comfort food · seasonal recipes · Uncategorized

Beef Stew with Julia and Joe

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” Julia Child – If you agree, keep reading!

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cast iron cooking · Quick recipes · skillet suppers · Uncategorized

Skillet supper: Italian lemon chicken thighs and rice

Skillet suppers are popular because they’re easy and delicious! This one was inspired by my favorite lunchroom ladies.

easy recipes · pasta

Italian sausage-stuffed shells and Batali’s meatballs in red wine-rosemary sauce

Mario Batali teaches me (via the magic of the small screen) how to make the best meatballs ever, and I pair them with my easy-to-make stuffed shells! Delizioso!

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Grilled cheese for every craving + the soup to dunk it in!

There aren’t many simple foods that have the same level of cult status as grilled cheese sandwiches. And it’s with good reason; they a warm, crispy and buttery on the outside, and melty, cheesy and decadent on the inside. Add to that the fact that it takes about ten minutes to prepare them, and you… Continue reading Grilled cheese for every craving + the soup to dunk it in!

desserts · Farmers Market recipes · Uncategorized

In a slump? Try these berry desserts!

It’s the time of year that I begin looking forward to the reawakening of farmers markets in every town, with baskets full of greens, peas, berries, tomatoes and squash. What a pleasure to see the colorful sights, smell the scents of the fresh produce and the baked goods, and listen to the people chat with the farmers about what they’ve brought to the market and how “their mama and them” are doing.

When the summer progresses and the berries come in, make sure you make a few different things with them. I enjoy frozen blueberries added to Greek yogurt for breakfast, and of course muffins and pancakes.

Below, I’ll share several links to berry recipes I love, right after I share this, a favorite Martha Stewart recipe for a mixed berry slump that cooks right on the stovetop!

Make this easy, stovetop version of cobbler in a cast iron skillet, or any skillet with steep sides, and have dessert ready in no time. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra-delicious treat.

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Mixed-berry slump
From MarthaStewart.comĀ 

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup milk
2 TBS butter, melted
3 pints berries (blackberries and raspberries)
2 TBS lemon juice
2 TBS water.

for topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

1.Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in mixing bowl. add milk and melted butter, and stir into a thick batter. Set aside.
2. Place berries in large bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice, ginger, water and sugar. Gently stir to coat berries.
3. Place berries in skillet, cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring several times.
4. Drop six to eight dollops of batter on top of berry mixture, not allowing dumplings to touch.
5. Sprinkle dumplings with the cinnamon-sugar topping.
6. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, continuing to gently simmer. Cook about 15 minutes, until dumplings appear to be cooked through and the juices of the fruit are bubbling around them.
Serve warm with a drizzle of heavy cream, whipped cream or ice cream.

Other berry recipes you might like:

Strawberry-blueberry breakfast bread

Zucchini-blueberry cake with lemon-cream cheese frosting

Rustic blueberry-peach galette
Rustic blueberry-peach galette

Rustic blueberry-peach galette

Raspberry-lemon “brownies”

I hope you enjoy these recipes and find a new favorite! Get out there and get those berries as soon as they’re ready in your area!

Copyright 2014 Stephanie Hill Frazier. All rights reserved.

comfort food · Healthy recipes · Quick recipes

Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta

How about an easy-to-make and easy-to-eat pasta for dinner? This is one that I’ve made three times over the past month. It’s simple: put some fresh tomatoes across the bottom of your skillet, top with dry pasta and some veggies and spices, pour water over the whole thing, and stir as it cooks for nine… Continue reading Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta

baking · chocolate · desserts · holidays

Easy-to-make and deliciously decadent turtle bars

Are you ready for a decadent sweet treat that is easy to make, sturdy enough to travel well, and completely chewy and delicious? Then today is your lucky day! Here is a simple version of turtle bars…no candy thermometer needed, just bake up the crust, pour over it the easy filling and yummy toppings, and… Continue reading Easy-to-make and deliciously decadent turtle bars