- Greek Vegetarian Sandwiches (for lunch)Lay out a slice of lavish bread on a board or plate. Down the center of the bread lay a handful of spring salad mix. Top it with thinly sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced tomatoes, roasted red pepper, fresh ground pepper, feta cheese crumbles, diced fresh basil, and 1 tsp of Greek dressing. Fold the left and right sides of the bread over the middle like an envelope and enjoy. I serve this for lunch with a side of rice that has feta and dill mixed in. Yum!
- Coconut Cream Fruit PastriesStart with frozen puff pastry sheets. Defrost and unroll 1 sheet. Cut into 9 squares and bake according to directions. While that is going in the oven, take a pint of whipping cream/heavy cream and whip it according to the directions (basically you put it in your stand mixer and let it go until stiff peaks form, adding sugar along the way to taste until it is as sweet as you prefer). When its stiff, carefully fold in about 1/4 to 1/2 can coconut milk to taste. Slice berries (I used strawberries and raspberries) and kiwi fruit (peel kiwi first of course). When the pastry puffs are done, layer the pastry, cream and fruit in alternating layers ending with fruit on top. Use 3 puffs per serving you are assembling.
- Salmon with Corn Salsa - adapted from a Weight Watchers RecipeRoast salmon in the oven drizzled with olive oil and topped with Citrus Grill Seasoning (A popular spice mix in the spice aisle and also at Sam's Club). Meanwhile, roast corn in oven or grill outside on bbq until golden brown. Into one bowl dice red, yellow, and/or orange peppers, 1 or 2 green onions, 1/4 of a hot pepper of your choice [Thai or jalapeño works best]. Mix into the diced fruits a handful of finely minced cilantro, a tablespoon each of honey and olive oil, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix the golden corn into the diced fruit salsa and stir stir stir. Serve atop the grilled salmon.
Whenever Martin Wallace designs a new game, I am all over it. This is because I absolutely love Brass Birmingham (another MW designed game); in fact Brass Birmingham is my #1 board game of all time. Over the years, his other games I've tried have been pretty good, but not necessarily amazing must-buys. Still, I keep trying each new release of his, searching for that next star performer. That's why I'm excited to report that Anno 1800 is, in fact, a star performer, and an amazing must-buy board game. Anno 1800 was adapted by the publisher (Kosmos) from a Ubisoft video game of the same name. In the board game, players take on the role of industrialists, charged with developing their island economies and exploring other islands. Each player begins the game with a personal industry board with trade & exploration ships, a shipyard, and industrial goods tiles printed on the board. A starting collection of workers (wooden cubes) of various types to produce the goods is a