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June 25, 2008

15-Minute Marinated Chicken

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  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

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Chocolate angel food cake with fruit and maple yogurt

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1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
12 egg whites (or 1 1/2 cups prepackaged egg whites)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups fresh strawberries
4 cups fresh raspberries
1/4 cup peach nectar
1 tbsp honey
1 cup plain lowfat yogurt
2 tbsp maple syrup

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June 24, 2008

Chocolate brownies with orange cream cheese frosting

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1 (13x9x1-inch) disposable aluminum baking pan
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet
chocolate, chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
10 tablespoons (11/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted
butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
1/2 cup toasted pistachios, toasted sweetened flaked coconut, or untoasted sweetened flaked coconut

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Summer Sips

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“Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or just lazing by the pool, these cocktails and nonacoholic drinks are perfect for steamy days.”

Black Currant Iced Tea with Cinnamon and Ginger

Chicama Colada

Classic Daiquiri

Margarita Ii

Minted Honeydew Limeade

Orangeade

Peach Basil Iced Tea

Pisco Punch

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Tropical Rum Punch

Watermelon Lemonade II

White Wine and Peach Sangria

June 23, 2008

Mango blueberry “fool”

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1 (1-lb) ripe mango, pitted, peeled, and cut into chunks
1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, or to taste
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1 1/2 cups blueberries (1/2 lb)
Grated lime zest to taste

Purée mango, sugar, lime juice, and a pinch of salt in a blender until very smooth. Add cream and blend until very thick. Blend in additional lime juice and sugar to taste.

Transfer to a bowl and fold in most of blueberries, then divide among 6 glasses. Top with remaining blueberries and zest. If desired, chill, loosely covered, 30 minutes.

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White balsamic custard tart with fresh berry topping

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Crust
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon whipping cream

Filling
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

Topping
2 large strawberries, hulled, sliced
2 1/2-pint containers blueberries
1 1/2-pint container raspberries

For crust:
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in processor; blend 5 seconds. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until coarse meal forms. Add egg yolk and cream. Using on/off turns, blend until moist clumps form. Gather dough into ball. Press dough evenly into 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Pierce dough all over with fork. Chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake crust until golden, pressing with back of fork if crust bubbles, about 22 minutes. Cool.

For filling:
Stir cream and cornstarch in medium bowl until cornstarch dissolves. Add eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla; whisk to blend.

Boil vinegar in heavy medium saucepan until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 3 minutes. Add 3/4 cup water, sugar, and butter. Stir until butter melts; return to boil. Gradually whisk vinegar mixture into egg mixture; return to pan. Whisk until custard thickens and boils, about 1 minute. Strain into bowl; cool. Spread custard in prepared crust. Cover and chill tart at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

For topping:
Arrange strawberry slices in star pattern in center of tart. Arrange raspberries in star pattern. Surround with blueberries. Cover loosely and chill until ready to serve. (Can be made up to 6 hours ahead.)

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July 27, 2007

Ice Cream

Filed under: food, homemade ice cream, ice cream, recipes — homeandgardeninsights @ 3:17 pm

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Ice Cream Maker Recipes
http://www.ice-cream-recipes.com

Cooks.Com: Homemade Ice Cream
http://www.cooks.com

Chicken Caesar Pasta

Filed under: chicken caesar pasta, cooking, food, pasta, recipes — homeandgardeninsights @ 3:06 pm

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Ingredients
1 tablespoon of butter
1 pound of dry penne pasta
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves: cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 8 ounce bottle of Caesar salad dressing
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1 head shredded romaine lettuce
1 large chopped tomato

Directions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, pepper and salt. Cook 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove skillet from heat.

In a bowl, mix together salad dressing, vinegar and cheese. Toss together pasta, chicken, lettuce, and dressing mixture. Place in large serving bowl, and sprinkle with tomato. Garnish with croutons and Parmesan curls, if desired.

July 20, 2007

Cookboook

Filed under: cookbooks, cooking, free recipes, online recipes, recipes — homeandgardeninsights @ 9:51 pm

Dave’s Garden Cookbook
25 chapters and hundreds of free online recipes.

July 16, 2007

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Filed under: cooking, food, recipes, salad, Spinach and Strawberry Salad — homeandgardeninsights @ 9:38 pm

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

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Ingredients
2 bunches spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions
In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.

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