Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mountainside Meal

We dined with the deer today on our picnic at North Bend State Park in Union, West Virginia.  As we ate on a mountainside table, we watched 3 deer grazing in front of us.  Our menu today included:
Crab and Fresh Produce Salad
Plum Cake with Ricotta Cheese

A can of crabmeat is expensive, but I cut the 1 pound crabmeat into 3 and froze 2 servings for a later date.  Here's what I placed in the salad:

Crab and Fresh Produce Salad
(Serves 2)

1/2 Medium Cantaloupe, seeded and sliced in 1/2 moons pieces
1/2 each Yellow and Zucchini Summer Squash, sliced in coins and steamed for 1 minute
1 Pickling Cucumber, sliced in coins
1 Carrot, peeled and sliced in coins
8 Grape Tomatoes, sliced
1 Yellow Pepper, sliced in coins
5 oz. Crabmeat
1/4 cup Fresh Herbs (Basil, Cilantro and Tarragon)

Lime Dressing

1 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
1 tsp. Grated Lime Rind
2 tsp. Canola Oil
1 tsp. Honey

I posted the Plum Cake recipe last night.  Since I couldn't pack ice cream or whipped cream in a picnic basket, I packed ricotta cheese to garnish.  The fun part was shaving the nutmeg bean at tableside.  The finale was delicious.

Enjoy the week! 

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