You know it is summer when the menu is like this:
Chive Biscuits (recipe from King Arthur Flour here)
Cabbage with Garlic
and Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream
Found these yummy chips at the store today and whipped up a batch of delicious cookies. I used my favorite recipe from King Arthur with a few modifications- I wanted a pareve cookie (no dairy) for Fourth of July and I wanted to highlight the coffee flavor so I added some espresso powder. The result is so yum!
Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup Earth Balance Stick
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp espresso powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 bag Leibers Coffee Chocolate Chips
1 cup chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla, espresso, vinegar and salt. Blend then add egg. After mixing well add flour and soda. Mix well. By hand add chips and mix. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheets lined with parchment. Bake at 350F for 11-12 minutes. Cool on a rack. Enjoy!
Here is a simple but delicious all in one meal! My kids really enjoyed it.
Garlic Broccoli Pasta with Toasted Breadcrumbs and Parmesan
I small head broccoli, cut into a few wedges
1 lb pasta (I used mezze penne)
1-2 thick slices of crusty bread
1 Tbs butter
1 clove garlic (or one frozen cube)
1 Tbs butter
2 cloves garlic or two frozen cubes
1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt generously. Add broccoli (make sure it is large chunks so that it is easier to remove from the water when it is done cooking) and cook 8 minutes. Remove and set aside. Mince.
Add the pasta to the water and cook according to package.
Meanwhile, put the bread slices into a food processor and process until fine. Melt 1 Tbs butter in a skillet, add 1 clove garlic (pressed or finely minced) and cook about 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs and toss until coated. Cook a minute or two more until lightly golden. Remove from heat.
In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbs butter, add the remaining 2 cloves garlic (pressed or finely minced) and cook until aromatic (about 1 minute). Add cream and stir well. Then add broccoli. Toss until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper.
When pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauce. Toss well. Serve topped with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan.
This was a super simple recipe, took about 5 minutes to prepare the dough, which I did before picking the kids up at school. Then it rises for about and hour and bakes for 30 minutes. I almost did not get a photo as the kids dove in right away- it smelled sooooo good cooking there was no resiting it once it came out of the oven! I used the Pizza Dough Flavor and Super Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Seriously Sharp Cheddar by Cabot). It was amazing!
No Knead Cheese and Garlic Flatbread
from King Arthur Flour
Filling & Topping
- 2 cups diced cheese — cheddar, Monterey Jack, flavored cheddar, or your favorite
- 4 to 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- pizza seasoning or your favorite dried herbs, to sprinkle on top
1) Lightly grease a 9” x 13” pan, and drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil in the bottom.
2) Combine all of the ingredients except the cheese and garlic, and beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 60 seconds.
3) Add the cheese and garlic, beating gently just to combine.
4) Scoop the sticky batter into the prepared pan, cover the pan, and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes, till it’s become puffy.
5) While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.
6) Sprinkle the dough with pizza seasoning, and/or the dried herbs of your choice, if desired.
7) Bake the bread till it’s golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
8) Remove it from the oven, wait 5 minutes, then turn it out of the pan onto a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
9) To make crunchy bread sticks: Cut day-old bread into 1/2” slices. Lay the slices on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake them in a preheated 350°F to 400°F oven till they’re a light golden brown and crunchy, 15 to 25 minutes or so; keep your eye on them, as they brown quickly towards the end.
Yield: about 12 to 18 servings bread; or about fifty 6 1/2” bread sticks.
My kids love to eat this, and it is a great make ahead for busy days. For smaller families you can make the full recipe and freeze half (do it in two 8x8 pans instead of one 9x13) for another night.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
from Noreen Gilletz- The Pleasures of your Processor
1 package of Mac and Cheese (I like to use Annies Shells and Cheddar)
3 cups broad noodles (or a combo of small pasta, a good way to use up the ends of boxes)
3 Tbs butter
1/4 lb cheddar cheese
1 10oz can Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 7oz cans of tuna, drained
salt and pepper
Cook the pasta together in salted boiling water. Drain and return noodles to pan.
In processor„ process onion with a few on/off pulses. Then add the cheese cut into 1-inch cubes. Process until finely chopped. Add to noodles along with the remaining ingredients (including the cheese packet from the Mac and Cheese box). Mix well. Pour into a greases 9x13 pan. Can be refrigerated here and baked later.
Bake uncovered at 350F. for 35 minutes.
If freezing half, when you want to bake it, drizzle with a bit of milk (about 1/4 cup) and bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes.
Here is the other recipe I got from the paper, also the Hartford Courant. This one needed more tinkering but it came out great!
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, washed and chopped
3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 Tbs olive oil
2 cups water
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs flour
1 12ox can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
1 15oz can salmon, bones and skin removed
salt and pepper
In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and celery and cook until starting to soften. Add the potatoes and the water as well as a sprinkle of salt. Let cook until the potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour to make a roux. Cook for a minute or two and then add to the soup pot followed by the evaporated milk and the milk. Stir well and let cook just at a simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the salmon and stir well to break up the big pieces. Do not let it boil. Cook for a few minutes and check for seasoning. Add salt and pepper as desired.
I served this with the Amish Pertzels and a big salad and it was a great hit, even with my pickiest eater (though she did need to sit on my lap before she would try it!).