Fresh Summer Snacking

During the winter months I tend to snack on pretzels, crackers, and chocolate covered nuts and berries, but the weather is finally warming (we hit 70 degrees today!) and with it, my craving for fresh veggies and fruits arrived! I made it over to the local market on my lunch break and picked up some crunchy sugar snap peas and red seedless grapes for snacking.

While there, I also hand selected the makings for an amazing fresh corn salad that my friend introduced me to on a recent picnic. It’s so fresh, in fact, it’s raw! At first I had apprehensions about eating raw corn just because I had always had it grilled, boiled, or steamed, but it’s so amazing that when both my significant other and I were still raving about it an entire week later, I knew I’d have to try my hand at making it!

I loosely followed this recipe by Rachel Ray and it turned out fantastic! Love how crunchy the raw sweet corn is, especially in contrast to the lime juice and creamy avocado. It’s the perfect HEALTHY complement to your next BBQ picnic! Just be sure to wash all the veggies reeeeally well! I am a stickler on that.

Rachel’s recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 ears corn on the cob, kernels scraped
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped or 5-6 scallions, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded and chopped

Yields: Serves 6


Preparation

Grate shallot into a mixing bowl. Whisk in hot sauce, lime juice, salt, pepper and EVOO. Add corn, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, peppers and toss to combine.

You can watch a video of Rachel make this salad on her website here.


What are your favorite Summer-time snacks?

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Bebe au Lait: June 2011 Featured Retailer – Baby Bliss

Check out our June 2011 – Featured Retailer

Baby Bliss (2 locations)
Snider Plaza
(next to SMU campus)
6721 Snider Plaza
University Park, TX 75205
469.232.9420

Southlake (Next to Stride Rite)
1236 Prospect Street
Southlake, TX 76092
817.251.6600

Years in business: 5 1/2

Contact Info: 469.232.9420 www.shopbabybliss.com

Hours: Monday thru Saturday: 10-6 & Sunday: 10-5

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry and why?
Nursing cover ups {because everyone should be covered!} and the Reversible Double Bibs {because they are so cute and functional}.

What are your customer’s favorite prints to purchase?
All of them! Because they are all adorable!

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product?
Bebe au Lait & Hooter Hider nursing covers.

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products?
Within their respective categories, bibs with bibs, nursing covers with nursing and food essentials.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

What’s for dinner Wednesday: Chicken & Mushrooms (kinda)

Before children it could be said that I rarely if ever went to the grocery store. And cooking a meal? Practically unheard of! Then marriage with a baby happened and I found myself reaching for the Betty Crocker cookbook my Grandmother had given me that was 50 years old and falling apart. I’ve made huge strides since, but every once in a while I am reminded of my humble beginnings, especially when we have dinners like we did the other night – harrumph!

I had a craving for chicken and mushrooms! We’d just recently purchased a cast iron pot and it is awesome for cooking any kind of meat and/or veggies in with a touch of olive oil. (As a side note, my husband and I have a running joke that the proper way to care for a cast iron pot includes no scrubbing or dish soap…. I just looked it up on Wikipedia; click here if you want to read more about it!) The plan was to brown three chicken breasts (both sides) on high heat and then bring it down and add the mushrooms. The problem was that the chicken breasts were too large… they browned but were going to take forever to cook! Finally, and this is my favorite part, I just started cutting at the chicken (yes, in the pan)… You should have seen the look on my husband’s face when he came into the kitchen to check on me. As I was sawing away at our dinner, I added the mushrooms and a bit more olive oil and figured I’d let the pan do its thing!

As you may have guessed, it didn’t turn out quite the way I was hoping. All the moisture was gone from the chicken. Fortunately, I’d also made a Trader Joe’s instant risotto so we had chicken and rice bowls for dinner. Actually, I added the chicken and mushrooms to a salad and the husband threw it all into a bowl and added some of the juice from the bottom of the pan. Bless his heart – he claimed that it was delicious. The three year old ate two bites of rice and claimed she was full. I actually did enjoy the chicken on my salad but anything is good with feta cheese and champagne dressing. ;)

Sometimes, it is more about the journey then where you are going.

Have a better chicken and mushroom recipe? I would love to have it!

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Bebe au Lait Team Building Event

Throughout the year, the owners of Bebe au Lait host an array of company-wide events. In the past we’ve played bocce, bowled, raced go-karts, picnicked in the park, and gone to a hockey game. While the events are not mandatory, all employees are encouraged to attend if possible for the team building value of such social events. We try throughout the year to arrange events that appeal to most, but the main reason is to spend some fun downtime together outside of the office!

This past Friday, our Bebe au Lait offices closed early to allow the entire company time to travel via carpool to San Francisco to attend the Giants v. A’s at AT&T Park! That’s San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, our two MLB Bay Area teams. Prior to the first pitch thrown, Ronnie and Claire, the owners of Bebe au Lait, treated everyone to happy hour and a catered BBQ dinner on the Club Terrace. A few prizes were also raffled off! The terrace as well as our seats were outdoors overlooking the water and offered spectacular views of the Bay Bridge. However, if you’ve been to San Francisco, you know it’s freezing no matter what time of the year it is once the sun goes down… I believe it was Mark Twain who said, “The coldest winter I ever experienced was a Summer in San Francisco.” — HA! Fortunately, this was also SNUGGIE NIGHT! The first 20,000 fans attending the game received a complimentary Giants “wearable blanket.” :D

What types of company events have you participated in or organized?

 


The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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