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Plum Coffee Cake

28 Sep

Has anyone noticed the lack of posts recently? I apologize. I had been fairly good at scheduling posts a week in advance, but being out of town for the last 2 weekends have not helped.

But have no fear!! I have some delicious upcoming posts coming your way. Mostly having to do with the goodies we received in our CSA. I’m so sad that it is almost OCTOBER (where did this month go exactly?) which means our CSA will be coming to a close soon enough. Even though I love Fall, I dislike this part (and the cold) the most.

We’ve been getting a ton of plums in our CSA recently, and I’ve had to find different ways of using them other than mixing them in yogurt (although that is delicious). I decided to use up the weeks worth of plums we got by making a delicious plum coffee cake for a party we went to.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well received it was and how almost an entire sheet pan was consumed in a couple of hours! The crumble did not come out exactly like I wanted (I think I mixed it too much) but everyone still ate it up. We took a couple of leftovers home, but they were quickly devoured by my husband. Thanks for leaving me some ūüėõ

Plum Coffee Cake
As seen on The Kitchn

Ingredients

  • 8-10 small ripe plum
  • 3/4 cup butter – room temperature
  • 1.5 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder

Cinnamon Streusel

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour

Glaze

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
Directions
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9×13 baking pan. Pit the plums by halving them, discarding the pits, and cutting them in half again. Set aside.
– In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed. Add in the eggs one at a time, waiting for the egg to be fully incorporated before adding the next one. Add the vanilla and yogurt and mix until light and fluffy
– In another bowl, sift the nutmeg, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Reduce the mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until almost smooth.
– Turn the stand mixer off and use a spatula to incorporate the batter. Pour half the batter into the pan and smooth. Stick the plum quarters cut side down into the batter. Pour the remaining half of the batter over the plums and smooth it out.
– In a small bowl mix the melted butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon until crumbly (but not wet!) and sprinkle over the plums.
-Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and the top is nicely brown. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before applying glaze.

– Whisk the milk, lemon juice and sugar together until it is a thin but spreadable consistency. Drizzle over cake. Serve warm but not hot.

Breakfast at Eat @ Adrian’s

23 Aug

Two weekends ago Joe and I spent a long weekend at the Cape again. We spent that Saturday in P-Town (Provincetown for those who don’t know) with a group of friends, but Sunday was a day of spending time together and relaxing.

When I heard that the guys over at EAT Boston were taking over Adrian’s restaurant in Truro, I knew that I wanted to visit. We decided to have breakfast there on Sunday morning.

The breakfast menu was very simple, and the focus was on local, quality ingredients. The menu was small but contained a lot of interesting menu options.

We were able to sit on the back porch on this particularly balmy Sunday, and the view was not too shabby. Adrian’s is pretty much on the Truro/Provincetown line so if you walk out toward the edge of the property you can see all of P-Town in its glory.

The coffee brewed at Adrian’s is specially blended for the restaurant from locally roasted Beanstock coffee. It was strong and very flavorful. I may have had a little too much coffee.

As an appetizer so to speak, we decided to share a generously portioned slice of sour cream coffee cake. Served warm, it was moist and slightly tangy, and the ribbon of nuts and cinnamon melted in your mouth. The perfect start to breakfast.

Joe went with the cranberry pancakes served with real maple syrup and orange butter. As you can see, they did not skimp at all with the cranberries, which provided a nice tartness that went well with the citrus of the butter. Doused in maple syrup, it’s hard to mess something like this up.

For my meal, I went with the Swiss Eggs, which were two eggs poached on top of an English Muffin with a Romano cream sauce that was kicked up with a little cayenne pepper. Basically eggs benedict without the hollandaise and meat. It was also 1000x better than traditional eggs benedict. The eggs were perfectly poached, and the cream sauce complimented the eggs perfectly. Even though I love eggs benedict (poached eggs more like it) I’m usually not a huge fan of hollandaise. If the same goes for you, then I would highly recommend getting an order of Swiss eggs.

It’s ok though, I still got my meat portion in. Obviously when I see linguica on the menu, I cannot turn it down. This linguica was perfectly grilled, and was mild but still flavorful. They know what they are doing.

