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PORK AND BEANS FROM SCRATCH

Yum! Pork and Beans from Scratch!

It’s a busy summer at the Sugar Blossom so I’ve been using my crockpot a lot more than usual. By the time I get home from the bakery, I’m usually starving so it’s a thrill to open the front door and smell a warm meal that’s ready to be eaten.

In my pork and beans from scratch recipe, I use pork butt and dried black beans. This cut of pork is typically sold in 4 pound portions so I use half and then freeze the remainder for future dishes. This recipe is quick to pull together – the hardest thing is remembering to soak the dried beans overnight!

The pork and beans cook for 3 hours on high and 6 hours on low, resulting in melt in your mouth pork and creamy, soft (but not mushy!) beans. This dish is delicious on its own, but if you’re looking to supplement it with some sides, I’d recommend Parker House rolls and some sautéed haricot verts.

 

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PORK AND BEANS FROM SCRATCH

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans (dried)
  • 2 cups water (for soaking beans)
  • 1/2 Large yellow onion (small diced)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2lb pork butt (cut into small, bite-sized cubes)

Directions

Soak beans in the water overnight.
Add remaining ingredients except pork into crockpot and whisk well. Stir in the pork pieces and drained beans.
Cook on high 3 hours; then low for 6 hours.
Enjoy!

BLACK AND BLUE CROSTATA

With berries making their appearance at the markets, I thought it timely to share my recipe for Black and Blue Crostata. A crostata is a rustic free-form baked tart or pie widely seen in Italy. It may also be baked in a pie plate, which is what I chose to do with my crostata. 

A nice change from a typical pie, this sweet crostata has a wonderfully soft cookie-like crust with a preserve-like filling. My black and blue crostata is filled with a mixture of blackberries and blueberries (get it??).  The berries are first cooked with some sugar to create a tasty, ooey gooey preserve, and then added to the pastry shell and topped with a crust. Don’t be turned off by the lattice top crust – it’s surprisingly easy to create!

Recipe makes one 9-inch crostata

Black and Blue Crostata

Ingredients

  • 6oz unsalted butter (soft)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (finely grated)
  • 16oz blueberries
  • 6oz blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Large egg (whisked)
  • sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Make Crust:
In a Kitchen Aid bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and mix for another minute. Add the remaining ingredients and mix just until dough is formed. Shape into two discs, wrap each with saran wrap and let chill in refrigerator 30 minutes.
Make Filling:
Combine the berries, sugar, flour and water in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a deep sauté pan over medium heat and add the berry mixture. Cook mixture for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash a third of the berries with a large spoon. Continue cooking for 3 more minutes until thickened. Transfer to a shallow baking pan and let cool in refrigerator. Stir occasionally to speed up cooling.
Make Crostata:
Remove one disc of dough from refrigerator and roll out to a 10-inch round between two sheets of parchment or wax paper. Remove top paper and flip dough onto 9-inch pie plate. Trim leaving a ½-inch overhang and flip inward. Press dough into the sides such that it is flush with the top of plate. Poke holes into dough with fork and place in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
Remove second disc from refrigerator and roll out to a 10-inch round between two sheets of parchment or wax paper. Remove top paper and cut 10 (1-inch wide) strips. Slide the paper with the strips onto a sheet tray or large plate, and chill for 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a baking sheet onto the middle rack. Remove pie shell from refrigerator and fill with the berry mixture (lukewarm is fine). Arrange 5 strips across filling, trim ends flush with crust and press them slightly into the crust. Arrange remaining 5 strips diagonally on top of the other strips. Trims edges flush with crust and again press them slightly into the crust. Brush lattice with whisked egg and generously sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 55 minutes until filling bubbles and crust is golden brown. Let crostata cool completely before cutting.

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Blueberry Pancakes

I woke up this morning with an impossible to ignore blueberry craving. Luckily I had some blueberries on the counter that I picked up over the weekend at the farmer’s market. I thought about making blueberry muffins, but the growls from my stomach convinced me that something more substantial was needed. Something like BLUEBERRY PANCAKES!

I loaded the pancake batter with a bowlful of macerated blueberries. I chose to make them with whole wheat flour, but all purpose would have been fine, too.  I normally like to use buttermilk in this recipe, but sadly didn’t have any. I substituted with whole milk and couldn’t tell a difference. Finally, I added a little baking powder and baking soda to make them super fluffy and light. The end result?  Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes (aka Perfection).

