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March 27, 2018

A traditional treat during the Easter season, these rolls are easy to prepare and yummy to eat.  Hot crossed buns are traditionally filled with raisins or currants, just as these are.  They are wonderfully spiced and have a subtle sweetness.  These buns perfectly pair with coffee or a strong tea.  They are very filling too - perfect for breakfast!  This wonderful recipe comes from King Arthur Flour and makes a lovely soft roll that will have you coming back for more.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you do not have a heavy duty mixer, you can prepare the dough by hand.  When the fruit is cool, mix all of the dough ingredients along with the fruit and any liquid not absorbed.  Turn the dough out to a lightly floured surface.  Knead the dough for about seven minutes and then continue on according to directions.

For a more tender roll, after you let the dough rise (for 1 hour), punch the dough down and let rise for another 40 minutes.  Continue on according to directions.

Cl...

February 1, 2018

Some of us are still recovering from excess calories during the holidays, so with February upon us and Valentine's Day around the corner, I decided to post this rich dark chocolate smoothie to help satisfy chocolate cravings.  This is both a healthy and delicious alternative to the beginning of February.  This chocolate sweet drink comes from the March 2017 edition of Cooking Light magazine.  It is has no dairy in it.  The addition of dates makes this smoothie extra sweet!

Bon Appetit!

Tips and other Information:

Nutritional Information: Calories 302, Fat 7.2g, Protein 9g, Carb 58g, Fiber 7g, Sugar 37g, Chol 0mg, Iron 3mg, Sodium 200mg, Calc 483mg

The pictures show two drinks.  Please don't be confused by this as this recipe serves 1, but we split the serving into 2 cups for picture purposes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Total time is 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pitted dates

  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk (such as Almond Breeze)

  • 1 cup ice

  • ...

September 28, 2017

Autumn is here, and that means pumpkin!  These muffins are a real treat with your morning coffee.  They are loaded with fresh apples and flavored with pumpkin spice.  They also have a wonderful streusel topping that gives an added sweetness to these muffins.  This is a recipe that has been around in my collection for many years, so I have baked these muffins many times.  These pumpkin apple streusel muffins are a delight to eat, and I hope you and your family will enjoy!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

When baking (unless otherwise noted) it's always good to rotate your baked goods halfway though the baking time.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Bake time is 22 to 24 minutes.  Total time is 45 minutes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Ingredients for Muffins:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin (from 15 ounce can)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup...

September 5, 2017

I got this wonderful recipe from the Farm to Table cookbook.  It is the perfect recipe to use up garden tomatoes.  The red peppers, chives, and thyme also add an incredible amount of flavor to this quiche.  Topped off with ricotta and parmesan cheese, this quiche tastes just perfect!  Another great thing about this recipe is that it uses puff pastry which makes this quiche extra easy to prepare.  I hope you enjoy this last taste of summer!  If you make this summer vegetable and herb quiche, please let me know what you think of it.

Bon Appetit!

Tip:

I could not find a puff pastry that exact weight, so I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets.  It comes with two pastry sheets.  Two pastry sheets equal 17.3 ounces (1.1 pounds).  Lay one sheet on top of another, and with a rolling pin, roll the pastries out.  It came out perfectly.

Preparation time is 45 minutes.  Total time is about 1 hour and 5 minutes.

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August 10, 2017

Despite the title, these muffins are great any time of the day!  They are sweet with a hint of spice and go perfect with a cup of coffee.  There is a rustic quality to these muffins.  I tried many recipes before I created this one, and I worked to incorporate the best of each recipe.  My family helped with the development of my own 'French Morning Muffins' and commented on each recipe I tried.  I have worked to combine all the feedback I got into this recipe, and they turned out amazing!  For an extra indulgence, split the muffin in half and spread some butter on it.  Try out these wonderful French morning muffins and let me know what you think!

Bon Appetit!