Sadly, the folks at EAT are only at Adrian’s for the remainder of the summer, so if you want to sample the delectable breakfast, lunch or dinner menu, you need to do it soon! Hopefully it is such a success that they will come back next summer ::fingers crossed:: If you find yourself in Truro in the next couple of weeks, make sure you check out Adrian’s!

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

1 Aug

So in one of our recent CSA pickups we received a couple of zucchinis. I was at the point where I was sick of just sauteing them or roasting them in the oven. Which made me then think of dessert.

My father in law makes a mean zucchini bread. He doesn’t put chocolate in it but it is still delicious. I’m going to have to steal that recipe from him someday.

Seriously, I’m always in awe when I use vegetables in my baking on how amazing and moist and flavorful it turns out. You mean I can put veggies in my desserts and it’ll be healthy AND taste good?!? Um, yes please.

This zucchini bread was exactly what I was craving for these zucchini’s. I made them the day I took the tour at America’s Test Kitchen, and as I tweeted that it was currently in the oven I received a tweet from Megan jokingly asking if I would bring her a slice. Well, of course I said I would bring her a slice! That’s was friends (and food bloggers) are for.

Well, needless to say she told me I needed to blog this recipe ASAP. And here it is, two weeks later (that’s pretty good for me).

I need to tackle more veggie baked good recipes. Maybe Black Bean Brownies or Beet Cake is next on the list?

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Recipe from Eating Well

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
Directions:
¬†– Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat one loaf pan (mine was 9×5) with cooking spray and set aside
 РSpread walnuts in a pie plate and toast them in the oven for 57 minutes, until fragrant
 РWhisk flours, cocoa, baking powder and soda, and salt in a large bowl
 РIn a separate bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, oil, vanilla and melted chocolate to combine.
 РAdd the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients using a spatula and fold to just combine
 РFold the zucchini and walnuts into the batter
¬†– Spoon the batter into your greased loaf pan and smooth the top. Add some extra walnuts and/or chocolate chips to the top if you’d like
 РBake the loaf in the oven for 55-60 minutes until the top is set and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out relatively clean.
 РLet cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes in the pan then invert onto the rack and let cool completely
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Strawberry Cream Scones & the Best Weekend Ever

14 Jun

So, how was everyone’s weekend?

Photo Courtesy of Nicole @ Iamahoneybee

My weekend was pretty flipping fantastic. I basically satisfied a life long dream of mine by going to see my favorite band on the face of the Earth this weekend. I’m talking about none other than NKTOBSB (My favorite band being the BSB portion of this acronym)

Let me give you the rundown of this epic concert that I attended this weekend, in bullet form.

