Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Summer is in full swing here and sometimes the temperatures are hot! Keep cool during the summer months with popsicles! I know we sure enjoy our fair share of popsicles!

These Strawberries and Cream Popsicles make for a delicious and healthy snack! A tasty treat!

Kids love to help make them and enjoy them on a hot summer day. We always have popsicles in the freezer during the summer. When the kids are playing or working hard they can come and grab a popsicle for a snack. A healthy and refreshing snack. Who doesn’t love popsicles!?

Flavors of fresh sweet strawberries combine with a smooth cream in this popsicle.

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I used a Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker and this recipe works out perfectly for it! Simply fill the popsicle cells and put the sticks in and place in the freezer. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze and set up.

When the popsicle are ready to enjoy, remove the lid and simply run the the maker under warmer water to loosen the popsicle, and make easier to pull out.

Keep cool on those hot days with popsicles. Kids love them!

This recipe can easily be used with any kind of fruit.

Strawberries and Cream Popsicle Recipe

Ingredients:
1 C. whole milk
1/4 C. heavy whipping cream
1 C. strawberry yogurt
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. strawberry extract
3 C. fresh strawberries, chopped

Directions:
Add the milk, heaving whipping cream, and strawberry yogurt to a medium mixing bowl. Then add corn starch and whisk together until smooth. Pour mixture into a saucepan and add the strawberry extract. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, while continuously whisking. Continue whisking for about 4 to 5 minutes once mixture begins to boil, to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside and cool a bit.

While cream mixture is cooling, this is when I chop my strawberries. Place the chopped strawberries in a bowl.

Then divide half the cream mixture. Add one half the cream mixture to the strawberry bowl. Stir the strawberries and cream together. Set aside.

Use the other half of the cream mixture and pour a little in each popsicle mold, saving some to top off all the molds at the end.

Then fill molds to the top with the strawberry/cream mixture. Make sure to press down on the filled molds with a spoon, or insert a knife to get any air bubbles out. I banged the mold set on the counter some too. This will help the mixture settle and get out any bubbles. Add more strawberry mixture to the molds as necessary. Lastly top off each mold with the remaining cream mixture. Put the maker top on and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze overnight and remove from popsicle molds to serve.

Enjoy this healthy and frozen summer treat!

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Blueberry Cheesecake No Churn Ice Cream

Some of my favorite things about summer include fresh blueberries and ice cream!

Blueberry season is here in Indiana and one of my favorite things I look forward to is taking the kids to go blueberry picking. We pick several pounds to eat fresh, bake with and freeze.

Who doesn’t love ice cream!?? I would say it is actually my weakness in a dessert. I love ice cream!

This blueberry cheesecake ice cream is so delicious! I honestly don’t think I will want to buy store bought ice cream again, when I can simply make it at home.

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The best part….it’s NO CHURN! So you don’t need a fancy ice cream machine to make it!

I love the flavors of this blueberry cheesecake ice cream! It is smooth, rich, and so creamy!! The blend of blueberry and cheesecake together is fantastic!

This creamy, no churn ice cream will become a summertime favorite! Blueberries and the richness of the cheesecake flavor in this ice cream – delicious!

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Blueberry Cheesecake No Churn Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. heavy whipping cream

Directions:
Combine the blueberries and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over a medium heat until the blueberries start to release their juices, about 5 minutes. Add the corn starch to the saucepan and continue cooking for another minute while stirring continuously. Remove from heat and place blueberries in the freezer to quickly cool them down to be able to put in the cream mixture, about 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth and well blended. Add 1/2 C. whipping cream and whip with a handheld blender until the cream cheese and cream are well blended. Then add the rest of the cream and the vanilla extract and continue whipping until the mixture becomes thicker and peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes.

In a plastic container or a metal loaf pan, spread out half of the whipped cream mixture. Then add half of the blueberries on top. Next spread the remaining cream and then top again with the remaining blueberries. Then, using a butter knife, swirl it thought the ice cream creating a swirl affect. Cover and place in the freezer overnight, or at least 6 hours before serving. Makes about 1 quart.

The great thing about no-churn ice cream recipes is simple: the mixture doesn’t need to churn to form the ice cream. No ice cream maker necessary! How great is that?!

