Monday, July 20, 2009

Fresh Blueberry Cookies


Hey gang, i bought tons of fresh blueberries from the farmers market and wanted to do something fun with them. I saw this awsome recipe on the Food Network site from Giada. You have to make these cookies, they are absolutely delish! and smell soooo good! (and possible the easiest thing ever) - oh! and they come out being this really pretty light yellow color with the pretty blue from the berries. i tweaked the originial recipe just a bit, and my changes are in the parenthesis.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter (room temp)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup whole milk (i used 2% - but i bet you could use soy milk and that would be delish)
1 teaspoon almond extract (i used vanilla extract)
2 teaspoons lemon zest, about 1 lemon
1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and drained (i used fresh, and you should too, because it made a HUGE difference)
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar using a hand mixer. Add egg and beat to incorporate. Add milk, almond extract, and lemon zest.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Fold in the almonds, then the blueberries. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Using two small spoons, dollop mix onto cookie sheets. Bake until golden brown around the edges, about 15 minutes.
Let them cool down before messing with them or they will fall apart. Then, pack some up for your friends, neighbors or favorite guy - these are sure to please :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

party salad!

I always get a bit flustered when i think about what i am going to bring to a party. Usually it is a dessert, but, sometimes i like to switch it up a bit. The other day i was browsing Internet food sites and saw these really amazing muffaletta salad type deal. It looked awesome, so i switched it up a bit and came up with this amazingly delish salad that was a total hit! Here we go...
2 pints cherry tomatoes
2 balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
2 cans white beans
1 can chick peas
a bunch of green olives
a bunch of Greek olives
vegan saton or turkey salami sliced up
1/2 purple onion diced
1 jar of artichoke hearts
1.5 cups or 2 cups of Greek dressing - totally eyeball this part (or use your own favorite vinaigrette - i think i'm going to use balsamic next time)

Toss it all together and you get this super yummy take along salad that all of your friends will love. Feel free to switch it up to suit your taste.
This is MUCH better if made the day before or even 2 days before!
sooooo good.