  • Mark Wahlberg introduced NKTOBSB. If you know me at all, you know that I am in love with Marky Mark. Like, IN LOVE. Like, I-would-divorce-my-husband-and-run-away-with-him-if-he-ever-asked love. Do you have a list with your spouse about who you get to hook up with if ever the chance came up? Mark is #1 on that list. (I think Tina Fey is on hubby’s list). Poor Nicole had to deal with me screaming my every loving head off when he came on stage
  • I still know all the words to songs I haven’t heard in 10+ years.
  • Half naked men in the rain WILL reduce you to your former 15 year old hormonal self
  • I LOVE RAIN. See previous bullet.
  • Nick Carter using the stage as a Slip N Slide and almost flying off said stage, MAGIC.
  • When the Backstreet Boys bring 4 girls on stage and commence serenading them, you WILL turn into a jealous 12 year old who will want to rip their heads off
  • Even the mere suggestion that a shirt will be taken off will send women of all ages into hysterics
  • The fact that they were selling snap bracelets and Naughty by Nature made a guest appearance made me think I was actually back in the 90s.
  • Donnie Wahlberg is H-O-T. Obviously not as hot as my love Mark but those Wahlberg’s are blessed with some amazing genes. I would like a Wahlberg sandwich TO GO thanks
  • Greatest concert ever in the history of ever
  • Did I mention half naked men in the rain?
I love you Mark!
I was definitely more into the Backstreet Boys than New Kids on the Block. I got into NKOTB towards the end of their career, but I followed BSB from beginning to now. Remember how you used to get into fights with the other girls about who was better, *NSync or BSB? Oh wait…..you didn’t have those fights? Nevermind then
I ‚̧ Brian 4eva
Side Note: Brian is my favorite. While the majority of girls were pining over Nick Carter (fact: he kind of bugs me) I loved soft spoken and hilarious and omg cutest boy ever Brian. Everything about this concert was epic. The venue, the group, the songs, the experience. EVERYTHING. It was kind of amazing to see girls my age (and older! Much older!) scream like 15 year olds again when they sang. I went with Nicole of I Am A Honey Bee and she has some fantastic video of the concert! Go check it out!!!
I’m going to tell you right now that these scones have nothing in common with the concert except for the fact that I made them on the same day and they are delicious just like all the members of NKOTBSB. Yeah, I said it.
I bought some delicious strawberries at the farmer’s market in Dewey Sq and knew that scones were going to be on the agenda. Cream scones. Because when you have delicious strawberries from the farmer’s market, you want to treat them right.
What’s great about this particular recipe is that it’s for only 4 scones! Now, I love sweets just as much as the next girl, but my butt and thighs don’t. So when I find a recipe that’s been cut down to a reasonable amount so I can still get my fix but don’t have to worry about gaining 20lbs, I make it. The original recipe calls for currants, but I really wanted to use my strawberries, and I think they worked great! This will definitely be my go to recipe when I want to make a couple of scones for breakfast!
Strawberry Cream Scones
Slightly adapted from Cooking for Two
  • 1 cup (5oz) all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1/4″ pieces and chilled
  • 1/3 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Pulse flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in food processor to combine, about 3 pulses. Scatter butter evenly over top and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with some slightly larger butter lumps, about 6 pulses. Transfer mix to a large bowl and stir in strawberries then stir in cream until it can be formed into a loose ball.
Flour your countertop and form the ball into a 5″ round disk. Cut into 4 scones and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Let stand about 5-10 minutes and then serve with your favorite side of whipped cream.

Applesauce Oat Muffins

5 Apr

I love breakfast. I would have it for lunch and dinner if I could. Maybe even dessert (hello, waffles?).

But here’s the thing, during the work week, I can’t stand breakfast.

I get bored with it. I mean, there’s only so many times you can have the cereal/oatmeal/toast/eggs rotation before you go slightly insane. And I don’t have a lot of time in the morning, so it’s not like I can get really creative in the morning.

But anything that I can make ahead of time and have for the entire week and not be sick of it by Day 2 is a big winner in my book.

And these babies are healthy to boot. You could go all out and make homemade applesauce for said muffins, but I was lazy. And didn’t have enough time. Or enough apples. But homemade applesauce is delicious and amazing. Maybe some day I’ll share with you an awesome applesauce recipe.

Oh, and IN CASE YOU DIDN’T NOTICE, over on the right hand side is a little box advertising my *brand spankin’ new* Facebook page. Make a girl happy and give it a “Like”. It really does wonders for my self-esteem.

Applesauce Oat Muffins

Recipe adapted from Crepes of Wrath

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (or combine 1 tsp and add enough milk to come to 1/3 cup, let sit for 10 minutes)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 7 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel
  • 1 cup rolled oats, plus more for topping

In a small bowl combine the flours, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and salt and whisk together.

In another medium bowl whisk the eggs, brown sugar, honey & buttermilk  together until combined (I did this all by hand, it was slightly liberating). Make sure the eggs are mixed in really good. Add the melted butter and again stir to combine. Then add the applesauce and, guess what? Stir that to combine.

At this point, I switched to a spatula instead of a whisk. Gradually add the flour and fold in to combine. Then fold in the candied orange peel and the oats until everything is combined loosely.

Spray and flour your muffin pan or line with muffin cups. I used my large muffin pan and that made about 9 muffins total. Add enough batter to bring it about 3/4 of the way to the top. Sprinkle more oats on the top

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 18-22 minutes, or until the tops spring back up when touched, or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out (mostly) clean.

Let the muffins sit in the pan for a couple of minutes, then let them cool completely on a wire rack.

If you are feeling extra indulgent, mix some chocolate chips into the batter. You know you wanna.

