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Steak Kebab Marinade

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The other day we decided to make kebabs for dinner.  We had a london broil that we cut up into chunks, but we needed a good marinade.  Brenda whipped this together quick and we let the meat soak all day while I worked on some projects around the house.  I added some cut red and yellow bell peppers and onions to the marinade an hour before putting everything together on wooden skewers and grilling.  They turned out great.  The marinade really gave everything great flavor, and the meat turned out pretty tender as well.  We will definitely use this recipe again!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cupwWorcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsps freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

steak-kebabs

  • Combine all ingredients and marinade beef chunks for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Add cubed vegetables and allow to marinade for 1 hour additional (bell peppers, onions, potatoes and zucchini are great with this)
  • Skewer meat and vegetables on wooden skewers (soak skewers in water ahead to prevent burning on the grill).  Reserve some of the marinade for basting while grilling
  • Grill over medium high heat 3 to 5 minutes per side or until beef is medium rare

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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A few weeks ago Brenda decided she wanted to try something new for a dessert.  She came up with this lemon olive oil cake.  It came out really good considering this was the first time we have tried it.  We topped it with some fresh cut strawberries and whipped cream.  Yummy!  definitely a keeper.  Give it a try.

Ingredients:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • Whipped cream, and berries for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper and grease with the non-stick spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a wire whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks with ½ cup of the sugar until pale and thick. Combine the olive oil and lemon juice and with the mixer running on low, slowly add it to the yolk mixture. It may look slightly curdled. Add the flour and lemon zest and gently fold into the yolk-olive oil mixture with a spatula.
  • Transfer mixture to a separate bowl and set aside. Clean the stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment.
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the wire whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until foamy, then slowly add ¼ cup of the sugar and continue to beat to soft peaks. Gently fold into the olive oil mixture, just barely until incorporated. Do not overmix.
  • Spread into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the springform pan and cool completely.
  • Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries, or as desired.

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Gingerbread cookies

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For Christmas this year we decided to make gingerbread cookies with the new moose cookie cutter that Linda got for us.  Thanks Linda.  The cookie dough from this recipe is very soft and needs a lot of flour on your work surface.  you also need to work with th edough in small quantities and keep it very cold or you end up with a sticky mess.  The simpler cutouts like the hearts are much easier, but the moose is too cute!  This makes a lot of cookies, so we cut the recipe in half since we were making several other kinds of cookies at the same time.

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface and parchment
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cup unsulfured molasses

gingerbread cookies

Instructions:

  • Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl. Beat together butter and granulated sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then honey and molasses. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture until well combined. Divide dough into thirds, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm but still pliable, at lease an hour.
  • Working with a third of dough at a time (or less), roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on generously floured work surface. Brush off excess flour, transfer dough on parchment to a baking sheet, and freeze until firm, a least 15 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the freezer and cut into shapes with cookie cutters, rerolling scraps as needed. Transfer cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets, and freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until edges turn golden, about 15 minutes.  Let cookies cool completely on baking sheets set on wire racks.
  • Pipe outlines and decorations on cookies with royal icing.  Let set completely, uncovered, at room temperature, at least 4 hours or (ideally) overnight.

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Orange Buttercream Filled Shortbread Cookies

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We made these for the first time for Christmas this year, and this has become one of our favorite little treats.  People can't believe that they are homemade and always ask us which bakery we bought them.

orange butter cream shortbread cookies

For the Cookies

Ingrdients:

  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. If using vanilla bean, scrape seeds from pod. Discard pod.
  • In a large bowl stir together flour and granulated sugar. Using a pastry blender or large fork, cut in butter and the remaining vanilla seeds or extract until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Knead until smooth. Form into a ball.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a fluted biscuit cutter or your favorite cookie cutter cut dough out into an even number of cookies. Place cut cookies 1 inch apart on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

For the Orange Buttercream Filling

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.\
  • Add half of the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of the milk, the vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla extract), and orange peel. Beat until smooth.
  • Beat in the remaining powdered sugar and enough additional milk to make frosting of piping consistency.
  • When cookies are completely cooled, transfer Orange Buttercream to a pastry bag fitted with a small closed-star tip. Pipe frosting on bottoms of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.
  • Store cookies unfilled, and assemble when ready to serve or share for best results.

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Mar
01
2015

Bailey's and Coffee Cheesecake

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In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day we decided to make some Irish Cream Cheesecakes.  We cut this recipe in half to make 6 individual Cheesecakes.  Just the right amount of Bailey's and coffee flavor.  Yummy!

Bailey's and coffee cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 3 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup very strong coffee
  • 1/4 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  • Using a food processor, process the Oreo cookies until they resemble fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and 2 Tbs of sugar into the cookie crumbs and stir until they are all combined.  Press into the bottom of a spring form pan, or if making individual cheesecakes, press into rings on a cookie sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper.  Bake the individual rounds in 350 degree oven for 10 mintes, set aside.
  • Beat together the cream cheese and sugar. Add the vanilla and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Then beat in the sour cream, coffee, espresso powder and Irish Cream until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared spring form pan, or into greased and parchment lined ramekins for individual cheesecakes.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.  For individual cheesecakes arrange ramekins in a large baking dish and fill the dish with boiling water about halfway up the ramekins during baking.
  • Remove from oven to cooling racks for 20 minutes.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before serving.
  • To serve the individual cheesecakes, run a warmed knife around edges of ramekins, and turn out onto prepared cookie rounds.

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