Caramel Sauce

December 6
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Caramel Sauce
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Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Caramel Sauce
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Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 1 cup
Instructions
  1. In a heavy pan add the water. Pour the sugar evenly over the top and place pan over medium heat swirling gently by the handle until the sugar dissolves and syrup is clear. Avoid letting the syrup boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. When sugar is dissolved, increase the heat, cover tightly and boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Uncover and continue to boil until it begins to darken around the edges. Gently swirl until the syrup turns deep amber.
  4. Remove from heat and add the butter. Gently beat with a whisk until butter is incorporated.
  5. Stir in heavy cream. If caramel sauce becomes lumpy set pan over low heat and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and pinch of salt.
  6. Cover and refrigerate up to one month. (When re-heating you can add some water if it is too thick.)

Watermelon Punch

July 23
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water melon punch
Watermelon Punch
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Servings Prep Time
1 punch bowl 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 punch bowl 20 minutes
water melon punch
Watermelon Punch
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Servings Prep Time
1 punch bowl 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 punch bowl 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: punch bowl
Instructions
  1. To make the serving bowl: slice a small portion of the bottom of the melon so that it will stand. Then cut off the top and scoop out the pulp with a large spoon. (and ice cream spoon works well) Cover rind with plastic wrap and chill.
  2. In a blender or food processor blend the melon, sugar and berries. Remove and press through a fine sieve. Discard the solids.
  3. Add the seltzer and chill. Pour into the chilled rind and serve directly from the melon.
  4. Can add scoops of ice cream or sorbet as an option.

Easy Mini Blinis

May 24
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mini blinis
Easy Mini Blinis
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Servings Prep Time
40-44 mini blinis 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-44 mini blinis 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
mini blinis
Easy Mini Blinis
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
40-44 mini blinis 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-44 mini blinis 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: mini blinis
Instructions
  1. Flatten the slices of bread with crusts removed with a rolling pin and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, sugar, and egg until smooth. Spread a thin layer on each slice of bread and roll it up jelly role style.
  3. Pour melted butter in a baking dish and roll each blini in the butter and line them up in the pan. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Can be frozen before baking. You can bake directly from the freezer, but may need to increase time slightly.

Breakfast Shortcakes & Creme Fraiche

March 19
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berry shortcake
Breakfast Shortcakes & Creme Fraiche
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Servings Prep Time
12-14 2" biscuits 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14-16 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 2" biscuits 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14-16 minutes 45 minutes
berry shortcake
Breakfast Shortcakes & Creme Fraiche
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12-14 2" biscuits 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14-16 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 2" biscuits 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14-16 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 2" biscuits
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife until crumbly. Stir in the milk with a fork and stir until a soft dough forms. You may need to add more milk. Once it resembles dough, you can use your hands to mix it together, then turn out on a floured surface and pat or roll out to 3/4" thick and cut out rounds with a 2" cutter.
  2. Place the biscuit rounds on an un-greased baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the beaten egg. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until slightly golden.
  4. Split and serve with fresh fruit and creme Fraiche
  5. Creme Fraiche: in a glass jar combine 2 cups heavy cream, 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice. Let this stand at room temperature for 8-12 hours in the loosely covered jar. Once it has begun to thicken, tightly cover the jar and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can add 2 tablespoons mild honey before serving, optional. (mason jars with screw lids make a nice container to make the creme)
  6. Optional additions to the berry shortcakes can be fruit curds, jams or jellies, ice cream or whipped toppings.

Best Sugar Cookie

March 5
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Best Sugar Cookie
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a sugar cookie recipe that keeps its shape without chilling
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 30 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 30 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 minutes
Best Sugar Cookie
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a sugar cookie recipe that keeps its shape without chilling
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 30 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 30 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer cream the butter and sugar until smooth, approximately 3 minutes
  2. Beat in the extracts and egg
  3. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. Do not chill the dough. Divide it into workable batches, roll out on a floured surface to approximately 1/4" thick round. cut with cookie cutters.
  4. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack. Frost and serve or freeze un-frosted cookies.