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Top 5 Red, White & Blue Desserts

I am counting down the days until my favorite holiday, Independence Day! Before we cue the fireworks and break out the grill, I wanted to find the perfect 4th of July dessert to bring to our family cookout. I searched the Clabber Girl recipe archive and chose these five gems! Each one is red, white or blue and will be a crowd pleaser. Now the only thing left is to decide which one to make!

Blueberry BarsBlueberry Bars

These bars look very easy to make and I love that the recipe calls for fresh blueberries! For a bar that sports red, white and blue colors, I would use 1.5 cups strawberries and 1.5 cups blueberries for the filling and then top it off with whipped cream.

2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 C. quick-cooking rolled oats
1 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 C. margarine
3 C. blueberries
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/3 C. water
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl corn starch
1/4 tsp. salt

For the filling: In a medium saucepan combine blueberries, sugar, water, Clabber Girl Corn Starch and salt. Cook at medium heat about 10 minutes or util thickened. Set aside.

For the dough: In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and Clabber Girl Baking Powder. Cut in margarine with pastry cutter. Stir in brown sugar and rolled oats.

To assemble: Press half of dough mixture into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour blueberry mixture on top; top with other half of flour mixture. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes, until top is slightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

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I love how simple and pretty this dessert looks! Since it calls for the cake to be cut into stars, I can use my star cookie cutter and alternate the star orientation so that there isn’t much wasted cake. I could serve these in mason jars as individual parfaits. This would also be cute to make as a layered cake in a 9×13-inch casserole pan. I could layer the fruit on the bottom, whipped cream dolloped on next and the sponge cake on the top layer. This would allow the fruit to show through the slices of cake and be easy to serve up to a large crowd.

Star Cake:
3 eggs
1 C. granulated sugar
6 Tbsp. orange juice
1 C. sifted cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. powdered sugar
Fruit:
4 C. mixed berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries
1 C. granulated sugar
whipped cream, for garnish

For the stars: Grease and flour a 15 x 10-inch sheet pan, preheat oven to 375° F. Beat eggs until light and lemon-colored; add sugar gradually, beating until mixture is very thick. Add the orange juice and mix until blended. Sift together flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and salt. Add to the mixture, mixing only enough to blend smoothly. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack and cool completely. Turn out onto waxed paper. With a 2-inch star cutter, cut out star shapes. Keep cuts as close together as possible. Store shapes on a flat surface until ready to assemble.

Berries: Wash fresh berries; hull and slice any strawberries that you might have.Toss berries with 1 cup sugar. Refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

To assemble: Place approximately 1 cup berries in each dessert bowl or plate; decorate with a dollop of whipped cream and about 3-4 stars. You can also add red, white or blue sprinkles as a finishing touch for a more festive garnish. Serve immediately.

Summer Vanilla Ice CreamSummer Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a summer favorite of mine! It’s even better with fresh strawberries and blueberries for a tangy and sweet, yet creamy, dessert. Even a sprinkle of red, white and blue candies could help make this festive for Independence Day.

2 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
strawberries and blueberries, optional

In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, gradually whisk one cup of the milk into the Clabber Girl Corn Starch until the corn starch is dissolved. Whisk in the remaining milk, cream and sugar. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is simmering and slightly thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl set in a larger bowl of iced water. Stir in the vanilla. Let sit, stirring frequently, until completely chilled. Pour the mixture into the container of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the frozen ice cream to a large, airtight container. Cover and freeze until firm and set, about 4 hours. Serve frozen.

Strawberry Rhubarb PieStrawberry Rhubarb Pie

I think this would be the perfect pie to bring to a 4th of July party! If you haven’t had rhubarb before, it looks a little like celery, but don’t worry, it tastes nothing like celery and isn’t as fibrous. Sweet strawberries are the perfect compliment to rhubarb, which can be slightly sour. I love pairing these together in a flaky pastry, then topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Crust:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
10 Tbsp. butter, cold and cut into chunks
4 oz. cold water

Filling:
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp. butter
1 egg white
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Pie crust:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the chunks of cold butter and mix the butter into the flour using a pastry blender. Continue to do this until the mixture looks like bread crumbs or small pieces of butter. Add the cold water and stir it into the mixture so that it all sticks together. Clump the dough all together to form a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You want the dough chilled and cold, but not hard.

