Cuisine - American, Recipes

Recipe: Scallion and Cheddar Scones

Cheddar and scallion sconesOur CSA blessed us for a few weeks with lots of scallions. Sure, you can use them as a garnish, add them to a dip or salad, or get creative with some Asian-inspired dishes like scallion pancakes or potstickers.

Not having one of my creative days in the kitchen, I was looking for something that I could make with what I had on hand – some flour, eggs, milk and cheese.

The origin of the scone comes from Britain or Scotland. The small quick breads can be sweet like my favorite flavor with orange and cranberry, or it can be savory like this recipe for scallion and cheddar scones.

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Recipe: Neopolitan Cupcakes

Neopolitan cupcakes - chocolate, vanilla and strawberryI’m submitting this to the America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Country “Dish It Your Way” Blogger Challenge for Cupcakes.

Neopolitan ice cream has long been a favorite of mine – with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. I guess that’s the indecisive person in me and how you can get the best of the entire ice cream world in one scoop.

The history of Neopolitan ice cream goes back to the late 19th Century when Italian immigrants introduced their revolutionary way to make ice cream from Naples (hence, Neopolitan) to Americans. Now back then, the flavors were probably more like lemon, pistachio, vanilla and chocolate or cherry (think along the lines of a spumoni), but through the years the U.S. palate developed a liking for vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.

I got to thinking one day, “Why can’t I make a Neopolitan cupcake?”

During Hurricane Irene I scoured the internet and some recipe books I had at home but couldn’t find any recipes out there specifically for this dessert. So, I pulled together some basic recipes for vanilla cake, chocolate frosting and strawberry frosting, and voila! The Neopolitan Cupcake has been born.

The result is a moist, vanilla cake stuffed with chocolate frosting, then topped with a strawberry buttercream. If you’re indecisive like me, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this cuppie with three of America’s favorite flavors all in one bite!

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Recipe: Fruit and Candy Pizza

Everyone loves pizza. And, everyone loves cookies. Why not combine the two?

This is my recipe for a popular potluck dessert or a special treat for the office. You can use any type of cookie recipe and toppings that you like – just like you make your favorite Italian pizzas with sausage, pepperoni or just cheese. To make it even easier (if you really aren’t that adept at baking), just buy the tubes of cookie dough and flatten into a pizza shape.

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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

It’s that time of year where zucchinis are popping up like wildflowers. It can be hard to think of what to do with them after you’ve sauteed, roasted and baked them for weeks. But, if you have a few stray zucchinis lying around – like we did from our CSA crops – I promise that this recipe is SO well worth it!

Topped with a peanut butter frosting, the rich chocolate batter is so moist from the zucchini but sweet enough with hunks of chocolate melting in your mouth. If your kids are picky eaters (or perhaps you are), they’ll easily down a few of these before you have the chance to tell them the secret ingredient.

Chocolate zucchini cupcakesI hope you enjoy!

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Recipe: Beet Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Grated beets for cupcakesOk, you’re probably thinking she’s gone mad. Beet cupcakes? Yes, I know it sounds very off-kilter but they are really tasty!

As you know, Brett and I joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) for 30 weeks. A few weeks ago, we received tons of beets in our weekly crops. Both of us had never had a beet before (besides the occasional one that was slipped into a salad) so we didn’t even know where to begin when cooking these devilishly red veggies at home.

I was chatting with a co-worker one day when she mentioned her mom made a cocoa beet cake that was amazing. I typed away at Google and found this “Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting” recipe on Food.com, that was adapted from a recipe in “Cooking Light” magazine.

While I initially liked the recipe because it said “chocolate” in the title, the end result tasted more like gingerbread to me and all of my test guinea pigs (Note: No real guinea pigs were harmed in the making of these cuppies.) I suppose you could just add more cocoa powder in to get more of a rich taste, but I actually really liked how they turned out. I think the best part is the cream cheese frosting. There’s nothing like homemade cream cheese frosting but poke-me-with-a-fork-I’m-done when you add in orange rind to anything. It just gives it that added oomph of flavor! Mmm!

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