Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekly Finds: 6/16/13

Lunches:
Mixed Grains Bowl with Scallions and Sauteed Radishes An easy way of cooking several grains together, topped with sauteed scallions, radishes, and radish greens. We are growing all of those, so I will have to try this out! I also love the idea of the pilaf as a great way to use up little bits of grains you have in your pantry.

Snacks:
Goat Cheese Guacamole A unique take on guacamole, featuring goat cheese, chives, sundried tomatoes, and lemon juice.
Honey, Ricotta and Berry Muffins A great way to use up some leftover ricotta - creamy muffins sweetened with honey and studded with fresh berries.
Lemon Blueberry Scones Easy scones with lemon and blueberries. I love that you can use fresh or frozen blueberries. I'd love to make this part of my Sunday morning ritual!
Cinnamon Honey Scones A completely different take on scones. Here, butter is cut into the flour as usual. But then MORE butter is added as a mix-in, and it's a cinnamon honey butter. It leaves beautiful swirls and must taste incredible. Of course then it's topped with a honey butter glaze.

Breads:
Sweet Yeast Bread with a Cream Cheese, Fresh Cherry, and Crumble Topping A beautiful sweet bread that is unique in the fact that it's a yeast bread (not a quick bread), topped with tangy cream cheese and sweet cherries.

Dinners:
Flank Steak with Blue Cheese-Honey Nectarines and Basil-Buttered Corn A great way to grill everything in your meal - flank steak with a red wine vinegar marinade, sweet and salty nectarines, and fresh corn enhanced with an herb butter. The flank steak is obviously just for Joey's benefit, but I would totally eat the nectarines and corn.
Margherita Pizza Wheels Individual servings of pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basil.
Mushroom Rice Fritters with Lemon-Dill Sour Cream I love mushrooms. They are best when cooked with onions, thyme and white wine, and this recipe does something very similar. Then they are combined with rice and pan fried until crispy. The sauce sounds wonderful, there's just something about lemon and dill together that brightens everything they're served with.
Dill Pickle and Potato Soup This sounds a lot like a soup Joey made a couple years ago! Dill pickle is the star of the soup, and is complemented by potatoes, onion, carrots, and swiss cheese.

Sides:
Crispy Baked French Fries Fries are seasoned generously, and baked on a rack to ensure they get crispy on all sides. I'm not sure that the liberal coating of olive oil makes them much healthier than the fried version, but this is most certainly easier to make.
Honey Mustard Veggie Kebabs with Garlic Quinoa Who says grilling is just for meat? Veggies are marinated in a honey, mustard and greek yogurt combination, and then grilled to perfection. I usually find grilled veggies to be overrated, but this marinade sounds wonderful.

Desserts:
Cardamom Cherry Ice Cream This ice cream pairs the flavors of cherries, cardamom and vanilla bean with a rich custard base. It sounds (and looks) amazing. I would perhaps try using whole cardamom and infuse it into the custard, instead of ground.
Old Fashioned Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies Exactly what the title promises - these peanut butter cookies have the classic criss-cross, and a chewy interior thanks to the strict instructions to not overcook! They stay nice and thick due to the dough being chilled.
Vanilla Peanut Butter Chunk + Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Oh my. This is a coconut+vanilla ice cream, studded with chunks of peanut butter goodness, drizzled with a chocolate syrup. Delicious
Citrus Angel Food Cake with Peaches A basic angel food cake is brightened with citrus juice, zest and extract, and served with a luscious peach compote. This will be made once peaches are in season
Peach Berry Buckle I think peaches and blueberries are one of the best combinations. This cake combines the two, and is topped with a crumble topping.
Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze Baked donuts with banana and buttermilk are coated in a brown butter glaze. Alliteration anyone?

Cocktails:
Redhead in Bed A delightful combination of fresh strawberries, citrus vodka, lime juice and sweet wine. Sounds like the perfect summer drink.

Canning:
Strawberry and Meyer Lemon Marmalade A sweet and tart combination of fresh strawberries and meyer lemons creates a spread that doesn't require the use of pectin.

Joey:
Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy Joey loves biscuits. I've made them a few times for him, but I haven't attempted to make gravy yet. Maybe this will be for a special occasion :)

Cooking Tips:
Cooking Substitutions Really informative infographic of different substitutions for flour, sugar, fat, and more.