Salsa Bar!

For our Memorial Day Cookout and Pool Party I thought I would do a bunch of different salsas and lots of fun chips to have out all afternoon while we swim & smoke the pig! I found some great salsas that I thought I would try from some of my favorite Foodie Friends!!Here is what I did.
Katie’s Watermelon Salsa & Crippen’s Country Inn in Blowing Rock inspired my NEW Fav
Watermelon Salsa
2 cups diced watermelon
1 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup diced red onion
sea salt & pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 oz feta cheese
I make a wonderful salad that uses many of the above ingredients and thought that the salt of the feta and the twang of the balsamic really pushed this over the top!!
My Carolina Salsa
P1010125 this is always a hit and was the first gone!

Ninfa’s Green Sauce THIS IS A MUST TRY!!! It really deserves a post all it own. Coming soon!
Mango Salsa
2 mangos, diced
1/2 pineapple, diced
1 jalapeño, diced super fine
1/2 red onion
1 T fresh cilantro
2 T fresh lime juice
1 T lime zest
sea salt
The Mango/pineapple Salsa was by far the least eaten, it was good I am not a cilantro fan but those who are enjoyed it, those who are not didn’t! It would be really good with fish.


Mrs. B’s Shaker Chicken Noodle Soup

This dish was described to me  “OLD, old recipe” that was shared by a dear friends Mom, Anne Beach, who happens to be one of the best cooks I know! EVERYTHING Mrs. B makes is divine, I can remember shortly after moving to H town back in the 90’s sitting in Mrs. B’s kitchen and watching her make homemade Lemon Bars. She cooks with LOVE. Love of the ingredients, love of those she is cooking for and love  in the sharing a bit of herself with all those who are lucky enough to know her! She is a great lady!
Back to the recipe!

Shaker Chicken Noodle Soup:
12 cups chicken stock
1 stick of butter
1/4 c dry vermouth
1 c half & half
1/2 c flour
1 c water (warm in micro and flour will not clump before you add flour)
1 bag of egg noodles, I have recently discoverd Reames (found in the freezer section and highly recommned, they taste homemade)
2-3 cups chicken, diced or shredded, whatever you like
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dill ( I love dill so I add a ton!)

Melt butter, vermouth and 1 cup stock. Bring to a boil and reduce down to apx 1/2 c. Stir in cream and sit aside. Add remaining stock to dutch oven and bring to a boil add noodles and cook. Add flour/water mix stir, cook 1-2 mins, add cream mix, spices and chicken and cook a few more mins. Serve
It is the closest thing to Chicken and Dumplings I have ever had and is DELISH!

My newest find that takes this to a whole new level!!! OH MY GOODNESS!! YUMMY!!!