Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Red White and Blue Bundt #July4Recipes

Our friend, Ellen of Family Around the Table, suggested we all post a #Patriotic theme on our blogs today to help our readers prepare for the upcoming July 4th Holiday.  Ellen suggested we share table settings, decoration tips, DIY projects and, of course, recipes.

Here is Ellen's invitation:
July 4th, 1776 is the date the Second Continental Congress adopted The United States Declaration of Independence effectively ending British rule. Now we celebrate our independence each year on July 4th with fireworks, picnics, parades and backyard barbecues across our nation. Join these 11 bloggers as we celebrate and share some patriotic themed recipes!

We have been super busy lately, with no end in sight, so there has not been much DIY except for yard work.  I don't have any new decorations to share and my table settings have been sporadic.  But....there is a always a recipe to share.

This is an easy, peasy recipe from Betty Crocker, using a boxed white cake mix and some food coloring.  You make the cake per package directions, divide the batter, and add the color.  Put the red in the bottom, then add the white and then the blue. No need to swirl, just stick it in the oven.

It comes out of the oven looking like a normal bundt cake.  Let it cool and then decorate it up to your liking.  The original recipe had you coloring your frosting red white and blue as well.  I just melted up some canned, prepared frosting, drizzled it over the cake and added sprinkles.

When you slice it you have a beautiful red white and blue celebration for your Holiday table.  My colors were very subtle as you can see.  Should you want deeper, richer color you will need to add much more food coloring.  I think an overabundance of food coloring changes the flavor of the food. That might all be in my head but I take it easy with the food coloring, none the less.

Make sure you scroll past my recipe to find links to all the other fun, festive, holiday ideas being shared today.

Red White and Blue Bundt
source: Betty Crocker

1 white cake mix
water, egg whites and cooking oil as listed on the box
red and blue food coloring
1 can prepared white frosting
Patriotic sprinkles

Make the cake as directed on the box.  Remove 2 cups of the batter, placing each into it's own bowl. Tint one cup red and the other blue.  Pour the red tinted batter into the bottom of a bundt pan that has been liberally treated with baking spray.  Pour the white batter directly onto the red.  Pour the blue batter in a ring around the center of the white batter.  Place in a preheated 325* oven and bake as directed on the box, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake removes cleanly.

Remove the cake from the oven to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before turning it out of the pan to the rack to cool completely.  

Remove desired amount of frosting from the can to a glass measuring cup. (I used about half a can). Place in the microwave for 30 seconds, until melted.  Place the cake onto a serving platter and drizzle with the melted frosting.  Top immediately with sprinkles. Print Recipe

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Honey Lime Chicken Fajitas #CookoutWeek

I am so excited to be sharing some recipes with you for #CookoutWeek2017.  This is such a wonderful event and it is all thanks to the ladies at The PinterTest Kitchen.  They not only wrangled up a slew of bloggers to share their favorite Cookout Foods and Recipes but they also gathered up numerous sponsors so that you, our readers, can enter a fantastic giveaway worth over $400. Wooohoooooo...Run over to my Welcome Post and enter right now!  I will wait to share my recipe for these amazing chicken fajitas until you return.


Welcome back....I am keeping my fingers crossed that you are the lucky winner!!  Even if you don't win this amazing prize package you will still be the winner, winner chicken dinner when you serve up this great meal that I am sharing with you all week long.  

We are grilling up some vegetables to make a grilled salsa verde, and some corn to make a great, fresh salad with tomatoes and avocados.  You can pile those on top of a cheesy grilled tortilla that is covered with a juicy tender chicken breast that is marinated in honey and lime, 

Or you can enjoy that delicious roasted corn salad as a side instead of on top...but better yet....do both!!

Today, let's start with the chicken fajitas. I adapted this recipe from one I found in my 2008 issue of Cuisine at Home.  I think the best tip that I got from this recipe/article is to grill the cheese right onto the tortilla rather than serving it in a bowl to be added afterwards.  Using this method you don't lose on drop of that ooey gooey cheesy goodness.

The marinade is a wonderful mix of ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  Whisk together some lime juice, honey, garlic and hot sauce and pour it into a gallon size plastic bag that seals shut.  Add your chicken, press out the air and refrigerate for a half an hour while you enjoy a refreshing Mango Peach Margarita.

