Aged Gouda and Thyme Shortbread

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup grated aged gouda
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 egg white, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup Fleur de Sel

Directions:

  1. Place the butter and cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until well combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, which together flour, salt, and chopped thyme.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture, beating just until everything is blended and the dough can be handled.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board. Divide it into two pieces. Roll each piece into a 1 1/2 inch cylinder. Wrap tightly in parchment paper and chill for at least 4 hours.
  5. Position baking rack in the center of your oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Bring the cylinders to cool at room temperature. Slice into coins between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Place on a the prepared baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Brush the tops of the slices with the egg white and sprinkle with some Fleur de Sel.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  8. Cool on a rack before serving.
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Honey Balsamic Blueberry Pie

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Ingredients

  • Refrigerated pie crusts, 2 count
  • 7 cups of fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 large egg

Directions

  1. Prepare the filling: Place 1 cup of blueberries in a large bowl; crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in the cornstarch and vinegar until cornstarch dissolves. Stir in the sugar, next five ingredients, and remaining 6 cups of blueberries into the smashed berry mixture.
  2. Fit one of the two dough rolls into a greased 9 inch pie dish. Cut the second into 12 to 14 (1/2 inch wide) strips.
  3. Pour fruit into piecrust. Dot with butter cubes. Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Lightly brush egg mixture around the edge of the pie. Arrange piecrust strips in a lattice design over filling. Trim excess dough and lightly press the edges together. Brush entire top of the pie with the remaining egg mixture. Freeze for 20 minutes or until dough is firm.
  4.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Bake pie on a foil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 20 more minutes. Cover pie with foil to prevent excess browning, bake another 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden or the filling in the center bubbles. Total time 65-70 minutes.
  6. Remove to a wire rack and cool for one hour before serving.

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 15.25 ounce package yellow cake
  • 1 3.9 package of chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 8 ounce container of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  3. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, water, and eggs in a large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat until just blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go. Fold in the chocolate chips, and pour into a prepared pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a long wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in the pan and then remove to a wire rack.
  5. Lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Mistletoe Margaritas

Mistletoe Margaritas

  • 1/2 c. whole cranberries
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 wedge lime, for rim
  • 2 c. cranberry juice
  • 12 oz. silver tequila
  • 8 oz. triple sec
  • 3/4 c. lime juice, divided
  • 6 c. ice
  • Mint, for garnish

 

  1. In a medium bowl, toss cranberries with 1/4 cup lime juice. Drain out lime juice, then toss with 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour onto a baking sheet to dry.
  2. Combine remaining sugar with salt on a shallow plate and mix to combine. Using the lime wedge, wet the rim of each glass, then dip in sugar salt mixture.
  3. Combine cranberry juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice in a large blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint and a couple sugared cranberries.

 

 

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups total extra mix-ins (about 1/4 cup of 3 different ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.)

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place the nuts and oats in a large bowl.
  3. While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine. Add any extra ingredients (except for chocolate) and stir to combine. Make sure none of the oats are dry.
  4. If you are adding chocolate, wait about 15 minutes for the mixture to cool a bit before adding the chocolate and then stirring to combine.
  5. Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan. Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.

 

These store very well in the fridge or freezer. You may want to wrap them in a bit of parchment paper before putting them in a container or plastic bag in the fridge so that they don’t stick together.

Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 12 ounces sliced peaches
  • 12 ounces of mixed berries: blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup whipping cream

 

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine pinch of salt with the next seven ingredients in a large bowl, stirring gently until well blended. Pour into a buttered 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and remaining pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form. Add cream, and stir just until mixture forms a soft dough. Spoon topping over berry mixture.
  3. Grill, covered with grill lid, 25 to 30 minutes or until fruit bubbles and topping is cooked through. Makes 6-8 servings.

Grilled Grouper Marinade

Grilled Grouper Marinade

  • 2 lbs. Grouper Fillets
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 4 tablespoons Grapefruit Juice, fresh squeezed
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  1. Rinse grouper fillets under cold water
  2. In a large shallow pan or gallon size baggie add the garlic, orange juice, grapefruit juice, olive oil,
  3. soy sauce, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, black pepper and salt.Reserve half of the marinade for basting while cooking.
  4. Add grouper fillets mix well and marinade for 30 minutes in refrigerator
  5. Remove grouper from marinade
  6. Over a medium high grill temperature, place the fillets on the grill
  7. Cook for about cook 4 to 5 minutes, brushing frequently with citrus marinade
  8. Turn the grouper fillets (carefully) and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes
  9. Note: you may have to adjust cooking time depending on the thickness of your fillets and your actual grill temperature (Fish cooking time rule is 10 minutes, per inch of thickness of fish)