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Plum Jam - Fluent Foodie. Few things are as satisfying as making something delicious off of your own fruit tree. Here in California, plum trees are plentiful and grow with wild abandon. Often, there are so many fresh plums that come off the tree at once, there is no way we can eat so many! Make preserves to avoid wasting any fresh plums! You will only need a few key ingredients to make your own plum jam. Do I Need to Remove the Skins? Yes, you need to remove the skins. If you do choose to leave the skins on your fruit, you should run the jam through a blender or food processor to chop them up so you’re not chewing on them. How to Poach Plums Poaching a ripe plum is actually quite easy, and the riper it is, the easier it will be. Take a small paring knife and make an “X” into the bottom of the plum. The ice water bath will keep the plums from continuing to cook. After the skins are off, slice the ripe flesh of the plum with the same paring knife and put it into an empty stockpot.

How to Make Plum Jam Like this: How to Make Homemade Ricotta | Make Cheese at Home - Fluent Foodie. Making homemade ricotta cheese is much simpler than you might think. As long as you have half a gallon of whole milk, an acid of some sort and half an hour of time, you will be able to make homemade ricotta cheese! Making homemade ricotta is a great introduction to making cheese at home. It shows you the basics of curdling dairy into curds and whey. After your ricotta is finished, you can stick it in the fridge for up to two weeks, but it will be eaten soon before then. Spread it over toast and cover it in lemon curd or plum jam, or bake it in lasagna or ziti. It even works well when stuffing it into a chicken breast with spinach before baking! The possibilities with homemade ricotta are endless, whether you like it savory or sweet. How to Make Homemade Ricotta Cheese First, you will want to prep your cooking area, since when you begin your cheesemaking, things start moving pretty fast.

When your milk reaches temperature, add in your acid and salt. What Type of Milk Should I Use? Like this: Standard Coleslaw Recipe | Only four ingredients! - Fluent Foodie. This standard coleslaw recipe is a fan favorite that is easy to make ahead of time and stick in the fridge until it’s time to eat.

It’s quick and easy to make and everyone always seems to enjoy having at least two helpings. It is best served cold, so let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. The apple cider vinegar is a bit sweet but paired with the sugar and the mayo, this coleslaw really packs a punch. This standard coleslaw recipe is a side that is best with almost any food, or can be served as a snack.

It’s is easy to make ahead of time (like a day or two ahead of time) and you can just take it out of the fridge and serve your guests or family. Best Cabbage to Use Personally, I use a mix of shredded broccoli, carrot and cabbage. If you are just going to use cabbage, I recommend using a combination of red and green cabbage. Cutting up the cabbage is easy. Don’t feel like chopping up cabbage? The Best Coleslaw Dressing Just mix these ingredients together and serve!

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf | Low-carb meal prep - Fluent Foodie. This healthy turkey meatloaf recipe is an easy weeknight meal, and as a bonus, it saves well! Traditionally, meatloaf is made with ground beef or a mixture of ground beef and ground pork. This version is made with ground turkey for a leaner meal. There are lots of great ways to eat this meatloaf.

If you want a heartier meal, make a side of mashed potatoes to go with it. Looking for something lighter? Make a broccoli slaw instead. How to Make Healthy Turkey Meatloaf First and foremost, you will want to caramelize your diced onions the give your healthy turkey meatloaf a rich flavor. Tip: One way to keep your meatloaf moist is to soak your breadcrumbs in the milk for about half an hour. After forming your meatloaf on your baking sheet, cover the entire top of the loaf with tomato paste. When the loaf is finished baking, you can broil the loaf for a couple of minutes. Turkey Meatloaf Variations and Substitutions Another meat: Beef or pork are popular meats for meatloaf. A Freezer Friendly Meal. Avocado Mousse | Healthy, Raw, Delicious - Fluent Foodie. Avocado mousse is a new way to eat avocado for dessert.

This is super easy to whip up and full of good-for-you fats from the avocados. While this recipe is much easier in a blender or food processor, you can mash the avocado first with a fork if you don’t have either tool. I roughly chopped my avocado and then threw it into a Magic Bullet and blended it until smooth. It made a nice and creamy whipped consistency. If you’re looking for a way to include more decadence into this dessert, you can add some dark cocoa powder.

This dish does not traditionally include chocolate, but you can add some dark cocoa powder if you feel so inclined! The chocolate powder will mix well with the fat from the avocado and will give you a creamy smooth dessert. The avocado mousse is best served cold, so chill it in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Where to Find Rosewater Rosewater is a specialty ingredient that can be difficult to find. Don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own? Long Island Iced Tea | How to make a bartender's favorite - Fluent Foodie. The Long Island Iced Tea is similar to the Long Beach Iced Tea. What both these drinks have in common is they pack a hard punch with a smooth taste. Both drinks are known for their high alcohol content that are easy to drink. The Long Island Iced tea has a tendency to sneak up on you, since it contains a lot of alcohol- three and a half ounces to be exact!

