Pepper Jack Latkes. New Music From Ruth Acuff.


There is still time to make some more latkes this weekend before Hanukkah sees its last candle lit. Pepper jack cheese gives this version a tantalizing bit of heat while the carrot adds a little sweetness.


Pepper Jack Latkes

Ingredients:

2 russet potatoes
2 carrots
1 egg, beaten
1 small onion, grated
1 cup pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Vegetable oil, for frying
Sour cream, to serve

Directions:

1. Peel and grate the potatoes and carrots. Squeeze dry.

2. In a bowl, mix egg, onion, cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix in the potatoes and carrots. Form mixture into pancakes.

3. Heat 1/4 inch oil in a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium high heat.

4. Cook latkes in batches until golden, about 3 minutes per side.

5. Serve with sour cream.

Serves 4

Recipe from Food Network Magazine

“Peace” is really what we all want. It’s beautifully expressed in this new song from Ruth Acuff. What a gorgeous voice.

“When the world seems a hardened place,
you’re doing everything you can to love the human race.
Peace will be your saving grace.”

Check out Ruth Acuff on her Website where you can buy the music.

Cheers!

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Spicy Cauli Steak Burgers. New Music From Pizzagirl.


Cauliflower is the big king of starchy substitution these days. It’s suddenly a common pizza crust, rice, and mashed potato.

In today’s clever recipe it is cut into thick slices, lightly breaded then deep fried. The crisp-tender ‘steaks’ get super sandwich treatment tucked in ciabatta rolls with creamy hummus, pickled cucumbers, peppery arugula and sweet bell pepper. So good.


Spicy Cauli Steak Burgers

Ingredients:

1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 Tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 medium head cauliflower
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
2 Tbs flour
100g dried white breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
Oil for frying
4 ciabatta rolls, toasted and halved
4 Tbs hummus
Small bunch of arugula
4 slices red pepper
Hot sauce to serve, optional

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, toss the cucumber with the vinegar and sugar. Set aside.

2. Put the cauliflower stalk-end down on a chopping board. Trim the ends off 2 sides of the cauliflower then cut the remainder into 1-inch slices through the root to make 4 ‘steaks’ (Save leftovers for another use). Trim slightly, if needed, so they fit in the buns.

3. Divide the spices equally between the flour and breadcrumbs in 2 shallow bowls and lightly season each with salt and pepper. Dip each cauli steak in the flour. Dip in the beaten egg then coat in the breadcrumbs.

4. Heat 1-inch deep of oil in a large frying pan. Cook the steaks on a medium heat for about 5 minutes each side until crisp, golden and tender.

5. Spread the top and bottom of each bun with hummus. Add a few arugula leaves then a slice of pepper. Top with the cauli steak and some of the drained pickled cucumber. Add some hot sauce, if using then put on the tops and serve.

Serves 4

Recipe from Olive Magazine

“kisses xx”, spanking new from Liverpool-based Pizzagirl, throws off a comfortable retro vibe. And Pizzagirl is neither female nor a pizza.

Check out Pizzagirl on his Website where you can learn of upcoming shows in the UK and link to buy the music.

Cheers!

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Short And Sweet. Chocolate Truffle Pie.


This guy.

When you want an intensely chocolate dessert but don’t have a lot of time, Chocolate Truffle Pie is here to the rescue. It takes only 5 minutes to make the batter and 35 minutes to bake.

The recipe suggests serving with some whipped topping, which is terrific, but I found that some chocolate chip ice cream on the side added a delicious bit of texture. I also served with caramel sauce for the presentation and, well, caramel is awesome with chocolate.


Chocolate Truffle Pie

Ingredients:

10 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup whipping cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
Whipped topping and confectioners’ sugar or Ice cream and caramel sauce, to serve

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Microwave chocolate and cream in large bowl on medium setting for 3 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

3. Add eggs, sugar and flour then whisk until well blended.

4. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch pie plate.

5. Bake 35 minutes or until outer half of pie is puffed and the middle is slightly soft. Cool before serving.

6. Serve topped with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar and whipped topping or ice cream and caramel sauce.

Serves 10

Recipe from Kraft

I tried a little confectioner’s sugar stencil action.

Here’s a short song from a band with a hot name.

And a sweet song that’s a true banger.

Check out Smoking Popes on the band’s Website where you can learn of two upcoming shows in the American midwest and link to buy their music.

Cheers!

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Spinach Artichoke Alfredo Pizza. New Music From Only Yours.

Knock, knock!

Who’s there?

Alfredo.

Alfredo who?

Alfredo the dark! Please open the door!

This pizza is pure yum. It’s creamy and cheesy with all of the flavors of the popular spinach artichoke dip. The recipe yields 2 pies which is perfect since any leftovers reheat perfectly.

Spinach Artichoke Alfredo Pizza

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy cream
½ cup butter
2 Tbs cream cheese
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
6 oz fresh spinach, chopped
1 can artichoke hearts, patted dry and chopped
2 recipes for your favorite pizza crust (or purchased dough)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine cream, butter, and cream cheese. Stir until fully melted and smooth.

