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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Burrata With Peaches

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A “small bites” or Tapas-style dishes are really popular in Spain. Here in Orlando, I’ve noticed new Tapas wine bars popping up everywhere. As I was checking out one of these wine bars, near my house. I looked over their menu and the dish that caught my eye was the Burrata With Peaches. I left there and headed right to my grocery store. This time of year fresh peaches is not in season. The next best option, frozen. Listen, don’t be afraid of using frozen fruit, they’re a really great substitute when you can’t find fresh.  Frozen fruit and berries are picked at the peak of freshness and are delicious.

I’m going to show you using peaches and burrata with a few added ingredients makes the perfect salad. Burrata With Peaches compliment each other so well it blows my mind.

A really unique ingredient I’m using in this dish is the Goji berry. Now, these berries can be found at Whole Food Markets, where they offer unique and organic nuts and berries. It’s best to store Goji berries in the refrigerator for longer shelf life. The Goji berry is packed with antioxidants and a great addition to any salad. You could, of course, substitute fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, even a few pistachios, whatever you like.

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Burrata And Peaches

 

 

 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: Overnight
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: large mixing bowl, Microplane, 2 salad plates

Ingredients For Two Servings:
1 package frozen peaches, thawed

7 wedges per plate
1cup of baby arugula leaves, 1/2 cup per plate
2 tablespoons of Goji berries (substitute fresh blueberries or dried cranberries), per plate
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios (optional) per plate
1 teaspoon of Fresno chili, seeded and minced, divided (optional)
1 teaspoon of lemon zest, per plate
a spritz of fresh lemon juice (1 wedge of lemon juice) per plate
2 tablespoons of honey, 1 per plate
2 (4-ounce) balls of Burrata cheese, 6 tablespoons per plate
Kosher salt to taste, per plate
Freshly ground black pepper to taste, per plate

Directions:
The night before, fill a bowl with your frozen peaches. Let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Drain the peaches into a bowl the next day.

Arrange 5 to 7 peach wedges, on a salad plate, in a star-like formation. Next, add tablespoons of Burrata cheese over the top of the peaches. Add grated lemon zest, letting the zest flakes fall where they may. Gently drop the berries all over the dish so they fall nestling themselves throughout the peaches and Burrata. Then add the delicate baby arugula leaves. Finally, sprinkle with Kosher salt,  fresh ground black pepper, and a drizzle of honey. When you’re ready to serve, squeeze a wedge of lemon juice over the top.

Light and delicious, my Burrata With Peaches is another example of how using really good ingredients makes all the difference in the world.

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Elizabeth’s Keepsakes

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A dear friend of mine, Elizabeth Innis, has a one of a kind shop called Elizabeth’s Keepsakes in Rushville, Indiana. Not only is it a store with all kinds of collectibles it’s a deli as well.

Elizabeth takes such pride in her products, whether it’s the food she prepares fresh daily or the very unique items she sells in her shop. She has been able to maintain such great customer relations, since she opened her doors in 2000, and has proven itself to thrive with her return clientele.

Elizabeth’s Keepsakes” has a Facebook Page where you can get information about her store. I’m going to tease you with a few pictures.

Elizabeth has done an amazing job and should be very proud of her accomplishments as a small business owner in her community. Whenever visiting Rushville, Indiana this is a “must stop”, have a quick bite to eat and pick up a keepsake.

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The state pie, or, sugar cream pie, which most recently known as the Hoosier Pie, is so delicious and is one of her specialties.

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Toasted, Crafted Grilled Cheese

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Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich?  Recently I visited Toasted with my girlfriends and WOW!  Grilled cheese to the 10th power. All their varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches are done by bringing a mix of the traditional but using great ingredients that add a gourmet flair to all their sandwiches.

We had the privilege to have taken a group selfie with owner Jeff, my daughter Melissa, and myself while we were there. For more information about their hours, complete menu, locations, and directions visit http://www.igettoasted.com.

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Here’s a quick peek at Toasted.

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