Exotic Salad

This is a salad that my mom used to make. It is so good. Very different. One that I have loved for years. I hope you enjoy it. Tastespotting is running salads all day Tuesday May 1 with Dole Salads as their sponsor. Drop by to see some amazing salads.

14 oz. can hearts of palm
14 oz. can artichoke hearts
14 oz. can lychee fruit
1 avocado
12 grape tomatoes, halved
Spring mix by Dole
Purple onion, sliced for garnish
Black olives, sliced for garnish


1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. lychee fruit liquid
1/2 walnut oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce

Blend all the dressing ingredients together in a blender or whisk together.

Drain the heart of palm and the artichoke hearts. Save 2 Tbsp. of the juice from the lychee and drain the rest off. Cut the hearts of palm and the artichoke hearts into bite sized pieces. Peel avocado and slice. Toss the palm, artichoke, lychee fruit, avocado and tomatoes in the vinaigrette dressing and chill. Serve over Dole Spring Mix. Top with red onion slices and black olives. So good!!

Chocolate Caramilk Cookies

These cookies have a secret, a Caramilk Secret hidden inside. I came across these the other day and thought that they would make a yummy cookie. They sure did. Instead of chocolate chips I chopped up the Caramilk Secrets and put them in a deliciously buttery cookie. You be the judge!!!

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. milk
2 packages 175 gm. of Caramilk Secrets, chopped

Preheat oven to 375F. Cream butter, beat in sugar, egg and vanilla in a standup mixer with a paddle attachment. Add milk. Combine dry ingredients and mix into butter mixture. Fold in the Caramilk Secrets. Refrigerate until firm. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Scoop out dough with a 1 1/2″ scoop and depress tops with two fingers to flatten out slightly. Bake 10-12 min. until lightly golden brown. Let cool on cookie racks. Enjoy!!

Mouth Watering Mondays

Well here we are and it is Monday again. I will show you some of the wonderful things I have seen throughout the past week. The weather is cool and rainy for the beginning of the week here so maybe these will warm your soul but if you are not from these parts it doesn’t matter you can always look at beautiful pictures of food and maybe try one or two. Cheers!!

Apple Pie Layer Cake by Sweet Peony – Nutella Toffee Ice Cream by So Domesticated – Trix Krispies by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chocolatety Cookies N’ Cream Parfait by The Cozy Apron – Shaved Asparagus and Goat Cheese Crostini by Naturally Ella – Taco Egg Rolls by Reservations for Two – Scallops in Herb Broth with Braised Radishses and Bacon by Smith and Ratliff – Maple, Bacon, Pecan Biscuit Bake by Bakeaholic Mama