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Just a reminder that I am now blogging over at Made in Melissa’s Kitchen! I appreciate you reading my blog and would love it if you could take 2 seconds and update your feed with this address: http://www.madeinmelskitchen.com/feed/

My new blog still has all of my old recipes, with new ones added every week! Like these:

Pumpkin Cake Truffles

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Crostini with Sun-Dried Tomato Jam

There is also a GIVEAWAY going on now!

Thank you again for reading, and I hope to see you at my new site!

~Melissa 🙂

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Blueberry Boy Bait

Ok, enough with the savory recipes, it is time for something sweet around here! Something sweet, but still a bit summery for these last couple of days before fall.

Have you heard of blueberry boy bait? It is a delicious dessert (or yummy breakfast) that is said to have originated back in 1954. The story is that a 15 year old girl placed in a Pillsbury baking contest with this recipe and its magical powers for “baiting” boys. Cute story, right?!

I made an updated version of the 1954 recipe from Cook’s Country, and it was a huge hit with my family and coworkers! The cake itself is not overly sweet and the flavor of the blueberries really shines through, and the cinnamon-sugar topping adds a coffee-cake feel to this recipe. You can make this with frozen blueberries, but I would recommend making it soon while you can still get good, fresh blueberries!

One more thing, be sure to check back soon as I have a big announcement coming!

Blueberry Boy Bait

  • Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup blueberries (see note below)
  • Topping
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the cake 
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

Whisk 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. With electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated. Reduce speed to medium and beat in one-third of flour mixture until incorporated; beat in half of milk. Beat in half of remaining flour mixture, then remaining milk, and finally remaining flour mixture. Toss blueberries with remaining 1 teaspoon flour. Using rubber spatula, gently fold in blueberries. Spread batter into prepared pan.

For the topping
Scatter blue-berries over top of batter. Stir sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl and sprinkle over batter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then turn out and place on serving platter (topping side up). Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cake can be stored in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)

Serves 12.

Note: If using frozen blueberries, do not let them thaw, as they will turn the batter a blue-green color.

Source: Cook’s Country, as seen on Brown Eyed Baker.

Roasted Asparagus, Garlic and Goat Cheese Pasta

During my last trip to the Farmer’s Market, I noticed a new vendor selling homemade goat cheese. She had all kinds of wonderful flavors from sun-dried tomato to rosemary, and even a red wine flavored log. I chose the roasted garlic flavor and when I got home and sampled it, I was extremely glad I did! Unfortunately, I am the only one who likes goat cheese in my family, and while I could eat it spread on some crusty bread all day, I needed to find some other ways to enjoy it!

Now that it is getting cooler, I don’t mind running my oven and roasting asparagus is my favorite way to prepare it. So when I saw this recipe, I knew it was perfect! This is an extremely delicious and very easy pasta dish to prepare. The roasted asparagus and garlic compliment the tangy goat cheese, and the pasta pulls the meal together. I enjoyed this as is, but it would also be delicious with some grilled chicken mixed in.

 

Roasted Asparagus, Garlic and Goat Cheese Pasta

  • 2 bunches asparagus (2 pounds total), tough ends removed
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic, leave paper skins intact
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces cavatappi, rotini or other short pasta
  • 1 small log soft goat cheese (5 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, for garnish
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta. Place asparagus on a large rimmed baking sheet, along with garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Roast until tender, tossing occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut asparagus into 2-inch lengths and remove garlic from paper skins.

While asparagus is roasting, generously salt boiling water. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Set aside 1 1/2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.

Crumble goat cheese into a medium bowl, add 2 tablespoons butter and the roasted garlic cloves and mash with a fork to combine. Add 1/2 cup pasta water and whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add goat cheese mixture and asparagus to pasta; toss to combine, adding more pasta water if necessary for sauce to coat pasta. Serve pasta garnished with chives and Parmesan.

Source: Adapted from Everyday Food, May 2007

It’s Football Season!

