Spinach Ricotta Quiche. New Music From Feral Love.

Spinach Ricotta Quiche
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This Spinach Ricotta Quiche is so simple, yet so packed with flavor. The ricotta and cream give the filling a wonderful texture. And there is bacon!

Spinach Ricotta Quiche
Spinach Ricotta Quiche

Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
2 cups spinach, cooked and chopped with excess water squeezed out
1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
1 cup heavy cream
4 eggs
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375℉.

2. Grease a pie plate with non-stick spray.

3. Press pie crust the pie plate.

4. Use a blender (or mix by hand) to combine eggs, ricotta, cheddar, heavy cream, salt, and pepper.

5. Evenly distribute cooked spinach and bacon over the pie dough. Add egg mixture.

6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through. Allow quiche to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6

Recipe from Savory Sweet Life
Spinach Ricotta Quiche
Spinach Ricotta Quiche
Spinach Ricotta Quiche
Silky smooth vocals over some electronica? Boy-girl synth-pop?

Yes please!

‘Like The Wind’ is new from UK-based duo Feral Love.

Check out Feral Love on Facebook. You can buy the music here.

Cheers!

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Fiesta Taco Casserole. New Music From Future Generations.

Fiesta Taco Bake

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Imagine chili in casserole form and you have Fiesta Taco Casserole. Easy, fast and can be made ahead.
Fiesta Taco Casserole
Fiesta Taco Casserole

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 can (15 to 16 oz) spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained
1 cup salsa
2 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips
4 green onions, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
Tortilla chips, shredded lettuce, sour cream, cilantro and/or salsa to serve, if you like

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned then drain. Stir in beans and salsa. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

3. In ungreased 2-quart casserole, place tortilla chips. Top with beef mixture. Sprinkle with onions, tomato and cheese.

4. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips, lettuce and additional salsa.

Serves 4

Recipe from Betty Crocker
Fiesta Taco Casserole
Fiesta Taco Casserole
Fiesta Taco Casserole

I’m currently on the west coast having a little beach holiday with my family. Made me think of this tune from Future Generations’ new album due out later this month. That guitar riff near the end is so cool.

“I don’t want to lose you to a coast”

Check out Future Generations on the band’s Website where you can learn of upcoming northeast US shows and buy their music.

Cheers!

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Short And Sweet. No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars.

No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars
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HaHa! Just imagine that start to the day.

A much better breakfast (or snack or dessert) would be these No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars. A mixture of cereals and coconut come together with marshmallow and honey in crispy treat style. M & Ms make it all the more sweet.

No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars
No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

4-1/2 cups Rice Krispies
3-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup Frosted Flakes cereal
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup butter, cubed
16 ounces miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup M&M’s

Directions:

1. Grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan.

2. Place Rice Krispies, oats, Frosted Flakes and coconut in a large bowl. Toss to combine.

3. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in honey until blended.

4. Pour marshmallow mixture over the cereal mixture. Stir until evenly coated. Stir in M&M’s.

5. Using a greased spatula, press evenly into prepared pan. Let stand 30 minutes before cutting. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.

Makes 3 dozen

Recipe slightly adapted from Simple & Delicious Magazine
No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars
No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars
No-Bake Cereal Cookie Bars
Time for a short song.

And a sweet song.

Check out The Fontaines on Facebook and the band’s Website where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

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Boulevardier Cocktail. Listening To Fairchild.

Boulevardier Cocktail
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If you love Negronis and also enjoy whiskey, then the Boulevardier Cocktail has your name written all over it. Just change out your favorite bourbon for the usual gin and, voilá, Boulevardier!
Boulevardier Cocktail
Boulevardier Cocktail

Ingredients:

1/2 oz bourbon
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large glass with ice and stir thoroughly.

2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry or regular maraschino cherries.

Makes 1 cocktail
Boulevardier Cocktail
Boulevardier Cocktail
If you can, put down your drink so you can clap along with this new tune from Fairchild. “Breathless” builds up to a delicious burst of energy. Chill and hot at the same time.

“Dance with me
say you will”

Check out Fairchild on the band’s Website where you can learn of upcoming shows in the UK and link to buy their music.

