The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. -- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin --

Monday, July 3, 2017

Faithy's Favorite Red, White & Blue Salad

Just thought I'd share this quick & easy salad recipe in case you're looking for something healthy and delicious for the 4th of July. 

--salad greens (I used a mix of red leaf lettuce, spring mix and spinach - but just use whatever you like!)
--fresh blueberries & raspberries (you could also use strawberries or even watermelon)
--crumbled feta cheese
--sugared nuts (This time I used store-bought sweet & spicy pumpkin seeds with black pepper, but you could also use sugared pecans or walnuts or even almonds.  I like to just dump some in a pan with sugar and seasoned salt, and stir them over low to medium heat until the sugar is melted and coats the nuts.  The you just spread them on parchment paper to cool, and break them up before using.)

Just toss everything together and serve in a clear glass or plastic bowl.  I generally serve it with poppy seed dressing and/or raspberry vinaigrette on the side.  (It stays fresh much longer if you don't "dress" the salad before serving.)

"Dressed" Salad

Quick, easy & delicious!

Happy 4th y'all!!

Fun Stuff for the Fourth of July - Watermelon Slice Cookies

HOWDY!  Just wanted to pop in and share a fun recipe for the 4th of July!  I've made these several times, and they never fail to receive rave reviews.  They take a little effort, but they're really yummy and lots of fun.

I found this recipe called Watermelon Slice Cookies many years ago, in a copy of Taste of Home magazine.  They've published it several times since in various cookbooks, and even another edition of their magazine.  You can find the recipe by clicking here.

Believe it or not, I really haven't tweaked this one much, so I won't repost the entire recipe here.  The only things I've done differently, are:
  1. Rather than 1/2 tsp. almond extract, I use 1/4 tsp. almond extract and 1/4 tsp. vanilla (I've also made them with vanilla only when I found myself out of almond extract once.  They're delicious either way.)
  2. ALWAYS double the recipe so you'll have plenty of them.   (With the effort it takes to make them, you won't want to start over for the second batch!)
  3. I like cutting the cookies into wedges rather than halves (they're super cute, and you get more cookies this way!).
Give this recipe a try, you're sure to impress, and you'll be glad you made the extra effort.

And...when you try them, don't forget to tell me know what you think of them!

As I celebrated the 4th of July with at least 4 generations of my family this past weekend, I was reminded once again how grateful I am to live in a country where we can get together to celebrate the many freedoms we are blessed with - including the freedom to worship, pray and play together.  I don't take lightly the sacrifices made by so many men & women (and their families) to ensure that those freedoms continue.  I hope you don't either.



Monday, June 5, 2017

Individual Blueberry-Buttermilk Breakfast Cakes

HOWDY!  How in the world is everyone?  Sorry I’ve been away so long…life is busy as always.  I have continued trying new recipes, but just haven’t had time to blog about them lately.  Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to post some of them soon.  I’ll start with this yummy breakfast cake that I made into individual muffin-sized servings rather than a regular full-sized cake.

I found the original recipe on a wonderful blog I recently came across called Alexandra’s Kitchen.  She calls it Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake, and it’s absolutely delicious.  It’s very versatile, quick and easy, and works well in either muffin or cake form.

I’m posting my version of the recipe (with a few minor changes), but you’ll want to try it Alexandra’s way as well.  And while you’re checking out this recipe, be sure to browse around through Alexandra’s other recipes…you’ll find plenty of yummy things to try.

Anyway…here’s my version.  Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Individual Blueberry-Buttermilk Breakfast Cakes


For batter:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup sugar (3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons)
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. lemon juice
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (set aside 1/4 cup to toss with the blueberries)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup buttermilk

For Topping (this is optional, but it adds a delicious lemony-crunchy-sweet texture):
1 to 2 Tbsp. Turbinado sugar (I use granulated Sugar in the Raw)
1 tsp. lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Cream butter with lemon zest and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the egg, vanilla and lemon juice and beat until combined.  Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with 1/4 cup of the all-purpose flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk.  Fold in the blueberries.  Mix turbinado sugar with 1 tsp. lemon zest and set aside.

Scoop or spoon batter into greased muffin tins (my large cookie scoop is the perfect size for this) or spread into a greased 9-inch square baking pan.  (Greasing the pans with butter adds a yummy buttery flavor, but non-stick cooking spray will work fine as well.)

Sprinkle muffins (or cake batter) with Turbinado sugar/lemon zest mixture, and bake for 25 to 35 minutes.  (NOTE:  If you are making a cake rather than muffins, it may take a few minutes longer to cook.)  Use a toothpick or metal tester to check for doneness, when it comes out clean, Your muffins are done!

I let them set in the pan for about 3 to 5 minutes, and then remove them to a wire rack to cool for another 5 minutes or so before serving.  If you make the cake, there’s no need to remove it from the pan, but you’ll want to let it cool at least 15 minutes before sampling.  Those blueberries get HOT!  (Not that I would know that from experience.)

Since this is a cake batter, these muffins are very light textured and delicious.  You’ll want to make them more than once!  They also freeze well if (despite them temptation) you can’t eat them all in one sitting.

I didn’t write it down, so I may be mistaken on this, but I think this recipe made about 15 regular muffins.

Once you’ve tried it, be sure to stroll through Alexandra’s Kitchen, and while you’re there, say howdy and tell her Faithy sent you!

P.S.  Hope to be back with some more recipes soon.