It’ll take me 10 years but ah’m going to make this Lemon 🍋 Blueberry 🫐cake!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake

Cakes, Desserts, TO TRY

Prep Time: 1 hr Cook Time: 1 hr 20 min

Total Time: 14 hours Servings: 12 Source: omgchocolatedesserts.com

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup fresh blueberries

16 oz. cream cheese- room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs + 1 egg yolk- room temperature

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 Tablespoons corn starch

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2/3 cup unsalted butter-room temperature

1 and 1/3 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs + 1 egg white

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons lemon zest

½ cup milk

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 ½ cups blueberries- fresh (if use frozen do not thaw)

3-4 teaspoons of flour- to toss the blueberries

12 oz. full-fat brick style cream cheese- softened

1 cup unsalted butter-softened

¼ teaspoon salt

3 ½ -4 ½ cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon lemon zest

lemon wedges

fresh blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Blueberry Cheesecake::

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 8-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Wrap springform pan in double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil to prevent water from leaking in during the baking in a water bath.

To make the cheesecake pulse blueberries and cream cheese in a food processor, then transfer the mixture in a mixing bowl.

Add sugar and flour and beat until smooth and creamy. Mix in vanilla.

Add eggs, one at the time mixing after each addition just to combine, do not over mix.

Finally mix in sour cream and heavy cream. Pour the batter into springform pan and smooth the top, then place in a roasting pan. Pour boiling water in roasting pan halfway up the side of the springform pan and make sure no water drip on the batter and bake 40-45 minutes or until the center has set.

Remove springform pan from water bath, then run a thin knife around the cake and cool to a room temperature, then place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to cool completely.

Lemon Blueberry Cake::

Preheat oven to 350 F, butter and lightly flour two 8-inches round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper circles.

Sift together 2 cups flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt and set aside.

Stir together milk and lemon juice and set aside to curdle.

Beat butter and sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

With the mixer running on low, add eggs one at a time and mix after each addition.

Add vanilla extract and lemon zest and mix to combine.

First add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then add half of the milk mixture, then 1/3 of the flour mixture, then remaining milk mixture milk, and finish with the flour mixture. Mix to combine after each addition, but do not over mix.

In a small bowl, gently toss blueberries with flour to coat, then gently fold blueberries into batter, being careful not to break the berries.

Divide batter evenly between pans, smooth the top and bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Cream Cheese Frosting::

Mix the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until no lumps remain. Do not over beat before the sugar was added or may end up with a runny frosting.

Add vanilla, salt and lemon zest and mix until combined.

Gradually add powdered sugar until desired sweetness and thickness is reached. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat until smooth.

Assembling the Cake:

Place one layer of cake onto serving plate and top with thin layer of lemon cream cheese frosting. Place blueberry cheesecake layer and top with thin layer of frosting. Finally, top with second cake layer and frost cake with remaining frosting. Decorate with lemon wedges and fresh blueberries if desired. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before cutting or else the cake may fall apart as you cut.

Store in the fridge.

NOTES

You can make the cake layers and cheesecake layer a day ahead. Cool completely to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight. The next day make the frosting and assemble the cake.

Buttermilk Peach Popsicles

Buttermilker-Peach
Popsicles


Ingredients
3 ripe Dickey Farms peaches, peeled and
diced
3/4 cup whole buttermilk
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
Method

  1. Process buttermilk, honey, cream, salt, and 11/2
    cups of the peaches in a blender until
    completely smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Finely chop remaining 1 cup of peaches; stir into
    buttermilk mixture. Divide peach mixture among
    plastic frozen pop molds, leaving some room at
    the top to allow for expansion. Cover with lids
    and insert wooden craft sticks.
  3. Freeze until pops are completely firm and sticks
    are set, approximately 6-8 hours. To remove the
    pops, run outside of molds under hot water for
    a few seconds and remove lids.
    Exjoy!

Strawberry Patch🍓 Decoys

I had a beautiful green ceramic strawberry pot, with 🍓plants that survived from year to year.

my 🍓decoy

I kept it on our front porch and invited guests to help themselves. There wasn’t much fruit as our summers can be brutally hot, but we thoroughly enjoyed its presence.

Well, it broke early last spring ?? and I hastily planted them into an already established raised garden bed. They took off nicely but I had a LOT of competition for the berries. I couldn’t begrudge the tiny bunnies or the squirrels, but the birds have feeders.

More plants, I thought. More plants and there will be enough strawberries to go around. The runners from the original plants obliged me and I have a nice little patch this year.

But then I saw the birds going after the berries that haven’t even begun to ripen. What to do?🤔

And THAT’s when I thought to paint some small pebbles red like strawberries 🍓. Birds don’t like pecking hard things with their beaks. They’ll peck the rocks and not like it very much and leave my soon-to-be ripe berries alone. Right? right??

My strawberry 🍓 patch WITH decoys 😂

Worth a try and if nothing else I had a good deal of fun doing it.

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted

Making your own cream cheese is a GAME-CHANGER!

I’m not sure why @chefsymon, the originator of this recipe, makes it outside on his grill BUT it made me want to try it.


Homemade Cream Cheese

Looks easy enough!

Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20 hr 15 min Difficulty: EasyServings: Yield: 1 cup Source: foodnetwork.com

INGREDIENTS

1 quart (4 cups) cream or whole milk (or a mix of both)

One .05-ounce packet cream cheese starter

Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Set up your grill for low, even heat. If using a charcoal grill, distribute the coals evenly. If using a gas grill, heat both sides.

Slowly heat the milk/cream over low heat to 86 degrees F. Remove from the heat. Mix in the starter packet, mixing for no more than 15 seconds. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours.

The next day: Ladle the solids into a cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a mixing bowl. Gather up the cheesecloth to cover the surface and refrigerate overnight, allowing the cheese to drain and firm up.

The next day, pick up the cheesecloth and pour the cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Season with salt and stir to combine. (If you’d like a firmer cheese, continue to press.)

Homemade Cream Cheese

French Onion Supper Soup

This one’s from an old community cookbook. I’d made it years ago but had forgotten how good it was.

I’ve tried French Onion Soup recipes from Alton Brown, from the Barefoot Contessa and (gasp) the disgraced Frugal Gourmet, among many others. I wouldn’t have looked any further had I recalled making this version. Kick it up a notch by using bone broth if you’ve got it.

SO good. So EASY. So, what are ya waiting for, make it! 😎

Prior to adding the Parmesan…

French Onion Supper Soup

★★★★★

Soups & Stews, TRIED & TRUE

Difficulty: Easy Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

3 large onions, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup butter

4 cups beef or vegetable stock (I used beef bone broth)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 thick slices of French bread

4 ounces Gruyère cheese, sliced

grated Parmesan cheese

DESCRIPTION

A delicious QUICK and EASY full flavored onion soup

DIRECTIONS

In a covered saucepan cook onions and garlic in butter over low heat 20 minutes or until tender; stir occasionally. Add stock and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toast bread. Top each with sliced cheese; sprinkle with Parmesan. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Ladle soup into 4 bowls. Top with a toast slice and serve.

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets are spicy and easy! Great for game day eats, lunch or dinner over a big salad. 

Delicious 😋

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Appetizer, Poultry

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 16 minsServings: Yield: 4 servings Source: skinnytaste.com

Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

INGREDIENTS

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (2 breasts)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp chili powder, use ground cayenne to make it hotter

1/8 tsp black pepper

3/4 cup seasoned panko, or gluten-free crumbs

olive oil spray

3 tablespoons Frank’s Hot Sauce, or your favorite hot sauce

optional: celery stalks and carrot sticks, 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Cut the chicken into small bite sized chunks. Season with garlic powder, paprika, chili powder and black pepper.

Place panko in a small bowl. Place the hot sauce in another small bowl.

Dip the chicken into the hot sauce a few at a time, then into the crumbs and place on the air fryer basket in a single layer, in batches if needed.

Spray the top generously with olive oil and air fry 8 minutes at 400, flipping halfway and spraying the other side when you flip.

Serve with celery and carrot sticks and blue cheese dressing, if desired.

NUTRITION

Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.5g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 501.5mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 1g

Ultimate Tuna Melts

Tuna melts – the ultimate comfort food

Sandwich, Seafood,

Servings: Serves 4 Source: barefootcontessa.com

INGREDIENTS

2 (6 to 8-ounce) jars imported tuna packed in olive oil, drained

½ cup (¼-inch) diced hearts of celery

½ cup minced scallions, white and light green parts (3 scallions)

3 tablespoons minced fresh dill

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

¾ cup good mayonnaise, such as Hellmann’s

1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)

4 large slices bread, such as Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White

4 ounces Swiss cheese, such as Emmentaler, grated

1 ounce microgreens

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, flake the tuna finely with a fork. Add the celery, scallions, and dill, and continue mixing and fluffing with the fork until combined. Add the lemon juice, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Combine the mayonnaise and anchovy paste, if using, and mix into the tuna.

Preheat the broiler. Toast the bread in a toaster and place the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Spread a quarter of the tuna mixture thickly and evenly on each piece of bread, covering the entire slice. Sprinkle the cheese evenly on the 4 sandwiches, covering the tuna completely. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, just until the cheese melts and starts to brown. (Watch it carefully!) Sprinkle with the microgreens and serve hot.

A no recipe RECIPE for Speedy Fish Chowder

🚨Full no-recipe recipe alert🚨
Speedy Fish Chowder: nyti.ms/2BGcxlP

Dice a strip or two of bacon if you’re a meat eater, or grab some butter if you are not (or use both if you are reckless). Add it to a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat and sauté with a few handfuls of diced onions, carrots and potatoes until the onions have gone translucent. Hit the mixture with some salt and pepper and a flash of smoked paprika if you have it. If you can find good corn on the cob, that would be a fine addition. So would a cup of frozen corn.

Do you have any fish stock? No? White wine? Surely you have water. Add enough liquid (of any combination of the above) so that the potatoes are almost swimming, then add a bay leaf and reduce the heat to a simmer.

Allow the chowder to bubble along until the liquid has reduced by a third and the potatoes are tender. Add a splash or two of milk or cream and allow it to heat and thicken slightly. Now cut the fillets into chunks and stir them in gently. Five minutes later: chowder. Serve with crusty bread.