Fly Away to San Francisco Part 1

5 Mar

Where do I even BEGIN to recap my amazing trip to San Francisco? I don’t even know how I’m going to do it, but I’m going to try. So here goes!!

Hubby and I had been wanting to go to San Francisco FOREVER. Friends raved about it. Hubby’s cousin and wife live in San Francisco and offered to host us whenever we decided to visit the Golden Gate City. So we finally decided to head out there in February which happened to coincide with a weekend of skiing and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. How could we say no!

We landed in San Francisco and witnessed just how strict the traffic enforcement ladies were at the airport while we waited for hubby’s cousin to pick us up. We had an AMAZING lunch at Chez Maman which is located in Potrero Hill where we stayed for our trip. Delicious paninis, honest to goodness crepes, and an adorable genuine French owner. LOVE.

We decided to keep things low key for the day (and for the entire vacation really) and hung out at M&K’s (that’s hubby’s cousin and wife for future reference) condo for a bit to destress and just hang out.

They have a really nice view

We watched a hilarious Samuel L. Jackson movie (Unthinkable, in case you were wondering, and no, it wasn’t hilarious on purpose) and then eventually decided to head out to dinner where we ate surprisingly good Indian food, played some terrible foosball (I suck, M excels at it), maybe saw a mullet or two, walked in on a “Magic” gathering, and played some slightly better Big Buck Hunter.

Successful start to our vacation if I do say so myself.

Thursday was a day of good eats. We started our day with a hearty breakfast at Just For You Cafe, on the edge of Portrero Hill and the Dogpatch.

Just for You Cafe is just as cheeky as it is good.

With some retro posters and a list of their homemade specials, Just for You Cafe would fit in perfectly either in Allston or perhaps Davis Square.

We obviously had to try the beignets (1 for $1.65, 3 for $4.25). These perfect pillows of fried donut goodness were, in a word, AMAZING. I was expecting the beignets to be on the smaller side, but these things were HUGE, and not to mention topped with about an inch of powdered sugar. Yep, we certainly ARE on vacation.

If that wasn’t belly busting enough the hubster went for the biscuits and gravy, topped with 2 eggs over easy ($8.95). While it certainly doesn’t look attractive, it was pretty damn tasty. But really, how can you go wrong with biscuits and creamy gravy?

I went a classic route with 2 eggs over easy, some homemade whole wheat bread, home fries, and homemade turkey-apple sausage ($9.95). The sausage was excellent, with big chunks of apple and overall goodness. The bread had that taste that only comes with freshly made bread and the eggs were cooked perfectly.

The service was stand-offish, but not in a bad way. They pretty much leave you alone but will still re-fill your (delicious) coffee without being asked.

This was a great start to our first full day in San Francisco. Stay tuned to see how the rest of our day went!!

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Chocolate Waffles

18 Jan

One of the items on my Christmas wish list was a waffle maker. And not just ANY waffle maker, but the kind that you can turn. I remember my freshman year of college going to the food hall for the first time and seeing that I could make waffles anytime I want.

“Wait, waffles, 24/7?!” (I believe one of the food halls was 24/7, and even though I lived across the street from the gym I still didn’t prevent the Freshman 30 15)

I would get a kick out of turning the waffles when they were halfway done (I was neither high nor drunk at the time either), and then adding all sorts of topping to said waffles. Although never chicken, mainly because I hadn’t been exposed to the wonderment that is chicken and waffles.

Anyway, this past weekend I was craving some waffles. Chocolate waffles to be exact. I hadn’t gone food shopping yet, so I had limited supplies, but I had enough to whip up these delicious waffles. I didn’t add the extra chocolate chips that the original recipe called for, so these waffles had a subtle chocolate flavor instead of a chocolate punch that the chips would have given. Sprinkles with some blackberries and carrot cake jam that a friend of mine made for me, these were a great start to the day!

Chocolate Waffles

Recipe adapted from Lettuce Pray

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat waffle maker and spray with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. In another bowl combine the eggs, butter, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until smooth. Add the chocolate chips if you want.

Since I have a bigger waffle maker, I put about a cup of the mix into the waffle maker and the waffles were done in about 3.5 minutes. Makes 3 waffles total. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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