Aug 28, 2020

Smore’s @ 6 Feet!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

If you’re looking for the perfect social distancing activity for the weekend, I may have the perfect solution.

Smores @ 6 feet.

Smores can be enjoyed by a small group at the required OUTDOOR social distancing and bring a little happy to all who partake. Just put together some individual packets with all the required Smores ingredients,light a little bonfire or have a warming area aka outdoor burners and whal-lah instant Smores party.

All and all- it’s an easy peasy, yummy and FUN solution for some social gathering-and let’s be frank, after 7 months in quarantine I think we could all use a little more FUN!!!! ENJOY!!

 

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Aug 4, 2020

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Today was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Were you aware that  THIS was today,because truth be told-.I had no idea that the Chocolate Chip Cookie  had it’s own holiday.

Just about everyone has their own “go to”  chocolate chip cookie recipe BUT let’s face it we’re always one the lookout for the absolute BEST  version .

Years ago I came across a recipe in my local newspaper  ( The St. Louis Post Dispatch) posted in the FOOD section and provided by a reader in the area.  Pre Google and Pinterest, I clipped this little ditty out of the paper and have had it in my recipe box (Yes..I STILL have a recipe box-no judging) since then.  I am here to tell you that this little baby is THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE EVER! There-I said it and now I’ll post it, so you too can give it and go and let me know if you feel the same after baking a batch or two or ten. I’ve given this recipe to many a friend and they all stand by it today.I hope you enjoy and have a fabulous National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. If it’s to late to bake today ,remember there’s always tomorrow because let’s face it -every day  is a good day to have a homemade cookie.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, slightly melted
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (don’t ask why-just put it in-promise this is a winner)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and the salt: Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract and the vinegar until smooth. Beat in the egg just until combined.
  4. Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture just until combined. Stir in the chips.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (about 2 rounded tablespoons) drop about 3 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, they will look light brown around the edges and will look underdone in the center. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt. Allow to sit on the sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a rack to cool.

 

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Jul 21, 2020

Easy Breezy Summer Salad

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Did someone say Summer Salad?

I have got a delicious and easy breezy recipe to share today.  All  ingredients are organic and the best part is ….you can throw this  together in a matter of minutes-yes you heard me Minutes! Super easy. fast and delish.

If you need an EXACT recipe with fine tuned measuring – keep looking . This recipe is more  about how much of each ingredient YOU prefer. However, I’m posting  what I do as a sort of “guideline.”

This summer salad is a winner. You ‘ll delight in how  yummy and healthy it is for you. ENJOY!

* (P.S.-All items  are from Traders Joe’s )

 

Easy Breezy Summer Salad

 

  • 3 Organic Persian Cucumbers
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Organic Sugar Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Beet cut up *(I use Trader Joe’s Beets in Vinaigrette -It’s Fantastic and I take about 5 larger pieces from jar and cut them smaller and add to salad)
  • 1/4 cup feta

Sprinkle with Trader Joe’s Roasted and Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

Dressing: 2 options:

  1. Lightly dress with Vinaigrette from Beets) *and lightly drizzle with honey
  2. Lightly dress with EVOO and drizzle with honey

You can serve immediately or cover and chill in fridge for later.

ENJOY!

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Jul 4, 2020

Blueberry Pie for the 4th of July

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Blueberry Pie  (Perfect for the 4th of July)

Ingredients:
Crust
2 cups flour
12 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into pieces
2 tablespoons heavy cream, chilled
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, chilled (This little ingredient is key to the perfect crust)
2 tablespoons ice water

Filling
4 cups blueberries ( I use Organic-taste better and no pesticides)
2 tablespoons lime juice (use fresh if you can)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Assembly
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Directions:
For the crust: In a food processors, pulse the butter and flour until it resembles a coarse meal. With the processor on, slowly add the cream, vinegar, and ice water until the dough begins to hold together. Press the dough into a rough ball, then transfer to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough a few times until smooth. Flatten dough into a disk. Wrap disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

For the filling: Toss blueberries with lime juice, sugar, flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, and vanilla in a bowl. Set aside.

