Karen’s Killer Fixin’s
with DONNA FASANO!
Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, DONNA FASANO, and her favorite recipe for FARRO SALAD!!
A FAMILY FOREVER
Books 1, 2 and 3
BY DONNA FASANO
Many people say family is everything. There is nothing more beautiful than two people coming together for the sake of a child, finding love, and forming A Family Forever. From marriage-of-convenience to second-chance-at-love to pure Irish-fairytale fantasy, A Family Forever Bundle brings you sweet, emotional stories of romance and love that arrives unexpectedly and culminates in happily-ever-afters that will leave you smiling. So brew yourself a cup of tea, settle on the sofa (or under that big beach umbrella) and enjoy these three full-length, contemporary novels.
Included in this Bundle…
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MADE IN PARADISE – For ten long years Amber has believed her child was lost to her forever. Then an unexpected inheritance leads the lovely doctor back home… to the man she’s always loved. There she discovers her beloved Jon is a bachelor father, and the little girl he is raising is their daughter!
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Couples coming together for the sake of a child and finding… A Family Forever!
Links to Donna’s website, blog, books, etc.
I hope you enjoy the recipe Donna is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!
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NOTE FROM DONNA: Farro Salad is Healthy and Delicious
I’ve heard faro called an “ancient” grain which means it has been cultivated for thousands of years. My first attempt at using farro failed miserably. I bought a small-grained farro that had a very earthy taste. I didn’t like it at all. But I decided to try again and I have to say, this Farro Salad is healthy and delicious!
I bought a large-grain farro described on the package as “pearled” (pictured, right side). Once cooked, the grains are plump, moist, and chewy. I would compare them to old-fashioned barley. Pearled farro is perfect for this easy summer salad because the farro absorbs the dressing, which makes for a very flavorful dish.
2 1/4 cups vegetable broth (or water)
1 cup pearled farro, rinsed and drained
1 cup yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh tomato, cut in small cubes
1 cup fresh zucchini, cut in small cubes
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
1 teaspoon Salad Supreme (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup Robusto Italian Salad Dressing
- Prepare the farro: in a medium sized pot, heat the water to boiling and add the farro. Turn down the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until farro is cooked through but still toothsome (chewy). Do not overcook. Cool completely.
- Add cooled farro, yellow pepper, tomato, zucchini, and parsley to a large bowl. Sprinkle the Salad Supreme, salt, and pepper over everything. Pour on the dressing and stir to combine. Chill and serve. (As the salad sits, the farro will absorb the dressing. Add more dressing, as desired.)
Feel free to swap out any of the vegetables for those you prefer. If you don’t like raw zucchini, use cucumber instead. Not a fan of yellow pepper, use broccoli or cauliflower or black olives… whatever you like. This farro salad is healthy and delicious. It’s a versatile, nutritious summer side dish that’s out-of-the-ordinary. And who doesn’t like out-of-the-ordinary?
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Thanks, Donna, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!