Baltimore-Style Crab Cakes

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked over
  • 20 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Lemon wedges, for servingIn a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.

MAKE AHEAD

The crab cakes can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.

 

Chocolate Crème Brûlée from Ina

  • ​1 extra-large egg
  • 4 extra-large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar, plus extra for topping
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon instantespresso granules
  • ¼ cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlúa
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Place six (8-ounce) ramekins in a roasting pan large enough to hold them completely flat.

In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolks, and sugar until just combined. Meanwhile, scald the cream in a medium saucepan. Off the heat, add the chocolate and espresso and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Slowly whisk the cream mixture into the egg mixture, then whisk in the coffee liqueur and vanilla. Transfer to a large measuring cup and pour into the prepared ramekins until full.

Place the pan in the oven and carefully pour enough of the hottest tap water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the custards are set on the edges but still a little jiggly in the middle when gently shaken. Remove the custards from the water bath, cool to room temperature, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm.

To serve, spread 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on each custard. With a kitchen blowtorch held one inch from the surface of the crème, heat the sugar until it caramelizes evenly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve.

 

Blueberry Cobbler from allrecipes.com

3 cups fresh blueberries
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In an 8 inch square baking dish, mix blueberries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and orange juice. Set aside. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are combined. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons over blueberry mixture. Try to cover as much of filling as possible.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling.

 

Overnight Waffles

  • 1/2 cup warm water (100º-110ºF)
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (melted)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pure maple syrup (warmed for serving)
  • In a large bowl, add the water and the packet of yeast and whisk to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. If it doesn’t become foamy, start over.
  • In another large bowl, add the milk, butter, sugar, flour and salt and whisk to combine. Add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture and whisk to combine. Whisk in the flour until there are no visible lumps. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit out overnight.
  • The next morning, preheat a waffle iron and grease with oil or cooking spray. Whisk the eggs, baking soda, and ham into the batter, scoop a 1/2 cup portion onto the waffle iron and cook until golden brown and crisp on both sides, about 3-5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with the warm maple syrup.
  • Tip: Freeze the waffles and place the frozen waffles in the toaster until crisped and warmed through for a quick breakfast.

 

Cheesy Potato Breakfast Bake

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled, thinly sliced)
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups Gruyere (grated)
  • 6 cups shredded frozen potatoes (thawed)
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread out evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tomatoes slightly charred. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Reduce the heat in oven to 350ºF.
  • Butter a 9×13-inch casserole dish. In a large bowl, add the eggs, milk and mustard. Whisk until blended. Fold in the gruyere, shredded potatoes, and oven roasted tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the buttered casserole dish.
  • Place in oven for 35-40 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Tip: This casserole can be assembled and refrigerated 24 hours in advance.

10-minute tomato egg drop noodle soup from thewoksoflife.com/

  • 1 serving of the noodle of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 scallion, chopped (white and green portions separated)
  • 2-3 small tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces ( or 12oz can of tomatoes cut up)
  • 2 ½ cups vegetable, or mushroom stock
  • 1-1.5  teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. sambal obleek

Boil a pot of water to cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and transfer to a large soup bowl. Toss with a few drops of oil to keep the noodles from sticking to each other.

At the same time , heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in wok or pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and the scallion whites, and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the tomatoes and stir-fry for a couple minutes, until the oil starts to turn red and the tomatoes soften.

Add the stock, soy sauce, white pepper, sesame oil, sambal oblek and salt to taste. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes, still using medium heat. Now is a good time to beat the egg in a small bowl and have it ready.

Uncover the wok/pot, turn up the heat slightly, and slowly stir in the beaten egg. Turn off the heat and pour the soup onto the cooked noodles. Top with the chopped scallion greens (you can also add chopped cilantro if you want). Serve. Easy, right?!

 

Almond Joy Magic Cookie Bars from www.eatcakefordinner.net/

Cookie Crust:
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs (not quite 9 full-sheet crackers)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Layers:
3/4 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 3/4 c. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 c. sliced almonds
about 12 oz. sweetened condensed milk (not quite one can)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang for easy removal and spray with cooking spray; set aside.  For the Crust: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar, using a hand mixer, until smooth and creamy.  Add the vanilla and egg and mix until combined.  Add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt and mix until fully combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Press graham cracker dough evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan.  Bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips (reserving a small amount), coconut and sliced almonds.  Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top and sprinkle with reserved mini chocolate chips.  Remember the pan is hot and return to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until set (I baked mine for about 26 minutes).  Loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil halfway through baking time to prevent the coconut and almonds from browning and rotate the pan in the oven.

Allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then stick in the refrigerator to cool all the way through (the bottom of the pan will be cold).   Cut into 9-12 squares.  DO NOT cut the bars while they are still warm or the gooey filling will run all over the place.

Jenn’s Notes: I cut mine into 9 bars, but since they are pretty rich, I think 12 bars would be perfect.

Chef John’s Dutch Babies

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Blend milk, flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together in a blender until batter is smooth.
  3. Melt clarified butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until bubbling; pour batter into the center of the skillet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter, drizzle lemon juice over the top, and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Blueberry Breakfast Pudding Vivian Howard

  • 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.

Serve warm.

pasty from http://12tomatoes.com/

meat-1200x627Pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
  • 2/3 cup ice water, plus extra as needed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 8 oz. ground faux meat
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • brown mustard, garnish

Directions

  1. In a bowl or directly in your food processor, mix flour and salt together before adding in cold, cubed butter.
  2. Pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of small pebbles.
  3. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2/3 cup ice water and pulse until dough ball begins to form. Note: if mixture is too dry, add more ice water, 1-2 teaspoons at a time.
  4. Once dough is formed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a large, flat rectangle.
  5. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-45 minutes, or until chilled.
  6. While dough chills, combine beef with potato, turnip, carrot and onion, and season generously with salt and pepper, thyme and rosemary.
  7. Preheat oven to 400º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Remove dough from refrigerator and cut it into 6 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece out to an 8-inch circle.
  9. Spoon 1/2-2/3 cup beef mixture into the center of dough, then top with 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  10. Take the far edge of your dough circle and fold it over the beef, towards yourself, to form a half moon.
  11. Seal edges with a fork and repeat with remaining pasties.
  12. Transfer to lined baking sheet and brush the tops of dough with beaten egg.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned, then lower oven temperature to 350º F and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  14. Serve hot with brown mustard and enjoy!