Short And Sweet. Lemon Posset.


Lemon Posset is magical.

Not because it is silky smooth with a tantalizing bright tart flavor. The magic is that only 3 ingredients come together and transform what looks like lemon soup into a creamy, rich pudding-like confection. Crazy chemistry at its best…and you make it ahead so it’s all ready when dessert time rolls around.

Serve small portions of the lemon posset with a crisp cookie such as shortbread.


Lemon Posset

Ingredients:

600ml heavy cream
200g golden caster sugar (a little less than 1 cup)
zest 3 lemons, plus 75ml juice

Directions:

1. Combine the cream and sugar in a large saucepan. Gently heat, stirring, until the sugar has melted. Bring to a simmer and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice.

2. Divide mixture between small ramekins or parfait glasses. Cool slightly then cover and chill for at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.

Serves 6 (or more depending on size of dessert dish)

Recipe from Delicious Magazine

Here’s a short song. It’s a corker.

And a sweet song.

“Truth is I cannot see,
All the things she does to me
Cut me down and set me free,
She is where I wanna be”

Check out The Legal Immigrants on Bandcamp where you can buy their music.

Learn more about Lennox C.B. on Bandcamp where you can buy his music.

Cheers!

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Cast Iron Skillet Calzone. New Music From Francie Moon.


I’m sure Ben would enjoy this cozy take on a calzone. Beef, cheese and veggies are sandwiched between pizza dough and baked to golden, gooey perfection.

Cast Iron Skillet Calzone

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
¼ cup chopped onion
1 pound fresh pizza dough
½ cup marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup chopped red, green, and/or yellow sweet peppers (2 small)
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper. or more to taste
Marinara sauce, warmed, to serve
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional, to serve

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. In a 9 or 10-inch cast iron or ovenproof skillet (I only have an 8-inch skillet. The crust was a little thicker, but I liked it just fine.) cook ground beef and onion over medium heat about 5 minutes or until the meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain and set meat mixture aside. Wipe skillet out with a paper towel.

3. On a lightly floured surface, divide pizza dough in half. Roll out one dough portion to make a 12-inch circle. Press dough circle into the bottom and up the sides of the skillet. Spread the 1/2 cup marinara sauce evenly over the dough. Top with meat mixture, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, sweet peppers, oregano, and the crushed red pepper.

4. Roll the remaining dough portion into an 11-inch circle. Place this circle of dough over filling. Pinch edges of bottom crust and top crust together to seal. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut slits in the top crust.

5. Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

6. Cut into wedges to serve. Serve with additional warmed marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Serves 6

Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

“New Morning Light”, the energetic title track of the new EP from NJ-based garage psych rock trio Francie Moon, goes old school surf grunge. Go on and dance off that calzone.

“I said baby,
every day is a day
to live for
To live for”

Check out Francie Moon on the band’s Website where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

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Cream Cheese King Cake. New Music From Lucinda Belle.









Mardi Gras is tomorrow and begs for a sweet, colorful King Cake. This yeast-based version with a rich, cream cheese filling is festive and fun. Tradition says that whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby in it is responsible for making next year’s cake. I don’t use one…too nervous that someone will choke on the thing!

Cream Cheese King Cake

1 cup whole milk, plus 2 or 3 Tbs for icing
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 oz butter, chopped
2 (1/4 ounce) packets active dry yeast
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 baby figurine, optional
Green, purple and gold sanding sugar (optional)

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, stir the milk, granulated sugar and butter over medium heat until the butter is nearly melted and the temperature registers 115℉ degrees, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the yeast and let stand for 10 minutes (it will appear to be lumpy).

2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, zest, salt and nutmeg. Make a well in the center, add 2 of the eggs and whisk together. Whisk the yeast-milk mixture into the eggs. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until a dough forms.

3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough, dusting with flour as needed, until smooth, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a large greased bowl, cover with plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

4. Line a 11 x 17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease the outside of a 4-cup soufflé dish and place in the center of the baking sheet.

5. Using a mixer, beat the remaining egg and the cream cheese at medium speed until smooth. Add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 tsp of the vanilla. Mix at low speed until blended, then beat on high speed for 1 minute.

6. Place the dough on the work surface, dust with flour and form into a 2 foot long log. Use a rolling pin to roll the log into a 6 x 30-inch strip. Spoon the cream cheese mixture down the center of the dough, stopping 1 inch from each short end. Tuck the baby in the filling, if you are using. Bring the long edges together and seal, enclosing the filling as best you can. Transfer the roll to the prepared sheet, placing it seam side down and bending it around the soufflé dish. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

7. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350℉. Add 1 inch hot water to the soufflé dish.

