Sunday, July 26, 2020

Make This! Egg Salad

I love  a good egg salad. I've been substituting sour cream for mayonnaise for years and thinks it's so delicious.

I found a new recipe that I was meaning to try and I'm so glad I did.  I found the recipe in an older Sunset magazine and snapped a photo of it.

I grated the eggs on a box grater instead of using an egg slicer and the result is a prettier salad.

Mint & Egg Salad

4 large hard boiled eggs
1-2 cups slivered mint leaves
1 cup sliced green onions
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbs. olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon
*I added 1/2 a tsp of cayenne pepper and several shakes of Tabasco sauce as Omid and I like spicy food.

I toasted some bread, added a base of arugula and then a generous dollop of the egg salad. Omid really liked it so I'll be making this recipe again.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Make This! Scotch Eggs

These are so easy and delicious.
Perfect for a grab 'n go breakfast (after the initial prep/bake)!

Boil however many eggs you want to make. Omid usually hard boils one dozen eggs. We use the 3 lb. Jimmy Dean sausage roll from Costco. Measure 1/3 cup of sausage per egg.
 Flatten the sausage into a patty and form around peeled eggs.

 Roll the sausage & egg in seasoned breadcrumbs.

Bake at 375* for 20-25 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 20-25 minutes.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Make This! Mason Jar Lid Mini Pies & Blueberry Hand Pies

I found these cute mason jar lid pies last 4th of July & had to make them again this year. Omid and I went blueberry picking on the 3rd and picked 20 pounds of blueberries. I baked the mason jar lid pies and then decided to try to make mini hand pies. I used the same filling recipe as Living the Gourmet uses for the mason jar lid pies.  I like my own pie crust recipe (from my sister B) and used that instead as it's super easy to make(in a mixer!) and tastes delicious on it's own. The recipe is below.

For the mason jar lid pies, place the lid upside down in the ring.

I used a 4" round biscuit cutter and cut out an additional 1" beyond with a knife to fit the dough in the rings. Last year, I pre-baked the pie shells, but they shrunk too much. This year, I did not pre-bake the shells. The pie crust was baked all the way through and most importantly, no shrinkage.  One pie crust recipe was enough for 6 mini pies.

For the hand pies, definitely double the pie crust and filling recipe. You will be glad you did! 

I used the 4" biscuit cutter. I was only able to get about 4 blueberries in each pie, as my berries from Meadowglenn Farm are each about the size of a quarter! No joke!

Once filled, brush egg white on the edges and pinch together, then seal with a fork. Place one slit in the top for steam to escape. I also brushed beaten egg yolk on top (it was leftover from the egg white and I didn't want to waste it).  

Bake on parchment paper at 400* for 15-20 minutes. Brush the vanilla glaze on the hand pies while they are still warm.

*Note:The last time I made these, I pre-cut all the pie shells in advance, then filled and baked the pies.  This made the whole process move a lot quicker. :)

Pie Crust (for one pie crust - double the recipe for a two crust pie)
1 1/4 cups flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. ice cold water
8 Tbs (one stick) cold butter, cut into 16 pieces
In a stand mixer, mix flour, sugar & salt. Add the butter & toss into the flour mixture until coated. Mix on medium low until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with the butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the water & mix until the dough just comes together. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap & let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before using. 

Blueberry Filling via Living the Gourmet
1 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon vanilla - I only used 1 teaspoon
2 tablespoons brown sugar- I only used 1 TBS as my berries were super sweet already.
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice (or more to thin glaze)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy 16th Birthday Remy!

Happy 16th birthday in Heaven sweet boy. I hope you and Jack are eating blueberries, tomatoes and catching lots of squirrels.

We miss you so, so much.

By the way, your tomatoes are doing great! Thanks for the sign.