After a half an hour, carry that Margarita out to the grill, along with that bag of chicken, and grill over medium heat until it is perfectly cooked to a tender, juicy 165*.

Don't miss all the other great recipes being shared during #CookoutWeek.  You will find links to all of them being shared today immediately following this recipe that served 6 adults with leftovers.

Honey Lime Chicken Fajitas
adapted from Cuisine at Home

3 large or 6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lbs)
Juice of 3 large limes
1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. minced garlic
2 dashes hot sauce
12 large flour tortillas
1 (2 cup) package shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Wash and trim the chicken and place into a gallon size plastic bag that seals shut.  Whisk together the lime juice, honey, garlic and hot sauce.  Pour over chicken, press out air, seal and refrigerate for 1/2 an hour.

Heat grill to medium.  Remove chicken from marinade, discarding the marinade. Grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes per side, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165*. Remove from grill and set aside to rest for a few minutes while you make the tortillas.

Reduce grill to low heat and grill tortillas for about a minute, flip over and sprinkle with some of the cheese.  Continue to cook until cheese melts.

Slice the chicken breast into 1/4" pieces and serve along with the tortillas and your desired toppings. Print Recipe

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Welcome to #Cookout Week and a Great #Giveaway


 Get those grills fired up... because it's #CookoutWeek 2017! This week, I'm joining forces with over 40 food blogger friends to bring you delicious recipes perfect for every backyard BBQ, picnic, summer party, or cookout. We also have a fabulous giveaway featuring products from the brands who have made #CookoutWeek possible! You can enter below to win:
  • From blog host The PinterTest Kitchen: $100 Amazon gift card, to use to buy all the supplies you need for your next cookout
  • From our sponsor The French Farm: A gift pack of gourmet products hand-crafted by small businesses and using only the finest ingredients - La Favorita Genovese Pesto, Caprichos del Guadalquivir Cadenera Orange Marmalade, and L’Abeille Occitane Lavender Honey
  • From our sponsor Smokin'-Os: A sampler pack of their "smokin'-os" wood rings, to help you add wood-fired, smokey taste to your grilled foods, even if you don't own a smoker
  • From our sponsor Primal Kitchen: $200 of Primal Kitchen goodies, including condiments made with avocado oil and bars and shakes with grass-fed collagen
  • From our sponsor Langers Juice Company: Your choice of 10 bottles of Langers Juice, with flavors including traditional Apple and Grape, as well as interesting mixes such as Pineapple Orange Coconut, Cranberry Blood Orange, and Mango Peach
  • From our sponsor True Made Foods: A 3-bottle sampler pack of sauces with real flavors made from real vegetables and less sugar - Ketchup, BBQ, and Veracha
This prize pack has an ARV of over $400! You have until July 1 at 11:59 PM to enter by following our sponsors and bloggers on social media.

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Stay tuned... remember, throughout the week, all of the participating bloggers will be posting delicious cookout recipes.  I am posting a dish each day so that by the end of the week you will have a complete Cookout Dinner to enjoy for the weekend.  It is quick.  It is easy.  It is delicious.  I can't wait to share it with all of you.

Here are all the bloggers who are part of #CookoutWeek 2017.

As one of the bonus entries in the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post... what is your favorite dish to eat at a cookout?

Here are some recipes being shared today

Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins #MuffinMonday

It's rhubarb season again and what better way to use up some rhubarb than with some light fluffy muffins with a cinnamon sugar topping?

These muffins that I'm sharing with you on the Muffin Monday are adapted from a recipe found at Fine Cooking. They were written as a sour cream muffin but I used half sour cream and half ricotta cheese since that was what I had in the refrigerator.  I also used almond extracts as I was out of vanilla.  They were absolutely delicious and lasted exactly 2 hours once they were baked.  I took a few to a friend's house and the rest were gobbled by me, Frank and our Little Miss.

Cinnamon Rhubarb Muffins
adapted from Fine Cooking

2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. ricotta cheese
1 T. milk
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. small dice rhubarb
Cinnamon Sugar for sprinkling (1 t. cinnamon + 1/4 c. sugar)

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

In med. bowl whisk together the sour cream, ricotta, milk, butter and eggs. 

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients all at once into the well.  Stir just until combined then fold in the rhubarb.

Divide the batter between 12 cup muffin tin that is treated with baking spray or lined with paper cups. Sprinkle generously with Cinnamon Sugar.  You can make your own cinnamon sugar using the amounts indicated above.  Store any extra in a sealed container or baggie in a dry location.

