The Perfect Key Lime Pie from yourhomebasedmom.com

  • 1¼ C graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 5 Tbsp butter,melted
  • 2 14 oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ C sour cream
  • ¾ C key lime juice
  • grated lime zest for garnish
  • Whipped cream for garnish
CRUST
  1. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter. Mix until blended
  2. Press crumbs into bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan
PIE
  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, sour cream and key lime juice. Stir until smooth
  2. Pour into pie pan
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in 350 degree oven, until tiny bubbles form on the surface.
  4. Turn off oven and let pie sit in oven for 30 minutes – do not allow to brown.
  5. Chill before serving
  6. Garnish with whipped cream and lime zest

 

Shortcake with crunchy drop biscuits from anoregoncottage.com/

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)
  1. To Make Biscuits:
  2. Heat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with a baking liner or parchment.
  3. 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.
  4. Add milk all at once and pulse until the dough comes together (don’t process too much). Th edough should be a “wet’ dough.
  5. Using a ¼ c. scoop,** drop onto prepared pan 2-3 inches apart.
  6. Bake 15 minutes, turning halfway through if needed for even cooking. Let cool on a wire rack until serving.
  7. For Strawberry Shortcakes:
  8. Slice strawberries, sprinkle with ½ tsp. of sugar and toss gently. Let sit at room temperature until serving.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
Notes
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.

 

Grandma’s Peach Cobbler from 12tomatoes.com/

  • 8 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  • Juice from ½ small lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Pour melted butter into a 9×13-inch baking dish.
    2. Place peaches into pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Turn off heat and, with a slotted spoon, transfer peaches to a bowl of ice water. Once cool enough to handle, remove skins with a paring knife. Slice peaches and set aside.
    3. Combine granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring until well blended.
    4. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk until mixture comes together into a batter. Pour batter over butter in baking dish.
    5. In a saucepan, combine peaches, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Turn off heat and pour peaches over top of batter.
    6. Bake for 40 minutes or until top crust has become a golden brown color.

Sugar Cream Pie from 12tomatoes.com/

  • 1 pie shell, store-bought or homemade
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to 350º F and place pie dough in a standard pie dish.
  • Combine sugar, flour, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl and whisk together.
  • Pour in heavy cream and mix together until fully blended and incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together half-and-half, egg yolks and vanilla extract, then gently stir egg yolk mixture into heavy cream mixture.
  • Pour pie filling into pie crust, then crimp the edges of the pie dough and brush with melted butter.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon across the top of pie, then place in oven.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until center is just set, but still jiggles slightly when shaken. (After about 1 hour, pie filling will boil. Allow to bubble for 10 minutes then remove from oven.)
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

 

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from 12tomatoes.com/

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (mini) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (10 oz.) soft caramels, unwrapped
  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Coat foil with non-stick spray.
  • Combine the sweetened condensed milk and unwrapped caramels in a medium sauce pot and place over medium-low heat. Stir frequently until the caramels melt and the mixture is smooth and a medium-dark amber color. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt and mix together.
  • In a large bowl or mixer, beat together butter and sugars until combined. Then add eggs one by one, mixing after each addition.
  • Add in vanilla extract, then gradually mix in dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips, then press half of the cookie dough into foil-lined baking dish.
  • Pour the caramel mixture over the cookie dough, and spoon the remaining cookie dough over the top taking care that the spoonfuls are evenly distributed across the whole dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and the edges have begun to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely. Lift bars out of pan by the edges of the foil and cut into bars. Serve and enjoy!

Bill Smith’s Atlantic Beach Pie

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers (about 6 ounces or 60 crackers)
  • 1/ 2cup softened unsalted butter
  • tablespoons sugar
For the filling:

  • One14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice or a mix of the two
  • Fresh whipped cream, for garnish
  • Coarse sea salt, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Crush the crackers finely, but not to dust. You can use a food processor or your hands. Add the sugar, then knead in the butter until the crumbs hold together like dough. Press into an 8-inch pie pan. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 18 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. note: crust took at least 15 min more to become golden, set on convection bake at 375.
  3. While the crust is cooling (it doesn’t need to be cold), beat the egg yolks into the milk, then beat in the citrus juice. It is important to completely combine these ingredients. Pour into the shell and bake for 16 minutes until the filling has set. The pie needs to be completely cold to be sliced. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Best Ever Strawberry Spinach Salad from theslowroasteditalian.com

Candied Pecan Ingredients
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pecan halves
pinch salt

Dressing Ingredients
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup extra light tasting olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Salad Ingredients
10 ounces fresh baby spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 small red onion sliced
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 avocado, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 (5 ounce) package blue cheese crumbles

Place a silpat mat or a sheet of parchment paper on the counter top to dry the pecans.

