Sunday, October 4, 2015

Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes from Heather Payne at September Recipe Club 2015

Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Oven-roasted sweet potatoes glazed with an apple cider reduction.
  • 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. spiced apple cider
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes with oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 25 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  3. While potatoes are roasting, heat apple cider in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 12 minutes.
  4. Drizzle sweet potatoes with apple cider reduction; toss to coat. Bake 5 minutes more.

Spinach, Apple and Pecan Salad from Heather Payne September 2015 Recipe Club

Spinach, Apple and Pecan Salad

Photo by Sharlene~W
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Servings: 4

About This Recipe

"Spinach, apples, red onion & pecans in a sweet-tart dressing. To make this salad extra special, I like to glaze the pecans by stirring them with 1 tablespoon sugar in a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar melts. Pour them out on waxed paper and separate with your spoon while still warm. If you do this, you don't need to toast the pecans. It takes about 5 minutes or so for the sugar to melt."


    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard ( I prefer Dijon)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 1 golden delicious apple, halved, cored, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup red onion, cut in thin strips
    • 3/4 lb fresh spinach, washed, stems removed, leaves torn
    • 1/2 cup toasted pecans


  1. In serving bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper until thick.
  2. Add apple and onion.
  3. Toss until apples and onions are covered with dressing.
  4. Place spinach on top, then pecans.
  5. Just before serving, toss.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fresh Pulled Mozzarella by Abi Boyer

Mozarella recipe (recipe club) PDF

Summer in Italy Recipes from Rachel Carlson

Strawberry Tiramisu

·         6 egg yolks
·         3/4 cup white sugar
·         2/3 cup milk
·         1 1/4 cups heavy cream
·         1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         1 pound mascarpone cheese
·         ½ C orange juice
·         2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies
·         2 C sliced strawberries

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
  3. Pour orange juice into a small bowl. Dip ladyfingers in orange juice briefly. 
  4. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a 7x11 inch dish. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and place strawberries on top. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.

Stuffed Zucchini (I didn’t add bread crumbs)

     3 zucchini
·         1 pound pork sausage
·         1 cup dry bread crumbs
·         1 clove garlic, minced
 1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
·         1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
·                1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
·       Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Trim stems from zucchini and slice lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and put in bowl. Mix seeds with sausage, garlic, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese. Stuff squash with sausage mixture and place in 9x13 inch baking pan. Pour sauce over squash and cover pan with foil.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until sausage is cooked. Remove foil and cover with mozzarella cheese. Cook until cheese is melted.

Abbey's Recipes from "A Summer in Italy" August Recipe Club 2015

Balsamic Bruschetta

8 roma tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBS balsamic vinegar 
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 loaf French bread, toasted and sliced

Directions: In bowl, mix tomatoes, basil, cheese, garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Serve on toasted French bread ☺ 

Italian Meatballs

1/4 cup milk
4 eggs
2 lbs ground beef
12oz mild Italian sausage
1 ¼ cups Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 (24oz) jars marinara pasta sauce

  1. In large bowl, whisk together milk and eggs until combined. Add ground beef, Italian sausage, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder; stir with a wooden spoon or mix with your fingers until well combined.
  2. Heat broiler to high; place an oven rack about 4 to 5 inches from the broiler. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or oil. Using your hands, shape (about 40) 1 to 2-inch meatballs from the mixture; place on prepared baking sheets.
  3. Broil meatballs 6 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through, until browned. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  4. Top meatballs evenly with sauce. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours in the slow cooker until meatballs are cooked through to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F.

Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes

1 ¾ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 ¼ cups sugar
Zest of 1 large lemon
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup wholemilk ricotta cheese 
¼ cup milk 
Juice of 1 large lemon

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. 
  2. In electric mixer (or large bowl) combine sugar and lemon zest. Mix about 1 minute on low speed to infuse sugar with lemon scent. Sugar should have appearance of wet sand. Add butter, beating on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl after each addition.
  3. In liquid measuring cup, combine Ricotta, milk and lemon juice. Whisk to blend. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients in 3 additions alternating with wet ingredients, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix each addition just until incorporated.
  4. Divide batter between prepared cupcake liners filling each about 3/4 full. Bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan briefly, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely before frosting. 

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

5 large egg whites (room temperature)
1 Cup + 2 TBS sugar
1 lb (4 sticks) butter (room temperature)
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract (or any flavor extract you want to use!)

  1. Combine sugar and egg whites in your stainless steel mixer bowl (or any heat proof bowl). Set your bowl over top of a pot with water, just enough to cover the bottom of the pot. You do not want the water to boil and touch the bottom of your mixing bowl. Heat on medium. Keep thermometer in the bowl or check temperature frequently. 
  2. Stir constantly until the mixture reaches 140° F. This is the most important part; you do not want to egg whites to cook. I have read that you can have it be anywhere between 120° F – 160° F. When it reaches 140° F, the sugar should be dissolved in the egg whites. You can test this by placing a drop on your fingertips and rubbing them together. The mixture should be completely smooth.
  3. Place the mixing bowl on your stand. Using the wire whisk, beat the eggs. Start on low and increase the speed to medium after 2 minutes. (If you do not have a stand mixer, a hand mixer will work just fine).
  4. Beat for another 3 minutes on medium. At this point, your frosting should have turned white as the egg whites are whipped and the body of the meringue starts to form.
  5. After 5 minutes, increase speed to high. You will notice that as you increase the speed, the body of your meringue will also increase. It will start to look glossy as the peaks begin to form. Beat for another 5 minutes.
  6. After you have beat the meringue for a total of about 10 minutes, the bottom of your mixing bowl should be cooled completely. Your SMB should look kind of like whipped cream. Scrape down all sides and bottom of the bowl.
  7. Turn your mixer down to medium-low. Slowly add your butter, about 1 tbsp at a time, ensuring it is mixed well after each addition (I count to 12 or 15 between each addition). Once you have added all your butter, slowly add vanilla extract. Mix for another minute and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  8. Switch to the paddle attachment and continue beating on medium to allow all the air bubbles to escape. In about 2-3 minutes the frosting is smooth.

Note: You can keep the SMB at room temperature if you are planning to use the same day. Otherwise, you can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Before you are ready to use, take it out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. Place back in your mixer (don’t forget to wipe down with Vinegar) and beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment for 3-5 minutes.

The frosting looks harder to make than it really is. If this seems like too much effort, these cupcakes taste delicious with a fresh whipped cream as frosting too ☺

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spinach Salad: by Sharon Johnson

Spinach: wash and trim stems
Hard boiled eggs sliced
Crumbled bacon
Sweet and sour dressing:
1 C vegetable oil
½ C sugar
1/3 C vinegar
1/3 C ketchup
½ to ¼  med. onion, grated I only use ¼ 
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Individual Blt Bites by Sharon Johnson

15-20 cherry tomatoes
1 pound Bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
3-tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoon fresh parsley, snipped
Cut the top of each tomato. Hollow out and discard pulp.
Turn tomatoes upside down on a paper towel to drain.
In a small bowl, combine all other ingredients and mix well. Fill the mixture into the tomatoes using a spoon.
Refrigerate for few hours before serving.