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August 22, 2015

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Whole Wheat Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread

Whole Wheat Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread

 

We love that this whole wheat cheddar cheese bread is so quick, easy to make and delicious too! It’s so quick and easy to mix up the ingredients, add the beer (for the rising effects) and bake; no kneading or rising time required. This beer bread can be made with your favorite beer, but I prefer a lager for its lightness in this recipe. It’s also great as an appetizer with your favorite dip or cheese.

 

5.0 from 3 reviews
Whole Wheat Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread
 
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Whole Wheat Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread makes a quick and delicious accompaniment to your favorite entree. Enjoy that smell of freshly baked bread without the time and effort required for yeast bread.
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 slices
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups All purpose flour
  • ½ cup Whole wheat flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 bottle Beer (12 ounces)
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup Butter (1 stick)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir with wooden spoon.
  4. Add beer and stir to just combine, batter will be a bit lumpy.
  5. Fold in the cheddar cheese, being careful to not over mix.
  6. Spread into loaf pan.
  7. Melt butter and pour ½ over top of loaf.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes, pour remaining butter over loaf of bread.
  9. Bake another 10 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Caprese Sandwiches

Caprese Sandwiches

 

Caprese sandwiches make the perfect quick and light lunch or dinner entrée. The freshness of the tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese with the perfect touch of basil pesto make the perfect combination on a warm day or evening. Give them a try on a warm summer day with your favorite wine.

My husband and I enjoyed our first Caprese sandwiches at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma, CA. Viansa has beautiful grounds and Italian styled buildings. Each time I make these, we always think of the day we spent at Viansa at a small table outside overlooking the vineyard and enjoying amazing wine with our Caprese sandwiches.

 

Caprese Sandwiches
 
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Caprese sandwiches make the perfect quick and light lunch or dinner entrée. Give them a try on a warm summer day with your favorite wine.
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Recipe type: Sandwiches
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf Ciabatta bread
  • 7 ounces Fresh basil pesto sauce (or ¾ cup homemade basil pesto sauce)
  • 1 pound Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 3 Tomatoes, sliced
Instructions
  1. Cut the Ciabatta bread in half, to create a top and bottom.
  2. Spread fresh basil pesto sauce on inside of both bread halves.
  3. Lay slices of fresh mozzarella cheese on evenly on bottom half of bread.
  4. Lay tomato slices evenly on top of mozzarella slices.
  5. Close top and bottom of Ciabatta bread and slice into individual portions.
  6. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

 
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Spinach and Ricotta Crepes

Spinach and Ricotta Crepes

These Spinach and Ricotta Crepes are another great savory crepe recipe option. I love the ease of this recipe. It does take some time to cook the crepes and spinach and then assemble them. To allow for more time with family and friends, they can be made ahead of time and baked right before you are ready to serve them. This allows you to put together an elegant dinner in just 10-15 minutes.

 

Spinach and Ricotta Crepes
 
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These Spinach and Ricotta Crepes are rich, savory and an elegant dinner entree for that special occasion.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 8-inch Crepes like our Classic French Crepes
  • 2 pounds Fresh spinach
  • 15 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook spinach over medium heat until slightly limp. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.
  3. Drain the spinach and press out any excess liquid, then chop finely and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine cheeses, egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  5. Stir spinach into cheese mixture to combine.
  6. Spoon ⅛ of spinach and cheese mixture (about ½ cup) into each crepe and roll up.
  7. Place in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  8. Brush the tops of the crepes with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until starting to brown and heated through.
Notes
If you are preparing ahead of time and keeping in the refrigerator, increase the cooking time to 15 minutes.

 

Four Cheese Crepes

Four Cheese Crepes

 

These Four Cheese Crepes make up my family’s favorite French dinner. Each year as we watch Tour de France (my husband is the cyclist in the family), we traditionally celebrate Bastille Day; which always occurs during the 3 week long race. What better way to celebrate a country’s freedom (even if it’s not the country where you reside) than with a decedent meal and a glass of Champagne?

 

4.7 from 3 reviews
Four Cheese Crepes
 
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These Four Cheese Crepes make the perfect elegant dinner entrée to serve on a special romantic evening or to celebrate Bastille Day.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 8-inch Crepes like our Classic French Crepes
  • 15 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese with herbs, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, goat cheese, Gruyere, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, egg and nutmeg.
  3. Place even amounts of cheese mixture into the middle of each crepe, folding in the sides then rolling up.
  4. Place each filled crepe into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish, seam side down.
  5. Brush the tops of the crepes with olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and additional freshly grated nutmeg.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

Classic French Crepes

Classic French Crepes

 

My mom taught me this Classic French Crepe recipe. She was given this recipe from a French friend when she was in her 20’s, so I believe it’s quite authentic too. While growing up she frequently served these as dessert with an orange sauce topping the crepes. It was an alcohol free (and in my opinion better tasting) version of Crepe Suzette than I’ve had in any restaurant.

