Zesty Shrimp Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

April 17, 2015

Chef Ashley Pado's Zesty Shrimp Salad with honey Lime  DressingI attended a Salads Without Lettuce cooking class last week. Chef Ashley Pado prepared a variety of tasty dishes that tempted my taste buds and had me headed straight to the grocery store for ingredients. The first recipe was Southwest Salad with Avocado Dressing. Yum!  Next on the menu: Zesty Shrimp Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. It was AMAZING, and I’m pleased to share the recipe with you. Thanks, Ashley!  Continue Reading…

Southwest Salad with Avocado Dressing

April 14, 2015

Southwest Salad with Avocado DressingI love salads. They’re typically quick and easy. They’re usually considered healthy. They’re made from good-for-us greens — BUT. Raise your hand if you get sick and tired of lettuce. Yeah, me too!  And that’s why I was eager to attend a cooking class hosted by Chef Ashley Pado at Today’s Kitchen Store in Wooster, Ohio: Salads Without Lettuce.  Continue Reading…

Make Pavlova

April 6, 2015

Pavlova with berriesThis delightful dessert may look complicated, but it’s not! It’s Pavlova — a meringue cake with a light, crisp crust and soft, fluffy inside. To make Pavlova, combine egg whites, caster sugar and vanilla, then beat until stiff peaks form.

Baking pavlovaThe mixture is then turned onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Bake it for over an hour until the outside is crisp and slightly browned. My son says it tastes like eating a crunchy cloud.

Pavlova with berriesThe Pavlova will crack as it cools — that’s normal. Just before serving, top the Pavlova with fresh berries. There’s something about the tart fruit contrasting with sweet “crunchy cloud” — pure delight!

  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 cups superfine (caster) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Beat egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. When they begin to firm, slowly add sugar and vanilla.
  3. Beat egg white and sugar mixture for about 15 minutes or until egg whites will stand alone.
  4. Scoop meringue onto a parchment-lined bake sheet. Pile it 3-4 inches high in a circle.
  5. Bake for about 60-70 minutes. The meringue will have a slight golden tinge to it when it's done.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely before topping.



He Lives!

April 4, 2015

Easter sunset“Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!