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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Awesome Peach Salsa

I made a great meal Monday night. For me it was the peach salsa that made the meal. Now, I don't normally call condiments part of the meal, but it was the sauce for the chicken.

We weren't going to have marinated chicken breasts with peach salsa because I had planned on making high roasted chicken with lemon and garlic. Alas, I pulled the whole chicken out of the freezer at 10pm and when I went to bake it the next morning (so as not to heat up the house in the warm part of the day), it was still frozen. SOLID. So, I opted for chicken breasts, marinated in this quick marinate.

Quick Chicken Marinate
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/2 c. vegetable oil

Marinade chicken in this for 30 minutes.

The Peach Salsa was easy, too!

Peach Salsa
4 peaches, diced
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. grated ginger
3 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. cilantro

Mix together and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

We had the Marinated Chicken Breasts with Peach Salsa along with roasted garlic bread, Caprese salad, fresh fruit, blanched sugar snap peas and for dessert, Strawberry Dream Torte. I had a run as a Pampered Chef consultant from 1999 to 2001. I got lots of great cookware and tools at a discount, but didn't make very much money because I had a new baby at home. Here's the delicious dessert recipe.

Strawberry Dream Torte
1 Devil's Food Cake, prepared according to directions (either in a 9x13 or in 8 or 9" round pans)
1 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese
1 tub of cool whip
1/2 c. sugar
Strawberry Syrup or Strawberry Jam
fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half (the amount depends on you!)

Whip the softened cream cheese with the sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy. Fold in the Cool Whip. Level cakes if using layers and feed the cake humps to the kids (or eat them yourself, if you want.) If using a 9x13 pan, poke the top with a fork for strawberry jam or syrup to penetrate. Spread strawberry jam on top of the bottom layer of the cake (layered version) or top of cake (if 9x13)or drizzle with strawberry syrup. For layered cake, spread 1/2 of the topping on top, not on sides. Top with next layer. Spread jam or drizzle syrup on top layer. Spread remaining frosting on cake. For 9x13, spread all the frosting on the cake. Top with strawberries sliced in half. I like putting them on the entire cake. You can just make a circle on the top with the strawberries.

Enjoy!

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