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Pumpkin Cake

October 21, 2019

The weather has turned crisp. The leaves are changing colors, and pumpkins keep popping up on front steps. It’s perfect weather for ooey, gooey desserts.

You will need:

  • 7.5 oz (1/2 can) canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 2/3 + 1/2 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 c boiling water

 

 

 

 

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×9 baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, milk, butter, vanilla, 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  3. Mix in flour, 2/3 cup of the brown sugar, and the baking soda.
  4. Spread in the prepared pan.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 t of cinnamon, 1/2 c brown sugar, and the pecans.
  6. Sprinkle the pecan mixture on top of the batter.
  7. Pour the boiling water on top.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes. The center will be set, but there should be a softer layer underneath.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. This softer layer will make a delicious sauce for the cake when you scoop it out.

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Summer Pesto Pasta

August 27, 2019

This is another amazing summer recipe, perfect for lunches and picnics and family dinners. It is great warm or cold. We swapped in feta for Parmesan and walnuts for pine nuts for a fun, updated pesto.

You will need:

  • 1 c fresh basil
  • 1/3 c walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 c feta
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 lb of your favorite shaped noodles, cooked to al dente (we used some twisty cavatappi)
  • 4 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off the cob
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters or halves
  • Optional: 1/4 c light cream

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Then you will…

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the fresh basil with the walnuts and garlic until roughly chopped.
  2. Add the feta, olive oil, pepper and salt and blend until smooth.
  3. If the pesto feels thick, add more olive oil a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Mix together the cooked noodles with the corn, tomatoes, and pesto. (Optional: slightly warm the cream and mix in for a richer dish).
  5. Serve for happy tummies!
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Fig, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Sandwich

August 19, 2019

We were looking for a new sandwich around our house: one that would be yummy in our work lunches and excellent for summer picnics. This one is great and holds up well when transported. Try mixing and matching cheese and meats to find your favorite combination.

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You will need:

  • One baguette, cut in three pieces and then sliced in half
  • Fig preserves
  • Your favorite soft goat cheese (we used an herbed goat cheese)
  • 6 oz prosciutto
  • Arugula

Then you will…

  1. Spread a thin layer of fig preserves on the top half of the baguette.
  2. Spread goat cheese on the bottom half of the baguette.
  3. Lay some of the prosciutto on top of the goat cheese.
  4. Add a handful of arugula.
  5. Wrap up the sandwich and enjoy!
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Sour Cream Blueberry Coffee Cake

August 11, 2019

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I am a sucker for coffee cake, and summer is such a sweet time for blueberries. I love the crunchy exterior of this coffee cake and hope you do too!

You will need:

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries (or 1 c frozen blueberries)
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a nonstick Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter together with the sugar and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. 
  3. Beat in the eggs.
  4. Then beat in the sour cream, vanilla, 1 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  5. Beat in the flour until just blended.
  6. Fold in the blueberries.
  7. Gently spread a third of the batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
  8. In a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar with the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon and the pecans.
  9. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the batter. Using a knife, gently swirl the mixture into the batter.
  10. Gently spread the remaining batter in the pan.
  11. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes. Tester should come out clean.
  12. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before inverting to remove from the pan.
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Citrus Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa

August 5, 2019

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This recipe is perfect for hot summer weather. The citrus is bright, and the mango salsa is juicy and fresh.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c orange juice
  • 5 limes, juiced and zested (4 in the marinade and 1 in the salsa)
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1 T honey
  • 3 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t cumin, divided
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 c finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 lb chicken breast, cut into half thickness
  • 1 small mango
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

Then you will…

  1. Prepare the marinade in a large bowl. Mix together the orange juice, juice and zest of 4 limes, olive oil, honey, soy sauce, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cumin, salt, pepper and the cilantro.
  2. Place the chicken in a large sealable bag or storage container. Allow to marinate at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper..
  4. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165.
  5. While the chicken bakes, make the salsa. Peel, core and chop the mango and the avocado. Mix them in a small bowl with the red onion, remaining lime (juice and zest), and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cumin.
  6. Serve the chicken topped with the mango salsa.
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Chili Lime Rubbed Steak

July 28, 2019

This is a simple wet rub that makes a delicious glaze when you sear the steak. It would also be wonderful with pork or chicken. Try them all!

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You will need:

  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 t olive oil
  • 3 T chili powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • Your favorite steaks

Then you will…

  1. Pulse together everything but the steak in a small food processor.
  2. Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons on each side of your steak. Allow to rest on the counter 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cook your steak your favorite way!
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S’mores Cookie Bars

May 23, 2019

What’s not to love about graham crackers, chocolate and gooey marshmallow? These are simply delicious cookie bars that come together quickly and disappear almost as fast.

You will need:

  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 7 oz container marshmallow fluff
  • 1 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and integrated.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and eggs.
  4. Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix in the graham cracker crumbs and flour.
  6. Spread a touch more than half of the dough in the prepared pan.
  7. Spoon drops of fluff on top of the dough; try to spread as much as possible given the stickiness.
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the fluff.
  9. Spread the remaining dough on top.
  10. Bake 35-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bars are set.
  11. Allow to cool in the pan.

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