Eat your peas! Honestly, I’ve always been a pea lover. Especially when they’re steamed, rolled in salted butter, and sprinkled with a little bit of pepper, yum-yum! Now that the twins have started eating solid foods, we seem to have an abundance of frozen peas on hand. Peas and bananas and avocado…
So yesterday, out of sheer hunger, and with ingredients I already had in my refrigerator, I made Sweet Pea and Ricotta Crostini.
I always have leftover ricotta cheese in my fridge after making lasagna, anyone else have this problem? Well, let me tell you! Ricotta cheese is delicious straight out of the fridge smeared on hot toasted garlic crostini and then devoured.
Top that with smashed peas, fresh mint, a sprinkle of black pepper and a few shavings of parmesan or pecorino-romano cheese and you have a little bite of heaven. It’s the easiest spring appetizer that does it’s very best to dress up the humble pea. I’d say it succeeds!
photos by Leah Bergman
- whole milk ricotta cheese
- frozen sweet peas
- extra virgin olive oil
- fresh ground black pepper
- crusty bread sliced into 3/4" thick slices
- 1 garlic clove
- handful fresh mint leaves, sliced thin
- pecorino romano cheese, for shaving
- Steam the peas until tender and vibrant green. Mash the peas slightly along with a drizzle of olive oil, pepper and salt to taste. Toss in sliced mint.
- Drizzle bread slices with olive oil and toast under the broiler until dark golden brown. Remove the toasted bread from the oven and scrape the garlic clove over the tops to create garlic crostini.
- Spread some ricotta over the bread, sprinkle with the mint & peas mixture.
- Use a vegetable peeler to shave Pecorino cheese over each crostini.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Who else loves the fact that the fifth day of May has become a day celebrated with margaritas and amazing food? If you are looking for a last minute sweet and savory, slightly un-traditional way to celebrate, how about a Pineapple Mango Salsa?
I love a good fruit salsa, especially when it has a bit of spice to it! Fresh mango and pineapple mixed with lime juice, jalapeno, salt and shallot makes for the most mouth watering appetizer, snack, or bite to go with those salty margaritas. And speaking of margaritas, have you tried this recipe yet? So, what are you making this Cinco de Mayo?
- 2 ripe (but firm) mangos
- 1/2 pineapple
- juice of two limes
- 1 shallot
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Peel and dice (small) both the mango and pineapple.
- Mince the jalapeno and shallot and set aside.
- In a bowl toss together the mango, pineapple, shallot and jalapeno. Squeeze juice of two limes over the salsa mixture and sprinkle with salt. Toss to combine.
- Serve with chips.
- *Optional- freshly chopped cilantro would also be delicious in this salsa!
One of the hardest things I have ever experienced both physically and emotionally was pregnancy. There is nothing in this world like the gift of motherhood but the road to get there isn’t always sunshine and roses for every Mom-to- be! So, when Teleflora offered to send a mother in my life an arrangement to celebrate Mother’s Day I knew just who to send it to. My little sister is currently pregnant with her first baby girl due in July and in major need of a little celebrating.
She has already proven to be one tough mother during this pregnancy so I thought flowers were well deserved. After all, I believe you become a mother as soon as you feel that first little kick! At the very least pregnant ladies should be celebrated like Moms on Mother’s Day, because pregnancy is hard stuff y’all!
Like me, my sister has been pretty sick during her pregnancy so I wanted to brighten her day with a porch-full of bright and cheery flowers.
When I was pregnant I wasn’t up for visitors, but when a sweet friend of mine left a bag of goodies on my doorstep it was one of the most thoughtful gestures. I skipped the sweet treats for my sis and decorated her porch with a trail of silk flowers, pink balloons and of course a couple of bouquets from Teleflora.
My sister loves roses so I chose Teleflora’s Garden Rhapsody Centerpiece with its pink roses and hydrangea, as well as Teleflora’s Golden Laughter Bouquet filled with yellow roses. The perfect arrangements for celebrating her baby girl on the way.
The arrangements were gorgeous in person and I loved seeing her eyes light up when she received them. So, this Mother’s Day, why not leave a floral suprise for a Mom in your life? A floral bouquet from Teleflora is the perfect way to show your appreciation. That, and a bag of goodies never hurts…I’m talking chocolate…or wine, that is if she’s not expecting!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you tough mamas out there!
Photos by Mary Costa
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Teleflora however the recipe and all opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who support Freutcake!