Roll out the dough to a 13 inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Save some dough for your top lattice strips. Lay the circle of crust dough in your greased pie dish. Roll out the remaining dough and cut into 1 inch wide strips for the lattice top and leave aside until fruit in the pie crust.

Pie Filling:
Whisk Clabber Girl Corn Starch together with 1/4 cup water until well blended. Combine with the rhubarb and sugar in a medium pot and heat until thickened. Then add to strawberries. Add the vanilla and stir all together. Then let sit for about 30 minutes for your filling to thicken. Pour the fruit mixture into the pie crust. Add the butter chunks on top.

Arrange the crust strips in a lattice pattern over the fruit mixture and press the strip ends into the crust. Brush the egg whites onto the top of the crust strips and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400° F. for about 35 minutes or golden in color. Let cool for filling to settle and thicken.

Sugar Cookies

This recipe was submitted by a fellow Clabber Girl employee and it is a recipe box staple! This is one of the rare kinds of sugar cookie recipes that don’t require refrigerating the dough prior to cutting out shapes. If you need a last minute dessert that looks like you spent hours on, bake away, friends! You can top the cookies with sprinkles prior to baking or frost and sprinkle after baking. Either way, these are fun and taste great! They’re the perfect finger food for tiny hands at your 4th of July party.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

3 C. all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 C. sugar
1 C. butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. cream or evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and sugar. Cut in butter until fine. Add the slightly beaten egg, cream (or evaporated milk), and vanilla. Roll out dough on slightly floured surface. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut out with cookie cutters and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° F for 5 to 8 minutes until edges just start to brown. Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of cookie cutters used. From the Clabber Girl Recipe Book “RECIPES TO WARM THE HEART”- Submitted by Sherry Wood.

Apple Puffs, A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

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Add a little tartness and crunch to your ice cream dessert! These apple puffs from the Rumford Complete Cookbook are a great addition to a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream. The apple puffs have a slight crunchy outside with the inside a cake texture with bits of tender apples inside. When pairing it with ice cream, I also drizzled caramel on top to complete the taste. The apple puffs recipe is on page 97 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook!

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Here is my version of the recipe with some modifications for the puffs to take shape.

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Apple Puffs
Ingredients: 
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 apples, peeled, and chopped
1 egg
1 tsp Rumford Baking Powder
1 cup milk
Pinch of salt

Directions:
Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium size mixing bowl. Add the sugar and chopped apples. Add the egg and milk and mix to a rather stiff batter. Drop spoonfuls of batter into a hot deep fryer and cook until the puffs are golden brown. Remove and drain puffs on a paper towel on a plate. Serve warm with ice cream.

I prepared these apple puffs and enjoyed with vanilla ice cream drizzled with my favorite caramel sauce to top it off. So delicious!!

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Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake


Strawberry fans will love this homemade strawberry poke cake! White cake made from scratch with strawberry gelatin combined with bits of strawberries throughout the cake, a thin layer of strawberry chunks, topped off with a layer of whipped cream is sure a sweet delight! Add a final touch of sliced fresh strawberries to the top to complete this fresh dessert!

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I thought it would be fun to share such a pretty cake and perfect for the holiday. But it is also great really any time of the year, especially when fresh strawberries are in season! Strawberries are my favorite fresh fruit in the summer! It is a great summer dessert!

This delicious white cake flavored with fresh strawberries and topped off with a layer of whipped cream is the perfect dessert for that fresh and sweet taste in a cake! It looks beautiful when you cut into it. If you need a fun, festive and tasty dessert for any holiday or get together this is a perfect and simple treat to make.

I like to bake desserts homemade and that is what I share here in the recipe, but you can easily use a White boxed caked mix just the same.

