Monday, June 15, 2009

The Housewife's summer dinner

Here's a summer dinner that I love to serve.

One of my specialties is iced sun tea. I always get compliments on my tea so I thought I'd share the (secret) recipe with you. Don't tell anyone! This summer's flavor is peach.

If you have an iced tea maker like me, then use it! If you don't have one, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun. You can find a "sun tea" jar at just about any Target or Walmart. OR you can use any big glass jar with a lid- lots of places sell the "infusion jar" which is the trendier version of this.

Peach Sun Tea

What you'll need:

4 bags of generic, black tea bags

4 bags of any peach herbal tea (a good replacement flavor if you don't like peach is mint herbal tea)


Fill your jar with water.

Put the 4 bags of black and the 4 bags of herbal peach into the jar.

Leave the jar to sit outside in the sun for the afternoon. The longer in the sun, the stronger the tea. Once the tea is brewed, add lots of ice and some honey to taste. I prefer honey to sugar because it gives it a more organic, less sweet flavor. Sometimes it take a lot of honey, but it tastes SO much better! You can also use Splenda.

If you want to get really special, you can add a few mint leaves to the brew before serving. Makes it look very pretty (to bring to a summer party?) and gives the flavor a little kick. Yum!

Cranberry Salad

What you'll need:

1/2 pound of cooked, diced chicken

3 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped

1/2 cup chopped candied pecans

1/2 cup dried cranberries (crasins)

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

3/4 cup raspberry walnut vinaigrette (or something similar)

You can add your favorite salad fixings to the mix, but with this particular salad, I prefer to keep it simple, stupid. There are so many flavors already- the salad is delish!

Add all ingredients together excepts chicken and dressing- don't add those until immediately before serving. Leave the chicken out for a vegetarian treat.


Happy summer and I hope you'll come back and let me know how your dinner went!


The Mom Jen said...

Delish! Let's do lunch!

Rita Templeton said...

Yum! The cranberry salad reminds me of the chopped salad I ALWAYS used to get at the Rainforest Cafe. Too bad they don't have Rainforest Cafes in Iowa ... but this seems like a close approximation!

Nicole said...

Look at you gettin all fancy and posting recipes! Now you are a full blown foodie :)

Looks good!!!!

Caz Wilson said...

That salad sounds amazing! Love cheesy/fruity salad combination. Yum!

PorkStar said...

That sounds very good, but too healthy for a skinny ass like me.

I'll eat it though. Anything.

Monica said...

Delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

Lizzie said...

i'd love a glass of that yummy peach tea :)

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