Asian Pickles

pickles

Summer time is my favorite time of the year to experiment with fruits and veggies and these Asian Pickles are a WINNER!

I adore lettuce wraps and at The Cheesecake Factory they serve these pickled cucumbers on the side and that is where the inspiration was born.

I played around with the differet flavors and after a few tweeks and actual measuring I have a recipe worthy or sharing!

I adore just your basic marinated cucumbers in vinegar which is a Southern staple at ant summer meal  so, I am introducing you to this is a “gourmet” Asian version.

It will be ther perfect addition to your next meal!

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Asian Pickles

2 small pickling cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber, sliced

1/2 sweet onion (Vidalia, is my fav) sliced super fine

1/4 c vegetable oil

1/3 c rice wine vinegar

1 T low sodium soy sauce

1 t honey

1 t srircha

1 t seaseme oil

1 t toasted sesame seeds

Slice veggies and set to the side. Make marinade and pour over top. Allow to marinate at least 4 hours.

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This marinade doubles and triples beautifully although I personally do not think you will want to double or triple the sesame seeds. They go a long way!!

ENJOY!

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Eggplant Bruschetta

eggplant bruschetta

This weeks  Farm to my table series is a yummy

Eggplant Bruschetta

When I started getting our CSA box from Wild Pilgrim  I vowed that I would TRY everything that came in the box.

And this week. well, I was stumped. I am not an eggplant fan but I have proved my self wrong!

Nice right?

I am guessing I just do not like eggplant breaded and cooked to death!

How I started the process:

The eggplant were beautiful and I thought I could use them as a vessel for something I do love, tomatoes.

So, instead of bread or a cracker,  I used the eggplant as the “bread” of the bruschetta.

Slice the egggplant and sprinle with a bit of salt, allow to st for 20  mins.

Toss eggplant with a little olive oil and place in 350 oven for 10 mins.

remove and top with your favorite buffalo mozzerella

follow with tomatoes

{diced tomatoes with splash of balsamic and olive oil, sea salt, pepper and fresh herbs; allow to sit to allow flavors to develop while the eggplant sit is a perfect time!}

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Thinking this is my new favorite app for my next party!!

and makes a fantastic Meatless Monday entree!

What’s your go to summer party app?

xoxo, Mama Bird

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k+b= BEST DAY EVER!!

Today I am sharing a few of the barn wedding details that made this day so perfect!

What a wonderful wedding to be a part of!

For starters getting to work with the amazing Monica Reid was a pleasure!

She captured the moment perfectly and I highly reccomend her!

Second, the location…

ceramony

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perfection!

and yes, it is a beautiful pond in the background.

How about the amazing vintage church pews?!

here’s a close up of the alter area

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the bride’s daddy made this for her!

Kayleigh and her sweet Mama love to thrift and the found the doors at a local habitat store

and with a little crativity and lots of love this was created!

the reception

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the barn was just the perfect place

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the touches of GOLD & GLITTER really tied everything together!

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dance floor

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newlywed’s table

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the sweets

eats & drinks

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cake from yours truly

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Love the desert tables! Lot’s of wonderful choices!

Looking for a wedding planner? You should call me! I am a full service wedding planner and can do as little or as much as you need to make your day perfection!

I can make your vision a reality!

Like this location?

You too can have your wedding on the beautiful farm and we can take care of ALL the details for you!!

Currently booking for 2015.

xoxo. Mama Bird

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Carolina Salsa

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Carolina Salsa is my all time favorite (non tomato) salsa!

I made my television debut with this salsa.

In the salsa showdown on Carolina Today! You can read about that here!

Carolina Salsa has been around the Hickory party circuit for as long as I can remember.

I can’t even recall the 1st time I had it. But, I can recall my instant love for this salsa.

It is SO EASY and can be made any time of the year since you can use the can corn.

You can really zip up the recipe by using fresh sweet corn!

My sister and her family adore this recipe because, as strange as it is to me, they do not like tomaotes.

A sin in my opinion!

The even better part about this yummy? It is easy on the waistline.

Are you impressed?

What’s your go to salsa? Do you make fresh? Please share your favorite salsa recipe with me and look for my Salsa Roundup coming soon!

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Carolina Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans mexi corn. drained and rinsed

1 large or 2 small cucumbers, peeled and chopped

1/2 red onion chopped fine

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 T sugar

Mix everything together. Trust me on this part make it the morning of or the night before you want to eat it.

I promise you will not regret this step!

It just gets better the longer it sits and the flavors all meld together.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

I am currently crushing on the multi grain tortillas.

Carrot Apple Zinger Juice

carrot apple

Today’s CARROT APPLE Zinger Juice {Liquid Goodness}  and it was delish!

Funny thing is, it was an accident. I always use some ruffage and I ran out!

I do typically always use a huge amount of greens. My new fav is Super Greens that come in a HUGE bag.

It contains spinach. kale, beet greens, all sorts of yummy goodness.

What are you favorite ingredients for JUICING?

I really have become obsessed with juicing and all the benefis that come along with it.

My EYES the blue &  the whites of them, Sparkle. Skin looks fab.

I stay full and feel full all morning.

Carrot/Apple Zinger Juice

2 green apples

4 carrots

sliver of ginger

1/2  lemon

Run everything through your juicer and boom, there is the liquid goodness.

Juicing is fantastic and I will be sharing lots of yummy recipes to keep you coming back for more!

Here is the recipe for my go to GREEN JUICE 

Do YOU? What’s your favorite combo?

Patty Pan Squash Salad

patty pan

 Patty Pan Squash Salad is my newest creation from this weeks CSA!

 I adore trying new recipes and am challenging myself to make up something new every week!

Patty Pan is a yellow squatty looking squash with similar taste and texture to it’s cousin the yellow aka summer squash.

The combo of the textures and flavors make this a winner.

Perfect addition to any summer meal.

Perfect.

Enjoy.

You are Welcome!

Patty Pan Squash Salad

yep, it was a hot salad and oh my it was awesome!!

And comes together in under 15 mins, doesn’t get much easier than that!!

Shout out to the amazing Wild Pilgrim Farmstand for all the veggies!

Ok back to the creation.

Patty Pan {squash} Salad

3 patty pan squash, washed and cubed

1/2 large Vidalia (sweet) onion, chopped

1/2 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 T olive oil

fresh thyme, chopped

 1 -2 splashes balsamic vinegar

1 T feta cheese (trying to eat super healthy so feel free to add more or less)

Heat oil to medium/high saute onion for 2-3 mins, add squash, cook for apx 7 mins until the squash start to have a little color.

 Then add fresh thyme, salt & pepper to taste.

Just before serving add tomato, splash of balsamic, &  top with feta.

I am LOVING having the CSA box from Wild Pilgrim Farm 

look  for weekly veggie post throughout the summer

xoxo, Mama Bird

ENJOY!