8. Bake for 15 minutes, then tent with foil and continue baking until golden-brown, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Let cake cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Transfer cake to a large platter.

9. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 to 3 tablespoons milk to make a thick, smooth icing. Drizzle over the cake. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if using.

Serves 16

Recipe slightly adapted from Rachael Ray


‘Baby Don’t Cry’ is a cool, jazzy new tune from London-based Lucinda Belle.

Check out Lucinda Belle on her Website where you can learn of upcoming gigs in the US and UK and buy the music.

Cheers!

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White Castle Casserole. New Music From Dream Reporter.


Do you have a craving for some White Castle burgers? You can check out the recipe here (along with some White Castle info). Or, for a homey spin, you can bake up a White Castle Casserole. All of the delicious flavors are layered together and ready to feed a burger loving crowd.


White Castle Casserole

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef
1 (2 oz) box dry onion soup mix
2 (12 oz each) tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
10 slices American cheese
Dill pickles, chopped, to taste
Mustard, to taste
Additional condiments, if desired

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9 × 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a skillet, brown and crumble the ground beef with both packets of dry onion soup mix. Drain meat into a colander then press down to release as much of the liquid as you can.

3. Unroll one tube of crescent rolls and press into the prepared baking dish. Seal the seams and stretch a bit to cover the bottom. Top with ground beef then cheese slices. Top with pickles and drizzle with mustard.

4. Unroll the other tube of crescent rolls over the top, sealing seams and stretching the dough to cover the contents of the pan.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and cheese is melted.

6. To serve, cut into squares and serve with additional condiments if desired.

Serves 8

Recipe from Love Bakes Good Cakes


‘It Stays’ is new from London-based artist Dream Reporter. I love the clipped, repetitive delivery over that slinky instrumentation. And there is panting and chanting. Awesome.

♬ “Every Day” ♬

Check out Dream Reporter on the band’s Website where you can buy their music.

Cheers!

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Salted Caramel Cream Filled Eclairs. New Music From Lauren Ruth Ward.


Earlier this month I took my first class at Sugar Glider Kitchen. It’s run by pastry chef and baking instructor, Gesine Bullock-Prado. If you ever watched ‘Baked In Vermont’ then you know her as she is the host.

That class was So Much Fun. I went with a good friend who had already been to a few other classes. There is only space for 12 students so you get tons of hands on help and interaction with Gesine. She’s funny, very charismatic and knows hella lot about all aspects of baking. She easily breaks the chemistry down so that you more fully understand the steps you are taking towards the finished product.

Here I am posing with Gesine and her new cookbook Fantastical Cakes.

I went to an Eclair class. I love eclairs, but I had never had one with salted caramel pastry cream. Oh my word! The combination of the tender pastry, cream filling and rich chocolate topping was truly amazing. Give this recipe a try or come to Vermont and take a class to make them with Gesine.

Salted Caramel Cream Filled Eclairs

Ingredients:

Pâte à Choux (recipe follows)
Salted Caramel Pastry Cream (recipe follows)
Chocolate Ganache (recipe follows)

Directions:

1. Using a star tip about 1/4 inch in diameter or a chopstick, poke three holes in the bottom of each eclair.

2. Fill a pastry bag with a round pastry tip that is 1/4-inch in diameter. Fill each eclair by piping the pastry cream into the three holes in the bottom of the eclairs. Continue piping until the cream starts to run out from each of the holes.

3. To ice the eclairs, the ganache should be cooled to the point where it won’t be runny. The ganache should also be in a bowl that it at least as wide as each eclair. Gently dip the top portion of the eclair into the ganache, stopping right when the eclair has just touched the ganache. Pull the eclair back up and place on a serving tray to set.

4. Eclairs should be stored in the refrigerator. They will keep about 3 days.

Makes 12

Recipes from Gesine Bullock-Prado

Pâte à Choux

Ingredients:

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 Tbs granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Bring the water, milk, butter, sugar and salt to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the butter is completely melted.

3. Remove saucepan from the heat and add the flour all at once. Stir vigorously to form a smooth dough.

4. Return pan to the stove and stir over medium heat. Some starchy buildup on the bottom of the pan is normal. Continue cooking and stirring the dough for 3 to 5 minutes. The dough is ready when it pulls away from the sides of the pan to form a ball and the surface looks glossy.

5. Transfer the dough, now called a panade, to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until the dough is just warm to the touch.

