Chive Cheese Crackers

These are so delicious. You can freeze the dough if you are not going to use both logs, you can freeze one for future use.

  • 5 ounces Boursin, at room temperature
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • ½ cup white whole-wheat flour
  • Poppy seeds or chopped nuts for garnish
  • Put Boursin in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add Parmesan, butter, salt and pepper and beat just to combine. Add egg and chives; beat to combine. Add all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour and mix at low speed, adding more all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a cohesive dough forms (it should have the feel of soft Play-Doh).nullADVERTISEMENT
  • divide the dough in half and shape each piece into a 6-inch log, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs tightly in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 1 hour, or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Spread a layer of seeds or nuts, if using, on a rimmed baking sheet. Roll the chilled logs firmly in the seeds to coat. Slice into even 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake one pan of crackers at a time, rotating the pan halfway, until light golden around the edges and browned on the bottom, 12 to 16 minutes. Let cool completely on the pan on a wire rack, about 20 minutes.

Apple Walnut Cake

Use a cast iron skillet for this one. I used coconut palm sugar which made it nice and brown. This is from Epicurious.

  • 1 cup raw walnuts or pecans
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 small or 3 large baking apples (such as Pink Lady), peeled, halved, cored
  • ½ c (packed) light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • Lightly sweetened, softly whipped cream (for serving)
  1. Place a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°F. Spread out walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing once, until golden brown, 10–12 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a 10″ ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium. Add 2 Tbsp. butter and swirl to coat; arrange apple halves cut sides down in a single layer in skillet. Cook apples, undisturbed, rotating skillet on burner as needed for even browning, until cut sides are golden brown, 5–10 minutes (the timing depends on the juiciness of the apples; juicier apples will take longer). Turn apples over and cook on rounded sides just until they start to release their juices and the tip of a knife slides through with slight resistance, about 5 minutes. Transfer apples to a plate, arrange cut sides up, and let cool.
  3. Add ¼ cup brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. water to skillet and set over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon or heatproof rubber spatula until sugar is dissolved, then cook, swirling skillet occasionally (do not stir at this point), until thick and bubbling in a thin layer, about 1 minute. Let caramel cool in skillet.
  4. Meanwhile, pulse toasted walnuts, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and 1½ tsp. cinnamon in a food processor until combined and nuts are finely ground. Transfer walnut mixture to a medium bowl.
  5. Combine granulated sugar, remaining ¼ cup brown sugar, and remaining 8 Tbsp. butter in food processor (no need to wash it) and process in long pulses until mixture is light and smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and process in long pulses, scraping down sides of processor once, until mixture is smooth. Add half of walnut mixture and pulse to combine, then add yogurt and pulse just until incorporated. Add remaining walnut mixture and pulse just to combine.
  6. Arrange apple halves cut sides down over cooled caramel in skillet, spacing evenly. Fold batter a few times with spatula, scraping sides to make sure everything is well mixed. Scrape batter over apples and work into spaces around apples. Smooth surface (it’s okay if there’s only a thin layer of batter in places; it will rise in the oven).
  7. Bake cake until it is browned across the entire surface and the center springs back when gently pressed, 30–40 minutes. Let cake cool in skillet 10 minutes, then run an offset spatula or a small knife around the sides of the pan to loosen. Set a wire rack upside down on skillet and flip over to release cake; carefully remove skillet. If any apples or cake stick to skillet, scrape them off and press back onto the top of the cake.
  8. Serve cake warm or room temperature. Slice into wedges and top with dollops of whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.
  9. Do Ahead: Cake can be baked 2 days ahead. Let cool completely. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.

Avocado and White Bean Sandwich

Such a yummy lunch!!

2 medium avocados, pitted and peeled

1 15 oz can white beans, rinsed

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp chopped fresh thymw

1/2 tsp tarragon, minced

Salt and peoper

4 slices bread, toasted

2 roasted red peppers, halved

4 slices of sharp cheddar cheess

4 c baby lettuce leaves

Combine avocados, beans, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, herbs and salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse till smooth.

Spread on 4 slices of bread. Top with roasted pepper, cheese and lettuce leaves.

Serves 4. 8 WW Pts

Strawberry Basil CousCous Salad

This is such a wonderful salad – perfect for summer picnics.

1 c couscous, prepared and cooled

1/3 c lemon juice

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 c diced strawbeeries

1/2 c chopped basil

1/2 c feta, crumbled

Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl. Toss couscous with strawberries, basil and feta and drizzle olive oil mixture over the top. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Serves 8. 3 WW points.

