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Tastes of summer. Some foods just go together.

tastes of summer

Grilled cheese and tomato soup, creamed butter and sugar, garlic and caramelized onions… for me, I'm addicted to raspberry and lemon. So when I saw these bars last year, I knew I had to make them. A little less than a year later and I finally made the recipe. Tangy, vibrant, subtly sweet with a rich, buttery crust. These raspberry lemonade bars are the perfect summer dessert. Looking for something to make on The 4th of July? Raspberry lemonade bars ingredients: for the crust: 9 T. (1 stick + 1 T.) butter ¼ c. sugar 1 c. flour 1 t. vanilla extract pinch of salt for the filling: 12 oz (heaping 2 c.) frozen raspberries thawed ¾ c. sugar ⅔ c. lemon juice (about 4 lemons) 2 T. lemon zest (3 lemons worth) 3 egg whites 1 egg ⅔ c. flour optional: powdered sugar for dusting on top Preheat oven to 350º F. To make the crust:

Raw + Vegan Nanaimo Bars. I woke up yesterday craving Nanaimo bars – a dessert usually reserved for Christmas.

Raw + Vegan Nanaimo Bars

But with the hubby gone to London, a day of absolutely no plans, and a craving for chocolate, I decided to just go for it. Cinnamon Twists. Ingredients 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F) 2 cups warm buttermilk (110 to 115 degrees F) 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 6 tablespoons sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flourFILLING: 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamonGLAZE: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted 1 tablespoon hot water Directions In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.Add the buttermilk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt and baking soda; mix well.

Cinnamon Twists

Stir in flour to form a soft dough.Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. White Chocolate Stuffed Orange Sesame Cream Puffs. Today’s pastries were made by our friends, Honey and Rissa from Sugarush, which specializes in handcrafted Fondant cakes.

White Chocolate Stuffed Orange Sesame Cream Puffs

Since both of them are quite shy, it’d be best to gently contact them via their facebook page or email so that you don’t scare them. Let us know if you’d like to collaborate with us! Yield: 8-10 large puffs Ingredients for the Choux Pastry ¼ cup Milk¼ cup Water¼ cup Butter⅛ teaspoon Salt½ teaspoon Orange zest½ cup Flour3 pieces Eggs½ teaspoon Vanilla extract½ tablespoon Sesame seeds, toasted1 tablespoon Sugar Ingredients for the White Chocolate Filling 2.5 ounces White chocolate1 tablespoon Cream½ cup Cream Procedure for the Choux Pasty Procedure for the White Chocolate Filling. Watermelon Mint Cooler & Granita. It is getting hotter by the day, and most days I am wishing to be soaked in the pool the whole day..

Watermelon Mint Cooler & Granita

Ah.. that would be complete bliss.. Strawberry spoon bread. Every spring when the wildflowers bloom, Texans will say thank you to Mrs.

Strawberry spoon bread

Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, the former first lady and native Texan who made it her life’s work to protect and preserve native plants in their natural habitat. But besides her commitment to keeping Texas and America beautiful, Mrs. Johnson was also known as a gracious hostess who entertained with taste and ease. Rolo S’mores Skillet Monkey Bread. I fully admit that I have sampled my fair share of desserts of all kinds.

Rolo S’mores Skillet Monkey Bread

Cake for Any Occasion. I have to confess: I buckled a little under the pressure of coming up with an Easter recipe post.

Cake for Any Occasion

{It seems to happen to me every time a holiday comes around.} I wanted to make something cutesy -- you know, bunnies and eggs and chicks and the like -- but sadly, all my plans of fluffy grandeur crumbled to pieces. {Literally. Irene's Orange Rolls. I never had the opportunity to meet my Grandmother Irene.

Irene's Orange Rolls

She died before I was born, fighting a cancer that eventually took her life. She was a strong woman, raising my mother and her two sons on a farm in small town America. There are a few anecdotes my mother likes to share with my sister and me, both humorous and sad, so we can hope to know her too, if only in a small way. Though I never had the chance to meet my grandmother, I feel as if I have gotten to know her most through her cooking. Over the years, my mother has shared her recipes with me, whether it was a meal she served on our dining room table, stories about the food she created, or a recipe card handwritten by her mother.

Brownie Batter / Chocolate Cookie Dough. Peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars – sally's baking addiction.

Pudding/ trifles/ parfits

Brownies. Cheesecake. Homemade candies. Fruit. Ice cream. Pumpkin. Cookies. Pies. Doughnuts. Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake. I love watching the reaction of my boys sampling my baked goods.

Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake

I gave them a bite after school a couple days ago of this sheet cake and their expression was priceless. If I left the room, I am afraid the entire plate would have been devoured. This recipe is that good my friends :) In fact, it will be making an appearance for Thanksgiving and probably Christmas for sure! Don’t let the cake mix in the recipe scare you away. I assure you, no one will know this is a jazzed up cake mix recipe. Try it out for yourself and let me know how that first bite was :) Enjoy!!

Here you have your line up of ingredients. Let’s get this party started :) Start with dumping all of the cake ingredients into the mixer. A small box of instant pudding mix does wonders! Add those eggs. Oil, milk and sour cream. Add a can of pumpkin. How gorgeous is that?! Here it comes! Almost there Perfect. Spread the cake evenly to the edges. Like so Melt your butter, add the brown sugar and cinnamon Time to drizzle! No-bake Lemon Coconut Slice. Sometimes you want something quick, sweet and easy without firing up the oven. Especially here at the moment, where the temperature is hitting 40 degrees Celsius.

Eww. I know Australians are supposed to be excited by that and go frolicking on the beach, but I hate the heat outdoors. The fair-skinned European in me just wants to hibernate in front of the air-con, spraying mists of water, sucking ice-cubes and thinking cool thoughts. Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats. Y’all knew this was coming, right? At least those of you on Facebook. See, I had something completely different planned, and then I spent a Saturday night alone at Walmart (which, I realize sounds super pathetic, but in reality was super awesome. If I didn’t need groceries, I would have wandered Target alone on a Saturday night, which would have been even more super awesome, but hey- I’ll take what I can get) and that’s when I spotted these: And it took about 2.7 seconds for them to make their way from the shelf to my cart.

Roasted Pineapple Tamales with Riesling Poached Raisins. Around this time four years ago, my roommate brought home a plastic bag brimming with husk-wrapped tamales prepared earlier that day by his family. I remember being overly excited because I had never had tamales before. I eagerly unwrapped my first tamal unaware of what I was going to find inside. Nestled inside the corn husk was the most amazing shredded pork encased in tender corn masa.

Chinese tian tang sweet soup recipe. Recipe: chinese sweet soup (tian tang) Chinese new year is coming up this Monday, January 23 (2012). It will be the year of the Dragon, which makes me chuckle because my dad is a dragon and he likes to tell everyone that he’s a dragon. In my childhood years, he always told me that the dragon was the best. Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas. I am so much hooked to Pinterest these days, its a great place to pin and categorize all things which we like. There are great resources out there ranging from photography to yum recipes, and I am loving it.

Cake

Jello.