Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Squash-Tomato Gratin

Totally made this up on the fly with on-hand ingredients tonight—and it was delicious! We’ll definitely have this again and again this summer.
3 summer squash, thinly sliced
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup melted butter, divided
Salt and pepper
Herbs de Provence
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
Fresh breadcrumbs
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Place half of squash in bottom of lightly greased baking dish; top with onion rings. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. butter over the top; season with salt and pepper. Place remaining squash over top of onions. Place tomato slices over squash. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. butter over top of tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Top with breadcrumbs; drizzle with remaining butter. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese over top of breadcrumbs. Cover loosely with foil.
2. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Yellow Squash Muffins

If you like zucchini bread, you will like these muffins, which use yellow summer squash. The recipe inspiration came from The New Southern Garden Cookbook. Next time, I will use 1/2 cup applesauce in place of an equal amount of water. The recipe makes 1 dozen muffins.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Pinch of allspice
2 eggs
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup grated yellow squash (1 medium)
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped pecans

1. Combine granulated sugar and next 9 ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Scoop batter into lightly greased muffin pans.
2. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until done.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Strawberry Cornmeal Cake

This cake is terrific with blackberries, blueberries, and peaches—but strawberries are my favorite!
1 Tbsp. butter
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place 1 Tbsp. butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, and place skillet in oven to melt the butter.
2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in melted butter and next 3 ingredients. Pour mixture into hot skillet. Arrange sliced strawberries on top of batter; sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
3. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Allow cake to cool, and then invert onto a serving plate.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Roasted Potato Salad With Blue Cheese

4 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into chunks
1 onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh or dried chives
Balsamic vinegar

1. Place potatoes and onions on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden. Spoon potato mixture into a bowl. Stir in blue cheese and chives. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar; toss to coat. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Strawberry Shortbread

3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Zest of 1 orange
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Sliced strawberries
2 Tbsp. turbinado or granulated sugar

1. Stir together butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth; stir in eggs. Stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour batter into a lightly greased 12-inch cast-iron skillet (you can also line it with foil for even easier removal). Arrange sliced strawberries on top; sprinkle with sugar.
2. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes or until done. Cool completely, and cut into triangles.