First, we made a Wedge Salad--these are very simple to make and they look great! You can get 6 servings from one head of lettuce. Simply cute the head in half, and then make a triangular cut at the bottom to remove the stem. Then cute each half into thirds, arrange on a plate with toppings and a dressing. Here are our recipes for this:
Wedge Salad with Lighter Cobb Dressing
8 ounces feta
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup lighter mayo
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
coarse salt and ground pepper
Place feta in a small bowl, mash with fork. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise and vinegar. Gently fold in feta cheese (to keep the dressing "chunky"), season with salt and refrigerate.
Use on a wedge salad with halved grape tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and bacon crumbles.
Gorgonzola Dressing (no picture)
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large garlic clove, minced
6 ounces crumbled gorgonzola
salt and ground pepper to taste
Stir the buttermilk, sour cream and garlic in a medium bowl to blend; mix 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate.
(recipe to come!)
Pear and Gorgonzola Spring Mix
2 heads romaine
1 package mixed greens
4 ounces gorgonzola
4 red pears, sliced or cubed
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground mustard
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups oil
2 tsp poppy seeds
1 small onion
Blend first 4 ingredients, add oil slowly. Stir in poppy seeds after blender.
Arugula Berry Salad
1 c. sliced almonds
20 oz. arugula mix
2 large fresh pears
2 c. sliced strawberries
1 c. dried tart cherries
Preheat oven to 350. Place sliced almonds on a jelly roll pan, roast in oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Rinse and dry mixed greens, set aside in a large bowl. Core and chop pears. Wash and slice strawberries. Toss all ingredients together and top with Strawberry Vinaigrette.
1 c. vegetable oil
1 c. sugar
6 strawberries with stems
1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Chill.
(and don't forget to blend the strawberries with their stems! That's what gives this dressing such a smooth and creamy texture!)
Raspberry Macadamia Spinach Salad (recipe to come!)
Basic Romaine Salad:
mild goat cheese, chevre (in small medallions)
Serve with white balsamic vinaigrette
White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
makes one cup
3/4 cup e.v. olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 T honey
1 T lemon juice
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Combine vinegar and lemon juice in a glass bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil until fully combined. Whisk in the honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperatre for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Give the dressing a good whisk immediately before serving.
***be careful to taste while adding the olive oil--we found that the amount in the recipe drowned out the flavor. Try half the amount to start.
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And for the second half of our recipe packed evening....we had summer pies!
First we started with key lime pie--and why did I not get a picture of this???? (probably becuase I was too busy eating it...)
Anyway, it was delicious. Here's the recipe!
Key Lime Pie
(from America's Test Kitchen)
4 large egg yolds
4 tsp grated lime zest
1 14-oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh key lime juice
1 graham cracker crust
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1. For the filling, whisk the yolds and zest together in a medium nonreactive bowl until the mixtrue has a light green tint, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk until smooth, then whisk in the lime juice. Cover the mixtrure then set aside until thickened, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile prepare the graham cracker crust--after removing the crust from the oven, adjust the oven rack to the middle position and leave the oven set at 325 degrees (the crust must still be warm when the filling is added.)
3. Pour the thickened filling intot hte warm pie crust. Bake until the center is firm but wiggles slightly when jiggled, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and cool to room temperature, then refridgerage until well chilled, at least 3 hours.
4. For the topping, just before serving whip together the cream and sugar in a chilled blowl until soft peaks form. Spread the whipped cream atractively over the top of the pie.
The pie, without topping, can be refrigerated , wrapper tightly in plastic wrap for up to 1 day. the cream can be whipped and refrigerated separately from the pie, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to 2 hours.
Pie in a Jar
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And last but definitely not least--here is the wonderful lemon meringue pie! On a side note, although it was beyond delicious, we cut into it straight from the oven--so the inside wasn't quite picture worthy--we just weren't patient enough! oops :)
Lemon Meringue Pie (from Cook's Illustrated)
This is the ultimate lemon meringue pie: a crisp crust, a firm, lush filling, and a no-weep meringue.
The ProblemMost everybody loves lemon meringue pie--at least the bottom half of it. The most controversial part is the meringue. Meringue falls into the category of unsolved culinary mysteries. On any given day it can shrink, bead, puddle, deflate, burn, sweat, break down, or turn rubbery.
The GoalWe wanted a pie with a crisp, flaky crust, with a rich filling that would balance the airy meringue, without blocking the clear, lemon flavor. The filling should be soft but not runny; firm enough to cut but not stiff and gelatinous. Most important, we wanted a meringue that didn't break down and puddle on the bottom or "tear" on top, not even (as cookbooks and old wives' tales declare it must) on rainy days.
