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©2012 The Romantic Table, Strawberry Walnut Watercress Salad 2012-05-07 17:41:01:331
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Strawberry Walnut Watercress Salad is perfect when local strawberries are at their peak flavor!

Glorious May is Here with Some Great Breakout Recipes


It's May! One of the best months to live here and enjoy the perfect weather and delightful fruit and vegetable bounty of this prime month of Spring. May is a fun month too, with Wine Festivals, Mothers Day, Memorial Day and Car Shows to use as a reason for get-togethers with your friends and family. And we've got some new recipes that are worthy for your celebratory mood.

The month of May with its moderate temperatures, beautiful skies and luscious greenery is a perfect month to have picnics and barbecues.

©2012 The Romantic Table,Country-Style Potato and Cheese Torte 2012-05-07 17:29:13:330
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Country-Style Potato and Cheese Torte absolutely melts in your mouth. It's so easy to throw together -especially if you do all the slicing with a mandoline!
Our first recipe is a delicious country-style potato recipe Country Style Potato and Cheese Torte that absolutely melts in your mouth. It's so easy to throw together -especially if you do all the slicing with a mandoline!

You butter a baking dish, thinly slice a white onion and a couple russet potatoes. Then you spread the onion strands on each layer, then arrange the thin-layers of potatoes over-lapping each other in layers around the dish, sprinkling each layer with a little Gruyere cheese, salt and pepper. Just before baking, you lightly pour a cup or so of chicken broth (to add moisture) around the torte. Then bake at 375 for 80-90 minutes. What a heavenly flavorful peasant-style dish to take to barbecues and picnics for all to enjoy! It's been known to steal the show!

Our next recipe, Strawberry Walnut Watercress Salad is perfect for this month - when local strawberries are at their peak flavor! We wanted a salad that would be a little different but yet very appealing. We just HAD to find a way to incorporate the strawberry - one of most people's favorite fruits. We found some gorgeous watercress that was worthy of a delicious salad. Using that, along with a homemade vinaigrette made with a little red wine vinegar, walnut oil, dried basil, a little Tupelo honey, salt and pepper. We topped-off our salad with a few roasted walnut pieces, strawberries and a very nice Amish Farmer Blue Cheese. This is almost a meal in itself! And very satisfying!

©2012 The Romantic Table, Bucatini with Pancetta, Watercress and Tomatoes 2012-05-10 02:27:22:332
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Bucatini with Pancetta, Watercress and Tomatoes, -sauteing the pancetta in olive oil with a couple cloves garlic and red pepper flakes, gives this recipe a nice little kick.
Our pasta dish this month is one that we incorporate our delightful watercress again: Bucatini with Pancetta, Watercress and Tomatoes. This - even with the watercress, is a "manly-pleasing" taste. By sauteing the pancetta in olive oil with a couple cloves garlic and red pepper flakes, this has a nice little kick. You deglaze with white wine, then you add in some grape tomatoes, salt and pepper and toss with the watercress and some Bucatini pasta or other hollow-strand pasta. It's SO good! So satisfying - And Oh! So Spring-like!

We haven't done a main-course meat entree for a while, and this being May and in our opinion the best of Spring, we decided to showcase how we do simple Grilled Lamb Chops Romantic Table Style (Spring's best red meat!) with our homemade Mint Pesto Romantic Table Style - much more interesting and flavorful than the traditional mint jelly.

The trick to turning out delicious, tender lamb is simply keep it simple, using a marinade of fresh rosemary, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and freshly-cracked black pepper.

©2012 The Romantic Table, Lamb chops 2012-05-07 17:45:17:333
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The trick to turning out delicious, tender lamb is simply keep it simple, using a marinade of fresh rosemary, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and freshly-cracked black pepper.
The mint pesto is a combination of fresh mint and Italian parsley, with fresh walnuts, garlic, olive oil and a little salt and pepper. At most this takes about ten minutes to make up. And it really has a dimension of good accent flavors for that fantastic lamb.

Our blast from the past is another good picnic recipe Wine Country Picnic Chicken. This is the perfect way to have chicken if you're going on a picnic. It's not greasy at all since it's only sauteed in olive oil. It is NOT deep-fried.

All you need to accompany this entree is a couple side dishes such as Roasted Peppers Italian Style, Caponata or this month's Strawberry Walnut Watercress Salad, a loaf of crusty bread and a nice bottle of wine and you're all set to enjoy the best of a wine country experience.

It's tastes so good you may not want to wait until you go on a picnic!

Enjoy this wonderful month of May with these few new ideas and your best friends and family!




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A tip from Sue!

Frying fish is not hard

Frying fish is not hard. The trick is to evenly coat the fish and allow the coating to set and dry a bit before frying. The purpose of the coating is to keep moisture in NOT absorb oil! To minimize oil absorption fry at a temperature between 350F and 400F max