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April 30th, 2012

Rhubarb Custard Pie



Don’t you wish you could come over and enjoy a piece of this Rhubarb Pie?  If I had to pick to one favorite dessert, this would be it! {yes, even above chocolate}

I love this pie, so when I walked in the grocery store and found rhubarb – it just had to be.  Some of you may be fortunate to have rhubarb growing in your garden, it’s one of those plants that comes back year after year with no bother at all; just happy to be a part of your pies and goodies.

Rhubarb is somewhat of an acquired taste,  I know some recipes like to “temper” the rhubarb with strawberries and other fruits, but my first choice is this plain, unadulterated pie with just rhubarb- and of course the custard with just a hint of nutmeg . . . . mmmmm.  In my opinion this is the best rhubarb pie recipe you will ever find.

If you love rhubarb, you’ll love this pie.  If you’re not sure, or never tried it – start here!

Rhubarb Custard Pie

Ingredients

1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust
3 cups rhubarb, diced
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 teaspoons Minute Tapioca
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions:

Place diced rhubarb into pie shell.  Mix sugar, flour, tapioca, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.  Stir in eggs and butter until well mixed.  Pour mixture over rhubarb.

 

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and make for 25-30 minutes (until the pie turns a light golden brown).

Cool to room temperature before cutting.

You might also love:

Fresh Strawberry Pie
Fresh Peach Pie

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April 27th, 2012

Simple Garlic Parmesan Knots

My baby is going to be turning 3 tomorrow and I am not really sure how I feel about it.  She is my baby and 3 years old is really not much of a baby anymore.  I am still trying to keep her little as long as I can, but she is like a bullet train moving forward and growing up.  She is super excited for her birthday, because as you may have caught on, we count down everything in our house.  In our house we count “sleeps” and there is only 1 left!  I think the excitement might be a little much for her.  She was really hoping that Grandma would mail her a real dog for her backyard.  Unfortunately, the package already came and there is no live animal inside.  The heartbreak of a small child. ;)

Her biggest request for her birthday is to have a panda bear cake.  We went to Washington D.C. last September and at the National Zoo they have panda bears.  We got quite the performance from the two pandas and so ever since she has had an obsession with them.  I have never made a panda bear cake before so we shall see how it turns out….

Since I will be busy with cake decorating, a quick little shortcut is in order for dinner.  Dressed up refrigerator biscuits for a simple addition to any dinner.  Gotta love saving a little time every so often.

Simple Garlic Parmesan Knots

Ingredients:

1 tube (16.3 oz) refrigerated Grands buttermilk biscuits ( I used Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits)
4 Tbls. melted butter
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I did use the green can stuff)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Directions:

Roll each biscuit into a 12-in. rope and tie into a knot; tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; brush the warm knots with the mixture.

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April 26th, 2012

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Pasta with Garlic Bread Crumbs

Don’t you love a good BLT sandwich?   Here is a take on that classic taste in a light pasta meal.  Add some bacon,  caramelized tomatoes, leeks and wilted spinach to your pasta, top it off with some garlic bread crumbs – all those great BLT flavors with pasta – yum!  A perfect light summer meal.

B*L*T Pasta with Garlic Bread Crumbs

Ingredients:

3 strips bacon, diced
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 ounces pasta (I used penne, but any kind will work, even spaghetti)
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

*Garlic Bread Crumbs
1 clove garlic
1 cup crusty bread cubes
1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions:

Bring a pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.

Mince garlic for the bread crumbs in a food processor.  Add cubed bread and process until coarse.

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium; add crumbs and toast until gold, about 3-4 minutes, stirring often; set aside.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.  Pour off all but 1 Tbsp drippings.

Caramelize tomatoes and sugar in drippings over medium heat.  Cook until tomatoes begin to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add leeks; saute until wilted, 3-4 minutes.

Add chicken broth to skillet to deglaze (scrap off drippings); Add broth, balsamic vinegar, and pepper flakes.  Simmer until liquid is reduced by a third, about 5 minutes.

Cook Pasta in boiling water according to package directions.  Add the spinach, thyme, and cooked bacon to the tomato mixture.  Transfer cooked and drained pasta to the skillet.  Toss to coat; season with salt and pepper.  Divide pasta onto serving dishes and sprinkle with bread crumbs.

Serves 2

*recipe adapted from Cuisine

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BLT with  Cracked Pepper Balsamic Mayo
Pasta Carbonara
Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts and Spinach
Bruschetta with Fresh Tomato and Basil

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 25th, 2012

May Day Gift Tag



Do you have any May Day traditions?  Traditionally in the US you leave flowers for friends and neighbors annonymously.  When I was young we had these huge lilac bushes – beautiful flowers with a heavenly smell; especially at night with the windows open. . .

{We don’t have lilacs in Texas, but thankfully the good Lord gave us Crepe Myrtles to brighten our yards and cheer our days . . . now if they just had that same smell {big sigh}}.

Every May Day (May 1) we would create wonderful bouquets of these lilacs, usually wrapped in construction paper beautifully decorated with crayons , then we would  leave them for our neighbors.  We thought it was the funnest thing ever to ring the bell and run away before you were caught!

Naturally, I thought everyone celebrated May Day, but soon realized that many of never heard of it {gasp}.  If you do have a May Day Tradition, we’ve created a gift tag to help your spread the love.  If you don’t have a tradition – what a fun surprise for a teacher, friend, coworker, etc. to receive- can you just image how thrilled they will be?

 

Download the May Day Gift Tag Here {link updated 4/14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

graphics from Summertime Designs

lilac picture source 

 

April 24th, 2012

Kitchen Talk: Olive Garden Salad Dressing

I love getting suprises, don’t you?  I got a great one last week and now I am here to share it with you.  I got a text from a friend who had been to Sams Club informing me of a new item.  Olive Garden Salad Dressing is now sold exclusively at Sams Club.  So guess where I went the very next day.  That’s right.  I went right out and bought some.  See for me Sams Club is more convienent than the nearest Olive Garden Restruant.  Seriously, I couldn’t even control my excitment.  It was a very happy day for me! {And I am still excited about it!}

Who doesn’t love getting a big bowl of salad when visiting Olive Garden.  Isn’t it one of the main reasons for visiting?  I know it is for me {and of course the breadsticks, because those speak for themselves.}  So make a batch of these homemade breadsticks paired with a bowl of salad with Olive Garden Dressing and YUM!  Perfect!!

One reason for loving this particular dressing {besides it is pure delicious}  is  Tortellini Skewers (or salad).  Although you can use whatever italian dressing you like for marinading the tortellini, Olive Garden Dressing is my favorite.  Another reason would be my kids even eat salad.  My kids all love this dressing as well.  My 5 year old son had salad for lunch the other day because he wanted Olive Garden Dressing on it.  {He passed up chicken nuggets, I’m just saying.}

At my local Sams Club this salad dressing is 2 20 oz bottles for 6.98.  Trust me it is a great deal.  And it is definitely the real deal.  {We are already down 1 bottle in less than a week.}  So if there is a Sams Club near you, it is worth checking out.  And if you need a reason to buy it, look no further than tortellini skewers.  It makes a great summer salad!

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