would you let your 2-year-old use a chef’s knife? Many people think that sounds not only dangerous, but INSANE. However, that’s just what my friend J.M. Hirsch, who is a prominent food writer and cookbook author, did with his son Parker. Just like our kids’ maiden voyage down a steep slide or the moment they wobbled away without training wheels on a bicycle, that first chop through a carrot is absolutely terrifying (for the parents!). We’re bound to question ourselves and picture them slicing off a fingertip (or two).  But if we want our kids to love to cook and do it with confidence, we parents need to put aside our fears and let them do more than we are comfortable with in the kitchen to really get kids cooking. If we REALLY want our kids to love good food and ultimately to be able to shop for and prepare meals when we’re out of the picture, we need to seek ways to give them confidence in the kitchen rather than (often inadvertently) driving them away. ...

Healthy Dessert or Energy Snack: Fudgy Figgy Balls

I’ve been on the prowl for more healthy dessert recipes that can satisfy my sweet tooth and my need for something portable and chewy but doesn’t have added sugar like packaged energy bars do. I received some lovely black mission and golden figs from California Figs (which represents California fig growers) and transformed them into these sweet and chewy balls that you can enjoy for a healthy dessert or high energy snack.  By the way, figs are as nutritious as they are delicious--they are high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. Figs have many uses; I’ve found they are also a lovely addition to a cheese plate for entertaining guests, and I’ve also been tossing them in pasta with a savory cheese and toasted nuts. Fudgy Figgy Balls Prep (no cook) = 15 minutes Makes about 16 balls 1 cup dried black mission figs (about 14 figs), stemmed if necessary (just pull or cut the hard stem off if they have one) 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. water 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond butter 1/2...
  Apr 19, 2016   Recipes, salad dressing, salads, side dish

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

This homemade raspberry vinaigrette recipe is beautiful, colorful, healthy,  and simply awesome over salad or poached, baked or roasted vegetables. Unlike some raspberry vinaigrette dressings I've tried, this one is a little tart rather than sickly sweet. We like it over poached asparagus and in our salad of baby lettuce with pecans and avocado.

To poach aspargus, bring a large frying pan of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bright green and tender crisp. Use tongs to transfer the asparagus to a plate.  Aspargus is delicious warm or at room temperature and is beautifully complimented by the pink raspberry dressing.

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp. honey 2 Tbsp. water 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 tsp. dried basil 1/4 tsp. salt In a blender (or use an immersion blender in a cup), puree the ingredients. ...

Sorrento Seafood Stew

A chilly Sunday had me craving a flavorful seafood stew, especially when I saw beautiful shrimp and scallops at our farmer’s market. I daydreamed about it all day and when I set it on the dinner table, my family thought it lived up to my fantasies. You can use whatever seafood looks freshest at your market, or if you are using frozen seafood, defrost it overnight in the refrigerator or in a warm bowl of water until it is thawed before adding it to the stew. Sorrento Seafood Stew Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Total Time: 45 minutes 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 - 3 stalks celery, sliced (1 cup) 1 yellow onion, diced (1 1/2 – 2 cups) 2 tsp. minced garlic, (about 4 cloves) 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 28 oz. canned whole plum tomatoes, with their liquid 3 Tbsp. tomato paste 16 oz. reduced-sodium fish or vegetable broth, or use clam juice 1/2 cup white wine (optional) 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley,...

Great Make-ahead: Light and Fluffy Spinach and Cheese Strata

It took me a few attempts, but I finally made the strata of my dreams. In case you aren’t familiar with it, strata is an Italian baked egg and bread dish. Recipe tester Alexandra Taylor said, “Even my spinach hating son ate a piece and gave it a thumbs-up.” This is a great dish to serve at a brunch, especially because you can make it in advance, but it also makes a nice change for a family dinner.

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This recipe can be found in my latest cookbook, The Six O'Clock Scramble Meal Planner. Take the stress and guesswork out of planning healthy and delicious dinners, whether you are cooking for 1, 2, or your whole family, including kids. The book, featuring color photos for every dish, includes 160 delicious recipes that require 30 minutes or less to prepare, and 32 weekly menu plans complete with main dishes and sides—and an organized grocery list for each week!

Light and Fluffy Spinach and Cheese Strata

Marinate Time: 4 hours   Prep Time: 15 minutes  ...

  Jan 6, 2016   Family Dinner, Recipes

Butternut Squash and Yellow Lentil Stew

After 3 days of overindulgence in New York celebrating Thanksgiving and my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday, we were ready for some clean eating when we got back home. I hadn’t grocery shopped but I knew I had a butternut squash on the counter and several types of lentils to finish, so I came up with this Indian-inspired vegan stew.  Solomon, who was home from college for the weekend, said he was so happy to have a delicious meatless meal that wasn’t pizza or pasta.  Scramble recipe tester Bobbi Woods said, “Oh my goodness this was fabulous! We all had seconds!!! The LIME absolutely made the taste POP.” Serve it with naan or pita bread.
Butternut Squash and Yellow Lentil Stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes    Cook Time: 40 minutes    Total Time: 60 minutes
Makes 6 servings, about 2 cups each
2 Tbsp. coconut or vegetable oil
1sweet yellow onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, diced
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2...