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
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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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!
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.
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.
This 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This omelet is wonderfully creamy on the inside and perfectly cooked on the outside.
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Hope you enjoy this recipe!
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!
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Hello Beach and Food Lovers! My second cookbook Beach House Brunch is officially out today!
There are 100 summer-licious brunch recipes for you to enjoy this summer. Here are some pics of the recipes in this book. Yummm!
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
This salad goes well with grilled meats especially teriyaki short ribs!