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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...

March 20, 2018

It is that time of the year again where there is an over abundance of hard boiled eggs to be used.  With spring, comes Easter and with Easter, comes eggs - lots of eggs!  One of my favorite ways to use up hard-boiled eggs is to make egg salad.  Here is a bit of a twist on an old favorite - curried egg salad!  If you are a curry fan, you must try this recipe.  You can serve this egg salad on bread, the classic way, or you can change it up a bit and make wraps.  Either way you serve the salad, I guarantee this curried egg salad will be a hit with your friends and family.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you like a strong curry flavor, use the greater amount of curry powder in the recipe.  I tend to use about 1/2 teaspoon for a subtle curry flavor.

Here is my favorite way to hard-boil eggs - place eggs in a small saucepan and cover eggs with cold water.  Heat the saucepan over medium-high heat until water comes to a rapid boil.  Remove the saucepan from heat, and immediately pla...

May 16, 2017

I adapted this wonderful pasta primavera from one of Giada De Laurentiis' recipes.  The pasta is loaded with vegetables and topped with parmesan reggiano cheese.  To make this pasta shine, use the best ingredients.  I often try to get clean, natural, and/or organic ingredients if at all possible.  You may pay more, but I find that there is definitely a difference in taste.  In the tips section, I mention a few of my favorite staple ingredient brand names that I use in this dish.

One of the reasons why I love this pasta primavera, is it is not loaded down with cream and fat.  It is light and delicious - a perfect embodiment of spring!  Primavera is the Italian word for 'spring'.  You can serve this dish for a main course or a side course, and if you miss the meat, you can simply add grilled chicken (or shrimp).  Serve this with a crusty artesian bread, and you have a lovely meal!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Make sure to read through the instructions before preparing thi...

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...

May 4, 2017

It's strawberry season, and I can't think of a better way to enjoy these scrumptious berries than in a pie.  This pie is an absolute favorite among my family, and I guarantee that if you love strawberries, you will have a difficult time only eating one slice.  This dessert is unforgettable - with whole strawberries placed on top of a sweet cream filling and a homemade strawberry glaze poured over the pie.  Give this pie of the month a try!  It really is amazing.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you have any leftover glaze, you can refrigerate and use in plain yogurt or use like a strawberry jam.

Please refer to pictures when whipping cream.  You want soft peak for the initial whipping.  When you whip the cream and cream cheese together, you want a stiff peak.

Organic strawberries will give you the best strawberry flavor.  I highly recommend buying organic strawberries for this pie, even though you will pay more.

Preparation Time is 45 minutes.  Chill time is 3 hours.  Total time is...

April 27, 2017

One of the things that I love about spring and early summer is rhubarb.  Rhubarb is an old fashioned plant that you would likely find at grandma's house growing in her backyard.  The leaves are poisonous, but the stalks are typically used in sweet recipes.  Often, you can find rhubarb stalks in your grocery store in the spring and early summer season.  I have several rhubarb plants growing in my yard, and if you have room and like rhubarb, I highly recommend  growing this plant.

These rhubarb muffins are sweet with just a little of that tart taste rhubarb lovers adore!  With a delicious buttery-cinnamon topping that adds a hint of decadence, these muffins are sure to please!  I have been making these muffins for the last couple of years, and we enjoy them so much that I believe these muffins will be a mainstay for years to come.  Give these great rhubarb muffins a try, and you will definitely see why my family loves them.

Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cu...

April 18, 2017

This recipe is a wonderful way to use any leftover lamb (specifically from the Herb-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb that we posted last week).  It is very easy to prepare, and it tastes refreshing and light.  I love the Mediterranean flavors of these pita pockets.  If you try this recipe, you can experience the taste of the Mediterranean too!

Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup cooked lamb, diced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cup chopped romaine lettuce

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons bottled Greek dressing

  • 4 whole wheat pita rounds, halved and warmed

  • Yogurt sauce

For Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh mint, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 medium cucumber; peeled, seeded, and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Directions:

Sauté lamb in hot olive oil in a medium skillet over high heat for 2 minu...

April 13, 2017

These adorable white chocolate bonbons are delicious and delightful!  If you like coconut and white chocolate, you are going to love these sweet treats.  They are easy to make, and it only takes a few ingredients to put these chocolates together.  Bunny Tail Bonbons make a nice addition to a Spring gathering of friends and family.

Bon Appetit!

Tip:

I used Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies.  Place them in a food processor and pulse several times to make crumbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 (4 ounce) white chocolate baking bars, melted according to package directions

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 3/4 cup coconut cookies, crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon coconut rum or water

  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus more for rolling

Directions:

Beat chocolate and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add the cookie crumbs, coconut rum (or water), kosher salt, and shredded coconut, beating just until blended.  (You can sk...

April 11, 2017

This awesome recipe comes from the March 2014 edition of Southern Living, and it is excellent!  This recipe is a lot easier than it looks, and the results are spectacular.  The lamb was tender and done to perfection, while the herbs added a delightful flavor to the meat.  The potatoes that you cook with the lamb are simple, but flavorful.  They compliment the meat.  April is an excellent time to give this delicious lamb roast a try.  It is especially good if you are entertaining guests.  This would make a wonderful holiday meal (whether for Easter, a birthday, or even mother's day).  If you do have leftovers, look for the lamb pita pockets on our blog.  It will be posted this month too.

Bon Appetit

Tips:

I had a hard time finding a boneless leg of lamb.  The butcher at a local grocery store, kindly removed the bone and trimmed the lamb for me.  He even gave me the bone (to make soup stock).  So if you have the same problem of finding boneless lamb,...

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