For those of you that have been waiting for this one….a wonderful dessert after any meal.  The Raspberry Yogurt Quick Breads are available at Sam’s Club.

Raspberry Crepes with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

Cream Cheese Filled Raspberry Crepes with Blueberry Sauce

Yields: 12-16 crepes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 10 minutes
Crepes:
1 package Fleishmann’s® Simply Homemade Raspberry Flavored Yogurt Quick Bread mix
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup milk
4 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:
2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Vanilla Flavoring
½ cup blueberry or raspberry jam

Berry Sauce:
1 package (16 ounce) frozen berries
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon Argo® Cornstarch

Topping:
Powdered sugar

To make the crepes, combine quick bread mix, yogurt, milk, eggs and melted butter in a food processor or an electric mixer. Mix until smooth. Lightly butter a non-stick 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Using a one ounce ladle (or 2 tablespoons) pour batter into prepared pan,  rotating pan until batter covers the bottom. Cook until lightly brown, about one minute.   Remove crepe from pan and repeat with remaining batter.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth, add the jam and stir until well combined. Preheat oven to 300°F.

To assemble the filled crepes, place about 2 tablespoon of filling on each crepe in a line. Roll up the crepes and place them in a baking dish, seam side down. Bake for 10 minutes.

To make the berry sauce, combined all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve over cooked crepes and top with powdered sugar.

Happy March – Cream Cheese Filled Raspberry Crepes with Blueberry Sauce


Happy Valentines Day!

Mushroom Mixture:
2 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped sun dried tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup red wine

Wellington:
4 prime cut filet mignons, 4-6 ounce in size, 1 1/2” thick
freshly ground sea salt & coarse black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
Egg wash, 1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water

Wine Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 package Beef Demi Glace, 2.6 ounces
1/2 cup red wine
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Heat a medium sized saute pan over medium heat, add butter and melt. Add the shallots & garlic, saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook until wine has evaporated.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Generously spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large skillet, heat oil. Generously sprinkle both sides of filets with salt & pepper. Place in hot skillet and sear filets on all sides until brown. Remove from skillet.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry large enough to wrap around the beef. Divide mushroom mixture in fourths and place in center of pastry. Top mushrooms with filet. Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash. Wrap filet with pastry cutting off any extra (use the extra for topping wellington with shapes or initials).
Place seam side down on baking sheet and top wellington with egg wash. Bake 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden on top. Use an instant read thermometer for accurate meat temperature (125 for rare, 130 for medium) let meat rest 5 minutes before serving.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until soft. Add demi glace and red wine. Cook until mixture is reduced by half. Add heavy cream. Serve immediately. Place wine sauce on a serving dish and top with beef wellington.
Buon Appetito!



This one is for all my gluten free and vegetarian friends…an easy and very flavorful side dish, or even as a main meal.

Spaghetti squash (also called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, vegetable marrow, spaghetti marrow, and squaghetti) is a group of cultivars of Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo.[1] The fruit can range either from ivory to yellow or orange in color. The orange varieties have a higher carotene content. Its center contains many large seeds. Its flesh is bright yellow or orange. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash; when cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

You will need:

1 2lb. spaghetti squash
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus additional oil for drizzling over squash
½ onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & freshly ground black pepper
red pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, strained & rinsed
2 tablespoons Panko Breadcrumbs

Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half, lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seeds from center of the squash.  Place squash cut side down in a microwavable pan.  Add 1 inch of water to the pan.  Cover the squash with plastic wrap, microwave for 10 minutes.DSC_0045

Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, add olive oil.  When oil is hot add chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (to taste), cook over medium low heat until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.  DSC_0050

When cooked, remove squash from microwave.  Place squash on a cutting board; use a fork to remove the strands of the “spaghetti” squash, place in a mixing bowl.DSC_0051 DSC_0055

Add chopped parsley, basil, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, salt and freshly ground black pepper to spaghetti squash.  Mix until combined.  Fill each squash skin with mixture, divided evenly.

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Top each half with 1 tablespoon Panko bread crumbs.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (if desired).  Place squash in a preheated 350° oven, bake for 15-20 minutes or until squash is golden brown.  DSC_0065 Buon Appetito!!!

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Baked Stuffed Spaghetti Squash


For those of you who purchased my calendar, here is the one I know you have been waiting for….the perfect cheesecake.  Enjoy!!!

Bailey's Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake
2.25 ounces toasted pecan pieces
1 16 ounce package Oreo cookies
1 stick butter, melted

In a skillet over medium high heat, toast pecans until slightly golden, about 2-3 minutes. Place Oreo’s in a food processor and process until finely crumbled. Add toasted pecan pieces and process for a few seconds. Combine melted butter and Oreo mixture. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9” spring form pan. Bake in a preheated 325° oven for 7 minutes.

4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup Bailey’s Coffee Liquor
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup flour

In the bowl of a stand mixer cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Add Bailey’s and mix untiled blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add sour cream, vanilla and flour and mix until smooth.

