Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tomato and Avocado Fruit Salad

I found this recipe many years ago and enjoy making it this time of year when tomatoes and fruits are at their best.

I love tomatoes on their own, sliced and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  But also, topped with mayo, or drizzled with olive oil and topped with fresh basil and mozzarella pearls.  I love a BLT, with the tomatoes dripping between two chewy slices of Rustic French Bread and crispy fried Harter House Thick Sliced Bacon.  I also like tomatoes on a bagel with cream cheese.  If it has tomato in it, I know I am feeding my body well.

By the way, are tomatoes really a fruit?  Well, yes they are.  But I continue to think of them as a healthy vegetable.

This recipe uses fresh tomatoes and avocados, with a tart bite of fruits, an acidic tang of grapefruit and orange, deep richness of cherries combined together to create a perfect union.  I ate this salad immediately after tossing, but it is good the next day as well.

Tomato and Avocado Fruit Salad
(serves 2 as a full meal or 4-6 as a side)

2 large nectarines
1 large pink grapefruit (remove peel and seeds)
2 large heirloom tomatoes, any variety
1 large avocado
1 1/2 cups pitted, halved cherries (use a dark, sweet variety, like Bing)
1 large navel orange (remove peel and seeds)
1-2 plums

Cut fruit into chunks, and toss together with their juices.  Enjoy this salad on it's own, or top with yogurt (honey flavored Greek Yogurt is my favorite)  I also enjoy it with a whole wheat bagel with a little cream cheese and a drizzle of honey.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Upside-Down Breakfast Muffins

If you're looking for ways your family can spend more quality time together, consider bringing back breakfast this weekend.  

You'll find everything you need at Harter House and Harter House World Flavors.

Enjoying each other's company and a delicious breakfast is the perfect opportunity for your family to reconnect. Use the added time weekend mornings provide to prepare a wonderful, warm meal for your family to sit down and create lasting memories. Make your morning meal a weekend tradition the whole family can look forward to all week long.

Here are some easy tips to help make breakfast a family occasion:

Make Breakfast Special - Each week, request that a family member choose a fun theme for the breakfast table. From sports teams to movie themes to favorite colors - you'll see that the choices are endless and they can inspire creative breakfast menus.

Find Some Breakfast Helpers - Let the whole family practice their cooking skills by helping you in the kitchen. Serve foods that are easy to dress up, like Hungry Jack® pancakes. Sometimes the simple pleasure of a warm plate of pancakes is all you need to create the perfect start to your weekend mornings together.

Create Breakfast Menu Magic - The sky is the limit when you have extra time to craft a hearty breakfast, so serve a variety of foods your family will love. You can't go wrong with breakfast classics - from fresh veggie and egg dishes to the warm, fluffy goodness of a stack of Hungry Jack pancakes. Does your family enjoy creating breakfast masterpieces? Try these Upside-Down Breakfast Stacks, made with Hungry Jack pancakes, sausage patties, cheddar cheese and eggs, for a magical take on an ordinary meal.

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Upside-Down Breakfast Stacks


  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 fully cooked sausage patties (Try Harter House's Homemade Breakfast Sausage)
  • 3/4 cup Hungry Jack® Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Shredded sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese (optional)
  • Hungry Jack Original Syrup

    1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Coat 6 muffin cups or glass custard cups generously with no-stick cooking spray.
    2. DIVIDE eggs evenly into prepared muffin cups. Top with sausage patty. Whisk pancake mix and water together in medium bowl until smooth. Pour evenly over sausage.
    3. BAKE 14 to 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 2 minutes. Invert onto baking sheet. Sprinkle immediately with cheese, if desired. Serve warm with syrup.

Preparation Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Yield: 6 stacks

SOURCE: Hungry Jack