 

Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake


Ingredients:

White Cake 
4 egg whites
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. buttermilk

Strawberry Filling
2 cups strawberries – cut small pieces
1 box strawberry gelatin mix
1/2 cup boiling water

1 container whipped cream

Directions:

In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the shortening, sugar, and vanilla and beat together with hand mixer until well mixed. Add egg whites to the sugar/shortening mixture and beat well. Then add the flour mixture and buttermilk a slowly and continue beating together until it is all mixed together well. Pour the batter into a 9×13 well greased baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
While the cake is baking and cooling, prepare the strawberry topping. Boil the water in a small saucepan. Chop and dice the strawberries into small pieces and crush them slightly. 2 cups of strawberries are needed. Add strawberry gelatin mix, the boiling water and the crushed strawberries to the saucepan and bring to a boil, then let cool.
Once the cake is cool use the end of a wooden spoon with a round handle and poke holes into the cake. Pour the cooled strawberry gelatin mixture over top of the cake and into the holes. Some of the strawberries can be spread out on top of the cake as well to give a little strawberry layer on top of the vanilla cake. Top off the cake by spreading the whipped cream all over the cake and add sliced strawberries on top. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

Chili Soup – Six Ways!

There are so many ways to celebrate the SuperBowl, but we think there’s no better way than cheering your team on with a warm bowl of chili at your side! Just as there are many ways to celebrate SuperBowl Sunday, there are numerous ways to prepare chili. We’ve searched our archives and found six totally different chili recipes for you to try out. Ranging from spicy hot to vegan zucchini, each is unique in its own way. All recipes include our special chili seasoning recipe, which you can add to taste.

Hot Chili

  • 1/4 c. Chili Seasoning
  • 2.5 lb. beef top round, fat trimmed and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 diced poblano peppers
  • 2 diced Anaheim chilies
  • 3-4 diced fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 c. Tequila
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 24 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 c. beef stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Coat the diced meat with 1/4 cup of the Chili Seasoning. In a large braiser, heat the olive oil and add the seasoned beef. Brown on all sides. Add the onion, garlic and the fresh chilies and sauté until the onions are soft. Add the Tequila and cook until liquid is reduced by half.

Add tomato products and beef broth and bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer. Simmer until meat is tender. Adjust seasoning as desired. Finish with lime juice and chopped cilantro.

Hot Chili

Mild Chili

  • 2-3 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 3 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 large jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans hot chili beans
  • 1 (22-oz.) can tomato juice
  • 1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-oz.) can tomato puree
  • 1 (10-oz.) can beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons barbeque Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 4 tablespoons Vodka
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a large stockpot, combine ground beef and chili seasoning. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef begins to turn crusty brown. Add celery, onion, green pepper and jalapeno; cook until vegetables are tender. Add un-drained chili beans, tomato juice, tomatoes, tomato puree, broth, BBQ sauce, Kahlua, Vodka and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and simmer, stirring occasionally. May place this chili in slow cooker to keep warm.

Mild Chili

Quick ‘n Easy Turkey Chili

  • 1-2 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Two 16-oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • One 28-oz. can whole tomatoes; un-drained and chopped

Combine turkey, onion and garlic in a Dutch oven; Cook until turkey is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain off drippings. Add remaining ingredients; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

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Chicken Chili with Corn and Cannellini Beans

  • 2-3 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pound chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • optional toppings:
    • grated cheddar or Jack cheese
    • sour cream
    • chopped scallions

Combine the chicken, half the onion and enough water just to cover. Simmer for 1 hour and transfer the chicken to a plate. Boil the broth until it is reduced to 4 cups. Discard the skin and bones from the chicken and chop the meat coarsely.

In a large saucepan, cook the remaining onion, green peppers and garlic in the oil, stirring over moderate heat until golden. Stir in the chili seasoning and cook for 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups of the broth, the chicken, cumin and pepper and simmer the chili for 30 minutes.

Stir in the corn and beans and simmer another 15 minutes.

Chicken Chili with Corn and Cannellini Beans

Super Sausage Chili

  • 2 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 2 lbs. hot sausage (May use Italian sausage)
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 2 c. water

In a skillet, brown sausage and onion. Crumble sausage until it is in very small pieces. When sausage is brown, drain grease and add to large stock pot. Add remaining ingredients and cook on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Turn down heat to simmer and cook at least 2 hours.

