Happy 4th of July!!! Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends celebrating this wonderful country that we live in. I wanted to remind you of a bake sale I am doing to help raise money for the Colorado Wildfires. Please check it out, and help spread the word.
Today we are doing another Holiday Recipe Club to help celebrate. Our challenge this time was either blueberries, whipped cream, or barbeque sauce. I could think of many delicious things to make with all of the ingredients, it was really hard to narrow it down. Finally I decided on a drink. I have been kind of obsessed with different drinks this summer. There has been this, this, this, and this.
I made this a non-alcoholic drink, but you could easily add in some vodka and turn it into an adult version. It comes together in 5 minutes, so add it to your afternoon get together. I found these Ocean Spray Sparkling fruit drinks, and used that in place of blueberry juice. They were great on their own, but combining it with the lemon juice made it amazing! Even my 7 year old couldn’t stop drinking this lemonade.
I did make cute little star shaped ice cubes with blueberries frozen in them, but you can’t see them in the picture Even if you don’t have star shapes, it is a fun and pretty way to add blueberries to the drink.
Happy 4th of July!
Today is Holiday Recipe Club Day!! You might be wondering what we are celebrating in June 5th, it is Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the UK. This is a celebration that marks 60 years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth II. This is the second International Holiday we have celebrated, hopefully you are enjoying them.
I was really going to rock this challenge. I mean my dad was born in England, his mom was born and raised there, her family is still there. How could I not represent, and bring something great? Well time got away from me The ingredients for today were Jam, Tea, or Worcestershire sauce. I had big plans for jam. First I has the idea to make a traditional Roly-Poly. It is similar to a Swiss Roll, filled with jam and then served with custard. Then I had big plans to make mini Bakewell Tarts. This is a flaky pastry crust filled with a layer of jam, and then topped with an egg/almond filling.
In the end, I didn’t have time to bake, so I went with a Triffle. An English Triffle uses a layer of jam, same flavor as the fruit you are using. I decided to do little shooters instead of a full blown trifle. They are fun, easy, and great for just a little something sweet after a meal. I went the easy way with all store bought stuff (sorry), but feel free to make your own pound cake, and pudding, and whipped cream.
Welcome to an International edition of Holiday Recipe Club. Food bloggers are all over the globe, so Holiday Recipe Club is branching out, and celebrating more than just the US holidays. Today we are recognizing Buddha’s Birthday. The challenge ingredients for today were garam masala, tofu, and sesame.
We eat a lot of Indian food at our house, so I was excited. I have tried Tikka Masala a couple times before. I love the blend of spices that are in restaurant versions, so I keeping trying home versions trying to match it. This comes close, but still needs more of a kick. I have written the recipe reflecting an increase in the spices.
I recommend trying the sauce and adjusting the seasonings as you go. Unfortunately my spice cabinet is in need of replenishing, so I couldn’t add anymore I love Naan bread with my Indian food, but due to time restraints and trying to eat better, I didn’t make any this time. Tikka Masala has tons of sauce though, so I really should have made it!
Easter is right around the corner, so it is time for Holiday Recipe Club again! For this Easter/Passover addition Erin gave us the challenge ingredients of Carrots, Spinach or Eggs. I really wasn’t sure where to go with this, because none of those ingredients are my favorite. I almost took the cheating route and made you a cute baked good (all baked goods have eggs, right). But I didn’t, I put on my big girl pants, and got into the challenge.
When I asked my husband what I should make he said Indian Spiced Quiche. No real thought, it just came out. Really? That isn’t Easter at all. Is there such a thing? So I did my research, and found a couple recipes. Then I changed them, and made my own
I made this for dinner one night, but it would be a great brunch. We love Indian flavors, it doesn’t really matter when we get to have them. Indian Spiced Nuts, are a perfect example. The spices in this dish were not over powering by any stretch. It was not spicy at all. Even if you aren’t huge on Indian food, this is mild enough you would enjoy it. If you feel like kicking up the spices some (like I will next time), go for it!
And yes if you know me (I don’t like eggs), I did eat this for dinner, and the leftovers for lunch the next day. Shocker, I know!
Today is Holiday Recipe Club! Erin over at Big Fat Baker came up with the idea a few months ago. We all get together near a holiday and Erin challenges us to come up with something from a list of ingredients. This month our choices were potatoes, pistachios or beer. I think based on the title it is pretty obvious I picked beer! I did do something with potatoes as well, but I posted about that yesterday. Do you want to join in the fun? Go to Holiday Recipe Club and Erin will give you all of the information.
My husband loves Beer Cheese Soup. There was a place in Cedar Rapids that had a great version of it. Being that I don’t like cheese, it isn’t really my favorite soup. But I have tried his before, and it is always been mild and surprisingly good. So at his request I took full advantage of the Holiday Recipe Club and attempted this soup for him. I think it was a resounding success! This recipe makes a TON, I mean like 12 servings! My husband ate this straight for 4 meals, and I froze the rest. He even took another one out last night for his dinner. Always a good sign with him!
This soup is pretty easy to put together. You could cut it in half very easily, but it does freeze very well. I even got to use my immersion blender, which doesn’t get used nearly enough.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! There is always something magical about kids on Christmas. I had a wonderful weekend with my family. We went to see a movie, went up in the mountains to take my in-laws snowshoeing, and went to a couple local breweries for tastings. My husband and I even got to go to dinner just us! We tried this really great Greek restaurant, that I can’t wait to go back to. My in-laws leave today, so it is back to normal at least for another week. My parents come next weekend!
It is Holiday Recipe Club again. For this round, Erin over at The Big Fat Baker assigned the challenge as wines, white chocolate or marscapone. I picked wine! Traditionally we have Bellini’s for holidays in my family. We like to change up the fruit, but my favorite is Pomegranate. Pear is also really good! It is super simple to make, and can be made with any fruit that you like. Basically, you make a simple syrup out of your fruit, and then add Sparkling Wine.
My Champagne glasses didn’t get unpacked, so my pictures aren’t super pretty. It separates more and looks pretty in a tall Champagne flute, but it tastes the same no matter what This would be very festive and perfect for a New Year’s Eve party. You could even sprinkle in a few pomegranate seeds if you had them. You can freeze any leftover syrup. I have frozen it in ice cube trays before, as well as in a large container, both work very well.