Pie Dough Roses


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Cut rolled pie dough into circles (LOTS of circles). You place four circles in a row on your work surface, with each circle slightly overlapping. The circles are then rolled up into a log, the log is cut in half, and the cut sides of the ‘log’ are pinched inward to hold the little rose together. After that, you turn the cut side down and use your fingers to press the folds of dough downward to look like rose petals.

It’s easier than it sounds, promise. Just watch the video and you’ll be ready to make thousands of dough roses yourself. Or at least a few dozen.

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Cheesecake Egg Rolls


Cheesecake Egg Rolls

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

For the Eggrolls

  • 2 (8-oz.) bars cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 12 eggroll wrapper
  • vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish

Preparation

  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine strawberries, water and sugar.
  2. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Stir frequently and cook until thick and jammy, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese with sugar, sour cream, vanilla, and kosher salt. Using a hand mixer, beat ingredients until fully combined.
  5. Place an egg roll wrapper on a clean surface in a diamond shape and spoon approximately 3 tablespoons cream cheese mixture into a line in the center. Fold up bottom half and tightly fold in sides. Gently roll, then seal fold with a couple drops of water.
  6. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil (it should reach 1″ up the side of pan) until it starts to bubble.
  7. Add egg rolls and fry until golden, 1 minute per side.
  8. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool slightly.
  9. Plate, dust with powdered sugar, and serve with strawberry sauce.

Salted Caramel Frosting


 

Salted Caramel Frosting
Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar (I prefer dark)
  • 5 – 6 Tablespoons heavy cream, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups (240-300g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Optional Garnish

I’ve Procedure

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once melted, add brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add salt.
  4. Allow to bubble for about 2 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds or so.
  5. Remove from heat, pour into a heat-proof mixing bowl, and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.
  6. With a hand or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 3 more Tablespoons of heavy cream.
  7. Slowly add 1/2 cup more confectioners’ sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
  8. Add 1 more Tablespoon heavy cream if you find the frosting too thick.
  9. Frost cake or cupcakes and garnish with Salted Caramel Sauce if desired.

Cook’s Notes

The best piping tip for this frosting is the Wilton #12 round tip. If you pipe this salted caramel frosting with star tips, it will not hold its shape as nicely since the frosting is so creamy. So I suggest a simple round tip.

 

Okra and Tomatoes


Okra and Tomatoes
Fresh summer okra, sliced and cooked with canned tomatoes (you could use fresh instead), bacon, onion, celery, and a few seasonings makes a delicious vegetable side dish for almost any meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
  • 4 cups sliced okra
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in a cast iron Dutch oven. Remove bacon and set aside.
  2. Add onion and celery to the bacon grease and cook until soft, about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, water, okra, and seasonings. Cook 20-25 minutes, maintaining a simmer and stirring occasionally.
  4. Crumble bacon and stir in just before serving.

Pico de Lettuce


Pico de Lettuce
Most people are pretty sure that if you dress a salad too far in advance it will wilt and become disgusting and an embarrassment. But that is so arbitrary! We like wilted spinach. We like cucumber salad and coleslaw when they have been pre-dressed and allowed to release a good bit of their water. It concentrates their flavors and gives them a very different, but no less awesome, texture. Well, I’m here to tell you that the same thing happens with lettuce, and we should embrace it, not throw it away and make a new salad!

The thing is, a drained lettuce salad is one of the greatest sandwich condiments of all time. Instead of a big, unwieldy piece of lettuce, you can pack half a head of compressed lettuce on a sandwich, and think about what that means for the flavor of your sandwich! The only problem is marketing. Nobody wants to eat a sandwich with something called “old salad” on it, so in a fit of brilliance, I coined the term Pico de Lettuce. And I put it on the menu at the sub shops, and nobody seemed to notice. People talk about the sandwich and act like they already know what Pico de Lettuce is. And they like it! But if they knew that it was just old salad they would probably be bummed.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, cleaned, dried, and cut into 1/2-inch ribbons
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Procedure

  1. Combine the lettuce, garlic, onion, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Let sit, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain off most of the liquid and make the most interesting martini you’ve ever had.
  4. Store the Pico de Lettuce in the fridge, where it will keep for a week but, like many green things, will become less beautiful as the week progresses.

Makes enough for 4-6 sandwiches

Oven Fried Pickles


Oven Fried Pickles
These oven-fried pickles are seriously addictive and have become a total Delish snack staple. They’re super easy to make and are a perfect afternoon snack when you’re craving something salty and crunchy.

The best part of these pickles is their versatility. Not a fan of dill chips? Try bread and butter, or any other flavor you’re crazy about! Same goes for the spices in the breading — if you’re not a fan of spice you could tone it down with some freshly cracked pepper. If you love spice, amp up the cayenne — or even try putting a dash of your favorite hot sauce into the egg dredge! The possibilities are endless.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced pickles
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons  melted butter
  • 4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Ranch dressing, for dipping

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 450° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pat pickles dry with paper towels.
  3. In a medium shallow bowl, mix together panko, butter, dill, garlic powder and cayenne. Season mixture with salt and pepper.
  4. Working in batches, toss pickle coins in flour until lightly coated, then toss pickles in eggs. Dredge the pickles in the panko mixture until fully coated.
  5. Place pickles on prepared baking sheet and bake until the coating is golden and crispy, about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with ranch dressing.