Coeur a la Creme

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Source:  Lori Longbottom via Bon Appetit

4 (10" x 10") squares cheesecloth
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 c creme fraiche or sour cream
6 T powdered sugar, divided
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 pound small strawberries, hulled, quartered (about 1 2/3 cups)


Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Streusel Ingredients:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Muffin Ingredients:
1 large egg
1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup diced rhubarb, in 1/2-in pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter 12 muffin cups.

Streusel:  In a small dish, stir together flours, sugars, spices, and salt.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Set aside.

Muffins:  Whisk egg in the bottom of a large bowl with both sugars.  Whisk in butter, then sour cream.  In a separate bowl, mix together flours, baking powder and baking soda and stir them into the sour cream mixtue, mixing until just combined and still a bit lumpy.  Fold in rhubarb and 1/3 of the streusel mixture.

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.  Sprinkle each muffin with remaining streusel, then use a spoon to gently press the crumbs into the batter so that they adhere.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until tops are golden and a tester inserted into the center of muffins comes out clean.  Rest muffins in pan on cooling rack for two minutes, then remove muffins from tin and cool them completely.


Ramp and Buttermilk Biscuits with Cracked Coriander

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Source:  Bon Appetit

3/4 cup chilled buttermilk
3/4 cup thinly sliced trimmed ramps (bulbs, stems, and green tops)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, cracked

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Mix buttermilk and ramps in small bowl.  Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper in processor.  Add chilled butter to processor; using on/off turns, cut in butter until fine meal forms.  Transfer flour mixture to medium bowl.  Add buttermilk mixture; stir until dough forms.  

Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface and press out to 7" round, about 1/2" thick. Using 2" diameter biscuit cutter dipped in flour, cut out rounds.  Gather dough scraps; press out to 1/2" thickness and cut out additional rounds.  Transfer dough rounds to baking sheet.  Brush biscuit tops with some of egg glaze.  Sprinkle with cracked coriander seeds.  

Bake biscuits until golden brown, about 20 minutes.  Cool on rack.  Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Yields about 12 biscuits. 

Roasted Asparagus

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Adapted from:  Joy of Cooking

1 pound asparagus, rinsed
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh mint, sliced into ribbons

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Snap off the ends from the asparagus.  Arrange the spears in a single layer in a shallow baking sheet.  Drizzle very lightly with olive oil and toss the spears to coat.  Roast until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, mint, and chevre.  Serve hot or at room temperature. Read More...

Apple Rhubarb Crisp

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Adapted from:  Animal Vegetable Miracle

Spring Bulgar Salad

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Courtesy of:  Chef Brian Doyle

1 lb. bulgar wheat
Salt and pepper
1 lb. beets
1 lb. kohlrabi
1/4 lb. leeks
1/2 lb. asparagus
1/4 cup chopped parsley
4 cups beet greens
3/4 cup olive oil (some for grilling and some for dressing)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Cook the bulgar according to package and let cool.

Start the beets by tossing them with some olive oil and salt.  Then wrap them in foil and place in oven for about 30 minutes or until just tender.  Let them cool enough to handle and peel the beets by rubbing the skins off with fingers.

Slice leeks and kohlrabi.  Toss the kohlrabi, leeks, and asparagus with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Grill them until just marked (about 2-3 minutes).  Let cool.

Chop all the vegetables and toss with the bulgar, vinegar and a bit more olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.

Try using quinoa instead of bulgar and be sure to try different veggies as they come into season. Read More...

Garlic Scape and Almond Pesto

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Courtesy of:  Dorie Greenspan

10 garlic scapes, finely chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/3 cup slivered almonds (toast them for a deeper flavor)
About 1/2 cup olive oil
Sea salt

Put the scapes, almonds, 1/3 cup of the cheese and half the olive oil in the bowl or a food processor (or blender, or use a mortar and pestle).  Whir to chop and blend all the ingredients and then add the remainder of the oil and, if you want, more cheese.  If you like the texture, stop; if you'd like it a little thinner, add some more oil.  Season with salt.

If you're not going to use the pesto immediately, press a piece of plastic against the surface to keep it from oxidizing.  The pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days or packed airtight and frozen for a couple of months.

Yields1 cup. 

Carla's Raw Beet Salad

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Courtesy of:  Carla Owens

4 large beets, peeled
1 crisp apple, washed and unpeeled
1 bulb of fennel
2 bunches scallions, cleaned then thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 T apple cider vinegar
3 T orange juice plus 2 tsp grated rind
4 T olive or walnut oil
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 T maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste
2 T fresh mint leaves, chopped or sliced fine
1 T fresh parsley, chopped
Toasted walnuts, optional garnish 
Crumbled feta or chevre, optional garnish 

Tomato and Onion Tart

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Courtesy of:  Joanna Caley

Panzanella Salad

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


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