Recipe: Summer Squash Salad

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Share in summer’s harvest with Villeroy and Boch pasta bowls. Great year round for pasta, salads and this yummy treat.

Summer squash salads are a wonderful and healthy meal during these warm summer months.  

With clean eating a strong focus, we are loving this summer squash salad. It is almost like a yummy pasta dish, but without the pasta (ie., carbs, wheat and calories). The summer squash does a great job as a flavor carrier, so this dish gives off a rich and hearty flavor of sweet blistered tomatoes, garlic and thyme. This recipe is a meal if you want it to be or a fabulous side to your barbeque meats. Enjoy!

Recipe: Summer Squash Salad with Blistered Tomatoes

Ingredients
2 lbs. yellow squash, choose smaller ones
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tb. fresh thyme leaves
1 Tb. butter
1 Tb. olive oil (or use Land O’Lakes Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt and nix the oil)
Salt and Pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

Directions
Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat.
Trim the ends of the squash. Quarter each squash and slice into pieces, 1/3 inch thick.
Add the butter and oil to the skillet, followed by and squash and garlic. Toss and sear for 2-5 minutes, until barely cooked through. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Push the squash to the sides of the skillet and add the tomatoes. Cook and toss another 2-3 minutes until the tomatoes are just about to pop. Stir in the fresh thyme and remove from heat.
Sprinkle the yellow squash recipe with Parmesan cheese and serve warm!

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Recipe provided by A Spicy Perspective

 

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This recipe highlights the ever-functional pasta bowl shape by Villeroy & Boch. We love our pasta bowls for so much more than just pasta. It’s great for pastas, risottos, soups, salads, cereals and dessert.

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Cocktail Recipe: Tom Collins with Meyer Lemon & Lavender

It’s time we thank this guy Mr. Collins for inspiring bartenders around the world.

There are many variations of this famous drink, but we love this one for the fresh addition of lavender. A member of the mint family, lavender adds a fresh, floral flavor to your simple syrup. Perfect for your first patio party of the year, Mother’s Day brunch or after work cool down. Serve in a tumbler or martini glass and raise your glass to Tom.

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Serve in Modern Grace Cocktail Glass or Scotch Whisky Tumbler

 

Recipe: Tom Collins with Meyer Lemon & Lavender

Ingredients
For the Simple Syrup:
1 1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bunch lavender, buds, stems and leaves (or 3 Tb. dried culinary buds)

For each Tom Collins Cocktail:
1 oz. lavender simple syrup
1 oz. Meyer lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
2 oz. good gin
ice
club soda

Directions
Heat the water, sugar and lavender in a small pot of high heat. Bring to a low boil, then cover and remove from heat. Allow the simple syrup to steep for 20 minutes. Pour through a sieve to remove the lavender. Place in the the fridge until ready for use.
For each cocktail: Fill a glass half way with ice. Pour the simple syrup, lemon juice and gin over ice. Stir, then top with club soda.
For a martini-style Tom Collins: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the simple syrup, lemon and gin. Cover and shake for 30-60 seconds, until frothy. Pour into a martini glass and add 1-2 oz. of club soda.

Prepping Your Bar

Having the right glass for cocktail hour is really up to you. The pure mixologist will steer you towards specific stems and highballs, but we say, serve it up in what you love. If you like your drinks on the rocks, a highball is the right choice. If you prefer shaken, not stirred, then a classic cocktail stem is an invaluable collection to have on-hand. There’s a mental shift that happens when you own a solid bar collection…you entertain more often! A solid collection in highballs, tumblers, cocktail glasses and bar accessories, gives you the freedom and desire to entertain. It becomes something you want to share.

 

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Toast in style style with all the right pieces.