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BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 cups whole milk or buttermilk
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat or AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • maple syrup for serving

Directions

In a small bowl, use a fork to slightly mash the blueberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, remaining sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir in the blueberries. Mix in the flour, baking powder, soda and salt until just combined. Batter will be thick.
Heat a griddle or a nonstick skillet. Ladle 1/2 cup of batter onto griddle and spread of batter. Cook for a couple minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook for another minute. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with maple syrup.

 

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BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI BREAD

In the mood to bake something delicious today, but don’t have a lot of time? This is the answer: Blueberry Zucchini Bread!

Every time I bake this delicious blueberry zucchini bread, I’m always blown away by how good it is. The sweet blueberry flavor really shines through – so much that people often don’t realize there’s zucchini in it. It’s super moist and keeps well for days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s great any time of the day, morning or night.

Now go, bake, and enjoy!

 

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BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI BREAD

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup zucchini (grated)
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease one 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
Pile the blueberries and half the sugar on a large cutting board. Using a sharp knife, chop the blueberries into small pieces, working the sugar into the blueberries. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the remaining sugar, eggs and oil until incorporated. Stir in the grated zucchini and the chopped blueberries. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and mix until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour.

Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again. I decided to start Holiday gift shopping as soon as possible this year and spent the weekend finding fabulous and affordable gifts that I’m going to get my friends this season. I’ve gathered all my ideas and put together a list of my favorite Holiday Gift Ideas 2016.

1) Bombas Ski and Snowboard Socks

If you’ve never heard of Bombas, take note. Bombas is all about comfortable socks and paying it forward. For every pair of socks purchased, a pair is donated.  Cool, right? They also have an awesome ‘happiness guaranteed’ return policy. I’m in love with these ski and snowboard socks designed by Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Hannah Teter. They are midweight performance socks made with high-grade merino wool. Buy a pair for your best girlfriend and while you’re at it, pick up one for yourself.

2) J.Jill Textured Wrap Scarf

092761_essThis lightweight fashionable scarf comes in 3 colors to choose from and is sold online at J.Jill. With chunky stitching and an oh so soft texture this scarf will keep you cozy through the winter months.

 

 

 

3) Kate Spade Thermal Mug

Save some paper cups this season and buy your friends this gold stripe thermal mug from Kate Spade. Made with  BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free construction, this beautiful mug allows you to sip and savor safely. I love that the lid has an open/close feature!

 

 

4) Escali Primo Digital Kitchen Scale

I think these scales are the most reliable, economical kitchen scales around. I use them at my bakery as well as at the beach loft. They come in a variety of colors and are readily available on amazon.com.

 

 

 

5) Voluspa Spruce Cuttings Candle

This is one of my favorite candles to burn over the Holidays. I love the Spruce Cuttings scent and the two wicks. Not only is it pleasant, but it really permeates nicely throughout my loft.

 

6) Beach House Brunch cookbook

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Well of course I had to recommend my cookbook Beach House Brunch! It’s perfect for anytime of the year – whether you’re dreaming of warmer weather or wanting to bake up brunch favorites like Italian Sausage Casserole, Blueberry Pancakes, Omelets, and Cranbery Walnut French Toast. Purchase my book on Amazon.

Oh and while you’re on Amazon, pre-order my third cookbook Farm to Table Desserts!

 

7) Ellie Alexander’s Caught Bread Handed

I recently came across this fantastic bakeshop mystery series by author Ellie Alexander.  Ellie currently has four titles out, Meet Your Baker, A Batter of Life and Death, On Thin Icing, Caught Bread Handed, and soon to be a fifth with Fudge and Jury (January 3, 2017). The story’s protagonist is Baker Jules Capshaw. Looking for some reprieve from a busy career as a cruise ship pastry chef, Jules retreats to her hometown of Ashland, Oregon to help out at her mother’s bakery Torte. But her dream of peace and quiet quickly dissipates into a cloud of murder, mystery, drama and love.

 

8) Chewbacca Slippers with Sound

Okay, okay, I know this one’s a bit silly but gosh it’s fun. These Chewbacca slippers emit two different Wookiee roars when you walk. Stay warm and entertain your friends and family at the same time! These are available on thinkgeek.com.

 

 

9) Alex and Ani Personalized Charm Initial Bracelet

These personalized charm bracelets make such a nice gift because of their distinctive quality.  Offered by Alex and Ani, they are available in gold or silver finishes. The charms are stamped with script lettering giving the bracelet an elegant, timeless look.

