Creamy Orange Fruit Dip
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup whipping cream
To a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, vanilla and orange zest. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat to incorporate.
Pour in orange juice and continue beating until smooth. Add cream; continue to beat until thick and creamy, a minute or two more.
This is also a popular dressing with kids and grandchildren. It thickens just enough to use as a dip with cut veggies. Serve dressing in a bowl or bell pepper shell with crudité alongside.
Yield:3 cups dressing
3 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
11/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon good olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (less if desired)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk, shaken
Place the scallions, basil, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
Puree for 15 to 20 seconds to make a smooth mixture. Add the mayonnaise, yogurt, and buttermilk and blend until smooth. Transfer the dressing to a container, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour for the flavors to develop.
Arrange lettuce, tomatoes, and onion artfully on salad plates and drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
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Serves four (2 crab cakes per serving)
1 lb. jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat, fresh or pasteurized
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives or parsley
1-2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. olive oil
Lemon wedges for serving
Drain the crabmeat, if necessary, and pick through for shells.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Gently fold in crab until well combined.
Fold in the breadcrumbs and chives being careful not to over mix. (it should still be somewhat loose)
Shape the crab mixture into 8 cakes about 1 inch thick.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.
In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Cook until dark golden brown on the underside, about 4 minutes. Flip the cakes, reduce the heat to medium low, and continue cooking until the other side is well browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the cakes.
When contacted to review Let’s Cook French, A Family Cookbook by Claudine Pépin, I knew it would be exciting for both myself and my granddaughter, Keri. This almost 13-year old is super excited about cooking as well as everything French!
Thirty good-food recipes from start, entree, sides and finish including a seasonal menu suggesting the time of year you might enjoy these dishes.
I am always thrilled to have a grandchild in the kitchen with me. The little ones sit on the counter and like to pour and stir (and taste, of course) and the bigger ones often surprise me with how quickly they learn and their capabilities. But it is the memories and conversation that makes this time so special. If you have a budding chef, boy or girl, I recommend Let’s Cook French. The recipes aren’t difficult, the flavors not too sophisticated for kids and the time together is priceless.
Keri’s Cookbook review:
This cookbook, titled, Let’s Cook French, a Family Cookbook, by Claudine Pépin is very interesting. I like how, if it is on a book shelf, you definitely want to take a look. The illustration’s are eye-popping. I also love the way they have a special note for kids. The recipes are written in both English and French. I was very excited to start dancing in the kitchen making dishes from my favorite city of Paris. There are many recipes that I think are cool, like the Salad Nicoise.
When I tried to cook, the recipe was easy and fun to make. I enjoyed the cookbook and the results were delicious.
I would definitely recommend Let’s Cook French a Family Cookbook to anyone who loves tasty French food to eat and make.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (190C)
Coat a 9 x 13-inch glass dish with the butter.
Peel the potatoes and wash in cold water. Do not let the potatoes soak in the water; it will remove the starch needed to thicken the milk. Slice the potatoes 1/4-inch thick into an 8-quart saucepan.
Add the milk, cream, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir often to prevent scorching.
Pour the potato and milk mixture into the buttered roasting dish. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Set on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
1-2 shallots, minced (about 1/4 cup)
6 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. Dijon-style mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
Mince the shallots and place in a mason jar. Add the vinegar and let sit for 20 minutes to 1 hour.
Add the rest of the ingredients, seal tightly, and shake vigorously; serve.
Store in the refrigerator and take out 20-30 minutes before serving.
2 Tbs butter
1 celery stalk, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium if you prefer to add your own salt)
2 large potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
small sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped or 1⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary
hefty dash pepper
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups ham, cooked and diced
1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
In a Dutch oven or pot, melt butter over medium heat; add celery, carrot and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, rosemary and pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, cover and simmer gently until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the milk and flour. Pour into the soup, whisking to combine. Gently simmer and stir 5 minutes more. Stir in ham and parsley and heat through. Adjust seasoning.
Making an Easter Peep Graham Cracker House
The graham crackers cut easily with a sharp knife. I glued three sides to a bottom and then the roof pieces. After the frosting hardened, additional frosting was used to attach the roof to the sides.