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Blistered Green Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette Feta Cheese and Chopped Almonds

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

When I made the Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette I knew it would take well to an assertive vegetable, to make a delicious knife and fork salad. I started thinking about flavor combinations that would marry well and the end result sould be simply delicious and based upon our leftovers, I think I found it!

Green beans are wonderful in a salad, for this recipe when I went to the freezer to get what I thought might be the last package of green beans left from our garden in Vancouver, I was sadly caught by surprise. There were no more packages of our homegrown beans. Yet I still wanted to make this salad, so I had to make a trip to the market. 

Since I was going to use our own green beans right from the freezer, I purchased whole frozen green beans and continued with my salad journey. The good news is that you can use frozen beans without thawing or you could use fresh. I have made my other favorite green bean salad with frozen beans and due to this, I can say with experience, the end results will be remarkedly similar. With that, on to the salad!

Blistered Green Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette Feta Cheese and Chopped Almonds. Use fresh or frozen green beans!
Blistered Green Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette Feta Cheese and Chopped Almonds.

Blistered Green Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette, 
Feta Cheese and Chopped Almonds
by the seat of my pants
serves 4-6

1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen - if using frozen do not thaw
olive oil
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
1/3-1/2 c large chunks of Feta Cheese
1/4 c whole almonds*, coarsely chopped

Toss the green beans in olive oil until lightly coated. Place in single layer on a large baking pan and broil until blistered and there are golden streaks or spots on the beans, 10-15 minutes or until done in your oven.

This salad was made with frozen green beans! 
Broil until lightly brown and the skin is blistered.

Remove beans from the oven, let cool on the pan. Arrange on a serving platter, season with the garlic salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. 

Blistered Green Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette Feta Cheese and Chopped Almonds. The perfect first coarse or side dish.

Drizzle the Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette over the top, add the Feta cheese and chopped Almonds. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers, let come to room temperature, to serve. 

Blistered Green Bean Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette Feta Cheese and Chopped Almonds. Delicious!

Enjoy!

* When I bring home the big bag of almonds from the store, I place them on a large flat pan and roast until they have that golden brown smell, let cool and then store in a jar. This step always adds great flavor to our food and snacking.

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Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Toffee and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies, another freezer cookie dough recipe!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Toffee and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies. Whole grain goodness in cookie form!
Toffee and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies.

Here is another delicious oatmeal cookie that can be baked all at once or divided for freezer storage and enjoyment later. This cookie is very simple in its ingredients list, making it an easy choice for any well-stocked pantry. There is something utterly charming about the simple flavors of brown sugar and walnuts combined in a crunchy cookie. I hope you give these cookies a try and enjoy them as much as we do. 

Toffee and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
inspired from: Oatmeal Cookie Dough for the Freezer
makes 4 dozen

1 1/4 c butter ( 2 1/2 sticks) cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 T water - don't leave this out!

Cut butter into thick slices, add sugars and salt. Beat until creamy. Add vanilla and egg, beat until fluffy, beat in water.

Combine and whisk together:
1 1/2 whole wheat flour - whole wheat flour works very well in these cookies!
1 t soda

3 c Oats

Beat flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture.

When smooth, reduce beater speed and add the oats. Mixing gently until oats are mixed in evenly.

Divide into 4 parts, wrap, label and freeze for future cookie baking. If you prefer, you will find an excellent tutorial here on the original post.

Toffee and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies. Another freezer storage cookie dough recipe!

To bake, remove a portion of the cookie dough to soften and defrost. Cut into 12 equal pieces (if pieces are square in shape, gently pinch the corners in!) Bake in at 350-degrees for 12-14 minutes or until done in your oven. Let cook a moment, then carefully remove to cool on a wire rack or cotton toweling.

Toffee and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies. Whole grain, freezer storage cookie dough recipe.
Toffee and Walnut Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies!

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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homestead blog hop @ not so modern housewife
to grandmas house we go @ grandmas house diy
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
full plate thursday @ miz helens
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farms
create bake grown and gather @ shabby art boutique
pretty pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday @ create with joy
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen

Sunday Supper Suggestion, Pear Creme Pie

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Pear Creme Pie, with a whole wheat crust (also dairy free).
Pear Creme Pie

This pie is delicious! I have taken the liberty to give it a slight rename, from Pear Pie to Pear Creme Pie. It does not have any cream, but like many pies from years ago in frugal times, sugar and eggs formed a creamy filling when combined with fruit. And this pie is no exception.

The pie is enhanced with a whole wheat pie crust, which gives the rich (but not too sweet) filling a crunchy, and nutty contrast in taste. You may add a bit of whipped cream or ice cream if you like, but this pie is also wonderful, plain.

Pear Creme Pie.

It is suggested that you use Bosc pears, when I went to the market there were beautiful Bartlett pears, and that is what went into this pie. Something tells me that any ripe pear could be used for this pie, and probably has, through the years.

I had never heard of Pear Pie, but I am glad I found the recipe.

Pear Creme Pie
adapted from:  tasting spoons
450-degree oven

1 9 inch crust, for a whole wheat version, look here.

4 large pears, peeled and sliced
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c flour
1 egg
2 t vanilla
dash salt

1 1/2 T butter, cut into small pieces

cardamom or nutmeg to sprinkle over the top - if desired

Place pear slices into pie crust.

Combine sugar, flour, egg, vanilla and salt. Beat until creamy. Spread mixture over the surface of the pears in the pie shell. Dot with butter. Dust the top of the pie with cardamom or nutmeg if desired.

Pear Creme Pie.

Bake in a preheated 450-degree oven for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and bake 30-45 minutes or until golden and done in your oven.

Let cool completely before serving.



Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

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weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
modest mondays @ the modest mom
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
wasteless wednesday @ skip the bag
homestead blog hop @ not so modern housewife
to grandmas house we go @ grandmas house diy
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
full plate thursday @ miz helens
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farms
create bake grown and gather @ shabby art boutique
pretty pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday @ create with joy
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
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