Super Sausage Chili

Vegan Zucchini Chili

  • 2-3 Tbsp. Chili Seasoning (to taste)
  • 4 to 6 cups zucchini, unpeeled and grated
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce, plus 1 can water
  • 1 28-oz. can tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
  • green olives, sliced (optional)
  • shredded vegan cheese (optional)

In a pan, sauté zucchini, celery and onion in oil for about 6 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water, tomatoes, chili seasoning to zucchini mixture and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (this mixture can be frozen, and remaining ingredients added later). Add kidney beans, mushrooms and green olives; simmer for 15 minutes.

Vegan Zucchini Chili

Top Ten Recipes of 2016

We are counting down the top ten recipes on our website in 2016! These are the top ten most visited recipes on our website throughout the year in 2016. It should be no surprise that our Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the back of the Clabber Girl Can) are at the top of our list!

  1. Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the Clabber Girl can) – This is the classic baking powder biscuit recipe that can be found on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can. You need to ensure your oven is very hot and ready to go before putting in the biscuits inside.
  2. Clabber Girl Baking Powder Hamburger Buns – Our hamburger buns are quick and easy to make – no yeast and no rising time. Now, admittedly, the dough is sticky, and things can get a little messy when you scoop it out and plop it on the baking sheet. But just keep a bowl of water handy and wet your fingers before you scoop and shape the dough to make it easier to handle.
  3. Baking Powder Biscuits – You can use this basic baking powder biscuit recipe and with a few minor changes make buttermilk, drop, cheese, sour cream or cornmeal biscuits.
  4. Good Ole Fried Chicken – This fried chicken comes out moist with a crispy crust; it’s the ideal old fashioned recipe that has withstood the test of time.
  5. Lemon Drop Cookies – These cookies are bursting with lemon flavor-you actually bake them with lemon zest and use frozen lemonade concentrate as your liquid.
  6. Orange Cake – Originally featured in our Brickyard to Backyard cookbook, this has become a favorite for the holidays when oranges are in season. The cake is light and delicate, the orange glaze is packed with flavor.
  7. Applesauce Spice Bars – There are 3 different spices in this bar, giving them so much flavor! Top them with cream cheese frosting for an extra decadent dessert.
  8. Golden Corn Bread – This corn bread only requires 8 ingredients and first appeared on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can.
  9. Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake – This recipe is another one of my favorites I have learned from my grandma! I know I have said it before with some other recipes, that I am wanting to learn some family recipes that everyone loves and that are favorites of mine. Texas Sheet Cakes are like a family tradition, you might have eaten it as a kid as well as your parents may have as well. Enjoyable every time!
  10. Irish Cream Bundt Cake – This cake is perfect for fans of Irish cream liqueur; it is an ingredient in both cake and glaze. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or a fun event where a special Irish-inspired cake is called for.

Egg Drop Soup with Roasted Turkey

egg-drop-soup-1It’s November and Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays, is on the horizon.  Any excuse to get together with family and friends and cook a ton of food and eat is my favorite holiday.  However, I think one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers! I absolutely love leftover turkey sandwiches on white bread with mayo, salt, and pepper. But, once I have had my fill of those, I usually still have leftover turkey to cook with.  Which brings me to the recipe I have developed to share with you. Egg Drop Soup with Roasted Turkey.

 

I have a deep love and fascination with Chinese take-out food. A few months ago, my favorite Chinese restaurant closed permanently. After getting over the initial shock and grief, I am on the search for a replacement. Sadly, I haven’t found one yet. But, in the meantime, I’ve been biding my time recreating some of my favorite dishes at home.

 

Egg drop soup isn’t something I usually order but, I have begun making it home to compliment my Chinese take-out inspired meals. It is surprisingly easy to make. The broth is usually flavored with ginger, garlic, and peppercorns. I have added star anise to mine to enhance the flavor a bit more and bring in some notes of Chinese 5-spice.

 

Cornstarch is an important staple of this recipe. It is whisked into the broth to ever so slightly thicken and give a little body to the finished soup. It is also whisked into the eggs allowing them to remain delicate and soft once they hit the hot broth.

