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Holiday Pine Cone Cheeseball

This easy and delicious pine cone cheeseball will be a favorite for holiday gatherings.   With just 3 ingredients, it’s super quick and has a lovely presentation for your table. To make, soften two blocks of cream cheese, add the packet of Ranch dressing mix (not the dip) and 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese.   I used a mix of sharp and …

Carpus DiemHoliday Pine Cone Cheeseball
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Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini pancakes??  Yes, you are reading correct!   A sweet and salty veggie pancake for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack.   Super easy, just blend and grill.     Ingredients are: 4 eggs 2 cups chopped zucchini 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 teaspoons baking power 1/4 cup melted butter sprinkle …

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Light and refreshing, watermelon agua fresca (fresh water) is a delicious thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Popularized in Mexico, agua fresca is simply fruit blended with a bit of sugar and lime juice (I added mint for a little extra kick).       Ingredients are (serves 4) : 4 cups of chopped seedless watermelon 1/2 cup water …

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Brie, Currants and Honey

‘Tis the season for entertaining!  This brie, currant, and honey cheese plate is perfect for those expected or last minute guests.   Brie, a handful of currants (in the raisin section at the grocery; look for the orange box), a couple tablespoons of honey and petite toasts are all that’s needed for a pretty presentation.      Decorative plate currently …

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Vegetable Farro Salad

Farro is a whole grain similar to barley, with a nutty flavory and chewy consistency.  Commonly grown in Italy, Farro is used in soups and salads since it is a healthy, filling food.  Grill some veggies and add Farro for a colorful crowd pleasing main or side dish.     You will need: farro 3 carrots 1 yellow pepper 1 …

Carpus DiemVegetable Farro Salad
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Mummies and Broomsticks

Happy Halloween!  Check out these not so sweet kids treats for your trick or treater.  Mummies and broomsticks, simple and easy for this holiday. String cheese broomsticks are a no bake treat,  you will need: string cheese pretzel sticks chives First cut the string cheese in half, then use scissors to slice the ends.    Then, add pretzel stick to …

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Burrata Caprese

Using the remainder of garden tomatoes in a Burrata Caprese salad. An Italian cheese, Burrata is made up of an outer layer of fresh mozzarella filled with shreds of mozzarella soaked in cream.  It is quite fragile, handle with care.   See below a photo of the Buratta cut, so you can see the inside.    To make the Caprese …

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NYC annual meetup

It was a beautiful evening last Thursday for the 3rd annual Carpus Diem meetup Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel rooftop.  I had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and new followers.   I never knew meeting other Instagrammers could be so much fun, this tradition will surely continue for many years! Some photos from the evening….   what a …

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Turkey Hummus Snack Wraps

Here’s a quick bite-size wrap recipe to fill up your appetizer trays! You will need: wraps turkey hummus orange peppers arugula cucumbers First spread hummus over entire wrap, and place a three slices of turkey at one end.   Next, add veggies and arugula…. Roll tightly and cover with saran wrap, cool in refrigerator for an hour. To finish, cut …

Carpus DiemTurkey Hummus Snack Wraps
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4th Flags

Surprise your family with fun 4th Flags this Monday! Super simple, with most of the ingredients already in your fridge…. whole wheat toast cream cheese strawberry jam blueberries First toast the bread and spread cream cheese.  Then, add blueberries in upper left corner.   Last, add lines of strawberry jam for a patriotic and hearty toasted treat!  

Carpus Diem4th Flags