Cheers!

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Crunchy Tuna Wraps. New Music From Casket Girls.

Crunchy Tuna Wraps
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These Crunchy Tuna Wraps are a great way to elevate humble tuna salad to top notch picnic fare. The addition of water chestnuts and red bell pepper add the crunch. Spinach tortillas add a fun punch of color as well as flavor.

Crunchy Tuna Wraps
Crunchy Tuna Wraps

Ingredients:

6.4 ounces light tuna in water
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
2 spinach tortillas (8 inches)
1 cup shredded lettuce

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mix the first seven ingredients until blended.

2. Spread tuna mixture over tortillas then sprinkle with lettuce. Roll up tightly to serve.

Serves 2 (doubles easily)

Recipe from Taste Of Home
Crunchy Tuna Wraps

Casket Girls.

What a band name! Very fitting that Graveface Records is their label.

The band, out of Savannah, GA, have a new album out titled ‘The Night Machines’. “Nightlife” is one of the shoegazey electro tunes that the record is packed with.

Check out Casket Girls on the band’s Website where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

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Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins. New Music From Nat Jenkins And The Heartcaves.

Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins

These Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins are from my class with Joy The Baker. In addition to a terrific Strawberry Lemon Ginger Pie, we made blackberry studded muffins to celebrate baking with berries.

Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins
Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blackberries, plus 12 more for garnish
2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

2. In a large, heavy pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. The butter will melt, foam, then become clear golden before finally starting to turn brown. Stir frequently and do not leave the butter unattended as it goes from perfect brown to burned very quickly. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Whisk together milk, egg, yolk and vanilla. Add the browned butter.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add butter mixture and stir to combine.

5. Fold in blackberries and poppy seeds.

6. Fill each tin 2/3 full with batter. Press a blackberry into the top. (Makes the muffins look extra pretty).

7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature

Makes 12 muffins

Recipe from Joy The Baker
Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins
Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins
Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins

Paris-based Nat Jenkins And The Heartcaves (originally from London) have a new album titled “Back To The Island”.

‘Quarter To Three’ highlights Nat’s throaty vocals. I love the piano.

“Will you stay the night?”

Check out Nat Jenkins And The Heartcaves on the band’s Website where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

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Salad With Broccolini, Peas And Mozzarella. New Music From Pascal Pinon.

Broccolini Salad

Q: What kind of toy likes to rap?
A: A yo-yo.

So, yesterday we dug into a delicious Cheesy Bacon Tater Tot Pie. How about we balance that out today with a salad?

And not just any salad. Mixed greens get some special attention with steamed broccolini, peas and green onions. Pine nuts add crunch, creamy mozzarella lends a touch of richness and a bright mustard dressing pulls it all together.

Salad With Broccolini, Peas And Mozzarella
Salad With Broccolini, Peas And Mozzarella

Ingredients:

200g broccolini, trimmed
100g peas
Mixed greens
2 green onions, finely sliced
1 Tbs pine nuts
125g ball Buffalo mozzarella or burrata
Mustard Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Directions:

1. Heat a steamer over a pan of simmering water. Add the broccolini and cook for for 3-5 minutes until the stems are tender when pierced with a knife. Transfer to a bowl of ice-cold water to refresh and cool.

2. Steam the peas for just one minute (or a little longer if they are frozen), then add to the broccoli bowl. Drain then pat dry.

3. Place some mixed greens on a platter or onto two plates. Scatter with the broccoli, peas, green onions and pine nuts. Top with torn mozzarella or burrata. Drizzle dressing over the salad and serve.

Serves 2 (doubles easily)

Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1 tsp English mustard powder
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbs white wine vinegar
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp sugar
3 large mint leaves, shredded

Directions:

1. Whisk the dressing ingredients with some salt and pepper and a tsp of water.

Recipes slightly adapted from Olive Magazine
Salad With Broccolini, Peas And Mozzarella
Time to go all sad on you.

’53’ is new from Icelandic duo Pascal Pinon. It’s so beautiful in its infinite despair.

Check out Pascal Pinon on the band’s Website. You can buy their music here.

Cheers!

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