Blueberry Crisp

blueberry-crisp

 

Blueberry Crisp

Filling:

4 generous cups blueberries (24 ounces)           ½ cup sugar

¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour                  ¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Topping:

1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour           ¼ teaspoon salt

dash of cinnamon (optional)                             ½ cup sugar

10 T (1¼ sticks) butter, melted                         1 cup walnuts or pecans

Instructions:

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Meyer Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Lemon and rosemary shortbread cookies

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Yield: approximately 32 cookies (depending on size)

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

With an electric mixer, cream the butter, salt, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, and rosemary. Stir until the mixture comes together.

Drop Cookie Method:

Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Allow cookies to fully cool on parchment.

 OR

Ice Box Cookie Method:

Roll the dough into a long cylinder with a 1 1/2″ to 2″ diameter. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze until firm. When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 300°. Unwrap the roll of dough and slice the cookies 1/4″ thick. Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and prick each cookie with a fork 2 or 3 times.

Bake for about 20 minutes, watching carefully to ensure that the cookies don’t burn. When done, the cookies will be a light sand color on the bottom and the edges will be just beginning to brown.

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack immediately.

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container. These cookies actually get better with age!

Adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

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Red White and Blue Kabobs

Red white and blue kabobs
These are an easy, patriotic addition to your Memorial Day, Veterans Day or Fourth Of July BBQ table

Fruity Pizza

Fruity PizzaCan’t wait until summer to have this pizza!  Packed with vitamins and minerals, this Fruity Pizza is the bomb.

The Watermelon “crust” is full of nutritious benefits. It is a high lycopene food. Lycopene is especially important in cardiovascular health and an increasing number of scientists are finding that it is beneficial in bone health too.  It also has amino acids known to promote strong kidneys and other organs.

The Kiwi  topping is one of the healthiest foods.  It has the equivalnet vitamin C of an orange  and its available year round.  The California crop is from November thru May and then we get them from New Zealand.  Their crop hits the market June thru October.  Kiwis are a great source of dietary fiber and also provides great antioxident protection.

Blueberries are full of nutritious benefits as well.  Chock full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium, potasium and magnesium, these colorful fruits make a great pizza topping that is good for you and your body.

Dried  shredded coconut not only adds fiber, it adds iron which helps with healthy circulation and tissue maintenance.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

watermelon (large slice) cut into eight pie slices
kiwi, peeled and sliced
strawberries, cut in fourths
nectarines, sliced
green grapes, cut in half
whole blueberries
shredded cocunut

Key Lime Tartlets

key lime tartlette

Key Lime Tartlets

I love these pretty little bite-sized treats as they get oohs aahs at a dinner party, and provide the perfect sweet ending to a delicious meal. They are so easy too.  Just three ingredients.

Ingredients

Shortbread tarlet shells (by Private Selection)
Key Lime fruit filling (by Private Selection)
Fresh raspberries (16)

Easy Directions

Place tartlet shells on a baking sheet with a lip
Add a spoonful of curd
Top with a raspberry.
Place in refrigerator.

When ready to serve, place tartlets on a decorative tray and Voila!

Homemade Oreos and Ice Cream

oreos and ice cream
Want to share a sweet treat for your Valentine?  Try these.  You can make them two different ways.  I prefer the Ice Cream sandwich version but if you don’t have space in your freezer, the frosted kind are great too.

Homemade Oreos for your Valentine

Cookies:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cookies:

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Rainbow Rounds

Rainbow RoundsI bake these cookies every year for the Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at my girlfriend, Suzanne’s home.  They are always a hit.  One year I broke tradition and made a different variety of cookie. My friends missed the colorful treats and now they request Rainbow Rounds every year.  They are a delicious sweet treat even in the morning with a cup of coffee.

I sometimes change the color of sugars when I bake them during different holidays (Halloween – orange and purple; Valentine’s Day- pink and red; Easter – lavender, pastel pink and mint green).  They are even fun to make using your favorite sports team colors.  Enjoy!

 

Rainbow Rounds

Ingredients

2 cups butter, softened
2¼ cups sugar
3 egg yolks
1 large egg
1Tbs. Vanilla
1 tsp. Salt
5¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup each red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple crystal sugars

Directions
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