The SolutionWe consulted food scientist Shirley Corriher, who told us that the puddling underneath the meringue is from undercooking. The beading on top of the pie is from overcooking. We discovered that if the filling is piping hot when the meringue is applied, the underside of the meringue will not undercook; if the oven temperature is relatively low, the top of the meringue won't overcook. Baking the pie in a relatively cool oven also produces the best-looking, most evenly baked meringue. To further stabilize the meringue, we like to beat in a tiny amount of cornstarch; if you do this, the meringue will not weep, even on hot, humid days.
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The Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie - No Weep Serving Size : 9
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Graham Cracker-Coated Shell
1 1/4c All-purpose flour
1tb Sugar 6tb Unsalted chilled butter -- cut Into 1/4″ pieces 6tb Unsalted chilled butter -- cut Into 1/4″ pieces 4tb All-purpose vegetable Shortening -- chilled 3tb To 4 T cold wate 1/2c Graham cracker crumbs
Lemon Filling: 1c Sugar 1/4c Cornstarch 1/8ts Salt 1 1/2c Cold water 6 lg Egg yolks 1tb Zest from 1 lemon 1/2c Juice from 2 or 3 lemons 4tb Unsalted butter
Meringue Topping: 1tb Cornstarch 1/4ts Cream of Tartar 1/2c Sugar 4 lg Egg whites 1/2ts Vanilla extract 1. For the pie shell, mix flour, salt, and sugar in food processor fitted with steel blade. Scatter butter pieces over flour mixture, tossing to coat butter with a little of the flour. Cut butter into flour with five 1-second pulses. Add shortening; continue cutting in until flour is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal with butter bits no larger than a small pea, about 1-second pulses. Turn mixture into medium bowl. 2. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons cold water over mixture. Using rubber spatula, fold water into mixture; press down on dough mixture with broad side of spatula, fold water into mixture; press down on dough sticks together. If dough will not come together, add up to 1 tablespoon more cold water. Shape dough into ball, then flatten into 4-inch-wide disk. Dust lightly with flour, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling. 3. Generously sprinkle work area with 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs. Place dough on work area. Scatter a few more crumbs over dough. Roll dough from center to edges, turning it into a 9-inch disk, rotating a quarter turn after each stroke and sprinkling additional crumbs underneath and on top as necessary to coat heavily. Flip dough over, and continue to roll, but not rotate, to form a 13-inch disk slightly less than 1/8-inch thick. 4. Fold dough in quarters; place dough point in center of 9-inch Pyrex pie pan. Unfold to cover pan completely, letting excess dough drape over pan lip. To fit dough to pan, lift edge of dough with one hand and press dough in pan bottom with other hand; repeat process around circumference of pan to ensure dough fits properly and is not stretched. Trim all around, 1/2-inch past lip of pan. Tuck 1/2 inch of overhanging dough under so folded edge is flush with lip pan; press to seal. Press thumb and index finger about 1/2-inch apart against outside edge of dough, then use index finger or knuckle of other hand to poke a dent on inside edge of dough through opening created by the other fingers. Repeat to flute around perimeter of pie shell. 5. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Prick shell at 1/2-inch intervals; press a doubled 12-inch square of aluminum foil into pie shell; prick again and refrigerate a least 30 minutes. 6. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake, checking occasionally for ballooning, until crust is firmly set, about 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, remove foil, and continue to bake until crust is crisp and rich brown in color, about 10 minutes longer. 7. For the Filling, mix first four ingredients in a large, non reactive saucepan. Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally at beginning of the process and more frequently as mixture begins to thicken. When mixture starts to simmer and turn translucent, whisk in egg yolks, two at a time. Whisk in zest, then lemon juice, and finally butter. Bring mixture to a good simmer, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, place plastic wrap directly on surface of filling to keep hot and prevent skin from forming. 8. For the meringue, mix cornstarch with 1/3 cup water in small saucepan; bring to simmer, whisking occasionally at beginning and more frequently as mixture thickens. When mixture starts to simmer and turn translucent, remove from heat. Let cool while beating egg whites. 9. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix cream of tartar and sugar together. Beat egg whites and 1/2 tsp. vanilla until frothy. Beat in sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time; until sugar is incorporated and mixture forms soft peaks. Add cornstarch mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue to beat meringue to stiff peaks. Remove plastic from filling and return to very low heat during last minute or so of beating meringue (to ensure filling is hot).
10. Pour filling into pie shell. Using a ruber spatula,
immediately distribute meringue evenly around edge then center
of pie to keep it from sinking into filling. Make sure meringue
attaches to pie crust to prevent shrinking. Use spoon to create peaks
all over meringue. Bake pie until meringue is golden brown, about 20
minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool to room temp. Serve.