August 15, 2008

Recipe News: The fruits of summer: recipes for peaches, melons and all things berry

Summer in northern Wisconsin is a much-anticipated season. For me, one of the best rewards of living through a long winter is enjoying the bounty of readily available fresh fruit, especially those which are actually grown in or near Wisconsin. One of my fondest memories of living in northern California is enjoying fresh, perfectly ripe strawberries grown in Watsonville, which was about an hour from our former home. One of my fondest memories of moving to northern Wisconsin is the first time I picked strawberries, less than an hour from our new home. A month after our arrival here, my neighbor took me with her to pick strawberries in Tomahawk. Thinking that California strawberries were the only type on the entire planet, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that these wonderful, locally-grown gems are not only sweet, but also have an indescribable combination of complex flavors. I have since discovered that this is an enduring Northwoods tradition for many during the first few weeks in July. Thanks to my husband’s membership in the California Rare Fruit Growers Association, we had a number of grafted fruit trees, including peaches, in our California backyard. Years after moving to Rhinelander, as we move closer to harvest time, I still think of the flavor of those backyard peaches. However, I have since then discovered another Rhinelander “tradition”: the annual July return of the Tree Ripe Citrus truck that brings Georgia peaches to our community. This July, I arrived early, and a line of at least 30 people had already formed. It was truly an “event,” as total strangers were amiably chatting with each other about peach recipes, freezing peaches, canning peaches and everything in between.

Includes recipes for:


  • Peaches With Strawberry Merlot Sauce

  • Raspberry Tiramisu (For a Crowd!)

  • Blueberry Pound Cake

  • Light and Creamy Dressing for Fruit

  • Melon Salsa

Full article here.

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August 13, 2008

Recipe News: Your recipe box: Make more with berries than jam with this dessert

Finding huckleberries to use for World's Best Huckleberry Dessert isn't a problem for Karen Lesmeister of Manson who huckleberry hunts with her husband. "I'm married to the world's best huckleberry picker. ... He always beats me picking," she says. Karen Lesmeister of Manson shares her recipe for World's Best Huckleberry Dessert. She and her husband hunt huckleberries frequently.

If you don't have huckleberries, though, don't worry. "Any kind of berry would work out with this recipe," says Lesmeister.

Lesmeister says she adapted this recipe from one that appeared in the pages of The Wenatchee World in the 1980s. The original recipe called for whipped cream and cream cheese. Lesmeister uses low-fat versions of whipped topping and cream cheese instead. "I prefer to put together this dessert right before serving to keep the bottom crust from getting soggy."

Includes recipe for:


  • World's Best Huckleberry Dessert

Full article here.

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August 11, 2008

Recipe News: Simple single-serving chocolate chip cookies

I can understand that it's not always practical or convenient (or healthy) to make a full recipe of chocolate chip cookies. (Wanting a big batch, that's a different matter.) So I was intrigued to get a note on this "empty nesters" recipe developed by Jim Braman, who lives at Daystar Retirement Village Community in West Seattle. (He's a former director of planning in Seattle, if you're trying to place the name, and the son of former Seattle mayor Dorm Braman.) The recipe makes just four cookies, and it's geared toward small kitchens, small appetites, or other restrictions -- I could see these being popular in dorm rooms. Specifically, the recipe calls for pancake mix rather than flour, baking powder, or salt. There's no vanilla, and it uses a bit of milk rather than eggs. I baked them in a standard oven, but Don Jaenicke, who passed on the recipe, said they can be baked in a toaster oven.

Includes recipe for:


  • Jim Braman's Empty Nester Cookies

Full article here.

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August 10, 2008

Recipe News: Healthy Recipe: Easy Bruschetta

Now that we have the OK to eat tomatoes again, I can joyfully make my famous tomato bruschetta. I actually got the recipe from a chef friend, but since I've made it so many times people think it's mine. I add fresh red peppers to this recipe to give it a snappier texture. It makes a wonderful appetizer or a light healthy meal.

Includes recipe for:


  • Easy Bruschetta

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August 4, 2008

Recipe News: Healthy Recipe: Creamy Zucchini Boats

Fresh basil is plentiful in the Summer months and pairs so nicely with zucchini, another hot weather crop. I found a tasty recipe that combines the two and these Creamy Zucchini Boats are my new fave. I found the recipe in Cooking Light, but modified it a little, using fat free ricotta and grated carrots. It's savory, warm, soft and delicious. Perfect for an appetizer for your Summer BBQs.

Includes recipe for:


  • Creamy Zucchini Boats

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August 1, 2008

Recipe News: 3 recipes for tomatillos: You'll love their gentle tartness

At one time, you could only find these slightly tart members of the tomato family in Latin American grocery stores. But today, if you check out the produce section of your local supermarket, chances are you'll fine them right next to the ginger and garlic. In spite of their name (they mean little tomatoes in Spanish) and appearance, tomatillos are not baby green tomatoes. Popular in Mexican cuisine, these little fruits have a sour, more lemony flavor than their better-known cousins. When raw, they brighten any salsa or salad, while cooked ones add depth to savory stews and sauces. If they look and sound new, they still may taste familiar: think salsa verde or green enchiladas.

Includes recipes for:


  • Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

  • Pork Enchiladas With Green Sauce

  • Slow-Roasted Tomatillos and Tomatoes

Full article here.

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July 30, 2008

Recipe News: Healthy Recipes: Whole-Grain Salad

Try something different and take your salad to the next level by combining fruits, vegetables and whole grains in one hearty dish. According to AICR experts, eating more plant foods, which are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, offers cancer-protective benefits. If you have some extra time, make this salad a day ahead to allow the flavors to develop.

Includes recipe for:


  • Whole-Grain Salad

Full article here.

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July 28, 2008

Recipe News: Recipe of the Week: Black and White Cookies

Gridskipper may have a round-up of where to find New York's best black and white cookies, but forget them, just make them yourself! They turn out to be very easy to throw together, and far, far tastier than any you can buy, even in Brooklyn. "Look to the cookie, Elaine!" Recipe after the jump.

Includes recipe for:


  • Black and White Cookies

Full article here.

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July 23, 2008

Recipe News: GIRLS' NIGHT RECIPES

If guys can have their “night out,” it is only fair that ladies get a girls' night, too. Bonding with the ladies over a savory array of foods is a delicious and ideal way to spend the evening. Not only do you get to collaboratively sink your teeth into dynamite dishes, you get to revel in the knowing comfort that being with women provides. Whether you are single, dating, married, or in between, invite your girlfriends over and dine on these fabulous and delightfully filling recipes.

Includes recipes for:


  • CILANTRO SHRIMP SALAD WRAPS

  • GRILLED CHICKEN WITH FUN DIPPING SAUCES!

  • BERRY BLAST COCKTAIL

Full article here.

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July 21, 2008

Recipe News: Burger recipes

Jazz up your burger lineup with turkey, beans and Thai flavors.

Brian Bruggeman prefers his burgers made with ground turkey. He got the idea for adding brie from Food Network star Bobby Flay. ”I like to cut the brie into smaller pieces and mix it in the bowl. Some cut the brie into a single ½ - or 1-inch cube and place it in the center of each patty, letting the meat sort of go all around the patty, and the cheese then is in the center. Whichever you choose is fine,“ he said.

Includes recipes for:


  • Turkey burgerswith basil mayo

  • Sweet-hot Thai burger

  • Southwest pinto bean burgers

Full article here.

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