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Baked Eggs with Leek and Spinach

February 13, 2018

This is a fun brunch dish that goes perfectly with crusty bread, some fresh cut fruit, and your favorite coffee.

You will need:

  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 c fresh baby spinach
  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 shredded Parmesan

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Sauté the leeks, until soft and tender but not browned (about 6 – 8 minutes).
  4. Add the garlic and spinach.
  5. Continue sautéing until the spinach wilts, about 2 more minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Spread the vegetables in the prepared baking dish.
  8. Make 8 indentations in the vegetable mixture, leaving a 1-inch gap between indentations.
  9. Carefully crack an egg into each indentation.
  10. Pour the cream into the dish.
  11. Sprinkle with the lemon zest, crushed red pepper, and Parmesan.
  12. Add an extra dusting of fresh cracked pepper.
  13. Bake until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 10 to 12 minutes.
  14. Serve with crusty bread.
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Cinnamon Apple and Blueberry Baked French Toast

February 5, 2018

I love baked french toast. You can prepare it the night before or the morning you want it. This one comes out especially fluffy and light, and the fruit is delicious.

You will need:

  • 1 loaf challah, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 c fresh blueberries
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 c milk
  • 1/2 c whipping cream
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 c butter, cut into pieces

Then you will…

  1. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread, apple and blueberries.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, half cup of the brown sugar, vanilla, and 1 ½ t of the cinnamon.
  4. Pour over bread and stir to coat. Let rest for 15-20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed, stirring periodically.
  5. Spread the mixture in the prepared dish. If prepping the night before, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes.
  8. In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar with the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon, the flour and the nutmeg.
  9. Cut in the butter until crumbs form.
  10. Sprinkle the crumb topping on the French toast.
  11. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the topping is melty and golden.

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Greek-Style Roast Leg of Lamb

January 28, 2018

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This lamb recipe so easy and yummy! We made it over the holidays for one of our bigger family meals, and there were almost no leftovers.

You will need:

  • 4 lb leg of lamb
  • 1 T sea salt
  • 2 t black pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic, half cut into slivers and half chopped
  • 2 T fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 T fresh thyme
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

Then you will…

  1. Place the lamb in a roasting pan with a raised rack. Season with the salt and pepper.
  2. Pierce the leg of lamb with a knife and insert the slivers of garlic all around the surface.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, oil, mustard, paprika, and the lemon juice and zest.
  4. Pour the marinade on top of the lamb and gently rub into the lamb.
  5. Cover the lamb loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator an hour before cooking and throw away the plastic wrap.
  7. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  8. Pour enough water into the pan to cover the bottom without touching the lamb.
  9. Roast the lamb for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees.
  10. Roast an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours, adding more water if needed, until the lamb reaches 145 degrees (medium rare) to 160 degrees (medium).
  11. Remove the lamb, cover with foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
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Pecan Lemon Bars

January 19, 2018

With baby #2 on the way, I find watching cooking shows problematic: I see something and suddenly that’s what I want to eat. The other night they were baking lemon bars, so here you go. These are extra special with pecans in the cookie base; if you don’t want the nuts, you can always substitute more flour.

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You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, cut into large pieces
  • 3/4 c ground pecans
  • 2 c flour, divided
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 3/4 c sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c lemon juice
  • 1/2 t baking powder

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking pan with foil and lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the butter with the pecans, 1 1/2 cups of the flour, and the brown sugar until well mixed and crumbly. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can always do this step by hand).
  3. Spread the pecan cookie base into the prepared pan. Press with your fingers to even it out on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs with the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice until light and well mixed.
  7. Whisk in the baking powder and remaining 1/2 cup of flour.
  8. Pour the lemon mixture on top of the cookie base.
  9. Bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until the top is starting to turn golden and the filling looks set.
  10. Allow to cool before slicing. You are welcome to dust with powdered sugar if you’d like!
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Roasted Dijon Broccoli

January 2, 2018

We eat oodles of broccoli at our house. Raw, steamed, roasted, smothered in cheese sauce…you name the variation and we’ll give it a whirl. This is a quick, versatile side dish that is sure to be a family favorite.

You will need:

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 t Dijon mustard
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil with the vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, pepper and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the broccoli with the mustard mixture.
  4. Spread the broccoli on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

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Fruitcake Inspired Shortbread Cookies

December 23, 2017

My mom enjoys fruitcake, although most of the family does not. I decided to try making a fruitcake inspired cookie in her honor for the winter holiday. This was the result. These would also be delicious with a little lemon glaze (powdered sugar + lemon juice + milk).

You will need:

  • 1 c dried fruits (such as cranberries, cherries, apricots etc.), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c bourbon
  • 1 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 c flour

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine the dried fruits and bourbon. Allow to macerate for 3 hours, before draining.
  2. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest and salt until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour.
  5. Stir in the macerated dried fruits.
  6. Roll the dough out until it is 1/2-inch thick. Cut however you want!
  7. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until starting to turn golden at the edges.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 22, 2017

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These might be my new favorite cookies. They are spicy and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/3 c raw sugar (I made these for the holidays, so I used a green sparkling sugar)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl,cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the molasses, egg, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour until mixed.
  5. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
  6. Roll each dough ball in the raw sugar.
  7. Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies to allow for spreading.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges start to set.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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