 

Turkey isn’t something that you traditionally find in Chinese take-out cuisine but, since it is that time of year, I have been looking for ways to add it to my Chinese take-out at home. And, it goes surprisingly well in this soup. The star anise really compliments the turkey and rounds out the soup in a delicious way. I hope you enjoy!

Egg Drop Soup with Roasted Turkey

6 c. chicken stock
3” piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into slices
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 tsp. whole black peppercorn
2 star anise
2 dried bird’s eye chilies, or serrano
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 c. leftover roasted turkey, shredded
1 c. green peas
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp. cornstarch + 1 tsp. cornstarch

Pour the chicken stock into a saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, garlic, black peppercorn, star anise, bird’s eye chilies, and soy sauce.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Allow stock to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Strain the broth into another saucepan and return to the heat. Bring back to a low simmer. Add the roasted turkey and green peas.

Scoop out about ½ cup of the broth into a small bowl. Whisk it together with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Pour back into the saucepan and stir.

In the same small bowl, whisk the eggs with 1 tsp. cornstarch until eggs are completely beaten and cornstarch is dissolved.

Holding a fork over the saucepan, gently pour the egg cornstarch mixture through the tines, allowing it to form ribbons. Let the egg “set” for about 10 seconds and then stir to break them up as you like.

White Cheddar & Chive Scones

Holiday baking, isn’t it the best? With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my head is flooded with sweet recipe ideas, from fruit galettes to pumpkin coffeecake. But if you’re looking for a bread recipe that’s both cheesy and savory, then I have the recipe for you: savory scones. You might be thinking to yourself: “Savory scones Nate, really?” And to that I say “Yes!!” Just like sweet scones, savory ones are equally as versatile. I made mine with chives and white cheddar, but you can feel free to substitute and experiment with other cheeses and herbs.

Versatility: one of the many reasons why I love cooking.

Try some of these combinations of pairings for inspiration!

  • Feta & Basil
  • Gouda & Sage
  • Or, Mozzarella & Rosemary, just to name a few!

These scones have a perfectly golden, crusty exterior with a warm, buttery, and cheesy interior which is perfect dipping in a bowl of beef stew or in a pool of mashed potatoes and gravy. Savory bread is definitely the way to go this Thanksgiving!

White Cheddar & Chive Scones

Ingredients

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 tsp. granulated sugar
4 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
1 c. white cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 c. chives, finely diced
1 c. heavy cream + 1 Tbsp.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a slightly crumbly meal, making sure a few larger pieces remain. Mix in the cheese and chives until combined.

Add the cream, stirring to combine until the dough begins to come together.

Mixing Scone Dough

Transfer to the dough to a well-floured work surface.

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Roll the dough out into a 7” disk about 3/4” thick.

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Use a knife to cut the disk into 8 wedges.

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Transfer each wedge to the prepared baking sheet.

Raw Scone Dough

Brush scones with the 1 tablespoon of cream and bake for 16-18 minutes or until they are golden brown and your kitchen starts smelling amazing. Cool on the pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

White Cheddar Chive Scone Hero

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Once again, I am enjoying the many flavors of fall! Don’t you just love all the flavors of fall!!? Fall time is when we harvest some of my favorite vegetables! Sweet potatoes! I love them prepared so many ways! From sweet recipes to savory recipes, sweet potatoes are delicious so many ways. Definitely as a favorite with this Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato recipe.

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This recipe with the garlic and Parmesan brings in some savory flavors to blend with the sweet potato sweetness. It’s an easy side dish packed full of flavors.

Fall is when sweet potatoes are dug in the garden. It’s always nice to use fresh produce that we have grown to prepare different recipes and enjoy!

Raw Sweet Potatoes

These Garlic and Parmesan roasted sweet potatoes are well liked in our house and are a great side dish paired with any meal. Especially in the fall season, when we mostly think of having sweet potatoes.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
3 medium sized sweet potatoes (peeled or skins on, cut into cubes)
1/2 of a small onion, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Black pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400° F. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes (you can leave the skin on if you prefer). Chop the onion. Place the onion and cubed sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add the olive oil, pepper, and garlic powder to the bowl and mix coating the onion and sweet potatoes well. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley. Serve warm.

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Be sure to give these Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes a try as a side dish this fall! Add them to your Thanksgiving feast!