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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

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

Burrata And Peaches

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This dish is what I call a “small bites” or Tapas. Burrata And Peaches, because of how they compliment each other is off the chain delicious. The one special ingredient I’m using in this dish is Goji berries. Now, these berries can be found at Whole Food Markets, where they specialize in organic ingredients. I keep them 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.

The stars of this small bite plate are the Peaches And Burrata. I’m using frozen peaches today because fresh peaches aren’t in season. Frozen peaches, along with other fruits, are packaged at their peak of freshness.

Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: overnight, thaw in the refrigerator

Ingredients:
I package frozen peaches, 5-7 peach wedges per plate
1/4 cup of baby arugula leaves
1 tablespoon of Goji berries (fresh blueberries or dried cranberries)
1 tablespoon chopped Pistachios- optional
1 teaspoon of finely diced Fresno chili- optional
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
a spritz of fresh lemon juice from 1 wedge of lemon
1 tablespoon of Agave nectar
6 tablespoons of Burrata cheese
Kosher salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Directions:
Start with 5-7 wedges of thawed frozen peaches on a plate arranged beautifully. Next, add the Burrata cheese over the top in small spoonfuls. Then add the 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 dish. Then add the delicate baby arugula leaves. Finally, sprinkle with Kosher salt,  pepper, and a drizzle of Agave nectar. Right when you’re ready to serve, squeeze a wedge of lemon juice over the top.

Light and delicious, this “small bite” is another example of how a few simple ingredients, are still a roller coaster for your taste buds!

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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.Image

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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 flare 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 www.igettoasted.com.

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Here’s a quick peek at Toasted.

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Peach Valley Cafe

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Earlier on in my serving career, I worked here at Peach Valley.  They are probably best known for their signature Apple Fritters and our Eggs, Benedict.

The menu has an eclectic variety of breakfast and lunch items.  They offer an array of great coffees, iced or hot.  These are some pictures of the inside and outside of the Peach Vally. For more information visit their website at www.peachvalleycafe.com.

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