Green Goddess Sandwich

This is adapted from Bon Appetite. It’s so yummy!

  • ¼ c finely chopped chives
  • ¼ c mayonnaise
  • ¼ c basil
  • ¼ c Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ head of butter or Bibb lettuce leaves
  • ¼ English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bread
  • 8 ozs fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 2 cups sprouts (such as broccoli sprouts or alfalfa)
  • Place chives, mayonnaise, tarragon, and yogurt in a blender. Add zest and juice of 1 lemon half; season with salt and pepper. Purée until smooth.
  • Divide and smash avocado between 2 slices of bread; season with salt and pepper. Arrange lettuce and cucumbers over. Top with mozzarella and sprouts. Spread remaining 2 slices of bread with ¼ cup green goddess dressing and close sandwiches.

Serves 2.

Chocolate Malted Cake

This is a quick and easy cake!

Cake:

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c malted milk powder

1 c flour

6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

3/4 c milk

6 tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

Glaze:

8 oz semisweet chocolate chips

2 tbsp butter

3/4 c heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 inch baking pan.

Beat butter and sugar together until smooth. Add 1 egg at a time and beat until incorporated.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.

Mixx 1/2 the flour and milk in the bowl and beat until combined. Add remaining and beat until smooth.

Pour into pan and bake for 25 – 35 minutes. Let cool and flip out of the pan.

Make the glaze:

Heat the cream over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add butter and chips. Let stand 5 minutes and whisk until smooth.

Pour over cake.

Serves 10.

Spicy Shrimp Salad

This is a quick and tasty salad! I used langoustines since that’s what I had on hand, shrimp works great too!

1 tbsp+ Olive oil

1 lb cleaned, peeled and cooked shrimp or langoustines

Salt and peoper

1 c breadcrumbs

1 tsp old bay seasoning

1/2 c mayo

2 tbsp milk

1 tbsp hot sauce

20 oz lettuce greens

Capers to garnish

Combine mayo, milk and hot sauce and set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium low heat, add breadcrumbs and old bay. Cook, stirring until nicely toasted.

Toss lettuce with 1/3 – 1/2 the dressing in a bowl and divide amount 4 plates. Top with breadcrumbs, shrimp and capers. Serve with extra sauce.

Serves 4.

Grilled Peppers and Burrata

This is a perfect accompaniment to what ever you are grilling! Quick, easy and oh so tasty!

4 medium bell peppers, quartered

4 oz Burrata or mozzarella

3 tbsp minced herbs – basil, sage, chives, tarragon

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Balsamic glaze

Toss peppers in oil. Cook on the grill over medium high heat until nicely chard on both sides – about 4 min per side.

In a bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss with herbs and cheese. Drizzle with balsamic.

Serves 4.

Texas Sheet Cake

So the kids don’t like nuts so only 1/2 nuts! This is a family fav my Moms BFF was from Texas and shared the recipe with my Mom.

Cake

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more, room temperature, for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Icing

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans (4 ounces)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch cake pan. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low. Whisk in cocoa, then 1 cup water. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Pour over flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 22 to 24 minutes.
  • Icing: In a small saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, and cream to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. Let stand until warm before using.
  • Transfer cake in pan to a wire rack; let cool 15 minutes. Pour glaze over cake. (For a more elegant presentation, remove cake from pan using parchment and place on a serving platter before glazing.) Sprinkle with pecans and let cool before serving.

Peanut Sauce Tofu with Roasted Brocolli

This is the perfect meatless Monday recipe, the broccoli and tofu roast in the oven while you whip up the sauce. Dinner in under 30 minutes.

1 (12- to 14-ounce) block of tofu (firm or extra firm)

1 lb of broccoli cut into florets

1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or natural peanut butter is best — no chunks)

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons lime juice (or orange juice)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil (olive oil can be used if you’re in a pinch)

1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce or sriracha

Preheat over to 425.

Press the moisture out of the tofu, I like to wrap it in a towel and put a heavy plate on top of it.

Chop the broccoli, toss it with some olive and salt and pepper and spread out on a baking sheet.

Cut the tofu into bite size pieces. Place on a baking sheet that has been oiled. Spray the tofu and pop the tofu and broccoli in the oven. You want to toss them several times to make sure they brown evenly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

I’m a medium bowl combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl to make the sauce.

In a large bowl, place 1/2 the peanut sauce and toss the tofu in the sauce. Divide the tofu and broccoli on to 2 – 4 plates and serve with remaining sauce on the side.