There are a lot of things to love about June but one of my favorites is that it is finally berry season! I am a fairly equal opportunity fruit eater but give me a fresh pint of raspberries or a bowl of plump, just picked strawberries and I will eat the entire thing every single time. There is just nothing like fresh berries at the height of the season. My four year old son is also a berry lover and on the days when he eats an entire container of organic blueberries by himself I am grateful for Costco and their amazing organic fruit options! Since my personal fridge is currently filled to the brim with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, I thought a collection of berry themed recipes might be just the thing for this week’s Good Food Reads. I hope you enjoy a few of these treats this weekend!…
I am so excited about our picks for this week’s Good Food Reads. One of my favorite things about writing this part of the blog is all of the fun internet food inspiration I get to sort through and ooh and aah over each week. The blog world is filled with such good stuff! I am continually impressed with all of the creative and super yummy things ya’ll are putting out there. I’m pretty sure this week’s Good Food Reads has something for everyone – from the sweet tooth to the veggie lover and in between! …
Holly and I were recently tasked with providing the dessert course of a girls’ night dinner hosted by a good friend. As you can imagine, we agonized over what to make. Should we do individual desserts? Ice cream? (I just got an ice cream maker-stay tuned) Cookies? So many fabulous choices! Ultimately we decided on tarts. Holly did an amazing chocolate peanut butter tart that I hope she will share with us here soon. To balance things, I decided to do fruit tarts. I guess it was a good call, because I’ve had several requests for the Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Tart recipe…so here’s to you gals!…
Muffins. Oh, how I love you. And oh how very picky I am about muffins. Why? Well, if I’m going to eat cake for breakfast (because, let’s face it, they really are just unfrosted cupcakes that we all pretend are not desserts), I want them to be juuuuuust right. Not too sweet, definitely not too dry, and studded with the sweetest bits of tart fruit. After a long search, I’ve finally found a recipe for the best Lemon Blueberry Muffins and I’m going to share it with you today. You’re welcome.
I’ve long been a fan of America’s Test Kitchen and a few years ago was given a copy of their Family Cookbook (I use this edition; here is a link to the newest one). Like just about everything ATK does, this cookbook is filled with great, near foolproof recipes for just about anything you could want. One of my favorite finds in that book is the recipe for “Big Beautiful Muffins.” You guys, you have to have make these muffins. They are super easy to make and (scout’s honor!) turn out perfectly every time. I love to make a double batch and freeze them for later – 20 seconds in a microwave and they make a perfectly fresh on-the-go breakfast!…
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Happy 4th of July all of you loyal readers! We had actually decided not to do a 4th of July post since both of us had family events to host. However, that was before stumbling across an amazing post by Lady Behind the Curtain! Who is that you ask? Well, a fellow blogger that I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with through social media. She creates unbelievable food and gives great entertaining tips.
One of her latest creations was a stars and stripes pie that was just calling to me! Anyone that knows me, knows that I am the least Pinterest-y person around. I never decorate for holidays (minimally for Christmas-and really only because I have kids), I’ve never made cute little kids projects (even though I have 2 kids), and I’m not at all crafty! A patriotic pie? With stars and stripes? Laugh if you will, but just you wait-I think I actually pulled this one off!
Ahhhh, vacation. Yep, that is right, vacation. Much needed, well-deserved, greatly enjoyed. Don’t we all love going on vacation? Well, my in-laws have decided to “winter” in Arizona 5 months of the year, truly living the ultimate vacation. Unfortunately that means that they aren’t always available to celebrate my youngest child’s birthday on his actual birthday date (in February). No problem, he’s now old enough to understand that not having grandma and grandpa here on his birthday just means presents in the mail (so awesome) and another celebration at a later date (even more awesome). Who doesn’t love another celebration?…
These Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Waffles have been a huge hit with my family. Brunch, is my favorite meal, and if you haven’t noticed don’t worry, there will be many more brunch posts coming!. So many different things you can eat for brunch-sweet, savory, sweet AND savory! My kids, however, lean towards the sweet, every time. So when I was rifling through my many cookbooks (Shhh…I might have a little cookbook addiction) and food magazines, I found this beauty. We happened to be up at the cabin for the weekend, and when I decided to make these waffles for breakfast on our last day up there, there were three very enthusiastic supporters.
Waffles are a “all hands in” food in our house. My daughter measures ingredients, my son cracks the eggs, who ever is the most awake stirs the mixture, and my husband mans the waffle iron. We can churn out a very respectable stack of waffles in a very short amount of time, which is good when my clan is hungry. Luckily, these waffles are pretty quick, even if you’re making them on your own-hopefully while enjoying some alone time in the kitchen with a strong cup of coffee.
These waffles were perfect. Not overly sweet, just right. Tangy due to the addition of the lemon zest. Best of all, these Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Waffles allowed me to use up that last bit of ricotta left over in my refrigerator, and I do like to use up leftovers! Speaking of leftovers, if you run out of blueberry syrup before you run out of the waffles, you could try topping the waffles with a little bit of lime curd (from our last post)-I bet it would be fabulous!
What are some of your favorite brunch foods?
- 1¾ cups of all-purpose flour
- 4 Tablespoons sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup skim milk
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter + extra for coating waffle iron
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- 1 Tablespoon lemon zest + extra for garnish
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1 Cup blueberries + extra for garnish
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- Preheat oven to 200ºF.
- Mix dry ingredients (flour, 2 Tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt) in a large bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients (milk, ricotta cheese, melted butter, canola oil, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, lemon zest and egg) in a medium sized bowl.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients to the well, and combine until moistened.
- Coat waffle iron with melted butter or cooking spray, to create a nonstick surface.
- Spoon waffle batter onto waffle iron (use amount suggested by your waffle iron manufacturer). How much you need to use per waffle will impact how many waffles you get...
- Cook until golden (my waffle iron has a timer, if yours does not, the cook time will be anywhere between 3-5 minutes).
- Place waffles on a plate in the 200ºF oven to keep warm.
- Repeat until batter has been used up and you have a plate of golden waffles
- In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
- Bring blueberry mixture to a boil.
- Use a spatula, fork or wooden spoon (be careful here, your wooden spoon could get stained!) to mash the blueberries.
- Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly.
- Serve waffles with syrup, garnish with additional blueberries and lemon zest!