The coke is a strong enough flavor to hide the flavors of the spirit, believe it or not. And the sweet and sour mix, as well as the triple sec, also help conceal the alcohol. Long Island Iced Tea consist of all the main clear spirits you would expect to come across behind a bar: rum, tequila, gin and vodka. Replacements There’s quite a long list of specific ingredients for the Long Island Iced Tea, and not all of us have these at home.

Replacements for Spirits If you’re making this drink at home and are missing gin or another one of the spirits, feel free to double up on one of the other spirits in this recipe. Replacements for Coke. Best Chicken Salad Recipe | A little bit of everything - Fluent Foodie. This is the BEST chicken salad recipe I’ve ever tried. It has sweetness from grapes, tanginess from the mayonnaise, zest from the onion and crunch from the almonds. Not only are there lot of different options for ingredients, but there’s also many ways to substitute ingredients as well. This chicken salad goes well on sandwiches, scoops easy on top of lettuce to make a salad or you can eat it with saltine crackers. As a versatile dish, it’s easy to store and great to make for a large family or bring to a potluck.

Making Homemade Chicken Salad This best chicken salad recipe is chopping intensive. It’s best to do all of your similar activities at once. For example, you’ll want to get your celery and grapes out of the fridge at the same time, then you can wash them in the same colander and then chop them on the same cutting board. After chopping, add everything to a large bowl and mix together well. Chicken Salad Ingredients Mayonnaise: Who doesn’t love a creamy chicken salad? Like this: Long Beach Iced Tea | A classic recipe - Fluent Foodie. The Long Beach Iced Tea is not for the faint of heart. It’s a close cousin to the Long Island Iced Tea that packs a punch. While the ingredient list for this tea may seem long and complicated, it’s nothing more than five partial shots of liquor, a healthy splash of sour mix, and then topped off with cranberry juice.

Stir and sit back and enjoy your freshly-made drink! The Long Beach Iced Tea is not a drink for the faint-hearted, since it is a drink that will sneak up on you. Long Beach Iced Tea consist of all the main clear spirits you would expect to come across behind a bar: rum, tequila, gin and vodka. Replacements There’s quite a long list of specific ingredients for the Long Beach Iced Tea. Replacements for Spirits If you do want to make this drink at home and find that you are missing a certain spirit, it is perfectly fine to double up on another alcohol that is in the drink.

Replacements for Sweet & Sour Mix If you’re missing sweet & sour, you can use a different kind of mixer. Easy Cucumber Salad | Refreshing snack for summer - Fluent Foodie. This easy cucumber salad is a total classic! I’ve been eating it at restaurants and making it at home all my life. It’s refreshing and light, perfect for the heat of summer. Low-calorie, low-carb, and by adding in greek yogurt you’re sneaking in protein and calcium.

You have your choice of peeling the cucumber first or chopping the fruit up (yes, cucumbers are fruits!) With the skins on. You can make the sauce that it marinates in as creamy or as vinegar-y as you would like. When I make this for myself, I like to split the difference and add both the greek yogurt and the rice vinegar. Which Cucumbers are Best? English cucumbers are best for this easy cucumber salad. If English cucumbers are unavailable, or you’re looking for something different, try the Persian cucumber. Japanese cucumbers are also a good option for cucumber salad. The Best Way to Cut Cucumbers There are a couple of ways to cut a cucumber for your easy cucumber salad. Sweating Cucumbers Like this: Like Loading... Chile or Chili: What's the Difference? - Fluent Foodie. Chili powder or chile powder, is there really that much of a difference?

It turns out that that one little letter does matter, so be careful when reading your recipe and then choosing your spice from the spice rack in the grocery store. Chili Powder Let’s talk about chili powder first. Chili powder is a blend of spices and herbs that can be mild to moderately spicy. It just depends on how much cayenne pepper is in the mixture. Chili powder creates that Tex-Mex flavor profile you’re used to in fajitas, stews, casseroles, beans and meats. Chile Powder Chile powder, on the other hand, usually has no additives. Any chile pepper can be turned into a chile powder. Below are a few of my favorite chile powders.

