Monday, September 10, 2012

Plum and Mascarpone Pie


This weekend was probably the last few days of summer in Seattle, and i wanted to take advantage of that so i decided to have a little BBQ with some friends.  My good friend Penny bought this Plum and Mascarpone Pie to the party, with plums from her back yard.  Not only did the pie look good but it was delicious, she left me with the recipe so i could share it.  It was sweet, little tangy, and creamy.  So good and refreshing.

Some of the other awesome things we had were chicken and beef kebabs, quinoa tabbouleh, potato salad, honeydew and arugula salad, it was so good and delicious.  The best part is we sat outside and ate, the weather was gorgeous, kids and dogs running around.  It was a great time.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Minty Asian Coleslaw

I love cabbage but not cabbage dowsed with mayo, every time I make a cabbage slaw I make Swedish Pizza Salad which I just love.  When I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it out.  It’s the same concept of fresh cabbage with oil and vinegar but with an Asian twist to it, with carrots, cucumber and mint.  Minty Asian Coleslaw is very refreshing and I just loved it.  It’s a keeper recipe and just perfect for this Labor Day weekend.  So if you are having a BBQ and still looking for a salad, this might just be perfect.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rolo Pretzel Turtles

While we celebrate we need something decedent to eat and I have the perfect easy recipe for you, Rolo Pretzel Turtles.

The best part they take less than 10 minutes to make!  I am not kidding, these are awesome!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stuffed Chanterelles with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

Like any true Swede I go bananas this time of the year and just want to spend hours of valuable time hunting for yellow, heavenly tasting chanterelle mushrooms.  Chanterelles are my favorite mushroom, just simply grilled with butter and salt and i start drooling.

Today’s post is part of World on a plate, which is a blogging cultural exchange. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish. This month the theme is stuffed vegetable.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

Today I am so excited to be participating in a Lamb competition.  I am 1 out of 10 bloggers in Seattle that is participating in Seattle’s best lamb recipe.

Voting starts on Friday, August 24th at Fans of Lamb site.  (Don’t worry I will remind you again to start voting).

If one goes onto the second round (4 food blogger) you get to work with a famous local chef and prepare your lamb recipe for 100-150 people and then those folks will vote for the favorite recipe.  Now that is exciting.  What an event.

Well, this past week we all received a cut of meat and we didn’t know what kind of cut until we received it.  Mine was an 8 lbs Leg of Lamb.

All week I had been thinking of how to prepare my lamb and I wanted to do it like I prepare my favorite ribs, which is slow cook them in the oven for 6-8 hours in 200F.

Well as it turns out it was 90 degrees in Seattle all week and most folks like myself do not have AC, and the last thing I wanted to do was have the oven on all day long in my already 85 degree house.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

50 Blueberry Recipes

Are you running out of ideas of what to do with all those blueberries?  There are blueberries everywhere, in the store, farmers market,  in your garden maybe.   Today I we are sharing 50 blueberry recipes from around the web.

From breakfast to dessert,  here are 50 awesome recipes just for you!


Baked Brie with Blueberry Sauce – Recipe Girl
Cucumber, Mint & Blueberry Salsa
– Budget Gourmet Mom


Blueberry Crumb Bars – Smitten Kitchen
Lemon Blueberry Bars – Two Peas & Their Pod
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
– Eats Well with Others


Blueberry Bagels – Brown Eyed Baker
Blueberry Baked French Toast
– Pioneer Woman
Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake
– Alexandra’s Kitchen
Blueberry Clafoutis
– Closet Cooking
Blueberry Cream Cheese Fritters – Vanilla Sugar Blog
Blueberry Breakfast Cookies
– Heather’s Dish
Blueberry & Cream Cheese stuffed French Toast
– Creative Culinary
Blueberry Maple Drop Biscuits
– Evil Shenanigans
Blueberry Pancakes
– Smitten Kitchen
Blueberry Scones
– Carrots & Spice

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie is my second favorite pie after Apple Pie,  or they might just be equal.  With all the blueberries around and the ones growing in my garden i just decided to make a pie. This recipe is a keeper.

If you follow all the steps to refrigerate the pie crust, it truly makes the perfect, flaky pie crust.  Allowing the dough to rest helps relax any gluten that forms when you handle the dough. It also keeps the butter cold, which results in a flakier crust. But if you are in a rush the pie will still be good, the crust will just not be perfect.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Balsamic Glazed Flank Steak

Flank Steak is one of the cheaper meat cuts out there and kind of tricky to prepare.  But when prepared well it is delicious.  This is one of those recipes that is a keeper, I will make this over and over again. 

To prepare your flank steak correctly you have to cook the steak medium to medium done; basically you just want the pink to be in the middle.  And then you have to cut the flank against the grain or it might be tough. Flank steak has distinct lines in it.  These long lines are fibers running through the meat, and they are difficult to chew through. These cuts of meat are usually sliced in a way that fibers are cut through. In this way, the meat becomes more tender and easy to eat.  Slice the meat thinly at about 45 degree angle.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Peach and Ginger Pie

Peaches are in season and I wanted to do something different with them. I found this recipe and wanted to try to it out, and turned out delicious.  It has a little spicy kick to it and if served with ice cream it’s awesome.  The ginger not only gives the pie a little kick but helps cut through the sweetness of the cooked peaches.  If you want it less spicy just reduce the amount of ginger.

Today’s post is part of World on a plate, which is a blogging cultural exchange. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish. This month the theme is fruity desserts.  If I really wanted to make something Swedish I would make this awesome Apple Cake, but I was craving peaches.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dairy Free Chocolate Smoothie

I love milk!  I have to say that when i arrived in the US (long time ago) from Sweden and tasted US milk for the first time i thought it was pretty gross.  It was SWEET.   Swedish milk tastes like milk, not like someone put tons of sugar in it.  It took me awhile to find milk that was not sweet and tasted good.  But i found it.  Today there are a lot more choices and there are several companies out there that make great milk.

Today there are also tons of milk alternatives and i have always been skeptical about them, i have tried to like soy but i just can’t take the texture, i know it is good for you but it doesn’t go well with me.  However,  a few weeks ago i was contacted by Silk to write a post using one of their products.  Again, so skeptical since i LOVE MILK.  But i tried a few of their products.

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