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How to make the perfect sponge. Snow. And a little wild sweetness.

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This is what I could see from the window when the sun came up this morning.

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No sun and no land. All white.  But more on that later.  First we need to discuss Christmas. As you know I am from New Zealand. Christmas in New Zealand means cold ham, cold roast beef, salads, huge bowls of leafy greens, maybe some  roast potatoes and roast kumara.  Beetroot jelly. Salmon Mousse.   That kind of thing. Every family has a different tradition. My mother was not a traditional kind of person.

I honestly cannot remember a recurring menu. Every year was something different.  But never heavy because it was summer and we lived by the beach. And you cannot swim on a full stomach you see. We had to wait an hour after eating to go back to the beach. It was torture. So, though we would have sat down to a…

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How to make the perfect sponge. Snow. And a little wild sweetness.

thekitchensgarden

This is what I could see from the window when the sun came up this morning.

snow23-003

No sun and no land. All white.  But more on that later.  First we need to discuss Christmas. As you know I am from New Zealand. Christmas in New Zealand means cold ham, cold roast beef, salads, huge bowls of leafy greens, maybe some  roast potatoes and roast kumara.  Beetroot jelly. Salmon Mousse.   That kind of thing. Every family has a different tradition. My mother was not a traditional kind of person.

I honestly cannot remember a recurring menu. Every year was something different.  But never heavy because it was summer and we lived by the beach. And you cannot swim on a full stomach you see. We had to wait an hour after eating to go back to the beach. It was torture. So, though we would have sat down to a…

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Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

You know how I adore ANYTHING BEACH!!!!!

Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches

‘Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la!

I definitely have my own favorites for our family Christmas cookie line up, and some kind of yummy cut-out sugar cookie is always on that list!

This year I decided to try something a little different. Inspired by my collection of sand dollars, I thought it would be fun to try out an idea for coastal themed Christmas cookies. Of course, these sweet beach treasures are great for any time of year and would be a big hit at any luau or beach picnic!

I used a sugar cookie recipe that I found at Art of Dessert (recipe below).

After rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch, I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band to cut out my cookies. It was just the right size (almost 3″ across) for the sand dollar I was trying to match…

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Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies- The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

who doesn’t LOVE new ways to make a cookie! BAKE ON!

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Confession- there has not been a trip to the grocery store in the last two months that I have not bought a cooking magazine, mostly from the cookie category. Every year the same thing- that one to five minutes spent waiting in the darn check out line is just too long to resist. Holiday baking- I love it, the search for that perfect gem of a cookie. This year I participated again in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap along with over hundreds of other participants (search #FBCookieSwap to find mouth-watering cookies to bake or torture yourself with). The cookie swap was all to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, over $13,778.40 was raised!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

Martha Stewart contributed to the cookies I sent- after an evening of heated debate and taste testing these were the winners that I was going to ship and bake.

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  • 1 cup unsalted butter…

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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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My grandfather’s favorite cake was German Chocolate. It was the last dessert I made for him before he passed away. I used fresh, local chicken eggs for the icing, that turned out rich and decadent without being heavy.

Today, when I eat chocolate and coconut together, I think of him. I bet he would like these bars. And I would give anything to be able to make a plate of these for him.

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German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Southern Living, Sept 2012

  • 3 cups pecan halves and pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

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pumpkin snickerdoodle bread.

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make great

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Fall is officially here! Let the pumpkin party begin!

Recipe adapted from here

Makes two loaves

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbs cinnamon
15 oz fresh pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup almond milk
FOR THE TOPPING:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs cinnamon
2 tbs vegetable oil

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350.
Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.

In a large bowl mix flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon. In a separate bowl mix pumpkin, oil, maple syrup, and almond milk  together. Combine the bowls together.

Pour into prepared pans.

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National Pecan Torte Day

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National Pecan Torte Day

Five Food Finds about Pecans

  • If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women.  Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
  • It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.  In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
  • Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
  • Pecan…

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Peaches and Cream

Fresh Peaches

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I am in love with summer fresh peaches. So for breakfast why not just slice them up, sprinkle with a bit of white and light brown sugar. Pour sweet cream or milk over it all, stir and enjoy. Just like my Gramma would give me when I was little. Love them!

