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Our Simple Signature Salad

saladI will repeat this simple salad over and over again since it works.  I like to make things simple so I keep recipes like this one in my back pocket.  Our signature salad can be eaten as a meal or the perfect compliment to your favorite meal as in this picture.  We will not be returning to the Farm Markets this season but you will be able to find us in any of the Aj’s Fine Foods Store Locations including Tucson.

-2 cups mixed greens
-2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese * I prefer Bulgarian feta if available
-1/4 cup of thinly sliced red onion
-Little Rosie’s Filipino or Spicy Filipino Dressing to taste


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Spicy Goat Cheese Bruchetta

chopped2I love anything bite size and have to admit that I ate everyone of these.  This recipe is perfect as a snack or party treat.  It’s really just to simple not to try out.  I really like how our spicy dressing adds an extra layer of flavor and complements the goat cheese. Find our products in the salad dressing sections of any of the AJ’s Fine Foods Stores or you can purchase online at

Spicy Goat Cheese Bruschetta

1 tomato chopped and seeded
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup of Little Rosie’s Spicy Dressing
1 French baguette
8 ounces Goat cheese, room temperature

Mix tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onion, parsley and dressing in a mixing bowl.  Marinate for several minutes.  Slice baguette into 1/2-inch think rounds.  Toast in a preheated 250 degree oven on a baking sheet until slightly brown.  Spread with Goat Cheese and top with a spoonful of topping.

Quick Tips

  • Slice the French baguette on an angle so your slices will have the most surface area.
  • Salsa can be made several hours ahead.
  • Make sure you find and use a yellow pepper, they are sweeter than the green and it adds color and contrast to the topping.
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Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgivingWhile we are not in the farm markets, you can find us in the salad dressing sections of any of the AJ’s Fine Foods Stores.  We thank all of our customers near and far for the continued support.  Cheers from Little Rosie’s for a happy holiday season!

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Sweet & Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

baconIt’s not too late to add this naughty version of brussels sprouts with BACON and our spicy dressing to your menu.  The holidays are just about here so – why not?  We are not participating in any Farmers’ Markets but you can find us in the Salad Dressing sections of all the AJ’s Fine Foods in Arizona including Tucson.

– 2 cups of brussels sprouts, halved
– 4 slices of bacon
– 1 small white onion, diced
– 3 tablespoons Little Rosie’s Spicy Dressing

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the brussels sprouts and cook until bright green, 2 minutes. Drain well and pat dry.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring, until brown but not crisp, 3 to 6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on a paper towel. Pour out all bacon fat from the pan.

2. In the same pan, heat the 3 tablespoons of the Little Rosie’s Spicy Dressing until bubbling slightly. Add onions and cook through but do not brown. Add the brussels sprouts and cook over high heat for about 1-3 minutes until the brussels sprouts are browned and tender.  Transfer to a serving bowl or plate. Top with crumbled bacon and serve warm.

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Quinoa Salad with A Filipino Twist

Asian-Quinoa-Salad-7This colorful, healthy and satisfying salad is great as a meal or a side dish. I basically decide to use whatever was left in my fridge to make a meal. I like using our spicy dressing to satisfy a craving for more flavor. Make this in advance – good for up to 3 days in refrigerator. **We are not in any farm markets currently but you can find us in any of the AJ’s Fine Foods Stores in Arizona and on-line.

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cup diced cucumber
*garnish with chopped green onion

1. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl and add the cabbage, edamame, red pepper, carrots, and cucumber. Add dressing to taste and Enjoy!


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Rosie – 75 Years Young

momThis is my mom Rosie, we celebrated her 75th birthday last month in Michigan where I grew up.  In case you aren’t familiar, she is the creator of our recipes and my inspiration for most of what I do.

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Fresh Farm Market Salad

2mycornI hand carried fresh corn, mini red onions, tomatoes and jalapeños back to Arizona from my trip to Michigan to visit my family.  I prefer to eat more of what’s in season when I can. I love this flavor combination with a sprinkle of Bulgarian feta cheese to add a bit of saltiness.  Try this with either of our dressings and a bit of lemon – so flavorful.  The temperatures are still scorching so we’re not doing any farm markets but you can find us on-line or at any of the AJ’s Fine Foods stores in Arizona.

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Pancit – Filipino Noodle Dish

pancitPancit means noodles in the Filipino language. It was introduced into Filipino cuisines by the Chinese. Pancit are standard fare in most restaurants in the Philippines and are served in a variety of ways. I like this as a side course with only vegetables but if you want to make it more of a meal, you can add chicken, shrimp or pork.***We have plenty of recipes in the this site – just type what you’re looking for such as ‘salad’ or ‘steak’ and anything related will pop up.  Enjoy!

-1 package of rice noodles. *Maifun Rice Sticks made by Dynasty can be found in the Asian section of most main stream grocery stores.
-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil for cooking
-1/2 small onion, chopped
-1/4 cup carrot sliced thinly. * I like to buy the carrots already shredded
-2 garlic cloves sliced thinly
-1 cup of chicken broth
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-2-4 green onion sliced for garnish
-1 lemon for garnish


  1. Place noodles in bowl and cover with warm water and set aside.The direction call for 10 minutes but for the way we’re preparing this, the noodles will stay in the water only for the time of the next steps.
  2. Heat oil in cooking pan on medium heat
  3. Sautee onions until soft, add carrots and garlic.* garlic is added last since it cooks so quickly.
  4. When garlic begins to brown, add chicken broth and soy sauce. Bring to a boil on medium heat.
  5. Add noodles to medium/low heat and toss noodles in mixture. *As you toss the noodles the mixture will absorb into the noodles. When all of mixture is absorbed, remove from heat. * If noodles seem too dry, just add more broth as needed.
  6. Garnish with green onion, lemon and serve!


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Blue Cheese + Walnuts + Greens

blueWhen I hear ‘blue cheese’ my mouth waters…..This combo with either our Filipino or Spicy Filipino dressings hits all corners of your mouth. If you have any creative salad ideas you want to share, don’t be shy and send me you recipe to  I’d love to share your ideas!

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