For the pie: Preheat oven to 375°F. Set aside 1/4 of the pie dough. Roll the rest out on a lightly floured surface into an 11″ round, then fit it into a 9″ pie plate. Transfer filling to pastry bottom and scatter the 3 tablespoons of butter over fruit. Roll the remaining 1/4 of dough out on the lightly floured surface and cut out shapes for the top. Place on top of filling. Brush crust and cut-outs with 1 teaspoon cream. Bake until pastry is deep golden (cover edges of crust with foil if browning too quickly), 60–70 minutes. Set pie aside to cool for several hours before serving.

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Jun 22, 2020

Tuesday’s Treat…La La La Lemon Bars

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

It took me awhile but I finally perfected the recipe for lemon bars from Joan’s on Third. For those of you not familiar with this place of “fabu food finds in LA” (which as the name states is located on third in Hollywood) is a wonderful restaurant with great bites and a whole lot of celeb sightings.  The only snafu with the original recipe found on the LA Times food column was the omission of lining the pan with parchment paper. HELLO!!! If you don’t line the pan for lemon bars -you will soon find out that they are impossible to lift from the pan in one piece… So follow the easy peasy recipe to the tee but before you even preheat the oven to 350 degrees…put that parchment paper in it’s proper place by lining the pan. Enjoy!

Joan’s On Third Famous Lemon Bars

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided

1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting the bars

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter with 1 cup flour and the powdered sugar, stirring just until the dough comes together. Pat the dough into an 8-inch square pan LINED WITH PARCHMENT PAPER. Bake just until lightly golden, about 18 minutes. Remove and cool the pan on a wire rack to room temperature.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, baking powder and remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Whisk in the lemon juice and eggs until thoroughly combined. Pour the custard into the pan over the baked crust and bake again until it’s set, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove and cool the tart on a wire rack.

3. When cooled, dust lightly with additional powdered sugar and cut into bars. The lemon bars will keep for 1 week, refrigerated.

Makes 9 bars. Each serving: 277 calories; 3 grams protein; 42 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 11 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 74 mg. cholesterol; 44 mg. sodium

Originally posted on August 13, 2013 GTGG
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Jun 15, 2020

Morning Bake …Yummy Banana Bread

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

A little Sweet Treat to start your week…

If you’re in the mood for a little bit of baking this week, I have the perfect recipe to  quell your bread craving in the “sweetest” of ways.  Today, I’m happy to share one of my Go To’s when it comes to banana bread. This is a recipe I have been lovvvving for quite some time and once you bake it- I have a feeling you will  add it into your baking rotation ASAP.

It’s quick and easy and soooooo DELISH-not to mention it uses half the sugar and flour usually  required in other banana bread recipes without sacrificing flavor.  The addition of sour cream  makes this bread delectable and so yummy. Start stirring and mix up this wonderful banana bread -you will enjoy every morsel and be back for more. Promise!

 

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

9×5  bread pan (Spray  bottom and sides with Pam Baking Spray)

Ingredients

1 stick butter (softened at room temp)

½ c sugar

2 eggs

2 large ripened bananas

1 tsp vanilla

1 c flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 T cocoa powder

½ cup sour cream

1 c mini choc chips

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together

Stir in egg, bananas, sour cream and vanilla

Baking soda/cocoa and flour

Add chocolate chips

Pour batter into sprayed/greased and /or floured pans

*I use Pam Baking Spray on bottom and sides

Bake  40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Let cool for about 10 minutes

 

 

***To make plain banana bread substitute cinnamon about 2 T instead of chocolate.

 

Additional options to mix in before baking would include:

Chopped walnuts or pecans

Raisins

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Jun 3, 2020

It’s Wednesday…How about some Watermelon CAKE!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Here’s an easy peasy and refreshing recipe today. It’s perfect for Summer and the best news of all ….is that you won’t even need to turn on an oven. It’s your basic  win-win.

Items that you’ll need to get your Watermelon Cake masterpiece prepped are:

  1. 1 or 2 large watermelons
  2. Sharp cutting knife and if needed a melon ball scoop.
  3. Additional assorted fruits for decorating and garnish.

I highly recommend…this perfect Melon Scoop from Sur la Table..

Recommendation: Chef Scoop Troop Melon Tool @ Sur la Table $12.96 (Click on Image)

All images linked to original source.

