Sunday, August 16, 2009

Melon, Mozzarella & Proscuitto Skewers

Here's an easy and refreshing appetizer that should go on your "to do" list before summer slips away! These simple skewers from Southern Living are so easy to make and the flavor combination of the melon, mozzarella and proscuitto is really different and delicious!

20 (1-inch) cantaloupe or honeydew cubes (about 2 1/2 cups)

20 thin slices prosciutto (about 1/2 lb.)

20 fresh small mozzarella cheese balls (about 1 [8-oz.] tub)

20 (4-inch) wooden skewers

Freshly cracked pepper
To assemble the skewers, thread 1 melon cube, 1 prosciutto slice, and 1 mozzarella ball onto each of 20 (4-inch) wooden skewers. Sprinkle with cracked pepper.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lemonade Pie

I'm quite often guilty of finding a really good recipe that we both really like...and then never making it again. But this Lemonade Pie makes an appearance in our freezer every summer. It's a perfect summertime dessert that requires no baking and is wonderfully refreshing.

Creamy Lemonade Pie
(Source: Southern Living, May 2007)

2 (5-oz.) cans evaporated milk
2 (3.4-oz.) packages lemon instant pudding mix
2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
1 (9-oz.) ready-made prepared graham cracker crust
Garnishes: whipped cream, fresh mint sprigs, lemon slices

1. Whisk together evaporated milk and pudding mix in a bowl 2 minutes or until thickened.

2. Beat cream cheeses at medium speed with an electric mixer, using whisk attachment, until fluffy. Add lemonade concentrate, beating until blended; add pudding mixture, and beat until blended.

3. Pour into crust; freeze 4 hours or until firm. Garnish, if desired.

And that's it! I'm not a big fan of key lime pie but find this pie has the right combination of sweetness and tartness.