Garlic Vinaigrette

Sharing my favorite salad dressing that I made for tonight’s dinner.  A few friends are coming by to have pizza and salad.  One of my favorite meals!

This vinaigrette is amazing, and foolproof. Seriously, anyone can make this and the results are always the same…  YUM.

Garlic Vinaigrette
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, I normally use 1 heavy pinch of each

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If you have a mortar and pestle, use here, but since my kitchen is packed away I used what I had! Which worked great! A fork and a Pyrex cup!

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In the vessel, place salt and garlic, then mash the garlic enough that it starts to turn into a paste. Stir in vinegar and add pepper.

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Whisk in olive oil one spoonful at a time until you form an emulsion.

Done!
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I love using this dressing to dip pizza crust into. It’s just amazing.

Candy Sushi

The ingredients!

The ingredients!

Candy Sushi

You will need to make a batch of Rice Krispies Treats.

The recipe is as follows:
3 tbsp butter
1 10oz package of marshmallows
6 cups of dry Rice Krispies

In a large sauce pan, melt the butter slowly, add in the marshmallows, and melt completely. Add in the cereal and mix well.

Then you need to have a lightly greased wax paper covered baking sheet to spread out the mixture to cool. I used my hands, greased with cooking spray, to flatten and mold the cereal across the sheet.

To make the Nigiri style sushi, the fish on top of the rice, start by taking a handful of the cereal mixture and molding it into shape.

After making the Rice Krispie Treats lay them out onto a lightly oiled parchment sheet and spread out with hands. Let cool a bit and start making sushi! Shown here are the Nigiri Style sushi, fish over rice.  :)

After making the Rice Krispie Treats lay them out onto a lightly oiled parchment sheet and spread out with hands. Let cool a bit and start making sushi! Shown here are the Nigiri Style sushi, fish over rice. 🙂

The Nigiri coming along quite nice!

The Nigiri coming along quite nice!

Once the shapes are formed, take a candy fish and place on top.  Taking a fruit roll up, cut into strips, surround the fish to keep it in place.

Lay a swedish fish on top and then wrap with a strip of a roll up. DONE!

Lay a swedish fish on top and then wrap with a strip of a roll up. DONE!

To make the Maki Roll type of sushi, the wrapped roll, take some cereal in your hand and shape it into a marshmallow puff..not a circle and not a square.  Make sure these pieces are bite sized.  Once shaped, cover the outside with the fruit roll up and then add in the jellied candies in by pressing them firmly into the center while holding the whole treat in your hand.

With these, I rolled the treats and placed Mike and Ikes in the center, then covered with a strip of rollup on the outer edge to mimic Maki Rolls.  Super cute! And yum!

With these, I rolled the treats and placed Mike and Ikes in the center, then covered with a strip of rollup on the outer edge to mimic Maki Rolls. Super cute! And yum!

Another shot

Another shot

All set up on a Japanese styled plate separated with sushi grass.

All set up on a Japanese styled plate separated with sushi grass.

Close up

Close up

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Another shot

Close up

Close up

I saved a few date night’s worth of sushi grass for this project, which is where I got what you are seeing in these photos. Real easy to wash!

For those that are dairy intolerant, I made marshmallow sushi bites in both the Nigiri and Maki roll style.  Same application of the candy, just on a marshmallow!

These were for our dairy intolerant friends, all candy sushi made with marshmallows. Real cute!

These were for our dairy intolerant friends, all candy sushi made with marshmallows. Real cute!

To complete the look of sushi, for my daughters’ birthday, where we used the candy sushi, I added a touch of more whimsy by using packaged cake snacks cut into thirds to mimic more Maki Rolls.

Cut up some premade cake rolls to make it look like a mix of sushi. Super cute!

Cut up some premade cake rolls to make it look like a mix of sushi. Super cute!

Up close

Up close

All set out on the table.

All set out on the table.

This project was so much fun to do and everyone really enjoyed it!

Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Frosting
1 cup shortening
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp tepid water

In a mixing bowl, place the sugar and the shortening, turn on the mixer on medium. Then add in the water until the frosting is at the consistency you like, less stiff for frosting cakes and more stiff for icing. Then add in the extract, and done!
 

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Frosting!

Frosting!