The 2010 football season is here! One of my favorite things about fall is making some yummy snack food on Sunday and sitting down to watch the game. I have a ton of appetizers and snacks on this blog, so I decided to post a round-up of some of my favorites! Keep in mind that some of these pictures are from very early on in my blog, so they aren’t the best, um, quality pictures. 🙂

Warm Finger Foods

009 Buffalo Chicken Cheese Bites

030 Stuffed Sausage Cups

 BBQ Beef Cups

011 Ranch Chicken Wonton Cups

019 Pepperoni Pinwheels

076 Bacon Pinwheels

Cold Finger Foods

022 Baby BLT’s

img_0456.jpg Veggie Bars

015 Cinnamon Toast White Chocolate Pretzels

Dips

img_4323 Warm Crab Dip

 Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips

 Spinach Spread

 Garlic Cheese Spread

 Cheddar Ale Spread

I am sure I will be posting many more appetizers and finger foods this football season, so stay tuned!

Grilled Creamed Corn

What do you do when you get a less-than-stellar bag of fresh corn on the cob? Whine and complain that corn season is coming an end you make creamed corn! When it is at its peak, we have phenomenal fresh corn on the cob in New England. It is so sweet and perfectly tender, we could eat it every night with dinner. Unfortunately, during my last trip to the Farmer’s Market, the corn I bought was somewhat starchy and not nearly as sweet as it usually is. It wasn’t terrible, but it did not live up to my expectations for fresh summer corn. So rather than waste the remaining corn I had purchased, I made this recipe!

Even if you don’t like creamed corn, this is not your average out-of-the-can recipe and you should definitely give it a try! First you grill the corn, which adds a wonderful smoky flavor, then you mix the kernels with a very simple cream cheese sauce. The sauce compliments the corn, without over-powering it, and the end result is a delicious side dish. I saw this recipe on Macaroni and Cheesecake, where she has instructions for roasting the corn in the oven, something we will definitely be trying this winter.

Grilled Creamed Corn

  • 8 ears corn, husked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, plus additional 1-2 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons regular or reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat a grill to medium-high. Arrange the corn on the grate and grill, turning occasionally, until the kernels are golden-brown and softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, remove the corn kernels from the cobs; discard the cobs. (You should have about 5 cups kernels.) Lower the grill temperature to medium if you plan to complete the corn on the grill.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over the grate, or over medium heat on the stove-top. Add the butter to melt, then whisk in the flour until combined and foaming, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk and cream cheese and cook, whisking constantly, until smooth and thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the corn kernels; season with salt, black pepper and the cayenne, if using, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. If the sauce is to thick, add additional milk as needed.

Source: Everyday with Rachel Ray, as seen on Macaroni and Cheesecake.

Grilled Garlic Lime Chicken

I know the weather is getting cooler and fall is just around the corner, but I plan to take advantage of the final days of summer and use my grill as much as I can! I have made this recipe many, many times this summer, and it is always delicious!  The garlic and lime in the marinade combine to create a tangy and flavorful chicken breast that is anything but boring. Add this to your menu this week, while the weather is still warm!

Grilled Garlic Lime Chicken

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 8 skinless chicken thighs)

In a shallow dish combine garlic, lime zest and juice, oil and salt. Whisk with a fork to combine. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet until they are of even thickness and cut each breast in half, giving you four pieces of chicken.  Add the chicken to the dish, turning to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Preheat the grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grates. Grill the chicken for 3-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness.  The chicken is done when the internal temp reaches 165 degrees and the juices run clear.

Source: Adapted from The Thin Chef

Tomato Basil Orzo Salad

If you are looking for a great pasta salad for this upcoming Labor Day weekend, I have a winner for you! This recipe is so easy to make, but results in a fresh and delicious side dish that compliments just about anything you could want to serve it with.

This pasta salad is also pretty versatile. I had some shredded mozzarella in my refrigerator, so I added that, but fresh mozzarella would be even better. Grilled zucchini or chicken would also make a wonderful addition. When you make this salad, be sure to taste as you go, let it sit for a bit and taste again before you serve. You may need to add a bit more balsamic, olive oil or salt and pepper.

