potato salad with fresh dill

Potato Salad with Fresh Dill

IMG_83733 pounds new potatoes, scrubbed

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 red onion, chopped

5 green onions, sliced into the green stem

1/3 cup fresh dill

1 cup good quality mayonnaise

1/4 cup whole grain dijon mustard

zest and juice from one large lemon

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cut potatoes into large chunks.  Place potatoes into large saucepan and cover with water.  Add garlic salt to water.  Cook potatoes until fork tender.  About 30 minutes.  Do not over cook.  Drain and place in large bowl.  Allow to cool completely.

Add remaining ingredients to cooled potatoes.  Stir until all ingredients are combined and potatoes are coated.  Can be made day before serving.

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lemony cheesecake bars

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Crust

18 whole graham crackers

8 tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

10 tablespoons melted butter

Top

32 ounces, 4 packages, cream cheese, room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup whipping cream

6 eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Put graham crackers, sugar and cinnamon in food processor.  Pulse while slowly drizzling in melted butter.  Pulse until crumbs are like wet sand.  Lightly press crust into 9 x 13 baking pan that has been sprayed with pan spray.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and reduce heat to 325 degrees.

Prepare cheesecake top while crust is baking.  Beat cream cheese in mixing bowl.  Add sugar, whipping cream and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice and beat until smooth.

Pour topping over crust, smoothing until even.  Bake for 45 minutes or until top is set.  Allow to cool completely before cutting.  Delicious served with fresh berries.

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butter cake

Butter Cake

Crust

1 butter yellow cake mix

1 egg, room temperature

8 tablespoons, 1 stick, melted butter

Topping

1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature

2 eggs, room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix crust ingredients, cake mix, egg and melted butter in mixing bowl until combined.  Press into 9×13 baking pan that has been sprayed with pan spray.

To make topping, beat cream cheese.  Add eggs, butter and vanilla scraping down sides of mixing bowl and beating until combined.

Pour topping mixture over crust, smoothing topping until even.  Bake in 350 degree oven 45 minutes.

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fresh blueberry cobbler

Fresh Blueberry Cobbler

2 1/2 heaping cups fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided

1/2 cup, 1 stick, butter, cubed

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup half and half

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine blueberries, lemon juice and zest and 1/2 cup sugar in saucepan.  Stir and bring to a light boil.  Turn off heat.

Place cubed butter in baking pan and allow to melt in oven while oven heats to 350 degrees.

In bowl, stir together flour, remaining cup of sugar, baking powder and salt.  In separate bowl mix half and half, egg and vanilla.   Add wet ingredients to dry and combine.

Pour batter mixture over melted butter in baking pan.  Do not stir.  Top with blueberry mixture.  Do not stir.

Bake approximately 45 minutes or until cobbler is set.  Serve warm with whipped or ice cream.

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flan

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2 cups whipping cream

1 cup whole milk or half and half

dash salt

1 vanilla bean, split

1 tablespoon butter, room temperature, for coating ramekins

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, for caramel top

3 eggs

2 egg yolks

7 tablespoons granulated sugar

In small saucepan, combine cream, milk or half and half, salt and vanilla bean.  Allow mixture to come to a simmer.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Coat 8 individual baking ramekins with butter.

Place sugar for caramel top in medium heavy saucepan and heat over medium heat until sugar begins to dissolve.  Using rubber spatula, move sugar in from the sides as it begins to turn golden.  Stir lightly until sugar is golden and smooth.  Immediately pour into ramekins.  Tilt to coat sides and place in larger baking pan.

In mixing bowl, beat slowly together eggs, egg yolks and sugar.  Gradually add 7 tablespoons sugar.  Beat only until mixed, without creating foam.  Pour mixture through colander or sieve to remove any chunks.  Pour mixture over caramel in ramekins.

Place baking pan into 350 degree oven.  Pour enough hot water in pan to come half way up sides of ramekins.  Bake about 40 minutes or until center of flan is set.  Chill flan at least two hours or overnight before serving.

When ready to serve, run knife around outside edge of each ramekin.  Invert onto individual plates, shaking gently to release flan.  Lift ramekin straight up, caramel will run over flan.

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meringues

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6 egg whites, room temperature

1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon white vinegar

Place egg whites in mixing bowl and sprinkle with cream of tarter.  Begin mixing and beat until whites begin to foam.

Continue to beat while gradually adding sugar.  Add vanilla and vinegar and beat until mixture is every stiff and shiny.  Can take as long as 10 minutes.

Using two spoons, one to scoop mixture and one to push off of first spoon, place spoonfuls of meringue on baking sheets that have been lightly sprayed with pan release.  Lightly shape meringues as desired.

Bake in 275 degree oven until lightly colored, about 45 minutes.

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coffee chocolate chunk cookies

Coffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg and 1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons instant coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons brewed black coffee

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 /4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chocolate chunks

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars.  Continue beating and add egg and egg yolk.  Add instant coffee, vanilla and brewed coffee.  Continue to beat.

In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add flour mixture to creamed mixture in mixing bowl.  Mix in chocolate chunks.

Using large spoons, scoop dough into evenly sized balls and place evenly spaced on baking sheets lightly sprayed with pan release.  Chill portioned dough in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Once chilled, bake cookies in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly brown around the edges.

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