Lemon-Blueberry Trifle

Here is a much-simplified version of the classic British dessert, updated with a burst of lemon curd and some crunchy gingersnaps. Like many of the Simply Good Cooking recipes, this one can be made quite simply by following the recipe as written, or by choosing a variation on the given ingredient list and making some of your own combinations.  For example, I’ve included the use of store-bought gingersnaps and lemon curd, but you could easily make your own cookies, as well as lemon curd.  That is up to you.  The options give you quite a bit of flexibility in how much time is you spend cooking, while not sacrificing flavor or quality.  If you do purchase store-bought ingredients, always look for the highest quality available and you won’t go wrong.

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Warm, Crispy Goat Cheese Wheels

These Goat Cheese Wheels are a succulent combination of warm and creamy filling coated by a thin, barely-crisp breading, an unexpected complement to a crisp cold salad.  Take the time to carefully prepare the cheese and you’ll have the best result, a quick, amazingly satisfying salad “garnish”, or appetizer.  Can be served as finger food, but have spare napkins ready — they’re a bit messy!

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Rocky Road Bars with Caramel Topping

If you’re a marshmallow fan, or Rocky Road bars in particular, you are going to truly love this dessert.  The Caramel Sauce puts a bit of a spin on the familiar candy bar and makes this treat just that much more special.  The bars can be packed into a lunch bag or brought along on a picnic, or prepared as a particularly luscious taste treat following a light meal.  If you don’t eat it all at once, it will freeze nicely for at least 3 months.

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Poached Salmon

salmon dinnerThis is a wonderful recipe for a refreshing summer afternoon or evening.  Poach the salmon in the morning, let it chill for a few hours, and enjoy it whenever you’re ready to eat.  It’s delicious with a lemon wedge, a dollop of mayonnaise and a sprinkling of fresh dill.  Cold cucumber salad or potato salad are a perfect complement to the fish, along with a dessert of fresh fruit and cheese.  This is one dish to make those long summer evenings that much more memorable.

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Italian Salad Dressing “Mix”

Here is a great way to have a constant, unending source of perfectly balanced Italian salad dressing. Keep it in a tightly-sealed jar and whip some up in a hurry any time you run out.  I like to use an old dressing jar as it’s always the right size, and it fits well in the door of the refrigerator.

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Greek Salad

If you like salads but get tired of having that same old plate of salad greens with thick dressing poured over it,  it’s a welcome respite to mix it up a little — keep meals interesting and inviting.  Truly, with the busy schedules most of us find ourselves trying to manage, it can be quite a challenge to come up with new and different flavors to enjoy.

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