Red Hot Punch

February 7
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Red Hot Punch
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Servings Prep Time
10 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Red Hot Punch
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Servings Prep Time
10 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 people 15 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. bring to a boil: sugar, red hot candies, and 1 C pineapple juice. Simmer until candies are thoroughly melted. Cool, then freeze.
  2. When you are ready to prepare the punch, add the remaining pineapple juice, and the soda to the frozen mix. Let frozen mix begin to thaw, stir, and serve! Makes a pretty pink punch!

Lavender Pound Cake

February 6
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Lavender Pound Cake
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Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Lavender Pound Cake
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Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: small cakes
Instructions
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add the sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl add the flour and salt and set aside
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, alternating with the flour/salt mixture. mix well with each addition ending with flour. Then add the lemon, vanilla, almond extracts and the apricot nectar-mixing until blended. Fold in the lavender flowers by hand.
  4. Pour batter into two well greased, small pudding molds (similar to a small bundt or angel food pan) or you can use an alternate container such as a ovenproof bowl or clean, new, flour pot. you may need to adjust the bake time if using a container without a hollow center like the molds)
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 315 degrees for 1 hour and 20-30 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
  6. Cool 15-20 minutes. Loosen edges of pan with a knife and turn out from pan and cool completely. This cake freezes wonderfully. You can ice it and serve immediately or wrap well and freeze for up to 6 months.

Carambola Bread

January 26
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Carambola Bread
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Sweet and fruity bread made with star fruit
Servings
5 small loaves
Servings
5 small loaves
Carambola Bread
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Sweet and fruity bread made with star fruit
Servings
5 small loaves
Servings
5 small loaves
Ingredients
Servings: small loaves
Instructions
  1. Beat the eggs until light and foamy. Add the sugar and oil and beat until mixed.
  2. Stir in by hand the carambola fruit, craisens, chocolate chips, and vanilla.
  3. Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a bowl and add to the fruit mixture. Stir by hand until blended. The mixture will be stiff.
  4. Pour mix into 5 small prepared loaf pans-sprayed well and bottoms lined with wax paper. Bake at 350 degrees until golden and no longer wet in the center. Cool on a rack for 20-30 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Eat or freeze.

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

September 20
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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler
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Servings Prep Time
8-10 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler
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Servings Prep Time
8-10 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Filling
Dough Topping
Sugar Topping
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine peaches, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix the topping: add the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in boiling water until just combined.
  4. Remove peaches from the oven and drop spoonfuls of the topping over them. Sprinkle with the 3T sugar and 1t cinnamon making sure to cover the entire pan with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes
Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com

Grandma’s Apple Pie

September 20
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Grandma's Apple Pie
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cook in a pie crust or omit the crust and bake in a pie dish topped with crumble for an apple crisp.
Servings Prep Time
1 9" pie 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 9" pie 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Grandma's Apple Pie
Print Recipe
cook in a pie crust or omit the crust and bake in a pie dish topped with crumble for an apple crisp.
Servings Prep Time
1 9" pie 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 9" pie 30 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 9" pie
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium-low heat until the apples are cooked down and it becomes thick and bubbly. Add 2 Tablespoons butter and stir in until melted. Cool completely and freeze or use in a pie crust. If baking a pie, pour filling into a deep dish pie crust and top with crumble: 1/2 C brown sugar, 1/2 C flour, 1/2 C whole oats, and 5 Tablespoons cold butter cut up. Blend those ingredients with a pastry blender and top the pie filling.
  2. Bake pie at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until topping is golden. For an apple crisp, place apple filling and crumble in a pie dish or small baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until crumble is golden.
  3. For a crisp in a 9 x 13 size baking dish you will need to triple the filling recipe and double the crumble recipe.