Bake in a preheated 400* oven for about 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center removes cleanly.  Print Recipe

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#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board.

Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday, can be found on our home page.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Let the Visiting Begin.....and the Weekly Menu

Our son from Denmark, Dian, his girl, Helena and their baby, Jordan, arrive this afternoon for a 3 week visit to the USA.  We are so excited to meet Helena and Jordan and can't wait to spend time with Dian who was fondly referred to as "Bratski" while he lived with us.

This is the first day of company from out of town staying with us for the summer.  My brother, Larry, and his wife, Mary, arrive July 6th for the month.  While they are with us, some of Mary's friends are coming in from California too so we will have them for a few days as well.  It is going to be a hectic, busy, fun filled summer!!

Yesterday was spent going to the Farmer's Market, Butcher and Grocers to have full cupboards, pantry and refrigerator for our guests.  The afternoon was spent on yard work and then we attended a Graduation party for Frank's cousin's son.

Today we are going to 9:30 am Mass and then heading over to a neighboring town for an Art Fair. Dian and family should be arriving to the house about 3 or 4 pm.  Tingting and Melody will be over to welcome them.  Dian was living at our house and attending school with Tingting.  It was he who let us know that she needed a home for the second semester.  We invited her to stay with us and the rest is history. 

Dian's favorite food while he was here was hamburgers so that is what we are serving for his first dinner home. We are going to play the rest of the week by ear.  I have a meeting at church to attend on Monday afternoon and we are picking John and Kirsten up at the airport late Wednesday evening when they return from Japan.  I can't wait to hear all about their trip.

So here is the Weekly Menu....it may be switched up depending on what activities we decide on during the week but at least I will have a plan in mind.

Graduation Party

Potato Salad
Baked Beans

Meatless Monday
Spinach and Cheese Ravioli
Caesar Salad
Tomato/Blue Cheese Salad
Garlic Bread

Chicken Enchiladas
Spanish Rice
Refried Beans

Meatballs in Mushroom Gravy
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

Asst. Grilled Sausages
Asst. Salads

Fish Friday
Shrimp Scampi
Pasta Agli Olio

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lahma Bil Basal #EatLikeAnEgyptian

Today marks the end of Ramadan, a time of prayer and fasting for those of the Muslim faith, reminiscent (to me) of the Lenten Season of the Christian Community.  This Holiday is known as Eid al-Fitr.
"What is Eid al-Fitr? The arabic name Eid al-Fitr translates to 'festival of the breaking of the fast' in English. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, and the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal."
from Mirror.com

My friend, Sue of Palatable Pastime invited us to Eat Like An Egyptian in support and celebration with our Muslim friends.

When I finished my Google search to learn what this holiday was all about, I conducted another to find an Egyptian Recipe.  Many of the Middle Eastern Foods that I am crazy about: hommus, baba ghanouj, chicken shwarma, mujadara, baklava, stuffed grape leaves, and kebabs are included in this group.

I also found a recipe for this delicious, tender Beef in Rich Onion Broth that I knew would be easily adaptable to the crockpot.  

I had a funeral to attend that was several hours away.  It was on a Wednesday and we watch our Little Miss Melody on Wednesdays so Frank remained home with her so I could attend with our friends, John and Kirsten.  I left him with this recipe from Allrecipes.com and asked him to make it and then put it in the crockpot to finish cooking so that we could enjoy it for dinner when we returned home.I forgot to tell him to reduce the amount of water for the crockpot version. So the gravy was not very thick.  We chose to just use a slotted spoon and a little ladle for the au jus.  You can halve the amount of water or use a roux to thicken the gravy if you prefer.

When we walked in the door our mouths started watering.  It smelled delicious and we couldn't wait for Frank, who was returning Melody to her mom, to get home so we could eat.  Frank served this up with white rice and corn.  This is no surprise, Frank always chooses white rice over brown and corn is the only vegetable he ever makes when he is cooking dinner.  Not that I am complaining.....I am always very grateful that he is always so willing and able to step up to the (dinner) plate.

The recipe was adapted only slightly.  We used 2 lbs of beef instead of 1 and where it called for a bay leaf, Frank read basil (probably because of the name of the dish) and plucked one from my basil plant to add instead of the bay leaf.  Oh.....and, of course, it was made in the crockpot.

Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)
adapted from Allrecipes.com 

2 lbs. beef stew meat
2 T. butter
1 T. canola oil
2 large Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 bay leaf (or basil leaf works too LOL)
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 c. water ( I would lower this to 3/4 c for the crockpot)

Melt the butter and oil in a large skillet over med high heat.  Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.  Transfer to a slow cooker along with the onions, bouillon cubes, water and bay leaf.  Set on low and cook for 6-8 hrs. Print Recipe

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Black Currant and Rosemary Tea Ice Cream #DairyMonth #InspiredbyNature

Along with Dairy Month, we are also having a Progressive Dinner that is Inspired by Nature. We have been celebrating all things dairy this week under the guidance of my friend, Carlee of Cooking with Carlee.  Today is the last day of the event.  It has been amazing and the recipes shared so far have been out of this world!!  You can find the recipes by looking at #DairyMonth in any social media platform and you can enter a giveaway sponsored by Cabot Creamery by going here.

While this was going on, my friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla was hosting a progressive dinner party sponsored by Charles Viancin and the Republic of Tea.  Six of us were provided products from both sponsors and assigned a day and a theme for our blog post.

You can see what the others made to bring to the party by going to their individual blogs and searching #InspiredbyNature.  You can also find us by that hashtag on social media platforms.  While we did receive products, we received no monetary compensation and all opinions are strictly our own.  You can enter the generous giveaway by visiting my Welcome Post.

Some of the kids were able to come over to celebrate Father's Day with Frank last weekend.  I started the afternoon with this beautiful cheeseboard featuring Cabot Cheeses and drinks, poolside.  It was a gorgeous sunny day following a brief thunderstorm.

We had wine, both red (for me) and white (for my daughter, Amy) kept fresh and bug free while we were in the pool with granite bottle caps and glass covers from Charles Viancin.  We also served up some Iced Tea from the Republic of Tea for those wishing not to imbibe.  The references to alcohol in this post are meant for those over 21 years of age.  Please drink responsibly because always........

Take Safety Seriously!!

We played in the pool for a while, visiting and laughing.  Frank's sister, Roz, and her husband stopped in for a while and our friend, Karen, came and spent the afternoon with us as well.  

I had made several of the side dishes ahead of time and stored them in the refrigerator covered with the granite bowl covers that are airtight, leak proof and earth friendly relieving our landfills of the plastic wrap that otherwise would be used.

Just as a side note.  I am featuring the granite series for Charles Viancin today as that is what I was  provided.  However, I have been using these products for years, not knowing anything about the company. I purchased these at a specialty store about 5 or 6 years ago and have used them consistently for all that time.  They have been refrigerated, microwaved and put through the dishwasher and still work and look as if they were brand new.  

I had decided to make a custard ice cream for dessert because my hens have been working overtime lately and I needed to use up some of the dozens of eggs filling my refrigerator.  When I got the Black Currant Rosemary tea I decided to use it in the ice cream, thinking that not only would it be a great flavor but it would be a beautiful raspberry red color as displayed on the package.

I started out by making my custard base of cream, milk and sugar to which I added 3 of the large tea bags from Republic of Tea.

When the cream mixture was steamy, I pressed all of the liquid from the tea bags into the custard and disposed of the bags.  I tempered some egg yolks with part of the cream, incorporated this mixture into the cream mixture and continued to heat it over steaming water until it thickened to the point where a finger ran across the back of the wooden spoon left a trail.  The custard was then transferred to a bowl that was set into an ice bath and stirred until cooled.  

Cover with a lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hrs. but it is better if you remember to make the custard the night before and let it refrigerate overnight.

While it wasn't the beautiful raspberry color that I imagined it was a pretty caramel color.  More Most importantly it was amazingly creamy and delicious.  Did it taste like black currants and rosemary.....no......Surprisingly it tasted like a Boston Cooler.  This made us very happy because we LOVE Boston Coolers.  It tasted bright and gingery and fizzy.....I have no idea why but it was a wonderful surprise.

Make sure to stop by and visit all the other Dairy Month recipes being shared today.  You will find them immediately following my recipe.

Black Currant and Rosemary Ice Cream

2 c. heavy cream
1 c. 2% milk
3/4 c. sugar
3 large Black Currant Rosemary Ice Tea Bags
pinch of salt
6 egg yolks, room temperature

Pour the cream and milk into the top of a double boiler.  Whisk in the sugar and salt.  Add the tea bags and heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to steam.  Remove the tea bags, pressing to release the liquid into the cream. 