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Almond Joy Bars

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Looks messy, is messy but oh will your belly do a happy dance with one bite of these bars.  Use the ingredients to make either drop cookies or a bar like I made.  If making a bar, coat the top with the extra chocolate and coconut !!!
Ingredients
  • ½ c. Unsalted Butter, softened
  • ¾ c. Almond Butter
  • ½ c. Sugar
  • ½ c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ c. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Kosher Salt
  • ½ c. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • ½ c. Whole Almonds, ground ( I ground coconut flavor almonds)
  • 2 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cream butter, almond butter, and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, beat until well-incorporated. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the creamed butters and sugars and mix on a low speed until just combined. Stir in…

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No-bake breakfast bar

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FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports

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Here are the ingredients you need to make the University of Missouri Extension’s ‘No-Bake Breakfast Bar’:

1 cup of peanut butter

½ cup of non-fat dry milk

¼ cup of honey or maple syrup

3 large shredded wheat biscuits or 1-2 cups of any other cereal

½ cup of chopped nuts or raisins

(Note: ½ cup of dried cranberries were also featured for the TV segment but are not required)

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour all ingredients into an 8×8 glass pan and pack the ingredients together for a yield of 12 bars.

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Artichoke & Spinach Pesto

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As summer is starting to wind down, we all need some great recipes to use up our basil plants and while a plain basil pesto is a great option, this recipe is even better! Packed with bold flavors from spinach, basil, artichoke hearts & walnut it’s a healthy and unique version of a classic. We kept this dish vegan by tossing it with gluten-free pasta and not only was it was crazy good, it was really filling too! The original recipe called for making a roux with soy milk, vegan margarine and flour but since we only had vanilla soy milk in the fridge I skipped this step. I would imagine it just serves to thin the pesto out a bit but I liked how thick ours was.

Recipe adapted from The Part-Time Vegan cookbook.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine 1 cup fresh basil leaves, 1 cup…

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Gooseberry & Elderflower Mess

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For the past few weeks we have been walking past a basket of perfect looking gooseberries at our grocer and saying we need to make something with these. A version of the classic Eton Mess the tart gooseberries balance the sweetness to make this light and sunny, just like the weather.

Gooseberry & Elderflower Mess – serves 6

  • 300g gooseberries, tops pinched off
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp elderflower cordial
  • 600ml whipping cream
  • about 100g of meringue nests, roughly crumbled

Put the gooseberries, 2 tbsp water, and 25g of sugar in a small saucepan. Cook gently until the gooseberries start to soften and break down. Taste and add as much of the remaining 25g as you need, then cool.

Put the 2tbsp sugar, the cordial and the cream into a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks form, then cover and chill.

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How to make creamy homemade ricotta.

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I realize I’m a little late to the homemade ricotta game. Other food bloggers have already posted about this amazingly simple homemade cheese. And I’ve made it myself, quite often. But I’ve never been quite satisfied with the results.

Only during our recent food-focused travel to Tuscany did I realize why: I love the soft, tender, creamy Italian version of ricotta cheese. My previous experiments turned out cheese with large, dry curds and a firm texture. Delicious, but not the sensory experience I was after.

So I scouted around to find different recipes and techniques for making homemade ricotta. Some called for adding buttermilk or yogurt, which added a tang I didn’t love. Others called for stirring the milk mixture, which created larger, clumpier curds than I had in mind, or straining the ricotta for an hour or more, which created a firmer texture.

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Green Tomato and Fig Cakes- Taking Chances In The Kitchen

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Vanilla Lemonade

I saw these a few weeks ago and they have not left my head, my curiosity was peaked, I had to know.  The flavor combination in a dessert  was too strange to let go, but after thinking about it I realized green tomatoes don’t have a ton of flavor and would likely pick up the flavor you pair with it.  I was right.

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Not a lot of tomato flavor, but still super tasty, they had a comparable flavor to carrot cake, but less sweet, without as much sugar.  The petite cakes are moist even a few days later.  Overall I give them an A (skipping the plus as I really wanted to taste the tomato more) but certainly good enough to eat for breakfast, which is of course the international sign of good desserts.

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Modified from Cooking Light 2013

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces green tomato, cored and quartered 
  • 7.6 ounces cake…

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