In a small skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add pecans, sugar and salt. Stir until pecans are well coated. Stir until the sugar caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes.

Spread onto silpat or parchment paper. Separate pecans. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile: in a pint size mason jar combine dressing ingredients. Seal and shake until well combined. Set aside on the counter.

In a large bowl combine the spinach, onions, strawberries and blueberries. Pour about 1/2 of dressing over salad, and toss. Top with avocado, cheese and candied nuts. Serve remaining dressing on the side.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving (or serve immediately).

Serve with the remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Curry Mee from thewoksoflife.com/

      2 tablespoons oil
      1 onion, minced
      3 cloves garlic, minced
      1 tablespoon minced ginger
      1 tablespoon minced lemongrass
      1 tablespoon red curry paste
      3 tablespoons curry powder
      ½ teaspoon turmeric
      1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
      4 cups veggie stock
      3 tablespoons fish sauce (optional for vegetarians)
      1 teaspoon sugar
      8 ounces egg noodles
      salt, to taste
      2 handfuls raw bean sprouts, washed and trimmed
      Cilantro leaves, for garnish
      1 lime, cut into wedges

Heat the oil in a pot over medium high heat and add the onion, garlic, ginger, and lemongrass. Cook for about 6 minutes, until softened and fragrant. Stir in the red curry paste.

  • Turn the heat up to high and add the chicken. Stir-fry until the chicken turns opaque. Add the curry powder, turmeric, coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce, and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package directions. Divide between 2 soup bowls and set aside.
  • Taste the soup and season with salt to taste. Divide the soup among your 2 bowls of noodles, and garnish with raw bean sprouts, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

 

Soft Pretzel Recipe from fifteenspatulas.com

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 2.25 tsp instant quick rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 12.5 oz all purpose flour (2.5 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • vegetable oil for greasing the sheet pan
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  1. Combine the yeast, warm water, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy. This indicates the yeast is alive and working. Add the flour and salt. Mix with the dough hook by hand for a few seconds to roughly combine, then fit the hook and bowl on the mixer and knead on medium low for 5 minutes. The dough should feel soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.
  2. Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, and lightly grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil. You could use parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Place the dough onto a lightly oiled countertop. Divide the dough into 8 pieces (just cut it with a knife).
  5. Whisk to combine the warm water and baking soda and cook in the microwave for 1 minute. FYI it’s not going to dissolve completely, and that’s okay.
  6. Roll each of the eight pieces into a long rope, and shape each one into a pretzel (see the step-by-step photos on the blog post to see how to do this). Dip each pretzel into the soda wash and place onto the greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then let them rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes until the pretzels are golden brown. Brush the pretzels with the melted butter while they are hot out of the oven. Enjoy while they are hot, and keep in mind these don’t taste as amazing the next day. Enjoy!

 

Creamy Pasta Salad from barefeetinthekitchen.com/

salad:
8 ounces salad macaroni or ditalini pasta
1 cup tiny broccoli florets
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup very thinly sliced green onion
dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons white wine or plain vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. Just before the noodles are done cooking, add the broccoli to the pot. Let the broccoli boil for about 30 seconds and then drain everything into a large colander. Rinse well with cold water.

 Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the bowl and stir well to coat. Add the cucumber, pepper, and onions and stir again. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. Enjoy!

If you forget to toss the broccoli in the boiling water at the end of the pasta’s cooking time, you can also steam it in the microwave. Place the broccoli in a glass bowl along with a tablespoon of water. Microwave for 60-90 seconds, until the broccoli is bright green and barely softened.