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Tuesday
Jul152014

No-Knead Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon buns

When I was a kid, Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the tube were a special breakfast treat. Never did I have a real homemade cinnamon roll. Even in my adult life, the extent of my cinnamon roll making has been whacking a tube against a counter and popping pre-rolled dough into the oven. Not anymore. The other night, in between watching a movie (Kill Bill…Joel's pick), I whipped together a sticky dough (seriously, some of the stickiest dough I’ve ever made) and let it rest on the counter. Before going to bed, I rolled the dough, cut it into rounds, and popped it in the fridge to rest until morning. The next day, when I woke up, I pulled the rolls out of the fridge to come to room temperature as the oven pre-heated. A half hour later, I was devouring one of the most delicious cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. While the tube kind were delicious when I was a kid, now that I’ve had the real deal, I’ll never go back!

For the Buns
1 cup + 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Milk
1 teaspoon Yeast
2 1/4 cups Bread Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Butter
1 Egg, at room temperature and lightly beaten

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe dish and allow to cool. In a large bowl, mix the milk and yeast, then set aside. In another large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the cooled butter to the milk mixture and whisk, then add the beaten egg to the milk mixture, making sure that everything has been mixed thoroughly. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until fully incorporated as a fairly wet dough. Cover and proof for 2 hours. 

For the Filling
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Flour
1/4 cup Butter, at room temperature

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Generously flour your work surface (or even a sheet of parchment paper) and scrape the dough onto the surface. Dust the dough and rolling pin with flour and roll it out into a rectangle of about 14”x20”. Spread the butter evenly over the dough and sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly over the dough. Roll, starting at the short edge. Cut into 9 equal rounds and place them into the prepared pan. Cover and proof for 1 hour. At this point, you can put the buns in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, allowing the buns to come to room temperature if they had been refrigerated. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. 

For the Frosting
4 ounces Whipped Cream Cheese
2 tablespoons Butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup Sugar 

In a small bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Fold in the cream cheese until smooth. When the cinnamon buns come out of the oven, frost them right away while they are still hot. Cool slightly, then enjoy. Refrigerate remaining buns, reheating them in the microwave for about 20 seconds to reheat. 

SOURCE: i am a food blog

Monday
Jul142014

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp and Green Beans

Sweet spicy shrimp

When looking for recipes, I often bypass my cookbook shelf and go straight to food blogs. While that usually proves to be a great option, I still have so many great, under-utilized cookbooks sitting on a shelf in the dining room, collecting dust. So, last night I cracked the spine on one and cooked an outstanding meal in all of about 10 minutes. Considering the source is a cookbook from a brewery, this meal perfectly pairs with a strong Belgian ale, but I bet a cold glass of white wine or rosé would be great, too. I hope you enjoy this perfectly quick summer meal as much as we did!

For the Green Beans
8 ounces Fresh Green Beans
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Set a seamer basket into a small saucepan and fill with water to just below the level of the steamer. Bring the water to a boil, add the green beans, and steam for about 6 minutes, or until the green beans are tender to your liking. Remove from the saucepan and season with salt and pepper.

For the Shrimp
1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
1/4 cup Yellow Onion, small dice
1/2 cup Peppadew Peppers, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Peppadew Liquid (from the jar)
12 ounces Shrimp (26/30 size), peeled and deveined (I used 10 31-40 size, which shrunk)
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley, chopped

Add the grape seed oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute, then add the peppers and sauté for another minute. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes per side, then add the peppadew liquid and bring to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, until the shrimp have finished cooking. Turn off the heat and toss with chopped thyme and parsley. Place a handful of green beans on a plate and top with the shrimp mixture. 


SOURCE: Allagash: The Cookbook

Friday
Jul042014

Peach Frozen Yogurt

Peach fro yo

Happy Fourth! If it’s hot where you live, why don’t you cool down with some of this homemade frozen yogurt?! I don’t have an ice cream maker, but that isn’t going to stop me from enjoying an ice cold treat on a hot summer day. If you have 5 minutes and a blender, whip up a batch to enjoy while you watch the fireworks light up the night sky!

1 (16-oz) bag Frozen Peaches OR 4 cups Fresh Peaches (I used 5 peaches)
3 tablespoons Honey
1/2 cup Plain Yogurt (I used Greek)
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice 

If using fresh peaches, cut them into slices and put them in the freezer until frozen solid. Add the frozen peaches, honey, yogurt, and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor (I used a blender and it worked well on the ice crushing mode) and process until creamy, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 1 month. 

SOURCE: Just a Taste

Thursday
Jul032014

Almond Biscotti

Almond biscotti

Sometimes, there is nothing better than sitting by the window with a cup of tea, soaking up the summer breeze. Sometimes, the only thing that makes that moment better is a biscotti to dip into that cup of tea. These, my friends, are the perfect biscotti for just that moment. They also pair well with some frozen yogurt, and they may or may not have served as my breakfast for the past few days too…

1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter, melted
2 teaspoons Almond Extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Eggs
2 3/4 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the chilled dough into 2 equal halves and shape each half into a loaf that is about 16x2 inches. Place the loaves onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes, then slice each loaf into 3/4-inch pieces. Place the pieces cut-side down back on the prepared baking sheet and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Cool and store in an airtight container. 

SOURCE: One Sweet Appetite

Monday
Jun232014

Pickled Beet Salad

Pickled beet salad

It’s Secret Recipe Club reveal day again. This month, I was assigned to Susan’s blog, The Wimpy Vegetarian. Susan has so many delicious and healthy recipes on her blog, which made it so hard to narrow it down to just one. While I was searching through her archives, I had to make a folder on my desktop for all of the recipes that I wanted to make! When it came down to it, I decided to make this beet salad because I am completely obsessed with beets and anything pickled! There is a local company that makes pickled beets and on a rare occasion, I will buy a jar, but at over $7 per jar, it is a rare treat. For way less than that, I was able to make this delicious pickled beet salad, which yielded so much more than I would have gotten in that jar. I’m so glad to have this recipe in my repertoire now. If the beets I planted in my garden do well, I know what I want to use them for! Thanks for the excellent recipe, Susan. I look forward to trying the other recipes I’ve saved from your blog!!

For the Salad
4 medium-sized Beets
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1 medium-sized Shallot, minced
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 cup Feta Cheese
2 tablespoons Chive Oil, see below
2 tablespoons Spicy Pepitas, see below

Scrub the beets and cut off the root and tail ends. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast, wrapped in foil, at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Once cool enough to handle, peel the beets with a paring knife, then dice the beets and place them in a large jar/bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the shallots, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the beets, cover the jar/bowl, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours as the beets marinate. When ready to assemble the salad, drain the pickling liquid. Toss in the feta cheese and the chive oil, and top with the pepitas. 

For the Chive Oil
Large handful of Chives, chopped fine (~1/4 cup)
2/3 cup Olive Oil

Combine the ingredients and allow the flavors to mix for about 24 hours. Use within one week.

For the Spicy Pepitas
1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Pinch of Ground Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Ground Paprika

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the mixture to the skillet, tossing frequently, until golden brown. Cool and store in an air-tight container.

SOURCE: The Wimpy Vegetarian