While the cream is heating, prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl halfway with ice and water and nesting a smaller bowl inside.

Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl.  Whisk in 3/4 cup of the hot liquid a little at a time then add this mixture to the cream mixture in the top of the double boiler.  Cook and stir until steamy and thickened enough that a finger ran over the back of a wooden spoon creates a trail that does not close.

Transfer the custard to the top bowl in the ice bath and stir until the mixture is cooled, about 5 minutes.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.

Pour the chilled custard into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions.  Serve immediately for soft serve custard or return to the freezer after churning for a harder ice cream. Print Recipe

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Marina's Malted Milk Shake #DairyMonth

Our daughter from Russia, Marina, was our very first exchange student.  The fact that we continued and hosted 4 more times is a testament to what a joy she was to have and an indication of how very much we loved her and how perfectly she fit into our family.

She is currently working for a cruise line that is sailing from Seattle to Alaska all summer long and asked if we could join her on one of the cruises.  She is going to have free time to spend with us on excursions.  We couldn't be more excited.

We had so much fun with Marina while she was here.  We traveled to California, Chicago and Up North.  She loved to eat and to cook.  She taught us how to make Pelmeni and she was anxious to learn how to make American dishes.  She loved our parents and could spend hours learning about them and their backgrounds.  We taught her to play pinochle and spent probably 3 or 4 nights a week playing cards.  When we weren't playing cards we were watching movies and eating popcorn. Shortly after she arrived, Frank made her a Malted Milk Shake. This quickly became a regular treat around our house.  Marina would request a Malt nearly every night and when she returned home, Malted Milk mix was included in the care packages we sent her.

Soon, new students arrived and new favorites took precedence.  Marina's Malted Milk Shakes, that we had enjoyed several times a week, now became a pleasant memory.  The next four exchange students came to us with their own unique personalities and likes and dislikes.  We adapted to them all and had wonderful experiences.....but as stated previously....all of those relationships would never had happened had our first experience with our Marina not been so amazing.

Today is Day 4 of the Dairy Month celebration that we are celebrating all week long.  This party is hosted by Carlee of Cooking with Carlee and Lauren of From Gate to Plate.  All of these memories of My Marina made me want to share our Malted Milk Shake recipe.

Our time with Marina was nearly 10 years ago.  We have been blessed to spend some time with her during the years, including a trip to Georgia. We have not been blessed with the opportunity to make her another Malted Milk Shake but the memories made me want to share this recipe with you.

In anticipation of our next meeting with Marina, I asked Frank to make us one of his Malted Milk Shakes that she loved.   Our Little Miss shared this drink with me....stating immediately upon finishing her sip that it was "her turn".   We hadn't made this treat for quite a while but I think that, like with Marina, it is going to become a regular again.  Perhaps with a new name......Melody's Malted Milk Shake.

Please visit the other #DairyMonth recipes being shared today.  You will find links  for them immediately following our recipe.

Marina's Malted Milk Shake

2 c. vanilla ice cream
3 T. chocolate syrup (we use Hershey's)
3 T. malted milk powder
3/4 c. milk

Place all ingredients into a heavy duty blender.  Puree until smooth.  Divide between 2 glasses and sere. Print Recipe

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream #FantasticalFoodFight #DairyMonth

Happy Wednesday everyone.  To celebrate "hump day" as it is affectionately called, I am sharing a wonderful recipe that incorporates two events.  We have been celebrating Dairy Month, all week long, hosted by From Gate to Plate and Cooking With Carlee.  Thus far, I shared a wonderful Orange Creamsicle Martini and an elegant Souffle.

Today is also the day of the month set aside for Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.  As luck would have it, Sarah chose the theme "Peaches and Cream" for this month's challenge.

I love when my blogging worlds collide!!  I made up this quick, easy dessert one evening for our friends, Kim and Kurt.  We had enjoyed a grilled dinner al fresco and this was the perfect ending.

I had the peaches all ready to go, by pitting them and brushing them with a flavorful pumpkin spice olive oil that I had gotten as a gift.  You can just use a good unflavored extra virgin olive oil.  The compound butter is the real secret to this delectable dessert.