Total time (from start to finish) is 40 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

  • 1/2 teaspoon Allspice

  • 1 large egg, room temperature

  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature

  • 6 table...

August 1, 2017

The first time that I saw a clafoutis was at a little French café in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I remember thinking, "I don't know what it is, but I want it."  The clafoutis that I had in that café was beautiful, sweet, and simplistic.  Clafoutis are traditionally made sweet with fresh fruit.  Cherries are the usual choice of fruit, but you might see any type in this classic French dish.  I decided to do a savory one as I have a lot of tomatoes from my garden that I needed to use.  The recipe is simple, and you can change it according to your tastes.  If you can make pancake batter, then you can make a clafoutis.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can use any mature cheese such as: gruyere, mature comté, or cheddar.

The recipe calls for cherry tomatoes, but any small tomato will do.  I used small Roma tomatoes from my garden, and the results were lovely.

You can also use different herbs too.  The next time I make this, I will use a thyme and chive combination.  Some herbs to c...

July 25, 2017

This recipe comes from Nigella Lawson, and it is truly delicious!  This baked egg and potato hash makes a lovely dish for breakfast or brunch.  I admit that before this recipe I'd never made eggs like this, but I always appreciate new ways to cook something!  Try adding some fresh fruit or muffins to add some variety to your meal (I have a number of recipes on this blog if you need ideas).

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I found Sriracha sauce to compliment this dish, but you can use whatever hot sauce you prefer for extra flavor.

You can also season with fresh ground black pepper.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced and quartered

  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • Hot sauce, salsa or chopped re...

July 20, 2017

This is a recipe that I developed, because of an abundance of zucchini from my garden.  My family enjoys this sweet bread for a pick me up snack, and it goes great with a cup of coffee.  I added some mini chocolate chips, and it made this recipe all the better!  This recipe is a wonderful way to use zucchini.  Even if you're not a fan of squash, you will love this sweet bread.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can add up to a 1/2 cup chocolate chips, if desired.

I use a cheese grater to grate the zucchini - skin, and seeds included.  Use the large size grater.

This bread freezes well.  I double bag the zucchini bread with plastic bread bags that I buy from the grocery store.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Cook time is 55 minutes, and cool time is 45 minutes.  Total time is 2 hours.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached white flour

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3 eggs

  • ...

May 18, 2017

This is a recipe I have been working on for awhile now.  I combined different elements of blueberry muffin recipes and created something new!  If you like muffins that are loaded with blueberries, you are going to love this recipe.

The muffins are sweet and cake-like.  They burst with blueberry flavor.  In order to get this amazing blueberry flavor, there is a cup and a half of whole blueberries in this recipe, and also an additional half cup of smashed blueberries.  The smashed blueberries add even more blueberry flavor to these delightful muffins!

The topping is something that I perfected towards my own taste.  I prefer the 'just enough' buttery sugar-cinnamon topping on my muffins.  Though, if you prefer more of a crunch to your muffins, you can simply double the topping ingredients  Let me know if you bake these Blue for You Blueberry Muffins!  I would love to know what you think of my recipe.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

This recipe works best with blueberries that taste...

May 9, 2017

Here is a lovely quiche that I created when I needed to use some leftover roasted salmon.  The combination of leek, asparagus, and salmon is perfect for spring!  This dish makes for a lovely luncheon or a special occasion like Mother's Day.  I like to serve it with a fresh green salad with a French vinaigrette.  This quiche is simple but elegant.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

My favorite way to make this quiche is with fresh salmon that has been oven roasted.  During spring when salmon is in season, I always buy extra to use in recipes like this one!

To test the quiche to see if it is done, simply insert a butter knife about 1/2 inch deep into the center of the quiche.  If it comes out clean, it is finished.

My water whipped pastry shell works great for this recipe.  And as a bonus, you will have an extra shell for pie!

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Cook time is 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 leek, thinly sliced (up to the green part)

  • 1 cup fresh asparagus, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1...

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