I am a huge fan of pepper jelly. I like to add it to marinades and sauces, to add a little sweet heat. I also like to eat it straight up in Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. Not to mention it is great with a little cream cheese on crackers. Pepper jelly is a pretty universal ingredient. I have tried almost all of the different commercially available Pepper Jelly’s but they just are not hot enough or they are way too sweet. So like any red blooded American, I decided that I could do it better myself. Wow, I was right. This pepper jelly is the best I have have ever eaten. It is not too sweet, but has enough heat to let you know that it contains Habaneros.
Last weekend Dana and I were out running errands and decided to hit up Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Along with every meal, they serve fried apples. I was mesmerized by the tasty apple goodness. I had to make these for myself. So I scoured the internet to see if anyone has tried these and there were … Read moreFried Apples
It has been horribly hot here in DC. Averaging 95 every single day. When it is that hot outside you do not want to cook or even venture outside. The only problem was that I wanted dessert. However, there was no way that I was going to turn the oven on to bake. So I … Read moreStrawberry Banana Smoothies
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Linda a valued reader, requesting a good key lime pie recipe. I have never made a key lime pie before, but I was all over the challenge. So last weekend I made a bunch of key lime pies. Some were good, some were bad, and others were interesting. I have pieced together the best of all of them and created the ultimate Key Lime Pie. It is over the top awesome, with just enough tartness to make it a delicious key lime pie.
The pie was topped with a little lime zest for a little added lime flavor, plus it looked pretty cool.
I picked up some pork chops the other day and decided that grilled pork chops with applesauce sounded like a winner. I had to, it was a Brady Bunch staple. So I picked up McIntosh apples and went on a journey to make homemade applesauce. All of the recipes out there used a ton of apples and made even more applesauce. So I developed a recipe that is made with four apples and is just enough for a single meal. I served it piping hot along side the pork chops. A great meal.
I served it hot, but it is great cold too.
The other day I wanted something sweet and Dana suggested those little sugar cookies with jam in the middle. Then it hit me, I had a ton of Strawberry Jam in the freezer from when my parents visited. This would be the perfect combination. Strawberry Jam Cookies.
Check out the Strawberry Jam post for some super simple freezer jam.
Last weekend my Mom made me Strawberry Jam. I figured the strawberries would be alright, but not too ripe. I mean, they are not even close to being in season. To my surprise the strawberries were plump, beautiful and full of flavor. Got to love modern chemistry. So I picked up some more and decided to make some sorbet.
The sorbet is sweet and delicious. Easily the best thing that I have made in the ice cream machine.
Sorry I was absent this past weekend. My family came in to town to surprise me on my Birthday. It was a ton of fun. My Mom even restocked my freezer with Strawberry Jam. I know what you are thinking, Strawberries are not in season. Well thanks to the global marketplace, Strawberries are always in season. Granted they are not in season, but they were so perfect looking I had to pick up a couple of pounds. Plus, my Mom was in town and I love her Strawberry Jam. So March strawberries had to do.
Once container of the jam lasts about 3 weeks in the refrigerator, but in reality it is eaten in a couple of days.
The perfect addition to turkey is cranberry sauce. I used to go and buy the jellied sauce in the can. I know, but it is tasty and quick. Then I tried to make my own cranberry sauce from scratch. Little did I know that it is almost as quick to make as it is to open a can. Plus when you make it from scratch you can add hints of other flavors.
Orange juice and zest make this cranberry sauce pop.
The other day I went to the store and they were selling granny smith apples for $0.25 each. So I had to pick up some. Tart and delicious. From there I wanted to make a nice dessert that would be great for a dinner party. Then came the spark, bourbon. Bourbon and apples go together so well, so I decided to make bourbon apple dumplings. I don’t want to pat myself on the back or anything, but they are awesome.
Serve with some ice cream on the side and these are a winning dessert. So good you may want to go back for seconds.
I have been overloaded with peaches lately. I guess there are worse things to be overloaded with. So I pulled out the food processor and made a couple of pie crusts. Then I contemplated what kind of peach pie to make. Then I settled on the basic peach pie. Since I have so many peaches, I figured I would make a lot of peach pies. Further, I wanted a baseline pie in which to judge all of the rest. While making the pie the handle of the food processor got caught on my camera strap. Yep, my camera fell. Cooking is dangerous. So halfway through the post you will see that all of the pictures are taken from the same distance and my camera can no longer zoom or auto-focus. Oops.
As you can see it has a flaky crust and is packed with fresh local peaches.
I love peaches. Now that peaches are in season I had to pick some up. One of my favorite desserts is crumble. You can make it with apples, pears, mangos, peaches etc… I love the soft fruit with the crunchy crumble with just a tad bit of vanilla ice cream.
A nice vanilla bean ice cream is the perfect accompianment to this crumble.
Since I purchased my new grill I have been grilling non-stop. I wanted to make a grilled dessert but was lacking in ideas. Then I went to the supermarket and they had fresh peaches on sale. Then the light bulb went on. I am going to make Grilled Peaches.