Posts Tagged ‘lime’

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Hot and Cheesy Corn Dip

June 15, 2017

This is a fun twist on gooey, cheesy dips that reminds me of summer with all the sweet corn inside. It goes wonderfully with crispy tortilla chips (we had a mix of blue corn and sweet potato chips on hand). If you have fresh summer corn at home, feel free to cut the kernels off a cob or two and mix it in before baking for extra crunch and the deliciousness of long sunny days.

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You will need:

 

  • 16 oz (2 sticks) low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T hot sauce
  • 2 limes, zested and juices
  • 2 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • ~30 oz canned corn, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4.5 oz chopped green chiles (mild to spicy, depending on your taste)
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 T red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Use a food processor to mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, hot sauce, lime juice, and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese mixture with 1 cup of the cheddar, lime zest, corn, feta, green chiles with their liquid, red onion, scallion and cilantro.
  4. Pour mixture into a prepared pie plate.
  5. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and delicious.
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Blackberry Mint Limeade

July 14, 2016

Summer sun goes perfectly with chilly, tart citrus drinks like lemonade and limeade. Adding blackberries here gives it some extra sweetness, while the mint makes the drink even more refreshing.

You will need:

  • 3 pints fresh blackberries
  • 6 c water, divided
  • 4 oz (~1/2 c) fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c fresh lime juice (from about 8-10 limes)

Then you will…

  1. In a blender, puree the blackberries with one cup of the water.
  2. Strain the blackberries through a fine sieve into a large pitcher or bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the mint and sugar with one cup of water. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  4. Strain the syrup to remove the mint leaves.
  5. Pour the mint syrup into the blackberry mixture.
  6. Add the lime juice and remaining 4 cups of water.
  7. Stir and serve over ice!

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Grapefruit Curd Tea Cake

May 19, 2016

We get a box of fruit delivered every month. This month’s delivery had some gorgeous grapefruits. Since D and I drink lots of tea, I decided to make an afternoon tea cake that highlighted the yumminess of the grapefruit.

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You will need:

  • 3 grapefruits, zested and juiced (strain out the seeds; you should have roughly 1 cup of juice)
  • 17 T unsalted butter, room temperature and divided
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 t + pinch of salt, divided
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • Powdered sugar

Then you will…

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the grapefruit juice to a simmer and reduce until it is about a half cup in volume. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl (e.g., metal), cream together 5 tablespoons of the butter with 1/2 cup of the sugar until fluffy and well combined.
  3. Whisk in the egg yolks and two eggs until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the pinch of salt and lime juice. It won’t be smooth, which is fine.
  5. Whisk in the grapefruit juice.
  6. Bring a few inches of water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Place the bowl with the grapefruit mixture on top to create a double boiler.
  7. Whisk for about 10 minutes until the sugars dissolve, the mixture smooths out, and it thickens to a pudding-like consistency. This creates the grapefruit curd.
  8. Remove the curd from the heat and whisk in a third of the grapefruit zest. Set the curd aside.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform with parchment paper. Grease the pan and set aside on top of a baking sheet.
  10. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the remaining 12 tablespoons of butter, 3/4 c sugar, and leftover grapefruit zest until well combined and fluffy.
  11. Whisk in half of the grapefruit curd.
  12. Whisk in the remaining three eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  13. Whisk in the baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the flour until well combined.
  14. Spread the batter in the prepared springform.
  15. Top with the remaining curd.
  16. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a tester in the center comes out clean.
  17. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing the cake from the springform and transferring to a wire rack.
  18. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with your favorite tea.

 

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Strawberry Sangria Popsicles

July 2, 2015

Popsicles are one of the best summer treats. If you decide to make them at home, you can pick your favorite flavors AND your favorite shapes. A few summers ago, I found some fun sailboat and star molds online. We used them to make frozen treats for a recent party. Here is one of the recipes; it makes about 6 popsicles.

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You will need:

  • 2 c red wine (fruity and juicy, if you’ve got it!)
  • 3/4 c orange juice
  • 3/4 c blended frozen strawberries
  • 3 T honey
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
  3. Enjoy on a hot summer day with friends.
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Mock Sangria

April 15, 2015

My girlfriends and I recently started hosting “wine down Fridays,” where we go to one of our houses for snacks and drinks one Friday a month. The idea was to make sure we have time to catch up in an environment where we can relax and have fun. I hosted a Spain-inspired evening, and I wanted to have something to drink that was not wine.┬áCheck out this mock sangria! It’s quite refreshing and easy to put together.

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You will need:

  • 2 c boiling water
  • 2 Early Grey tea bags
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pods of star anise
  • 1/3 c honey (optional)
  • 2┬ác pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • A mix of thinly sliced fruits (I used a blood orange, lemon, lime and green apple)
  • 2 c soda or seltzer water

Then you will…

  1. In a small mix bowl or a large measuring cup, pour the boiling water over the tea bags.
  2. Add the cinnamon and star anise to the tea mixture and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags.
  4. If using, mix in the honey until it is dissolved in the tea.
  5. Pour the tea into a large pitcher.
  6. Add the juice(s) and your sliced fruit.
  7. Refrigerate overnight (if you prepare the day of an event, allow to sit for as long as possible).
  8. Add the soda water just before serving.

p.s. You can always substitute a dry sparkling wine for the soda water if you decide you do not want a mocktail.

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Simple Lime Cake

March 15, 2015

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I noticed a can of sweetened condensed milk hiding in my pantry the other night. Then, I spotted a stray lime in the fridge. This was the result! It would be great with a cup of fresh tea.

You will need:

  • 1 can (14 oz) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt or 8-inch cake pan liberally.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake 35-50 minutes or until golden and set in the middle. A tester should come out clean.
  5. Allow to cool 10 minutes before inverting to cool the rest of the way.
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Chili Queso Dip

March 6, 2015

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I’m not sure I could go without cheese in life. When it’s melty, I love it even more. This is a fun version of queso dip that will be a big hit at your next party. If you have a crockpot, use it to keep the dip warm when serving.

You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c ale of your choice
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 3 T cornstarch
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c sharp cheddar or a Mexican blend of cheese, shredded
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced fire-roasted tomatoes with green chili peppers, drained
  • 1/4 c scallion, chopped
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped

Then you will…

  1. In a large sauce pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute until just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beer and allow to reduce for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Mix in 1 cup of the milk. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Meanwhile whisk together the remaining half cup of milk with the cornstarch.
  6. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the onion-milk pot. Stir constantly as the sauce thickens.
  7. Stir in the spices and mix well.
  8. Stir in the cheese until melted and smooth.
  9. Stir in the lime juice and tomatoes. Stir occasionally until heated through and bubbly.
  10. Just before serving, add the scallion and cilantro. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips!
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