2 oz. semi sweet chocolate, melted

Pour 1/2 of the cheesecake mixture into the prepared pan. Drizzle 1/2 of the melted chocolate over the cheesecake. Using a knife, swirl the chocolate over the top. Repeat with the remaining cheesecake mixture and melted chocolate.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cake cool in the oven for one hour with the door closed to prevent cracking. Refrigerate overnight…best made one or two days before serving.

Buon Appetito!!!

Bailey’s Marbled Cheesecake


Friday evening I posted a picture of our dinner on Facebook.  This post was followed by several requests for the recipe; here you go!

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Scrimp Scampi

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

1 pound Italian Capellini
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small shallot, finely chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
Red pepper flakes, to taste
1 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, rinsed & drained
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, preferably 25-30 count
Freshly shaved or grated Parmesan or Asiago Cheese

Bring a large stock pot of water to a rapid boil over high heat; add salt and capellini. Cook according to pasta directions, do not overcook pasta.

While pasta is cooking, add extra virgin olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, about 1-2 minutes, add chopped shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes (if desired). Sauté 2-3 minutes (do not let garlic turn brown), or until shallots are soft. Add drained tomatoes, fresh herbs and shrimp. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes, or until shrimp turns pink, remove from heat.

In a large pasta bowl, toss drained capellini with sauce, top with shaved cheese.

Buon Appetito!!!

Quick & Easy Shrimp Scampi


Daulphinoise Potatoes

Potatoes Dauphinoise

If you have never had these wonderful potatoes, you really MUST try them!  I was always a lover of AuGratin Potatoes, until I found these!!!!

What does Dauphinoise really mean?  Definition: In the culinary arts, the word Dauphinoise refers to a French recipe for potatoes in which the potatoes are sliced, layered in a baking dish and then baked au gratin with garlic, butter and cream. Variations on the Potatoes Dauphinoise recipe can include eggs and cheese.

The name Dauphinoise comes from the Dauphiné region of France, where the Potatoes Dauphinoise recipe is said to originate.

Although the names are similar, Potatoes Dauphinoise is not the same recipe as dauphine potatoes, which are balls of puréed potatoes mixed with choux pastry which are then deep-fried until light and crispy.

Water so clear a ducky would swim in it!

Water so clear the Peabody duck will swim in it!

You will need...

You will need….

Sliced thinly

Sliced very thinly

The secret to the success of these potatoes is to slice them very very thin, and rinse your sliced potatoes until the water is clear (this removes most of the potato starch).   If you have a Mandolin Kitchen Slicer, you are all set.  You will need 3-4 potatoes (I used russet), heavy cream, fresh thyme, white pepper, shallot, garlic (if desired), gruyere cheese, (I also like a little provolone), and pankos for a real crispy topping.   You will need to finely chop a ½ large shallot or 1 small shallot.  Heat a small sauce pan with 1 tablespoon of butter, and when melted, add the chopped shallot, minced garlic (if desired) and a couple of stems of fresh thyme.  Cook until soft (about 5 minutes).  Add 1/2 cup heavy cream and heat until warm (do not boil).

 

Finely chopped shallot

Finely chopped shallot

While your shallots are cooking (low and slow), you will need to slice the potatoes and place them in a single layer, overlapping each other in a circular motion.  DSC_0034

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Butter, shallots, white pepper and fresh thyme.

Place a handful of shredded gruyere cheese over potatoes (and any other cheese you like).  Continue layering potatoes and cheese, ending with the potatoes.  Top with a couple of tablespoons of pankos.  Pour the cream mixture over the potatoes.  Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees 60 minutes.  Remove foil and continue baking until top is bubbling and slightly golden.

Daulphinoise Potatoes

Daulphinoise Potatoes

Potatoes Dauphinoise

Serves: 4
Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4 large russet potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced,  and rinsed in cold water
2 tablespoon butter, divided
1 small shallot, finely diced
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
½ teaspoon white pepper
8 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded
4-6 sliced provolone, torn in pieces
½ cup heavy cream
2-3 tablespoons Pankos
Preheat oven to 325°.

Heat a small sauté pan over medium low heat, add butter. When butter is melted and bubbling, add chopped shallots, fresh thyme, and white pepper. Sauté until shallots are soft, about 5-8 minutes. Add the heavy cream to the pan and heat until warm, do not boil.

While shallots are cooking, rub the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a gratin dish or round baking pan, and rub with garlic, if desired. Line the bottom of the dish with a single layer of potatoes, overlapping each other. Sprinkle ⅓ of the shredded cheese over potatoes and ⅓ of the provolone cheese. Continue layering potatoes and cheese; this should make 3 layers. Pour the warm cream mixture over top of potatoes, do not worry about the stems of the thyme, you can remove them after baking. Top mixture with Pankos and cover with aluminum foil.

Place potatoes in preheated oven and bake 1 hour, or until potatoes are soft. Remove foil and continue baking until potatoes are golden and bubbly, about 10-15 minutes.

Buon Appetito!