I’ve also enjoyed turning these Classic French Crepes into a savory entree, as well as a dessert. By filling these crepes with cheese, meat and vegetables; you will have a savory dinner entree that will satisfy any taste preference. Try my Four Cheese Crepes or Spinach and Ricotta Crepes for some savory dinner crepe options.

 

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Easy Classic French Crepes made with only 3 ingredients. This versatile recipe can be made sweet or savory.
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Recipe type: Dessert or Entree
Cuisine: French
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Heat 10" skillet to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray (I prefer organic olive oil spray).
  2. Mix all ingredients in a blender until well combined.
  3. Pour batter into heated skillet (a little less than ½ cup), swirl to coat bottom of pan evenly.
  4. Cook until bottom starts to turn light brown. At this point, the top will look dry, but not cooked.
  5. Flip crepe and cook on the other side until lightly browned also.
  6. Cook remaining batter in the same manner.
  7. Fill with your choice of filling and top with your favorite topping.

 

Coffee Cake Cupcakes

Coffee Cake Cupcakes

 

Coffee cake has been one of my favorites, since I was a teenager. The cinnamon flavored cake, topped with a crumble crust, just screams homey goodness! I’ve taken the classic coffee cake, created them as cupcakes and added an elegant drizzle of glaze to the top. From the amazing cinnamon smell, while they are in the oven, to the moist and delicate texture of the cupcakes, I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

 

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Coffee Cake Cupcakes
 
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Coffee cake cupcakes offer the hominess of a classic coffee cake, made into cupcakes and topped with a drizzle of glaze.
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
For Crumb Topping:
  • ¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For Glaze:
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line 12 standard muffin tins with paper liners or use nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. To make crumb topping: Melt Butter. Add flour, sugars and cinnamon in melted butter. Mix to a crumbly consistency. Set aside.
  4. To make cupcakes: Mix together sugar and oil until well mixed.
  5. Add milk and egg mix until well combined.
  6. Mix in remaining ingredients until smooth.
  7. Pour cupcake mixture evenly into muffin tins. Sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  8. Bake until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean (about 15 minutes).
  9. While cupcakes are baking make glaze.
  10. Mix powered sugar and milk until well combined.
  11. When cupcakes are cooled drizzle glaze over cupcakes with spoon.

 

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Baked French Toast with Blueberries

Baked French Toast

 

This baked French toast recipe is one of my favorite for a special breakfast or brunch. We frequently have it as “breakfast for dinner” also (like we did last night). This quick and easy recipe is also a healthy makeover, by baking instead of frying and adding fresh fruit. I also find it convenient that the whole meal cooks in the oven, so I’m free to spend more time with my family, instead of standing in front of the stove and cooking the french toast in batches.

 

I hope you enjoy this special breakfast recipe as much as we do.

 

4.9 from 14 reviews
Baked French Toast with Blueberries
 
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Baked French toast served with fresh blueberries
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Pour egg mixture into a shallow dish. (I use a pie plate.)
  4. Soak bread in the egg mixture, then place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper).
  5. Cut butter into small pieces and sprinkle over the top of the bread.
  6. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  7. Garnish with powdered sugar and blueberries (or your favorite fruit).
  8. Serve with maple syrup.

 

Healthy Lentil Soup

Healthy Lentil Soup

This healthy lentil soup is easy to make. It’s also light and tasty enough for warm weather, while still hardy enough to be comforting in the winter months!

You will enjoy this easy to make lentil soup throughout the year. It is so easy to sauté some fresh vegetables, then simmer with lentils, broth (I prefer homemade) and a can of tomatoes. This makes up a very healthy and inexpensive meal or appetizer before a special meal.

 

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This lentil soup is easy to make. It’s also light and tasty enough for warm weather, while still hardy enough to be comforting in the winter months!
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian alternative)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1½ cups lentils, rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 2 cups spinach leaves, loosely packed
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in the bottom of a stock pot.
  2. Add celery, carrot, onion and garlic to pot. Saute until vegetables are softened, but not browned (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add broth, tomatoes and lentils and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are soft (about 15 minutes).
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stir in spinach, until wilted (about 2-3 minutes).

 

Patriotic Yogurt Parfait

Patriotic Yogurt Parfait

Patriotic yogurt parfaits offer a cool and refreshing alternative or addition to, the often overly sweet holiday desserts. I love the fact that they only contain a mixture of yogurt and variety of fresh fruit. How could you go wrong, by choosing this healthy alternative?

 

Patriotic Yogurt Parfait
 
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Patriotic yogurt parfaits offer a refreshing and healthy dessert alternative for a 4th of July get together.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 32 ounces Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 pints Blueberries
  • 12 ounces Raspberries
  • Sprigs of fresh mint or additional fruit, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Layer yogurt, raspberries, yogurt and finish with blueberries.
  2. Top with 1 more spoonful of yogurt then a sprig of mint or the garnish of your choice.
Notes
The exact ingredient amounts will vary depending on the size of the glasses you are using. Also, I prefer using whole milk yogurt for this recipe, to give it the richness of a dessert.