6. Whisk three of the eggs together in a small bowl. With the mixer on medium-low, slowly add the eggs to the dough. Scrape down sides of mixer as necessary. Check the dough before adding the fourth egg. If it is ready, the dough should be soft, creamy-colored, and very smooth. If you scoop up a little bit with a spatula and let it slide back into the bowl, it should leave behind a little “V” of dough on the spatula. If that is not happening then add the fourth egg, or just half of the fourth egg, as necessary.

7. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe on prepared baking sheet into 5-inch tubes spaced slightly apart.

8. Turn down oven to 375°F and bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the baking pan and bake for 10 minutes longer.

9. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely.

Makes 12

Salted Caramel Pastry Cream

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup cream
6 egg yolks
Slash of lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with 1/3 cup of water and the lemon juice. Stir gently over low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.

2. Cook undisturbed until a medium amber-colored caramel forms, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the cream and milk. Be careful as the mixture will boil up vigorously.

4. Return caramel to the heat and stir up any hardened caramel until it is completely melted.

5. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch and salt until smooth.

6. Slowly drizzle about 1/2 cup of the hot caramel into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to warm the eggs without curdling them. Add the yolks into the remaining caramel in the saucepan and return to medium heat.

7. Whisk constantly until the caramel is thickened. Immediately remove from heat and scrape into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto the pastry cream and chill until cold.

Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients:

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, at least 60% but no more than 70%, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
pinch salt

Directions:

1. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl.

2. Bring cream almost to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to soften for 1 minute. Whisk the mixture until smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly to thicken, about 10 minutes.

Note: This ganache is from Allrecipes


Gesine had a rousing music mix on during the class. All sorts of classic dance-pop music. I bet she would love this inspiring tune from Lauren Ruth Ward. It champions picking yourself up and being proud of who you are.

“Take my hand you will understand my side.
Be my friend, woman or man, we will fight.”

Check out Lauren Ruth Ward on her Website where you can learn of upcoming US/Canada west coast shows and buy the music.

Cheers!

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White Bean And Olive Hummus. New Music From 0171.


This is the 10th recipe for Hummus I have posted, but the first with olives. The addition of some black and green olives gives the classic dip some wonderful texture and flavor.


White Bean And Olive Hummus

Ingredients:

2 (14 oz) cans white beans, rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 Tbs tahini
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 cup olive oil, plus more if needed
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 cup pitted green olives
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
Paprika for dusting

Directions:

1. Place beans and garlic in food processor. Process until roughly puréed.

2. Add the lemon juice, tahini, and chili powder and pulse to mix.

3. With the machine running, add 1/2 cup of the olive oil through the feed tube. Process until creamy adding more olive oil as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.

4. Add the olives, salt and pepper and pulse to coarsely chop the olives. Taste and add more salt if needed.

5. Spread hummus into a shallow bowl, smooth out the top, then drizzle with the remaining olive oil (I like to use extra virgin olive oil for the drizzle). Dust with paprika and sprinkle with the pine nuts. Serve with pita wedges, and carrot or celery sticks.

Serves 8

Recipe slightly adapted from Party Food Recipes by Mary B. Johnson

Hummus makes me want to dance. Join me in slinking around to this catchy, hypnotic, electro magic tune. It’s the brand new debut from London-based duo 0171.

Check out 0171 on Facebook where you can keep tuned to learn where to buy the music.

Cheers!

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Fudgy Bonbons. New Music From More Fatter.


Valentine’s Day is coming soon. If you want some sweets for your sweetie, these Fudgy Bonbons are perfect. A rich chocolate dough is wrapped around a chocolate candy kiss. After a quick bake the bonbons are covered in a swirl of white chocolate glaze and a sprinkling of candy hearts.


Fudgy Bonbons

Ingredients:

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups flour
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
60 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped
2 oz white chocolate baking bar
1 teaspoon shortening or oil
Heart sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. In medium saucepan, combine chocolate chips and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted and smooth. (Mixture will be stiff.) Add condensed milk and mix well.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, nuts, chocolate mixture and vanilla. Mix well.

4. Shape 1 tablespoon dough (use measuring scoop) around each milk chocolate kiss, covering completely. Place 1 inch apart on parchment lined baking sheets.

5. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Do Not Over Bake. Cookies will be soft and shiny but will firm up as they cool. Remove from baking sheets. Cool completely.

6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine white chocolate baking bar and shortening. Cook over low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Scatter with heart sprinkles, if using. Let stand until set. Store in tightly covered container.

Makes about 60 bonbons

Recipe from Pillsbury



If you eat too many fudgy bonbons you might very well get More Fatter. In that case, put on “Yeah You” and dance yourself silly with this crazy good song. Oh those horns.

“I want to have you
in my life”

Check out More Fatter on Facebook. You can buy their music here.

Cheers!

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