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Monday, September 30, 2013

Zucchini Bites


These are fabulous. So fabulous I've made them a number of times since my first foray into the idea. I got this idea from a recipe, but changed the ingredients around a bit and changed the ratios to make them into how I like them. These are super simple to make, and great to have in the fridge to heat up in the toaster oven for a quick snack- fantastic!! Let's get going.

Your arsenal- zucchini, onion, cheese, egg, breadcrumbs. Pretty easy!
Mix together your 'dry' ingredients first.
And here's the finished zucchini mixture with eggs and all added.
Press into 12 mini muffin cups- greased!
Here they are just out of the oven- pulling away from the sides and starting to brown. Yummmmm!

Zucchini Bites
1 medium zucchini- grated then squeezed dry- about 1 cup
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 large onion, diced (or 1/2 small/medium onion)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients- use a fork or get your hands in there- and make it all uniform.
Spoon mixture into mini-muffin tins (makes 12) and press down the mixture in the muffin cups so that it will all stay together once baked.
Bake at 400 F for 16-18 minutes.

The finished bites- perfect as a side dish for any meal of the day, or great as a snack!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, September 16, 2013

Blueberry Cake with Lemon Glaze

Hey there!

This cake is super yummy, and super easy- just what I look for in my recipes! We used fresh blueberries because they are plentiful at the farmer's market right now, but frozen would probably work just fine. Let's get started!

Your wet and dry ingredients, and blueberries.
Stir up everything into your dough, then pour in the berries.
Fold in the berries carefully, so as not to pop them!
Pour your mixture into a greased loaf pan.
Your cake just out of the oven- beautiful!
Make your lemon glaze and pour over- I didn't sift my sugar, which is why it is a little lumpy- just as tasty though!

Blueberry Cake with Lemon Glaze
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
-2 ounces cream cheese, softened
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
-2/3 cup buttermilk
-2 cups fresh blueberries (or thawed frozen ones)
-2 cups flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternating. Fold in blueberries.
Bake at 350 F for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool, then loosen the sides by running a knife along the sides of the pan, and turn out.
Glaze- a few teaspoons lemon juice and a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar, mix up with a fork, and drizzle on top!

Your delicious finished product- bursting with berries and flavor. Dig in!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, September 9, 2013

Frozen Peaches

Hey everyone,

Today I'm gonna tell you about a really simple recipe my BF brought to me- frozen peaches. These are delish over ice cream or yogurt, perfect for breakfast or dessert. This would work equally well with nectarines or the like. Let's get to it!

Your OJ/honey mixture, and the peaches.
Mix it all up!
Freeze for several hours or overnight, stirring occasionally.

Frozen Peaches
-1 quart peaches, sliced thin
-1/2 cup orange juice
-juice of 1 lemon (2 T or so)
-1/4 cup honey
-plain/vanilla yogurt or vanilla ice cream
Mix orange juice, lemon juice, and honey. Stir in peaches. Freeze for several hours, stirring occasionally. Serve peach mixture with yogurt or ice cream.

Here are the finished peaches, served with ice cream. Yumm!

Savor it!
love, rue