Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Peach Blueberry Almond Galette

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
Are you enjoying summer?  Can you believe we are turning the calendar to August tomorrow?  I can't! 

Today I have a summer dessert to share with you.  The original recipe is from the July/August 2012 issue of Country Living Magazine - you can find it here.  I adapted the recipe a bit to include blueberries.

- 1/2 recipe for basic pie pastry - directions and ingredients found here
- 1 cup blueberries
- 4 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 tablespoons honey
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 tablespoon sugar

1.  Prepare pie patery and refidgerate until ready to use.

2.  Grind almonds to a fine meal using food processor.  I don't have a food processor, so I bought slivered almonds. put them in a Ziploc and used a rolling pin to grind them up.  Place almonds in bowl.  Add confectioners sugar, egg yolk, and almond extract.  Stir to combine and set aside.

3.  In a large bowl, combine peaches, blueberries, honey, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

4.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 14" circle.  Fit into a 9" pie plate.  Spread almond paste over the dough.  Add peach blueberry mixture.  Fold edges of dough over fruit to form a rustic flat pie with a 2" border, as shown in photos.  Brush edges with water and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake until pie is bubbling and crust is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or freshly made whipped cream.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Garden Fresh Summer Salad

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

I'm happy to actually have a recipe to share with you this week.  This salad was delicious and is just perfect for all of the fresh produce in season right now.

{ Adapted from recipe by Ann Gentry published in the June/July 2011 issue of Ready Made Magazine }

- 8 oz slender green beans, trimmed
- 4 med. red-skinned potatoes, cut into ½-inch-thick wedges

For Vinaigrette:
- ¼ c fresh lemon juice
- 1 green onion, minced (about 2 T)
- 2 t Dijon mustard
- ¾ t sea salt
- ¼ t freshly ground black pepper
- ½ c extra virgin olive oil

For Salad:
- 1 large head butter lettuce, leaves separated and larger leaves torn in half
- 3 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges, or 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6oz goat cheese, sliced into rounds
- ⅓ c kalamata olives
- 4 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1½ T minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

1.  Cook the green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and submerge the green beans in a bowl of ice water just until they are cold. Drain beans again and pat dry. Set aside.

2.  Place the potatoes in a steamer basket set in a saucepan filled with 1 inch of simmering water. Cover and steam until they are just tender and still hold their shape, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

3.  Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil to blend well.

4.  Arrange the lettuce on a serving platter or in a large shallow salad bowl. Place the green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Toss with enough of the vinaigrette to coat, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon the beans, potatoes, and tomatoes atop the lettuce. Arrange the cheese slices amid the vegetables. Sprinkle the olives and parsley over the salad. Spoon on more vinaigrette and serve immediately.

I loved this salad.  It was a great way to enjoy fresh summer flavors.  I ate it for a few days after I made it leftover, and it was just as good.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tasty Tuesday #79

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

I have been a complete slacker this week.  I don't have an excuse for not having a recipe to share today - I guess I have just been enjoying Summer too much!

Looking forward to seeing what you cooked this week.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Quilt for Baby S

I recently made a baby quilt for one of my very best friends, Sandy.  She is expecting her first in a few short weeks.  San and I  {and our friend Ann} have known each other since our freshman year of High School.  I can't believe we were only 14 when we met.  It's so exciting to see her enter this new phase in her life.

San & her husband aren't finding out what they are having, so the most challenging part about his quilt was deciding on a gender neutral theme.  I decided on grey, aqua, orange, and yellow and started searching for fabric.  No green - can you believe it?! 

I don't have exact names of fabrics, but I purchased almost all of the fabric from Fabric Worm in their Children's Fabric section.  I just fell in love with the colors and patterns!

For the front of the quilt I followed the same pattern I used for the last baby quilt I made.  The pattern was designed by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. and was featured on Moda Bake Shop.   You will find directions and templates for the letters there.  I altered the size of my quilt a bit, but followed the idea of her design for the front of the quilt. 

One note about the letters - I used Heat n Bond Feather Lite iron-on transfer.  I hated it.  The letters did not stick and I ended up having to redo most of them.  I will definitely not use it again.  I've never had any trouble with the other Heat n Bond iron-on adhesives I've used, so next time I will be sticking to them!

One thing I am really disappointed about - I used a pale yellow for the word 'sleep' and it's very hard to see!  You don't even notice it in the photo above.  I wanted to use an orange, but could not find the right shade, so I went with yellow.  Pretty bummed about it!  Luckily, I don't think Baby S will notice.
And the back of the quilt:
I didn't follow a pattern or the back, just had fun piecing different size strips together.  I knew that I wanted a full panel of the fabric below....Isn't it adorable?  The pattern is Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, pattern: Commute, Organic; color: To Work.  Find it HERE.

I used free motion quilting techniques for the quilt.  Free motion quilting is a lot of fun.  You put down the feed dogs on your sewing machine and you move the fabric with your hands to create the quilt pattern.  If you'd like to learn more, this is a great post from Oh, Fransson.  There is also a very helpful series on YouTube.

The only quilt batting I've ever used is from Warm & Natural.  I really like the feel of it and it washes up really nicely and gives the quilt a pretty puckered texture.



I had a lot of fun sewing this - I can't wait to make another quilt.
Here's a picture of us at Sandy's shower:
{ Ann, San, me }
I can't wait to meet Baby S!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Stuffed Zucchini with Tomato & Mozzarella

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

Did you have a good 4th of July?  I can't believe it's over - Summer is more than half way through.  Where has the time gone?

I made this recipe last week - what a perfect way to enjoy garden fresh zucchini and tomatoes!

{ Recipe adapted from one in the July / August 2011 issue of Everyday Food }

- Olive oil
- 1 medium to large size zucchini
- 2 Roma or plum tomatoes
- 2 TBS fresh herbs { I used basil and oregano }
- 1 Teaspoon white vinegar
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut zucchini in half, lengthwise, and scrape out seeds.  Drizzle olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet and brush to coat the surface.  Place zucchini cut side up.  Season with salt and pepper.

2.  Halve tomatoes, discard seeds, and dice small.  Place in bowl and add chopped herbs and vinegar.  Stir to combine.

3.  Scoop tomato mixture into zucchini.

4.  Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until zucchini is tender.  Remove from oven and top with mozzarella.  Place under broiler for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

5.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

I loved this dish it was so easy and simple, yet so flavorful.  I know I'll be making it again soon - my zucchini plant is going crazy!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day

Happy Birthday America!

Hope you're having a wonderful Independence Day.

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