Vanilla Pound Cake with Strawberries

Pound Cake Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

3 cups sugar

6 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup, sliced strawberries

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add flour alternately with heavy cream, beating just until combined. Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 80-85 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve with sliced strawberries.

Grilled Pimento Cheddar Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Pimento Cheese Ingredients

Sourdough bread

10 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 large vine-ripened tomato, sliced                         

3/4 cup mayonnaise

Butter for the griddle

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped

6 ounces pimentos, chopped

5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

In bowl of mixer, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder and onion powder until creamy. Mix in pickled jalapenos, pimentos and grated cheddar cheese. Mix until well combined. Assemble sandwich by spreading pimento cheese on each piece of sourdough; then, add a slice of tomato. Once sandwich is assembled, butter a griddle and toast the sandwich on each side. It’s a great Saturday to-go lunch idea!

Watermelon Salsa

Salsa Ingredients

1-1/2 teaspoons lime zest

1/4 cup lime juice

1 tablespoon sugar

Freshly ground pepper

3 cups seeded watermelon, finely chopped

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced

1 cup strawberries, finely chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

1 small red onion, finely chopped

5 basil leaves, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Pita chips for serving 

Directions

Stir together lime zest, lime juice, sugar and 3/4 teaspoon ground pepper in a bowl. Add the watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, jalapeno, onion and basil. Toss gently. Chill salsa until ready to serve. Add garlic salt just before serving. Serve with pita chips.