Monday, March 19, 2012

On our way to a picnic in the Pine Tum in Central Park

What a wonderful spring day! The pine tum is like our back yard in N.Y.C. It is a cool spot with wonderful old pine trees . It is outfitted with pic nick tables and a lovely spot for lunch. When I have time or when I need a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city and work, I take a nice walk with hubby and pooch to a place where I can breathe deep and recharge. In a recent stroll I was enchanted by the burst of spring, which is always a surprise and special treat!

To make the white bean dip

Drain and rinse 1 can of Great Northern or Canellini  beans. Place in the food processor. Add 1 clove of garlic, 3 Tbs. olive oil, 3 Tbs. water and a large pinch of salt. 10 grinds of pepper and the juice of half a lemon. Puree until smooth. Place in a bowl or container. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt. and fold in 2 tsp. of fresh thyme. Serve with 3-4 cups of your favorite cut up vegetables.
I used, carrots, cuke, red and green pepper, cauliflower and celery.

Recipe, photos and writing by Karen Pickus 2012
Courtesy Karen Pickus 2012

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Finished Slaw

Finished Slaw
Ready to eat!