Savory Bites | Whole Green Love

7 Oct

The great flavors of our fall picnic from last weekend are still on my mind. Those tasty flavors of fall never get old to me and I wish it would last just a few months longer. As mentioned in my last post, I worked hard to pick recipes and choose products that had ingredients that are plentiful this time of year. Let’s get busy and talk about the food!

Crostata with mushrooms and pancetta

Dana Hogan, Skyfish Photography

What an amazingly easy recipe for something that turns out looking so delicious and incorporates one of my favorites – mushrooms! I’m often hesitant to take on the making of a homemade crust, but this recipe makes that job super easy. You just can’t go wrong when you use the food processor to create the crust, which includes another favorite of mine – mascarpone cheese! Yum! I made two crostatas for this picnic to feed our friends and it was so quick and simple.

Prosciutto with pears and arugula

Dana Hogan, Skyfish Photography

It doesn’t get any easier than this, folks. No baking involved. Just a little chopping and wrapping up the pears with the perfectly salty prosciutto. I was able to pick up the pears and arugula from our local farmer’s market and I already had the other ingredients in my kitchen. I would recommend sticking some toothpicks through these babies to keep them together which the recipe doesn’t mention, especially if you are transporting them to a picnic. It’s the great flavors of fall wrapped up in a sweet and salty bundle of love.

Cream cheese and pepper jelly spread

Dana Hogan, Skyfish Photography

I know I said it doesn’t get any easier than making the prosciutto rolls, but it does. This is it. I bought pepper jelly from the Fideler Farm stand from our farmer’s market and spread it over cream cheese. That’s it! You are ready to rock. I served this easy side dish with some whole grain crackers. Using some pre-made items to speed up the meals you make is great, but I never want to sacrifice quality or the importance of eating real food. Check the label. Read the ingredients list. Know what is in your food. No sacrificing here – the pepper jelly ingredientsinclude bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, cider vinegar, sugar, and pectin. This spread was a hit!

Start the drumroll, because I’m about to announce the amazing dessert…

Milwaukee Cupcake Company Pumpkin Spice Latte and Caramel Apple Cupcakes!

Dana Hogan, Skyfish Photography

These little cupcakes of delight certainly encompass the flavors of fall in a beautifully delicious way. The Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcakes taste perfectly pumpkiny, with a spiced buttercream frosting, and a little piece of pie crust to top it off.  The Caramel Apple cupcake included a bit of cinnamon apple in the apple cake with a hint of caramel, topped with a caramel buttercream. Literally, a caramel apple in cupcake form. These were definitely a great way to end our picnic meal in the park!

Dana Hogan, Skyfish Photography

One of the great things about Milwaukee Cupcake Company is their dedication to using real ingredients and cooking from scratch. They do not use preservatives or stabilizers. When you choose to splurge on a wonderful dessert, I think it’s best to eat the real deal. And Milwaukee Cupcake Company is the real deal. Aside from their amazing attention to perfect flavor combinations, they consistently get it right with introducing cupcakes that follow the flavors of the seasons and happenings of the year. You could visit everyday and never get bored with their cupcake selection. I’m sorry to tempt those who don’t live in Milwaukee. Check them out if you are in town!

There is more to come in delicious recipes that we served at our picnic. Come back to read about the recipes Joanna created!

Any recipes I mentioned that you might try?

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