Ancho Chiles Ancho chiles are a sweet and medium spicy chile that has an almost fruity taste. Cayenne Pepper Often used to increase the heat in dishes, cayenne is a spicy and distinct flavor in dishes. Like this: Like Loading... Elote in a Cup - Fluent Foodie. Elote in a cup, also known as Esquites, is Mexican Street Corn in a cup. Elote is a traditional way to serve corn on the cob topped with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chile powder and lime. This recipe, however, is known as Esquites, which has all the same ingredients as Elote, but it’s served in a cup! This makes it much easier to eat and serve, and even prepare ahead of time. With corn season here, there are so many delicious ways to cook and eat your favorite kind of corn. Traditionally made with white corn, which gives esquites a more grain-like taste, this dish can be prepared with any kind of corn. This dish is made with corn cut off the cob mixed with mayo and chile powder, topped with more mayo or sour cream, lime juice, cotija, and chile powder and lime for garnish.

Making elote in a cup is an easy side that pairs well with steak fajitas or chicken enchiladas. Mayo or Sour Cream? Traditional elote is made with mayonnaise, but this recipe uses half mayo and half sour cream. 5-Ingredient Mango Salsa - Fluent Foodie. This 5-ingredient mango salsa is always delicious and easy to make. There’s nothing that screams summer more than fresh mango salsa, and it goes great with almost any summer dish you can think of. Eat it on top of grilled chicken, fish tacos or steak fajitas. Intimidated by the mango but love how it tastes? Check out my demo on how to cut a mango. Variations of Mango Salsa This 5-Ingredient Mango Salsa has a couple of variations.

Whatever your variation might be, it’s never wrong to experiment a bit with this salsa recipe. Ingredients for Mango Salsa Mango: Fresh, ripe mangoes are the essence of this recipe. This mango salsa can be enjoyed as a side, condiment, dip or appetizer. More Reasons to Love Mango Salsa: Healthy: This mango salsa recipe is incredibly healthy. Did you try this recipe? Like this: Like Loading... French Madeleine Cookies - Fluent Foodie. These French madeleine cookies are some of the cutest cookies to bring to a party or to make for your family at home. While there is some technique involved while making these cookies, and a special pan involved, this classy cookie just requires basic ingredients that are staples in any pantry.

This recipe details the precision that you will need to produce the airy cakey texture that is so memorable about the madeleine. Buying a scalloped madeleine baking sheet is not entirely necessary, as you can make the batter and scoop it onto a regular baking sheet like regular cookies, but the shape is incredibly distinct to madeleines, so I think it’s worth it to invest in a $20 madeleine tray. Making the Madeleine Cookie Batter Making the batter for madeleines can be a bit tricky since it needs to be done in a couple of different steps. Beat the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is pale yellow and forms ribbons. Take your melted butter and fold it into the batter. Like this: Like Loading... How to Cut a Mango - Fluent Foodie. Learning how to cut a mango is easy, even if it seems like a daunting task! Everyone enjoys eating fresh fruit at peak ripeness. Follow the steps below to cut up fresh sweet mangoes. It’s just about peak mango season and it’s time to go pick some ripe mangos out at your local farmers market.

With the steps below, you will easily be able to cut a mango with a substantial yield. This tropical fruit is tangy and sweet and often sought out in my family. Even though it’s a fan-favorite fruit for a dessert and a snack- there’s always one problem- it’s daunting to cut. The steps for cutting a mango are listed below. So, what will you need to cut a mango? How to Cut a Mango The guide below will yield that most from a ripe mango. When cutting a mango, set it upright. After cutting off these sides, you will want to cut off the other two small sides of the mango, along with any other flesh that you are able to slice off with your knife.

Storing your Cut Up Mango Like this: Like Loading... Strawberry Shortcake Recipe - Fluent Foodie. This strawberry shortcake recipe is a classic summer strawberry dessert that is a crowd-pleaser. Since it’s officially the strawberry season, I wanted to post my go-to Strawberry Shortcake recipe. I love eating the huge ripe strawberries that you can pick up from the farmer’s market for such an affordable price.

With an abundance of strawberries, there are so many delicious strawberry recipes to make! One of my favorite late spring desserts that will bring you into summer is a strawberry shortcake. There are three main pieces to Strawberry Shortcake: whipped cream, the cake, and of course, the strawberries. All the components of the dish complement each other well, which is why it’s a classic dish. The Whipped Cream My whipped cream recipe is different than your standard whipped cream recipe.

Start with your heavy whipping cream when making your whipped cream and then add your other ingredients. For my whipped cream, I enjoy adding in more ingredients than just sugar. The Strawberries. Chicken Liver Pâté | Classic French Dishes - Fluent Foodie. Two-Minute Mayo Recipe | Easy Condiments - Fluent Foodie. Grilled Garlic Artichokes | Refreshing Summer Dishes - Fluent Foodie. Easy Bleu Cheese Dressing | Dressing for Anything - Fluent Foodie. No-Knead Rosemary Focaccia | Easy Break Making - Fluent Foodie.

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