 

 

10) Holiday Gingerbread Leggings by ModCloth

 

One of my favorite online clothing shops is ModCloth. I’m a big fan of all their clothes, but especially their leggings. These Holiday leggings have super cute gingerbread printed on them making them perfect Christmas morning attire. Your friends will love them!

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

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The perfect omelet – chive and cheddar

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It’s easy to carried away by adding too many ingredients when making an omelet. I think simpler is better when it comes to omelets so the wonderful flavor of egg doesn’t get lost.

In this simple and delicious omelet, the sharp cheddar and chive complement the soft egg and showcase what an omelet is really all about.

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This omelet is wonderfully creamy on the inside and perfectly cooked on the outside.

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Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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The perfect omelet – cheddar and chive

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter (soft)
  • 1 tablespoon chives (chopped)
  • 2 Large eggs
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar (shredded)

Directions

Warm an 8-inch saute pan over medium heat. Melt the butter in the pan. Stir in half of the chives and cook for 15 seconds.
Vigorously whisk the eggs, remaining chives, salt and pepper in a small bowl and pour into the pan. Reduce heat to low. Let eggs cook undisturbed for 3 minutes.
Use a rubber spatula to gently move any uncooked eggs on top toward the edges, where the eggs cook faster. Continue slow cooking the eggs until they're nearly dry (you want some uncooked egg left on top since it will continue cooking after you fold the omelet). Sprinkle the cheese down the center of the omelet. Gently flip a third of the egg over the cheese and then roll out onto a plate. Serve immediately.

Beach House Brunch Cookbook Press

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to share some lovely press that came out today. My new cookbook Beach House Brunch is featured in Orange Coast Magazine on their popular Taste of O.C. blog. Click here to read the article!

Have a great day!

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Beach House Brunch officially out today!

Hello Beach and Food Lovers! My second cookbook Beach House Bruncis officially out today!

You can order copies online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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There are 100 summer-licious brunch recipes for you to enjoy this summer. Here are some pics of the recipes in this book. Yummm!

NUTELLA POP TARTS (3)BROILED GRAPEFRUIT WITH BROWN SUGAR AND TARRAGON (3)bananasfosterpancakes (6)roastedbeetbloodymary (4) BAKED EGGS MILANESE (3) Breakfast TACOS (1) chive and cheddar omelette (2) EGGS SAN CLEMENTE (3) SOUTHWEST SCRAMBLEheirloom cherry tomato salad (1)warm cashew chicken salad (2)maple pecan waffles (6)baked prosciutto crepes (1)CRANBERRY WALNUT FRENCH TOAST (1)Cinnamon Raisin Loaf (2)sunflower and flax seed bagels

 

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Beach House Brunch available for pre-order on Amazon

Hi everyone!

Just a heads up that you can now pre-order my second cookbook Beach House Brunch on Amazon. Just click here to get to Amazon.

And….Rumor is that even though its official release is June 21, Amazon is shipping orders ahead of schedule 🙂

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I’m super excited about this cookbook. I love the photographs that Chau and Brent took and there are 100 recipes for beverages, egg dishes, salads, casseroles, pastries and of course desserts that you will love.

Thanks everyone!

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Asian Slaw

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With summer fast approaching it’s time to start whipping out recipes that are light on your stomach yet heavy on flavor. This crisp, colorful Asian slaw is the answer. It boasts a healthy dose of vegetables including napa cabbage, red pepper, carrots and scallions.

 

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This slaw is super easy to make. Really! The most challenging part of this recipe is frying thin strips of wonton skins which isn’t difficult one bit. The skins fry fast and add an additional crisp to this super crunchy slaw.

The dressing can be made in one bowl and has a delicious blend of sesame, garlic and ginger.

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This salad goes well with grilled meats especially teriyaki short ribs!

Enjoy!

Asian Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frying oil (recommend peanut or canola)
  • 15 wonton skins
  • 1 head napa cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 1 red pepper (stem and seeds removed, small diced)
  • 3 cups carrots (shredded)
  • 3 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup peanuts (roasted and salted)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 " peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)

Directions

Warm oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cut wonton skins in 1/4-inch strips and fry in two batches until golden brown. Let drain on paper towels while you prepare salad.
Combine the cabbage, red pepper, carrots, green onions and peanuts in a large salad bowl.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over vegetables and toss well. Garnish with fried wontons and serve immediately.
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