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Rosemary cheddar Irish soda bread 
March 21, 2017, 5:40 pm
Filed under: Company, side dish

http://foodnessgracious.com/rosemary-cheddar-irish-soda-bread/. 
Next time, I’ll lower the heat on my oven for a longer bake time and perhaps make smaller loaves. 

 Prep Time 10 minutes

 Cook Time 25 minutes

 Total Time 35 minutes

 Servings 6 people

 Calories 290 kcal

 Author foodnessgracious

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary

2 cups grated sharp cheddar

1 cups buttermilk

1 whole large egg

Instructions

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour a non stick baking tray or spray with a non stick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, pepper, rosemary and cheese.

Add the egg to the buttermilk and beat until mixed.

Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour and lightly mix through until it becomes sticky and a ball forms.

Dump the dough out onto a flour dusted work surface and roughly knead the dough into an ball shape. It may be on the wet side so have some extra flour on hand for dusting.

Place the dough onto your prepared baking tray. Take a sharp serrated knife and cut an X on top of the soda bread. 

Season the top with some more salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 25 minutes and the top is golden brown.

Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving with butter.

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Alana’s Tiramisu 
March 21, 2017, 5:37 pm
Filed under: Company, Dessert, Uncategorized

6 Egg Yolks 

1 1/4 C Sugar 

2 tubs of Marscapone Cheese 

1 3/4 C heavy whipping cream

Lady Fingers (I think I used two boxes of the 3.5 oz Roland brand– could use more or less) 

6 T warm water 

4 T Espresso (I used Instant) 

2 cups coffee liqueur

Cocoa Powder (for Dusting) 
Combine Egg Yolks and Sugar in a mixer and mix until light lemon color. Add Mascarpone and mix until combined. Whip whipping cream (I added some vanilla and think cinnamon would be great too) in a separate bowl until consistency is right– think peaks, not butter :). Fold whipped cream into Marscapone/ Egg Mixture. 

Combine Espresso with the warm water, let it dissolve. Add in the coffee liqueur. One at a time dip the ladyfingers into the mixture–think 4-6 seconds as you want the cookies to still have a crunch. 

As you soak the ladyfingers, lay them in the pan. Once a layer is complete add half of the cheese mixture. Repeat the same steps for the second layer. Smooth cream and dust with the cocoa powder. 



Mark’s Famous Mac
December 11, 2016, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Company, favorites, main course, pasta

Serves 3-42/3 pound elbow macaroni (yield: 4 cups cooked)

1 1/4 cups whole milk 

1 1/4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 

1 1/4 tablespoons unsalted butter       

3 ounces Muenster, shredded 

3 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded 

2 ounces Gruyere, shredded 

1 ounce Pecorino, shredded 

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil

3/4 cup sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and cook the pasta until al dente (8–10 minutes). Drain the pasta

and rinse with cold water. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add a touch of olive oil and toss lightly.

3. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk to a boil. Remove from heat.

4. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Reduce the heat to low and

whisk in the flour, cooking for 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to brown the mixture. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking

constantly (this will ensure that there are no lumps).

5. Add all four cheeses. Stir frequently, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is slightly thickened. Taste and

season with salt and pepper.

6. Remove from the heat, stir, pour the mixture over the pasta, and mix thoroughly. Transfer to a baking dish.

7. Combine the shredded cheddar and breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the macaroni.

8. Bake for approximately 10–15 minutes at 400 degrees.



Lentil and Okra Curry 
February 24, 2016, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Company, favorites, Health, main course, Make'n'freeze

 
For this, I made Pinch of Yum’s Lentil Curry recipe and serviced over rice and stir fried okra, accompanied with avocado and lots of cilantro. Make a big batch and freeze some for later 😎   



Liz’s Almond Tart
September 26, 2015, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Company, dessert, Dessert, favorites

  



Tailgating Tator Tots
September 26, 2015, 10:18 pm
Filed under: appetizer, Company

Tator tots. Bacon. 1cup brown sugar. 1/4 cup adobo sauce. Bake
400 25 – 30 minutes



Cucumber Avocado Salad
July 9, 2015, 3:52 pm
Filed under: appetizer, Company, favorites, Health, side dish, Summer, weeknight

ingredients

1 cucumbers chopped

2 avocados 

Olive oil and red wine vinegar combo 

Herbs (I used cilantro)

Make your own vinaigrette, then add cucumber, avocado, and herbs.