When dinner is finished, pour your guests and yourself another glass of wine and visit while you grill the peaches.

When they have some nice grill marks on them, flip them to the other side and add a dollop of that cinnamon compound butter into the crevice left by removing the pit.

Transfer the peaches to serving dishes being careful not to lose any of that delicious melted butter and top with your favorite, good quality, vanilla bean ice cream.  

So simple and so very delicious.  

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Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream
serves 4

2 peaches
Extra Virgin Olive oil for brushing (I used a pumpkin spiced flavor)
2 T. butter, room temperature 
1/4 t. cinnamon
1 t. sugar
2 c. good quality, vanilla bean Ice Cream

Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit.  Brush both sides with olive oil and place on a medium hot grill, flesh side down. 

Meanwhile combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Grill the peaches until slightly charred with nice grill marks showing.  Flip skin side down and place a dollop of the compound butter in the indentation of each peach, where the pit was removed.  Cook until butter is melted and flesh is showing grill marks.

Remove to serving dishes and immediately top with a 1/2 cup of ice cream before serving. Print Recipe

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spinach and Cheese Soufflè and a Giveaway #DairyMonth

Welcome to day 2 of our weeklong Dairy Month celebration.  We are sharing all things dairy all week long.  Some of us were provided a wonderful selection of cheeses from Cabot Creamery to use in the development of our recipe.  They are also sponsoring a very generous giveaway for our readers.  You will have the opportunity to enter at the bottom of this post.  Thank you to From Gate to Plate and Cooking With Carlee for hosting this event.

I, personally, love Cabot cheeses and am always happy when I see that they are sponsoring one of the many events in which I partake.  You can't have a Dairy celebration without including cheese!!

I decided that I wanted to make a Soufflè for Dairy Month.  I made my first one, a Crab Soufflè, last year for Brunch Week.  I was so very excited at how well it turned out that I have been wanting to make another.  I found this recipe for a Spinach and Cheddar Soufflè by Ina Garten.  I always have great luck with her recipes.

This recipe was no exception.  The soufflè could have risen a bit higher but I didn't have the exact size called for in the recipe.  I adapted this very slightly using crushed red pepper instead of cayenne and Cabot Alpine Cheddar.

This is a perfect dish for a Meatless Monday meal which is when we enjoyed it.  It would also make an elegant brunch presentation served up with fresh fruit and croissants, especially if you made individual portions instead of a large souffle to share.  This souffle will feed 3-4 people.

The inside was light and fluffy and the outside was crispy, cheesy goodness.  I think I will add another 1/4 cup of cheese to this recipe the next time I make it.  

Make sure you stop by and see what the others cooked up for you today and then scroll past their links to the great giveaway from Cabot Creamery.

Spinach and Cheese Soufflè
slightly adapted from Ina Garten

3 T. butter + more for greasing the dish
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese + more for sprinkling
3 T. flour
1 c. hot milk
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
small pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
4 egg yolks, room temperature
1/2 c. grated Alpine Cheddar cheese (I would make it 3/4 c.)
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
5 egg whites, room temperature
1/8 t. cream of tartar

Butter the inside of a 6-8 c. soufflè dish and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.  

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and whisk in the milk. Stir in the nutmeg, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.  Return to heat and whisk constantly until smooth and thickened.

Remove from heat and whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time.  Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the cheese and spinach.  Set aside.

Place the egg yolks and cream of tartar in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Start mixing at low speed increasing the speed as the whites thicken until you are at high speed.  Continue whisking until they form firm, glossy peaks.

Whisk about a quarter of the egg whites into the spinach mixture and then lightly fold in the remaining egg whites.  Pour into the prepared dish and flatten with a spatula.  Make a ring around the egg mixture with the spatula.  This will help it to rise evenly.

Place the souffle in an oven that has been preheated to 400*,  Lower the temperature to 375* and bake for 30-35 minutes until fluffy and golden brown.  Serve immediately.  Print Recipe

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"Cabot Creamery is an award-winning co-operative owned and operated by 1,100 member dairy farm families throughout New England and Upstate New York. We take care of the land so the grass grows green and tall, which makes the cows happy—and happy cows produce rich, buttery milk, which makes for cheese and other products that win awards year after year. And the more people love our Cabot family of products, then the more our dairy farms will thrive—today and into the future. Learn more about Cabot at www.cabotcheese.coop"

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