 

 

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May 15, 2020

“The Weekend Dish”… Quiche that’s Delish

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Spinach, Sweet Potato,Onion and Feta Quiche

If you’re looking for a really easy weekend brunch or breakfast dish that is Delish and super easy to put together, I just may have the perfect recipe. This is one I literally threw together a few weeks ago and it was inspired by a morning scramble I made for a friend of mine a few months before this whole quarantine business began. On any given weekend I usually abandon  my usual weekday morning protein drink and opt for food that I can actually chew.

Bearing in mind I still want to eat healthy I have found the following ingredients to be an absolute win win when it comes to flavor and delsih-ability:

Quiche Recipe

Pre heat over to 350 degrees

In a large non stick pan saute:

  • 1-2 T Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 medium size shallot chopped

Stir gently over low to medium heat,stirring often and keeping covered to allow the moisture  from the onions to release.

  • When onions are soft add in 4-5 cups cleaned organic spinach
  • When spinach is completely wilted stir together to incorporate onions and spinach.
  • Turn off heat. Keep covered and let  rest for about 5 minutes

In  separate bowl whisk together:

  • 4 Eggs ( I use organic and cage free)-I promise they taste 10 times better
  • 1 can Carnation Evaporated milk (for quiche)
  •          You can use Carnation Evaporated Milk “Lactose Free” if needed   
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Deep Dish pie crust

Pour spinach and onion mixture into the bottom of a prepared pie crust (see notes on pie crust prep)

Pour egg mixture over spinach and onion.

Put pie crust on cookie sheet and bake  for  another 30 to 45 minutes until  Quiche is firm/translation-liquid is set)

Take out of oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Serve warm with remaining sweet potato .

Pie Crust

(You can use ready made or if you wish -make your own)

Pre bake pie crust  for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

In Pre baking your crust take a sheet of  wax paper to cover the bottom and sides.

Fill well of pie crust with beans  and put into oven to cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

This ensures that your crust won’t be soggy on the bottom after the Quiche is fully cooked.

 Sweet Potato (s)

Peel and dice sweet potato (I use about 4 -5 sweet potatoes-you can use any leftover potato as a side dish and serve it with the quiche or mix with the scrambled eggs at another time).  Slice into small bite size pieces.

  • Spray a large  cookie sheet with Cooking spray or use olive oil to lightly coat potato.
  • Salt and pepper to taste .
  • Cook at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes  or until soft and slightly golden brown

The Perfect Scramble 

Use all the ingredients above  omitting the crust and carnation evaporated milk.

 

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May 4, 2020

Simple Lemon Olive Oil Cake Recipe-YUM!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

This weekend I got a major itch to bake. With a gentle suggestion from my friend Sydney, who inquired if I had ever made an Olive Oil cake -I was intrigued and motivated to give it a GO! To my surprise and delight-I found an easy peasy recipe (via Eat, Live,Run)  that is not only super simple but beyond delish.

As the saying goes..when life throws you lemons make lemonade OR perhaps a  Simple Lemon Olive Oil Cake.  I hope you find this recipe as yummy as I did and it puts some SPRING in your step!

Ingredients

4 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 1/2 to 3 Tablespoons lemon juice ( I use freshly squeezed)

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Powdered Sugar

 

Pre -heat Oven to 350F *

Grease an 8 inch cake pan (line with wax paper) and  also grease wax paper

**OR using a Springform pan-Grease bottom  of pan ,line with wax paper  and grease wax paper as well.

Mix together: Eggs & Sugar at high speed for 5 to 7 minutes until light and fluffy

Using a large spatula gently fold in olive oil and lemon juice into egg mixture

With same spatula add in flour and baking powder and salt. (Do not over mix)

Pour cake batter into prepared pan and gently tap on a solid surface to remove some of the larger bubbles

Bake 40-45 minutes until top is a light brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Gently run a butter knife along edges of the cake to release it from pan.

Remove wax paper from bottom.

Cool completely and then sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Feb 13, 2020

Tasty Treats from the Heart xoxo

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

If you’re on the look out for some last minute baking ideas to treat your Valentine, here are a few easy peasy and quick suggestions.

One Strawberry Wonder …(with a bit of  chocolate drizzle and red food coloring) .

Melt Chocolate Ganache and add some raspberries.

Click on Image for one wonderful Chocolate Ganache recipe .

Cut (two cakes) and whah lah..eat to your heart’s content.

Last but certainly not least are chocolate covered Strawberries on skewers and wrapped to go. So decadent and pretty.

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