May 22, 2013 by Jenn
I’ve been really into “small plates” lately or what some call meals of appetizers or tapas. Light summertime meals made of mostly veggies are my favorite and if you throw in goat cheese, psh, forget it. This is one of my newest loves, caramelized onions. A lot of people simply use sugar to bring out the natural sweetness of the onions but if you’re feeling crazy you can use Dr. Pepper. It’s awesome. I’ve heard of folks using coca-cola before but I didn’t have coca-cola. I had the good doctor. We are talking next level onions here. Here’s how to do it.
Yields 1 small pizza
1 large white onion
1 cup arugula
1/2 cup goat cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Dr. pepper
1 tsp salt
1. To caramelize the onions, put the oil and Dr. pepper in a deep saute pan. Bring to a simmer and add the onions. The science to caramelizing and not burning the onions is this: the heat needs to be high enough to simmer, but low enough to keep them from caramelizing too fast. I find that this is the midpoint between medium and low on your burner but every stove is different so just keep a watchful eye. They’ll need to simmer for about 30 minutes. You’ll want to stir them often and let them get nice and brown. You can add a little more Dr. pepper if it looks like they are drying out. The soda gives them an awesome flavor.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the pita on a cookie sheet and pour on the onions. Add the goat cheese and bake the pizza for about 15 minutes. Once the pizza is out of the oven, throw on the arugula and boom! Easy pizza.
May 13, 2013 by Emily
There’s watermelon in the stores! Giant, delicious, CHEAP watermelon! While I’ve been known to cut one in half and go at it with a spoon and call it lunch, sometimes you want to spice things up a little. This salad is a light dish that’s a perfect start to a warm weather meal, especially if your eating outside!
What You’ll Need:
1 Cup Uncooked Orzo
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Cups Watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 ounces Feta, Cut into small cubes
2 Tablespoons Mint, Sliced Thin
2 Tablespoons Basil, Sliced Thin
Cook the orzo in heavily salted boiling water until al dente, about 6-8 minutes, drain completely and immediately toss with olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking. Once the orzo is cool, toss with the remaining ingredients in a medium serving bowl and enjoy!
This salad is quick and delicious, perfect for your warm weather dinner! But, this is also a great dish to bring to the cookouts in our summer future, what a nice change of pace…not having a pasta salad with mayo in it!
May 9, 2013 by Emily
As a welcome home/ “Please don’t go on tour again for a while” treat I made my Honey some Maple Bacon Biscuits… what’s not to love?! Biscuits?! Yum! Maple Syrup?! Delicious BACON?! Yes please!
These biscuits are light and fluffy just like my Gma taught me, with the added bonus of a salty/smokey/sweet kick!
What You’ll Need:
Makes eight 2inch biscuits
6 Slices of Bacon
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Stick Cold Unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
3/4 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (plus 1 tablespoon for later)
Preheat your overn to 400 degrees. Dice and fry your bacon until it’s nice and crispy, blot away excess fat and allow to cool completely. In a large bowl mix the flour and baking powder then cut the cold butter into the flour until its the texture of fine pebbles (yes, there should be chuncks of butter left… thats what makes the biscuits rise and get flaky!). Mix together the syrup, milk and bacon, then gently combine with the flour and butter mix, do not over mix this! The idea is to get get all the ingredients to stick together, it’s no biggie if its not perfect! Place the dough on a floured surface and press until its about 1 inch thick, cut with a 2in circle cutter and place on a baking sheet about 1/2 inches apart from each other, brush the top of each biscuit with the extra maple syrup and bake on the center rack for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
I know if will be difficult, but please let them cool (just a little, they’re AMAZING warm!) before devouring them! These beauties didn’t last long in our house!