Monday, August 14, 2017

Fig and Cherry Jam

I had some sad looking dried figs and wanted to do something with them. I also had some great looking red cherries. Bingo! A jam! Can you even do that with dried figs? (Yes, you can!) I put the figs in some hot water to plump them up, and then combed through some jam recipes for inspiration. Voila!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rhubarb Berry Jam

Our rhubarb plant has been growing like a weed this summer. I decided that I needed to use this bounty and went looking for a recipe that would use a lot of rhubarb. Jam seemed to fit the bill. I combined the wisdom of two recipes to create a deep red thick jam that is very delicious. I learned that rhubarb doesn't have much natural pectin, so adding a bit of apple or apple juice helps the jam to set.

It took a surprising amount of fruit to make a small amount of jam, but it's easy to make another batch. I don't bother with sterilizing jars since I make small batches and give most of it away. As long as you have some room in your fridge to store the jars, its not a problem. A spoonful of jam makes a nice topping for a bowl of plain yogurt.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shirred Eggs with Mashed Potato

We made this delicious dish for Father's Day brunch with sausage patties and French toast. The shirred eggs made the meal special. They were velvety and rich. In it's original form, this recipe called for making a potato puree, but I simplified this recipe by using Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes. Shh! Don't tell Ruth.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sliders with Shake Shack Sauce

The Star Tribune published a recipe for Shake Shack burgers, which I have never tried, but since I was planning to make burgers that night anyway I clipped the article. I decided to make sliders on small buns, but followed the rest of the directions. The key here is the sauce, the method for frying the burgers and the toasted buns. We will definitely make these again!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rustic Cherry Tart

It's cherry season and this tart is a great way to use cherries when they are plentiful! My daughter made this for a dinner party and it was very good. The crust is crisp and the filling is tartly sweet. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Non-Dairy Chocolate Panna Cotta

This non-dairy panna cotta is quick and easy to make. I found the recipe on the Guittard website. It calls for ingredients that are pantry staples at our house, so it's an easy weeknight dessert. Melt ingredients together, strain and chill. What could be easier? Honestly, you could even skip the straining step. I use coconut sugar for a low-glycemic version.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Homemade Aloe Water

Aloe water is everywhere it seems. But most of the bottled versions are too sweet for my taste. Try this easy recipe to make it yourself. Aloe is a gooey viscous substance, which is why we mix it with coconut water. Try adding a few tablespoons to your morning smoothie for health benefits for your skin, liver, digestive tract and more.