1 large seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into 3-inch lengths
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
36 slices of party rye or 18 slices of rye bread
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
Step 1 Using a box grater, coarsely grate the cucumber lengthwise, stopping when you get to the seedy center. Transfer the cucumber to a bowl and stir in the vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Step 2 If using rye bread slices, use a 2-inch-round cookie cutter to cut out 36 rounds from the bread. Cover with a slightly damp towel.
Step 3 Transfer the grated cucumber to a colander to drain; squeeze out the excess liquid. Return it to the bowl and stir in the cream cheese and scallion. Spread the cucumber cream cheese on the bread rounds, top each with a Persian cucumber slice and arrange on a platter. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.
For Drop Biscuits: 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
¼ tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 TB. sugar
½ c. cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 c. milk
For Strawberry Shortcakes:
4-6 warm biscuits
1 lb. strawberries (about 2-3 cups sliced)
½ tsp. sugar
1 c. whipping cream
1 TB. honey or sugar (or to taste)
To Make Biscuits:
Heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with a baking liner or parchment.
Add flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar to the bowl of a food processor* and pulse to mix. Toss in the butter pieces and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add milk all at once and pulse until the dough comes together (don’t process too much). Th edough should be a “wet’ dough.
Using a ¼ c. scoop,** drop onto prepared pan 2-3 inches apart.
Bake 15 minutes, turning halfway through if needed for even cooking. Let cool on a wire rack until serving.
For Strawberry Shortcakes:
Slice strawberries, sprinkle with ½ tsp. of sugar and toss gently. Let sit at room temperature until serving.
Whip cream with honey (or sugar) until stiff peaks form. This can be done and hour or two in advance and kept in the fridge until serving (if you use honey, it helps keep the cream from separating after whipping, so it stores better).
To serve, split each biscuit needed and place the bottoms on small plates or bowls. Top with about ½ cup of sliced strawberries, replace tops and add a spoonful of whipped cream.
Note: this will make 10¼-cup size biscuits – the extras freeze beautifully and can be thawed and crisped again in a toaster oven.
*To make by hand: add ingredients to a medium bowl and cut in butter with a pastry cutter. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the milk.
**Use a smaller scoop or two spoons if you’d like a smaller size for your shortcakes.
1 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 large onion, diced 5 (13.75 ounce) cans veggie broth
Cook the sausage and red pepper flakes in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crumbly, browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Pour the broth into the Dutch oven with the bacon and onion mixture; bring to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes, and boil until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the heavy cream and the cooked sausage; heat through. Mix the spinach into the soup just before serving.
8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2 minutes. Stir in wine and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Bring to a simmer; remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, parsley, 1/4 cup mozzarella and Parmesan.
Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and golden, about 10-12 minutes.
14 ounces sourdough bread (crusts trimmed, if desired), cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 cups whole or low-fat milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 medium eggs (may substitute 3 large eggs)
1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for sprinkling
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking oil spray.
Toss together the bread cubes, blueberries, rosemary and lemon zest in a mixing bowl. Spread in the baking dish.
Whisk together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, 1/2 cup of the sugar, the vanilla extract and salt in the same bowl you just used, until well blended. Pour over the mixture in the baking dish and stir gently to moisten all the bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Stir together the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar and the nutmeg in a bowl, then sprinkle that mixture over the bread pudding. Bake for 1 hour or until nicely browned.