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Memorial Day Pasta Salad

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Need an easy, light dish to serve or take with you to celebrate this Memorial Day?

This pasta salad is a great summer salad and one can be very creative with the ingredients. If you do not like one of the ingredients, select a favorite. The most important thing about this salad is the dressing.

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To simplify the dish, use roasted chicken from the grocery store—then de-bone and skin. For this dish you need oven-roasted tomatoes (to roast, cut cherry tomatoes in half, salt them lightly and roast 3-4 hours at 200 degrees)

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6-8 servings

Dressing:

1              tablespoon chopped thyme  (I grow my own thyme in the garden….easy to grow and looks beautiful as a       ground-cover

2              cloves garlic, minced

2              shallots, minced

1              tablespoon dry white wine

2              tablespoons white wine vinegar

1              tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/3         cup good olive oil

                salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Put all of the above ingredients in a small mini chopper to blend and set aside.

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Salad:

9              ounces dried pasta, such as fusilli, rotelle or penne

1/2         cups cooked black beans (I use canned black beans and rinse and drain)

1/2         red and green pepper, chopped or cut in small strips

3              small baby carrots, chopped

1              cup oven dried cherry tomatoes (could be red or yellow or a combination)

4              ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (I sometimes use feta cheese—a little saltier combination; whichever one prefers)

1/2-1     roasted chicken, diced  (if you don’t like dark meat, just use the breast)

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water (add a little chopped garlic and olive oil to the salted water) until al dente. It is nice to have a glass of wine off to the side for the cook to enjoy!

Drain and place in a large serving bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons olive oil and toss well. Set aside to cool.

When the pasta is cool, add the black beans, vegetables, mozzarella, chicken, and dried tomatoes. Toss with the reserved vinaigrette (add the vinaigrette sparingly and put the left over in the refrigerator to use if someone needs extra dressing) and season to taste. Cover the salad and refrigerate to chill. Serve the salad on a bed of greens with fresh basil. Enjoy.

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Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer season and what better way to celebrate than throwing a backyard BBQ? Gather your friends and family to kick off summer and salute to our troops! We’re giving you a fool proof, easy menu that’s sure to wow your guests and give you plenty of time to enjoy the party too!

Drinks: Make a variety of flavored waters and lemonades for guests to sip. Flavors like Strawberry Basil and Watermelon Mint sound divine! Don’t forget to set out vodka and gin for your guests that are over 21 to mix in. Serve drinks in mason jars with patriotic paper straws in red, white, and blue!

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Main Course: Fire up the grill! Serve hot dogs and hamburgers buffet style. Put out the usual condiments like ketchup, mustard and pickles, but don’t be afraid to get creative—avocados and hummus make great toppings too! Pasta salads, potato salads, fresh fruit, veggie dips, and chips make for yummy side dishes. If preparing it all seems overwhelming to you, ask your guests to each bring a side dish to share.

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Dessert: These sweet treats already have us salivating. A tart Blueberry Ice Cream Pie will help you and your guests cool off after a hot summer day. Or a Mixed Berry Shortcake with vanilla ice cream is an equally tempting option.

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Shop Wisteria for your entertaining essentials. We have everything from beautiful linens to a chip and dip tray you’ll find yourself using at every get-together! Our new Parisian Bistro Tray, a Wisteria favorite, is the perfect serving tray—the blue and white stripes are festive and fun!

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Ceramic Fish Plates – Set of 4 // Bubble Highball Glasses – Set of 4 // Chip and Dip Tray //Rectangular Burlap Tablecloth – Dusty Blue // Parisian Bistro Tray // Trimmed Napkins 

  
  
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Fiesta-Ready Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

¡Olé! It’s time for a Fiesta! Cinco de Mayo is on Monday and we decided to get a jump start on celebrating by mixing up a batch of our favorite Key Lime cookies. They’re easy to make and muy delicioso (very delicious)!

