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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!

Barnes and Noble Book Signing this Saturday

Hi everyone,

I’ll be at Barnes and Noble Irvine Spectrum this Saturday (5/6/17) from 2pm to 4pm signing my cookbooks including my latest one, FARM-TO-TABLE DESSERTS.

Hope to see you there!

728 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

 

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Does your MOM like to bake?

Are you frantically trying to figure out what to get your MOM,  GRANDMOTHER or any SPECIAL WOMAN in your life for Mother’s Day?

THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD GET HER!

 

My latest cookbook FARM TO TABLE DESSERTS hits stores today and it’s full of 80 sweet organic recipes broken down by seasons so you know exactly what to bake and when. Every recipe has a beautiful color photograph that accompanies it, too. It’s a nice gift that anyone will love.

Purchase on Amazon here.

Happy Tuesday!

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Farm to Table Desserts Goodreads Giveaway ends at midnight!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that the Goodreads Giveaway for my upcoming cookbook Farm to Table Desserts ends at midnight today. We have over 1600 entries so far (woohoo!). Click here to enter the Goodreads giveaway. You can also order my cookbook on Amazon here!

Good luck!

 

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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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KETTLE CORN

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market-kettle-popcorn-3With the final Presidential debate nearing, I think we all need something delicious to sweeten up the evening.

Kettle corn is a popular treat at markets and fairs across the country. Kernals of corn are cooked with oil, sugar and salt at high temperature resulting in sweet salty popcorn with a barely visible sugary crust. It’s an irresistible snack that’s delicious served warm or at room temperature.

This snack is best eaten the day it’s popped.

Enjoy!

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KETTLE CORN

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup corn kernals
  • 1/4 cup peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions

Combine the kernals, oil and salt in a medium pot over high heat. When the oil begins to sizzle, sprinkle the sugar over the kernals and cover with the lid. Shake the pot frequently until all the kernals have popped, about 3 minutes.

Fig Slab Pies

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I was at the farmer’s market this weekend and came across some super gorgeous white figs that just had to be turned into a delicious summer dessert! I wanted to make something simple since I had much to do at my bakery this weekend. I decided that some open faced fig slab pies were doable and sounded delicious.

I made a simple pate brisee to use as the crust, spread honey on top and topped them with fig slices.

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The slab pies bake up nice and crisp making it easy to eat them with one hand.

And, they are sooooo delicious!

 

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Enjoy!

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Fig Slab Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold and cubed)
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 to 7 figs ((i used white figs))
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (for sprinkling)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until butter breaks down to pea size. Add the ice water all at once and mix just until dough starts to come together. Remove from mixer and shape into a disc with your hands. Wrap with plastic and let chill 5 minutes in refrigerator.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a 12-inch square. Use a sharp knife to cut out six (3x5-inch) rectangles. Place on a parchment-lined sheet tray and poke holes in the dough with a fork. Use a mini offset spatula to spread the honey on the dough pieces.
Use a sharp knife to slice the figs and lay them on the dough. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar over each pie. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate, then 10 to 15 minutes more until golden brown on the edges.

Cantaloupe Soup

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It’s pretty warm here in southern California and I’ve been dreading turning on my oven to make desserts for my next cookbook Farm-to-Table Desserts. The solution? Chilled, very chilled, dessert soups!

The markets are overflowing with melons right now. There are so many types to choose from but for chilled soup my preference is cantaloupe. Its beautiful orange hue is so appetizing and its flavor is not too mild or strong for my tastebuds. Cantaloupe soup is best served chilled along with some fresh raspberries.

I like to add a little cilantro and fresh lemon juice to round out the soup’s flavor profile.

 

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p.s. Don’t forget to purchase my new cookbook Beach House Brunch on Amazon here!

Enjoy!

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Cantaloupe Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Large cantaloupe (ripe and chilled)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 sprig cilantro (plus more for garnish)
  • agave to taste
  • raspberries for serving

Directions

Cut the cantaloupe in half and remove seeds. Cut the flesh into small pieces and place in a blender along with the milk and lemon juice. Tear up the cilantro leaves and add them to the blender. Puree until smooth. Add agave one teaspoon at a time until desired sweetness is reached. Strain soup and pour into bowls. Garnish with cilantro and serve with raspberries.

 

 

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