Tomato Basil Orzo Salad

  • 1 1/2  cups  dried orzo pasta
  • 1 1/4  pounds  firm-ripe tomatoes, or a pint of cherry or grape tomatoes,  at room temperature
  • 3/4  cup  chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1  or 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  balsamic vinegar
  • About 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or 8oz fresh mozzarella, cubed (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

In a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring 1 1/2 to 2 quarts water to a boil. Add orzo and cook until barely tender to bite, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, rinse and core tomatoes; chop (if using cherry tomatoes, slice in half) and place in a large bowl. Add basil, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar; mix gently.

Drain pasta well and add to tomato mixture. Mix, adding parmesan cheese, mozzarella, salt and pepper to taste.

Source: Sunset Magazine, as seen on Proceed with Caution.

Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin

We eat pork tenderloin fairly often in our house. It is very versatile in how you can prepare it, and it is also a  leaner cut of pork, but still flavorful. Since we eat it so frequently, I am always looking for new ways to prepare it and I hit the money with this recipe! The honey ginger marinade gives the pork a ton of flavor, but no particular ingredient stands out. It is slightly sweet, but still savory, and it pairs well with just about anything you would want to serve it with.

This tenderloin was so good the first time I made it, that now when I buy tenderloins in bulk I freeze at least a couple of them right in the marinade! Simply make a batch of the marinade, divide it in half between two freezer bags, add one pork tenderloin to each bag  and freeze. When we want pork tenderloin for dinner, I simply pull out the tenderloin from the freezer in the morning and it is ready to go on the grill that night!

Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger root (If you forget to buy fresh ginger, 1 tsp of ground ginger will work too!)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • two ¾-pound pork tenderloins, trimmed of silver skin

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except the pork. Add the pork and the marinade to a gallon-size zipper-top bag and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 1 day.

Prepare a medium-hot grill. (You should be able to hold your hands 5 inches above the grate for 3 to 4 seconds.) Remove the pork from the marinade, reserving the marinade.

Grill the pork, basting with the reserved marinade, for 12 minutes, turning a quarter turn every 3 minutes. Discard marinade. Continue to cook pork, turning every minute or so, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the tenderloin measures 145 degrees or the meat is slightly pink at the center. Let the pork rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Source: The Way the Cookie Crumbles who adapted it from Gourmet/Epicuriuos.com

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Grilled Pineapple with Nutella

I love, love, love grilled pineapple! As is, or with a touch of honey and it is delicious. But this recipe completely takes it to the next level.You take fresh pineapple, grill it and top it with rich, chocolatey nutella, smooth and creamy marscapone and crunchy hazelnuts, amazing!

I only made half of this recipe for my family, because I would seriously eat my portion, plus any leftovers, if I made the entire recipe! I have posted the original below though, and I am strongly encouraging you to make this while we still have beautiful, summer grilling weather!

Grilled Pineapple with Nutella

  • 2 pineapples, peeled, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices and core removed
  • Olive Oil
  • 2/3 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
  • 6 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts

Prepare the outdoor barbecue to medium-high heat. If you do not have a barbecue, you can use an indoor grill pan set to medium high heat. Lightly oil the grill. Grill the pineapple slices until heated through and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes per side. It’s important to leave the pineapples on the grill, untouched so that you can create the grill marks.

While the pineapples are cooking, whisk the mascarpone and vanilla in a small bowl to blend. Set aside. Combine the chocolate-hazelnut spread and cream in a small bowl and stir to combine. Place in a microwave on high for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds to blend well. Alternatively, you can combine the chocolate-hazelnut spread and cream in a small saucepan, set over low heat, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Heat until satiny smooth and easy to pour, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer the pineapple slices to a large platter. Drizzle the warm chocolate-hazelnut sauce over. Dollop the mascarpone mixture atop. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and serve.

Source: Giada De Laurentiis via foodnetwork.com.