April Foodie Update

This has been a busy month and sadly I haven’t made as many new recipes as I normally would. Not a complete wash though!…

FROM THE APRIL BON APÉTIT…

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Roasted Cauli version with the Coconut-Tumeric Relish. Delish!

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Smashed Cucumber Salad, gorgeous.

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We tried the Za’atar and Feta version. It was dreamy and easy. New go to summer salad for sure!

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Cherry Upside-Down Cake, yum!

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It could have been saucier. I think you could use a variety of other fruit. There just needs to be enough juice to soak in nicely.

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Cherry Cake before the up-side-down part.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

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Add an egg for a complete meal. Extremely easy. I’d add extra Kimchi!

FROM FOOD AND DRINK, SPRING 2018:

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Roasted Squash Salad with Maple-Apple Cider Vinegar Gastrique

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Perfect combo of sweet and salty. The ricotta dollops were lovely. Super easy too.

BAKE FROM SCRATCH, BREAD SPECIAL EDITION:

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To die for Cinnamon buns!

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Can’t go wrong with Cream Cheese icing!

 

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Rising Cheesy Scallion Pull-Apart Rolls

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Soaked in butter and topped with cheese and onion.

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OMG!!! Sooooooo tasty.

I still need to look for some May mags. I haven’t seen ones I want yet. There does seem to be a Mexican food theme moving into summer though.

 

 

Pita Pride

A couple weeks ago I wanted a baking challenge so I decided to tackle the Pita Pocket from the Jan-Feb Milk Street Magazine. I’m going to brag a little here because man did they turn out fab! Actually, they were super easy and I feel foolish for not making them sooner…

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Look at that Puff!

I really followed the directions for these babies. There were lots of helpful pics in the recipe too. Check out the process…

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Make the dough and let it rise.

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Weigh those suckers to get an even size.

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Form into cute little balls.

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A second rise does the trick. Then swipe with a touch of light oil (I used grapeseed).

Cooking was the fun part. It took some attention though because you can only put 2-3 in the oven at once. They only cook for 3 min in a 500F oven, yup that’s super hot…

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I used my pizza peel to slide them in.

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I also used my pizza stone.

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They’re puffing, they’re puffing! Awe, pride, success!

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There was some inconsistent puffing but WHATEVER because they worked. They even had a pocket…

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How cool is that! I’m getting excited again just writing about them. They didn’t just look pretty. They tasted scrumptious too…

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Hummous dipping time. 

Please try this recipe if you grab the mag. I’ll be making these again for sure.