3. Stir in the Parmesan and garlic powder. Cook, stirring, for 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium high heat, combine spinach with a tablespoon of water. Cook until spinach is wilted.

5. Wring as much water out of wilted spinach as possible then add it to the sauce.

6. Spread the sauce over the pizza crusts.

7. Scatter artichoke over sauce then top with mozzarella cheese.

8. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden and starts to brown. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before slicing.

Recipe from The Two Bite Club

“Hamburg”, brand new from Toronto-based band Only Yours, has the comforting sound of a million songs that I love. The singer stands out though as he excels at using his voice to convey the terrible territory of trying to move on after a sad break up.

Check out Only Yours on Facebook where you can learn where to buy the music.

Cheers!

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Waffle Fry Pot Pie. New Music From Bear Paw.


I love this riff on chicken pot pie. It has all the homey flavors of traditional pot pie under a fun blanket of seasoned waffle style fries.


Waffle Fry Pot Pie

Ingredients:

2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cubed
1 tsp garlic powder
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 cup water
1 (9 inch) frozen deep dish pie crust
Frozen seasoned waffle fries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add chicken breasts and garlic powder, then season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 4 minutes before adding onion.

3. Cook until the onions have turned translucent, then add the peas, carrots, corn, chicken soup, and water. Stir until just combined. Remove from heat.

4. Pour filling into the pie crust and top with a layer of waffle fries.

5. Bake until crust has lightly browned, 20 to 22 minutes.

Serves 4

Recipe from Delish

‘Everyone Seems Normal’, new from London-based band Bear Paw, quietly eases you in before building to a delicious, folksy, knee slapper.

Check out Bear Paw on Facebook where you can learn of an upcoming show in London. You can buy their music on Bandcamp.

Cheers!

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Brigadeiro Cake. New Music From Getaway Dogs.


Brigadeiro Cake packs in all of the flavors of the traditional Brazilian bon bon. The chocolate cake layers have a mild citrus note which contrasts beautifully with the rich chocolate caramel icing. Chocolate jimmies give just the right textural balance.

To make the cake even more festive, cover with some brigadeiros. There is a really good recipe for them in this post.


Brigadeiro Cake

Ingredients for the cake:

5 eggs
5 1/3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
50 grams butter
150 grams/ (5 1/3 ounces) dark brown sugar
Zest of one lemon
50 ml milk
150 grams/ (5 1/3 ounces) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Ingredients for the icing:

125 grams/ (4 1/2 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
250 ml milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate jimmies and Brigadeiros, to garnish

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Grease a round cake pan (23 centimeters/9 inches)) and dust with some flour.

2. Separate the yolks from the whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

3. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave. Stir until smooth and set aside.

4. Use an electric mixer to beat the egg yolks, brown sugar and the lemon zest until creamy. Add the chocolate and milk. Mix for 3 minutes.

5. Reduce the mixer speed to low then add the flour and baking powder. Beat until creamy then gently fold in the whipped egg whites.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.

7. Allow cake to cool for about 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

8. To make the icing, place the milk, cocoa powder, and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan. Whisk to combine then place the pan over low heat and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens, about 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool about 5 minutes.

9. Slice the cake in half with a long knife.

10. Spread the bottom half of the cake with a little of the icing and top with other half of cake.

11. Spread remaining icing over the cake. Garnish with chocolate jimmies and brigadeiros and serve. Store the cake in the refrigerator.

Serves 14

Recipe from Food From Portugal



Ride out your sugar coma on this chill wave of a song. “Excuses/Opinions II” is new from Santa Cruz, CA-based band Getaway Dogs.

Check out Getaway Dogs on the band’s Website where you can link to buy their music.

Cheers!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. New Music From Jen Awad.


If you are one of the many pumpkin spice fanatics out there, then you are going to love this Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. It takes less than an hour to make and a few days set aside to blend the flavors.

The Pumpkin Spice Liqueur adds delicious flavor to whipped cream or is lovely sipped all by itself in cinnamon-sugar rimmed glasses.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

Ingredients:

2 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée (not pie filling)
6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
2 cups aged rum, such as Appleton

Directions:

1. Place the water and sugars in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then add the pumpkin, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and vanilla beans. Stir and return to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, line a fine-mesh strainer with a 13-by-15-inch piece of cheesecloth and place over a large heatproof bowl.

3. Pour the pumpkin mixture through the cheesecloth and let it drain until most of the liquid has passed through and a thick paste remains. Release any remaining liquid by pressing on the paste with a rubber spatula. Discard any paste remaining in the strainer. There should be about 2 cups of infused syrup.

4. Add the rum to the infused syrup and stir to combine.

5. Transfer mixture to a sterilized 1-quart mason jar. Store in a cool place for at least 2 days and up to 3 months before serving.

Makes about a quart

Recipe from Chowhound

The liqueur also makes a great gift.

Pair your PSL with some “Basic Bitch” and I guarantee your day will get better. It’s new from LA-based singer Jen Awad. I love how its promo notes that the song is based on a true story.

Check out Jen Awad on Facebook and her Website where you can buy the music.

Cheers!

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