Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Favorites from The Chunky Chef, Live Laugh Rowe, Ina Garten, and More

Good morning! Are you ready for the weekend? Are you one of the lucky ones who have a 4 day weekend ahead? I will be working a bit today but I think I am going to try to get to the beach for a little sun before the crowds come. 

Simple Easy Decoration from Liz Marie

Sunday we are having a barbeque, sadly I think it will be raining but that it not going to diminish my spirits because we will be celebrating with great friends and eating some delicious food. 

Image Ina Garten

As I mentioned the other day, I love the side dishes and the desserts at a party, one of my favorite bbq foods is Ina Garten's Classic Potato Salad

Brown Sugar and Bacon Beans from The Chunky Cheff

Another favorite side is baked beans, especially if they are Brown Sugar and Bacon Beans

Add captionLive Laugh Rowe

I will be eating my beans and slaw with bbq pulled pork but I think these BBQ Carnitas from Live Laugh Rowe look like a great sandwich as well. 

If you need a sweet treat or two you can find 15 Sweet Treats and Desserts here, including cupcakes, brownies, and cookies. 

* I discovered a great new blog, The Brick Kitchen, that I think you might enjoy.

* I cannot wait to see the movie The Book Club!

* Just in case you did not get enough of the Royal Wedding:

I hope that you share your finds from this week, recipes, books, movies and more, I would love to hear about them. 

Have a wonderful and safe weekend. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

15 Memorial Day Desserts and Sweet Treats

Baked Bakery Brownies

Good morning! Can you believe this weekend is the official start of summer? It doesn't seem like it with all of the crazy weather but I am not complaining because it has been  cooler than normal and I know the hot, sultry summer days are coming soon. 

Magic Bars

No Bake Cheesecakes with Berries

We are having a barbeque over the weekend and although my husband is most excited about grilling and smoking pulled pork, and ribs I am most excited about the sides and of course the desserts.

Swedish Almond Cake

Chocolate Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

It is no surprise that I love sugar and sweet treats are my favorite things to make. I will be having a dessert table with a few old favorites but also some new things as well.

White Cupcakes with White Buttercream Frosting

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Almond Cheesecake Bars

I always have a huge platter of fruit, cookiesbrownies, some sort of cake, typically chocolate, maybe some cereal treats or an angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream. 

Cherry Crumble Bars

Best Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

This week I think I will make a batch of these white cupcakes and frost some with chocolate frosting and some with white marshmallow buttercream.

The "Best" Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Almond Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

If you are looking for a few ideas for your party you cannot go wrong with a mixture of desserts and I recommend making a lot, there is nothing worse than going to a party that doesn't have enough food.

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Bars

Triple Chocolate Oreo Bars

If you have leftover desserts you can always pack them up for you guests to take home. 

S'more Cereal Bars

What will you be making for your barbeque this weekend? Do you have a favorite dessert that you like to make or take to a party? 

I hope that you have a great day and a safe Memorial Day weekend. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Preserved Lemons

Good morning! How is your week starting? It's been gray and rainy here, the sun peeked out for a day but then hightailed it out of here and I am not sure when its coming back. When it's snowing or raining I like to play in the kitchen. 

This weekend in addition to a little baking I also made some preserved lemons. If you are a fan or Moroccan or Middle Easter food, like Chicken Tagine with preserved lemons and olives,  than you should have a jar of preserved lemons in your refrigerator so that you can whip up one of your favorite dishes when ever you want. 

Preserved Lemons

5 lemons, Meyer lemons are preferred 
1/4 cup salt

Optional Ingredients
1 cinnamon stick 
3 cloves
5-6 coriander seeds
1 bay leaf
1-2 Star Anise
Fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 Sterile 1 pint mason jar


Quarter the lemons from the top to within 1/2" inch of the bottom. Sprinkle the salt on the exposed flesh of the lemon. 

In the bottom of the mason jar sprinkle 1 tablespoon of salt, then add a lemon, add some salt, add a lemon, add some salt, until all of them lemons are in the jar. Make sure to press them lemons down to release their juices as you add them to the jar. If you are using the spices add them between the lemons or to the jar. If the juice from the lemons does not cover the lemons squeeze some more on top so that the lemons in the jar are completely covered.

 Leave on the counter for 3 days, shaking the jar periodically. After 3 days I put them into the refrigerator to ripen for 30 days. There are other recipes that say to leave them on the counter for the entire 30 days. I say, do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

When you are ready to use the lemons rinse them in cold water to get rid of the salt and then use them in whatever recipe that you like.

Note: Preserved lemons will keep for a year in your refrigerator.

Roasted Cauliflower Chick Pea Bowl with Preserved Lemons and Mint

Just in case you tire of making tagine's there are many other ways to use your lemons. You could add them to salads, make a vinaigrette , use them in rice or couscous recipes, add them to vegetables, use them in pasta, make sauces for fish or meat, the possibilities are endless.

Do you have a favorite use for preserved lemons? If so please share because I typically use them in salads or in my tagines and am looking for recipes to try them out in.

Have a great day!