recipe: apple & blue cheese bread pudding

This is a modified recipe from an old Kinfolk Magazine article that I rediscovered recently. It was geared toward single servings- not for large families but more so just for the reader to indulge in. Below is what was written:

“Depending on your level of carb-indulgence, it can be difficult to polish off a whole loaf of bread solo before it gets stale. This recipe offers a clever way to use those chewy end bits before they go bad, fusing them with something you’re meant to let grow pungent.” -Kinfolk, v. 11, p. 35

The main difference is that I removed the eggs and honey from the original recipe, added some vanilla, and changed the measurements. It turned out so lovely- especially if you are a lover of sweet and salty.

Apple & Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

(1 serving)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp butter
1 cup bread, torn into pieces
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 apple, peeled and diced
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp blue cheese, crumbled

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat an oven-safe ramekin with butter.

2. Add the bread, milk, sugar, salt, apples, vanilla, and blue cheese to a bowl. Gently mix until everything is coated. Then pour into the ramekin. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove and serve warm.

Emory

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recipe: halloween fries in aioli sauce

My husband and I have been in love with sweet potato fries for over one decade- ever since our days of dating. We would often go to a restaurant for our dates and one or both of us more often than not ordered a side of these delicious fries with our meal. When we got married, our dates were less frequent and once we had children, well they became yearly instead of weekly. Thus, we started making sweet potato fries at home.

There are several different recipes for them, but they all basically include the same ingredients. One sweet potato, then oil, salt, and garlic. That’s it! They cook faster than homemade fries made from regular potatoes and are hard to mess up so long as you slice them thinly and cook over a high heat.

Serve with aioli sauce to elevate their flavour! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and it tastes amazing!

Halloween Fries in Aioli Sauce

Ingredients:

(For the fries)
1/4 cup oil (any kind)
1 large sweet potato
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder

(For the sauce)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper 

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Pour the oil onto a large cookie sheet. (If not using non-stick, you also may want to line with parchment paper as well.) Cut sweet potato in half, and begin to thinly slice using a large knife. Place fries onto cookie sheet and coat evenly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

2. Place in oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until fries start to crisp. (They may require more or less time depending on your oven.) 

3. Prepare the sauce. Add all ingredients one by one into a measuring cup. Stir well, and place in fridge until fries have baked.

4. Once fries are done, remove them from the oven. Then serve still warm with the chilled aioli sauce. Hope you love them as much as we do!

Emory

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recipe: best baked mac n cheese

I first used this recipe when I was in need of a meat-free meal that would be big and delicious enough to feed my family. There are so many recipes out there claiming to be “the best” and while I haven’t tried them all, I feel as if this is one of the great ones! It has been slightly modified from Emma’s recipe on her website A Beautiful Mess. Feel free to try it out for yourselves!

ABM’s Best Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked
5 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable stock
2 cups cheese (any kind), shredded
Salt
Pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup green onion, chopped

Steps:

1. Prepare large pot with water and salt for boiling the noodles. Cook, strain, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using the same pot, add the butter and garlic and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add the flour and continue to cook for another few minutes. Then add the stock and milk. Whisk. Next incorporate 1 1/2 cups of the cheese until it melts. Finally, add the noodles back in, turn off the heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.

3. Pour the macaroni and cheese into an oblong baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese, breadcrumbs, and green onion. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Then remove foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove and enjoy!

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recipe: sweet cinnamon buns

Sweet Cinnamon Buns

Makes 1.5 dozen

Ingredients:

(For the dough)
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
1 egg
5 cups all-purpose flour (more or less depending on texture)
Butter, to grease

(For the filling)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup raisins
2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, add the first 3 ingredients- the yeast, sugar, and water. Stir and set aside in a warm location for 10 minutes. Mixture should turn bubbly.  Next add the remaining ingredients- the oil, sugar, salt, water, and egg. Beat vigorously for 1 minute. Finally, add 1 cup of flour at a time, turning the dough over with a baking spatula. Once the dough is no longer sticky, remove it from the bowl and continue to knead on a floured surface for approximately 5 minutes. Then return to a new, clean bowl, cover with a tea towel, and place in an oven with the light on (but no heat) and let dough rise for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. You can either make it in a small saucepan on the stove, or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. Set aside.

3. Once the dough has risen, remove it from the oven and punch it down. Grease two oblong, glass baking dishes with butter. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a long rectangular shape. Pour the filling onto the dough, spreading evenly with a 1” border that is filling-free. Then roll the dough into a log. Cut into 18 even pieces, placing each one face up in the baking dish. Cover both batches with a tea towel, and let rise for another 20 minutes in a warm location.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Once the buns have risen for a final time, remove the tea towels and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, brush with butter, and let cool before diving in!

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5 seafood recipes to try this spring

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With spring approaching, the weather will soon turn warmer. And when it does, our palates will probably change. We’ll move away from heavy meats and root vegetable soups and over to seafood and salads. 

There are so many fabulous seafood recipes out there to explore, though, that it can be hard to whittle your list down to a few essentials. However, in this post, that’s what we try to do. Here you’ll find some of the best seafood recipes we’ve ever encountered. Check them out below. 

Aegean Fish Stew

The Aegean is the sea between Greece and Turkey, and is part of the Mediterranean. It’s famous for the quality of its fish and its local Mediterranean flavors. 

This stew’s main flavors are as follows: fresh dill, lemon and tomato. Once you have these basics, all you need to do is find some waxy potatoes, high quality fish and fish stock, and you’re ready to go. You can also make a vegetarian version of it by missing out the fish or replacing it with mushroom. 

Deviled Crab

We don’t eat enough crab in this country, and that’s a shame. It’s one of the most delicious items on the seafood menu. This deviled crab from Grits and Pinecones is a case in point. It’s morish, delicious and a definite party-pleaser. 

Fried Fish And Chips

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If you’ve ever been to England, you’ll know that it offers probably the best fried fish in the world. Over the last century or more, chip shops have been perfecting the frying technique, battering fish and then serving it with deep-fried chips and a local delicacy, mushy peas. 

To get it right, you’ll need to invest in a deep fat fryer and carefully follow the recipe for the batter. Remember, only choose the freshest fish. If you can get hold of beef fat, use that instead as it imparts a unique flavor to the ingredients. 

Easy Shrimp And Pasta

Sometimes you just want something easy. That’s where a simple shrimp and pasta dish can come in handy.

To make it, prepare the shrimp and then fry them in butter until cooked. Meanwhile, boil some spaghetti in a pan. While it is cooking, make a creamy cheese sauce. Combine cashew nuts, nutritional yeast and parmesan cheese with some water and whisk it up in a blender. Then mix it with the pasta and shrimp and serve with lemon wedges and chopped parsley. 

Salmon A La Pesto

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Baked salmon filets are great by themselves, but you can take them to the next level with a big dollop of zingy pesto. 

Making pesto from scratch is easier than you might think. Combine parsley, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and salt in a food processor. Keep it running until it forms a paste. Then bake the salmon as usual and drizzle the pesto on top when it’s finished cooking. Serve with green beans and buttered potatoes for the ultimate evening entrée. 

So, which of these seafood recipes will you be trying this spring?

** This was a contributed post.

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