I have a secret to share. Much like how I dress high and low and mix expensive designer duds with finds from “Tar-jey” I do it with dinner too. Especially when entertaining. Cooking for a group brings on a whole new host of problems. It involves timing, mass portions and the feat of serving. Over the last few years I’ve noticed that my biggest error is making too many complicated things that all have to be prepared on the spot, thus sending me into a kitchen tailspin and not allowing time to actually enjoy my friends.
But now that I’m getting (very) old and (sort of) smart I’m learning to cook the same way I dress. Make one or two fancy pants dishes that everyone will remember and keep everything else super simple. What’s the easiest thing to make that’s visually appealing, can usually be prepped before hand and feeds a group? A big salad! It satisfies the “Oh I’m on a diet” guest, the inevitable vegetarian, the hungry men folk who can’t wait for a main course and the friend who just doesn’t eat…ever. I swear there is one in every group!
Remember how I told you my friends at Collective Bias asked me if I wanted to check out Fresh Take, a new product from Kraft and I made those yummy baked avocado fries? They were so easy to do I had to try something else too. One thing I love ordering in restaurants is a goat cheese salad and I thought Fresh Take would be perfect for coating the goat cheese, baking it and making my own little high-end restaurant style salad at home.
All I did was cut the goat cheese into medallions, pressed the Fresh Take mixture onto the goat cheese and placed them onto a baking sheet with a piece of non-stick aluminum foil on it. I Baked those at about 300 degrees for 6-8 minutes. While that was cooking I whipped out a bag of kale. Yes, I buy mine pre-chopped and bagged for sake of ease. I dumped that into a big salad bowl and then made my easy lemon, garlic dressing.
I’m lucky that my neighbors have a lemon tree which produces an excess of lemons because they are always sending them my way and I use quite a few of them making this dressing. I use the juice of 1-2 lemons for this salad. You can change that up to suit your own tastes. My husband always prefers more lemon on his.
Want to know more about Fresh Take? Watch for the Kraft Fresh Possibilities Tour truck which will be making stops across the country from March through the end of July. To see if they are making a stop in your town you can check this website: Fresh Possibilities Tour
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