Key Lime Cookies for Cinco De Mayo

Ingredients: 

 1/2 cup butter or margarine 

3/4 cup packed brown sugar 

2 tablespoons granulated sugar 

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 

1 egg 

2 1/3 cups buttermilk baking mix. like Bisquick (or substitute Gluten Free Bisquick for a Gluten Free Cookie!) 

1 6 oz package of white chocolate chips 

1 tablespoon freshly grated lime peel 

 Directions: 

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and egg until well mixed.

Stir in buttermilk baking mix; blend well.

Mix in white chocolate chips and lime peel.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool for one minute and move to wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Bring these cookies to a Cinco de Mayo party or to work on Monday (we guarantee your office mates will love them!) or check out these other delicious looking and fiesta-ready recipes we found on Pinterest.

Cinco De Mayo Desserts

Margarita Cupcakes – A dash of tequila makes these cocktail cupcakes a hit!

Dessert Nachos – Easy to assemble and sugary sweet.

Mexican Wedding Cookies – These melt in your mouth cookies will disappear at a party!

Tres Leches Cake – A traditional Mexican dessert that is moist and full of flavor.

Flag of Mexico Rice Krispie Treats – Use frosting, colored sprinkles, and edible markers to decorate a rice krispie treat.

  
  
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5 Spring Spritzers

As the warm weather blows in, our palettes thirst for something fresh and crisp. Here are a few easy beverages, with and without booze, that are just what you need for entertaining, brunch, or just an evening apéritif.

1. Carrot Mimosa

Carrot-Mimosas

Image taken from http://www.kitchentreaty.com/carrot-mimosas/

How to make it

Simply mix one part carrot juice with one part prosecco and garnish with a sprig of parsley. It looks like a carrot!

2. Strawberry Spritzer

Image from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-spritzer

Image from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-spritzer

How to make it

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

Place the strawberries in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Pour into a large pitcher; stir in the soda and lemonade concentrate.

Makes: 2-1/2 quarts.

3. White Wine Mint Spritzer

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/white-wine-spritzer-two-ways.html

Image taken from http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/white-wine-spritzer-two-ways.html

How to make it

Muddle a small bunch of mint leaves in the bottom of a glass with about 2 oz of lemon-lime soda. Add 2 parts white wine with 1 part lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a spring of mint.

4. Maple and Grapefruit Mocktail

Image from http://slowbuddy.com/inspiration/summer-drinks/

Image taken from http://slowbuddy.com/inspiration/summer-drinks/

How to make it

  • 2/3 ounce real maple syrup
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
  • 3 ounces ginger ale (or ginger beer if you like things stronger)

Combine grapefruit juice and maple syrup. Stir or shake until syrup is dissolved. Pour into glass and add ginger ale, stirring gently to combine. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

5. St~Germain Sipper

http://foodnfemininity.blogspot.com/2013/06/Saint-Germain-Spritzer-Cocktail.html

http://foodnfemininity.blogspot.com/2013/06/Saint-Germain-Spritzer-Cocktail.html

How to make it

  • 1 cup St~Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle cold white wine
  • 2 cups cold club soda

Stir ingredients together and serve chilled in champagne flutes. Garnish with an edible flower.

Makes: 6 servings
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Wisteria Dallas Store

If you are ever flying into or out of Dallas Love Field, you have probably noticed a large gray building at the corner of Mockingbird and Cedar Springs. Don’t pass it up! Wisteria founder, Andrew Newsom, wanted to create a unique shopping experience filled with one-of-a-kind items, apothecary, fabric by the yard, a flea market, and featured items from local artists and designers. It is all of that and more—so, when in Dallas, be sure to make time to stop by and shop. If visiting Dallas, don’t fret—we can ship your items to you while you fly home.

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Jeny Baker

Save the date! Join Jeny Baker April 16th from 10am-2pm, for sips & bites and an array of her jewelry treasures—including custom orders!

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