Apple Ambrosia

Apple Ambrosia

An airy and light anytime delight!

Ingredients

  • 2 apples
  • Lemon wedge
  • 6 oz. frozen mango chunks
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapple
  • ½ pint vanilla ice cream
  • 4 oz. Kraft® Cool Whip Lite
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup Kraft® Jet-Puffed FunMallows
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Directions

Core and chop the apples; sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning.  Cut the mango chunks into smaller pieces, if desired.  In a large bowl, add the apples, mango, and crushed pineapple, followed by vanilla ice cream and cool whip; mix together.  Fold in the raisins and miniature marshmallows.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.  Serve with fresh mint as a garnish.

Cook’s note: 

  • Be my guest and substitute your favorite fruit.

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California Dreamin'

California Dreamin’

Like the famous song by The Mamas and the Papas calls for at this time of year, I find myself daydreaming about warmer, sunnier days and of course fond food memories of my visits to California … a yearning for a light, crisp style of cooking, emphasizing fresh ingredients, that really does let the individual flavors shine through.  Oh I’m dreamin’ about you, California’s eclectic food sensations.

QuestionWhere is “The Salad Bowl of the World?

AnswerSalinas, California ~ Famous for its lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, and  strawberries, just to name a few of its Salad Bowl stars.

In Salinas, fresh and vibrant food is what you’ll find, paired with oh so flavorful wine.  So shake the winter blues away.  Be inspired and find a way to bring warm and bright Cali to your winter cooking.  Surf’s up … you’ve just traveled to sunny California! ~ NRVANA

San Francisco, CADestination:  U.S.A.
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Shangri La Cafe 

Raspberry Mango Candied Walnut Daydream Salad

Travel log entry 

The Mamas and the Papas California Dreamin’ Excerpt

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Fall & Fruity

Fall & Fruity

Apples & Yams

From our friend

Ingredients

  • 1  can (21 oz.) Comstock® apple pie filling
  • 1 can (16 oz.) Bruce’s® candied yams, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons dried, sweet cranberries
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • Butter as needed

Directions

Mix the apples, yams, raisins, and cranberries; place in a casserole dish.

Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.*  Top with brown sugar, followed by a dot of butter.

Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes, until bubbly.

Serve warm.

Cook’s note:

  • Be our guest and sprinkle your favorite nuts as an extra topping.

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Brie With Bounty Of Dried Fruits

Brie with Bounty of Dried Fruits

The Cheese Stands Alone

From our friend

Ingredients

  • Wedge of Brie cheese or small round
  • Assorted dried fruits:  Cranberries, cherries, blueberries, dates, apricots, raisins, plums, prunes
  •  Tablespoon of honey

Directions

Dice the assorted dried fruits of your choice.  Mix with honey; enough to adhere to cheese.

Arrange the fruit on top of Brie in a fashion pleasing to the eye.

Serve with French bread or favorite crackers or crostini.

Bon Appétit!

Cook’s note:

  • Be our guest and substitute your favorite dried fruits.

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The Cheese Stands Alone

The Cheese Stands Alone

Who doesn’t remember that fond childhood nursery rhyme that ends “the cheese stands alone.”  Cheese, like a treasured nursery rhyme, brings with it a reassuring feeling of coziness and comfort.

Whichever way you slice it, cheese has the power to be the ultimate comfort food or solo menu dish.  Who doesn’t love cheese paired with their favorite glass of wine?

QuestionWhere’s one place cheese stands alone?

AnswerCheese reigns supreme in France.

Cheese rates top billing in France; whether a tasty treat, a savory main course, or a sweet end to a satisfying meal.

So put on a pot of hot, bubbling fondue; perfect for a chilly wintry night and share your favorite childhood cheese memory.  Smile!  Say cheese … you’ve just traveled to France.  ~ NRVANA

FranceDestination:  France
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by sharing your very own cooking nirvana experience -
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P.S.

A happy coincidence!  France is the birthplace of cheesecake.

Shangri La Cafe 

  • Brie with Bounty of Dried Fruits
  • Cranberry Mango Brie Tartlets

Next stop California Dreamin’

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Hello world!

Welcome

Imagine… a  journey filled with the many wondrous sights, seasonings, and tastes the world has to offer.  Join me on my quest to strive for “cooking nirvana” as we travel the globe in search of the most delectable of flavors.

Be sure to pack your bags and bring your passport …

Our global journey of cooking enlightenment awaits!

Note to the Epi-curious:  Confirm your travel plans by sharing your very own cooking nirvana experience – be it a treasured memory, location, or recipe.

 ~ NRVANA

Travel Itinerary 

First stop

World map and passport

A Hug from Halfway Around the World

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