Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

I have a dear friend who had “naked lemons” lying around as she’s prepping for her yearly limoncello event..  (Meaning she had “skinned” the lemons and had the naked ones for me to use! )  So, lemon meringue pie was on my list to make..  I squeezed all of them and wow the juice made great pies!

Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 3 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten (whites reserved and set aside at room temperature)
  • 1 9" pie crust, baked
  • 5 egg whites
  • 6 Tbs white sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In medium pan, whisk together sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until it comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Temper egg yolks with 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture, whisk back into pot Whisk constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat, pour into baked pie shell.
  3. In large mixing bowl, place egg whites and whip until foamy. (I use a large stand mixer.) After foamy, slowly add 1 Tbs of sugar at a time and whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over warm pie, ensuring that the meringue is all the way to the edges.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
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Baked Apples Recipe

We get lots of apples in our weekly produce delivery, and so I decided to make this Baked Apple Recipe in order to have something yummy to put over my fabulous homemade greek yogurt (praise be for the instapot!)

This was amazingly easy – I highly recommend it!

Baked Apples Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups peeled, sliced baking apples
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs oats
  • 1/4 cup water
  • additional 1 Tbs butter, cut into small pieces
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle over top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Place all apples into a greased baking pan
  3. Place flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter in small bowl. Cut into with 2 knives until it resembles corn meal; sprinkle this across the top
  4. Sprinkle the oats over the top
  5. Place the butter pieces over the top
  6. Pour 1/4 cup water over all
  7. Sprinkle lightly with a small amount of cinnamon
  8. Place in preheated oven, bake approximately 45 minutes or until it starts to brown
  9. Remove from oven, allow to cool before serving
  10. Serve over yogurt, with ice cream, over pound cake, etc.
  11. Delicious!
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Pasta Carbonara Recipe

 

So on a whim, I made this last week as I wanted to eat something different, and I love all kinds of pasta (maybe because of all the yummy pasta we ate when in Italy awhile back!)  Anyway, this is fab.  Highly recommend it.  Made it again (to use up all the bacon!) and sauteed shrimp to add on top – and that was excellently fabulous!

AND if you need it GF – easy enough to make just subbing in gluten free pasta!

Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 12 oz pasta
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup freshly grated asiago or parmesan cheese
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup basil, chiffonade

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon until crispy; drain on paper towels, when cool, chop or break into small pieces
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions
  3. Drain, reserve 1 cup pasta water, return to pot to keep warm
  4. Whisk egg yolks together, add cheese and salt and pepper and whisk until well combined
  5. Add small amount of egg yolk mix to reserved pasta water, and whisk back into entire egg yolk mixture
  6. Pour egg mixture over hot pasta, add in salt and pepper, stir well, place in serving bowl
  7. Sprinkle bacon and basil and extra cheese over the top
  8. Serve immediately
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Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Mini Muffins

 

I love snickerdoodles and when I came across a variation of the snickerdoodle recipe with apples?  I was totally hooked.  I made my own apple pie filling – canned a lot of it – and used the rest here.  Delicious!

 

Snickerdoodle Apple Pie Mini Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can apple pie filling (chopped up fine) - I made my own!
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Make the topping by mixing the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cream the softened butter and sugar together with an electric mixer (I used a stand mixer) until light and fluffy. Stop mixer, add in the egg and vanilla and stir gently to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together on low speed in the mixer until well combined but don't overmix!
  4. Use a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the dough into 36 balls. Roll each ball in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and then place each ball into the a well-greased mini muffin pan.
  5. Bake for about 11 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges turn slightly golden brown. Immediately after removing from the oven, make a small indentation in the top of each cookie by pressing the back of a tablespoon into each cookie cup OR the backside of a small cookie scoop. Don't press too hard or you'll break the cookie.
  6. After cooling about 5 minutes, use a small butter knife to gently remove each cookie cup from the pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  7. I made my own filling, but you can use canned, just chop up to very small pieces! Use a small cookie scoop to scoop the pie filling into each of the cookie cups.
  8. I then sprinkled the leftover cinnamon - sugar mix over the top.
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Buttery Roll BreadMaker Roll Recipe

We love fresh bread at our house.  I was looking for a new ONE rise bread recipe and stumbled over this one – I made a few modifications (yes it’s now “tried and true”!) and so here it is!

Buttery Roll BreadMaker Roll Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm (70-80 degrees F) milk (don't have to warm it if your breadmaker has a warming feature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
  • 1-2 Tbs additional flour for flouring surface

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in breadmaker in order above
  2. Select dough setting
  3. When complete, remove dough and place on lightly floured surface
  4. Divide in half
  5. Divide each half into 12 even pieces
  6. Gently shape dough into balls.
  7. Place in a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  8. Cover and let rise in warm place for 30-45 minutes
  9. Preheat oven to 350
  10. NOTE - when I don't have a good place for "rising" bread, I do the following:
  11. Place small bowl of water in microwave. Heat for 2-3 minutes. Leave bowl in microwave, place the pan with bread on top, close microwave. When removing, have a towel ready as the steam will have gathered all over bottom of the bread pan.
  12. Place in preheated oven, bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe

My daughter absolutely ADORES cookie dough.  Years ago, I made one type of chocolate chip cookie dough frosting for birthday cupcakes, and it was a hit but I do believe this one is better!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened (not melted!) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4-1/2 cup half n half or whipping cream (depends on desired consistency - may need more)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Beat brown sugar and butter in stand mixer until smooth and creamy
  2. Mix in flour, vanilla, salt, and baking soda until well combined
  3. Slowly add in cream/half n half until desired consistency
  4. Fold in 1/2 cup chips
  5. (I use additional chips to sprinkle over the top once I have frosted the cake or cupcakes!)
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Margarita Shrimp and Scallop Recipe

We made these (scallops only) to go over the AMAHZING Mango Peach Salsa.  Then we made shrimp the next night for the leftover peach salsa.  So you can marinate both shrimp and scallops or one or the other.  I promise it will be delicious!

Margarita Shrimp and Scallop Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbs good quality tequila
  • 1 Tbs orange liqueur
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 12-15 large sea scallops
  • 12 large shrimp
  • OR one or the other!

Instructions

  1. Add all marinade ingredients to large bowl; stir
  2. Place shrimp/scallops into bowl
  3. Refrigerate about 20 minutes
  4. Skewer the seafood onto metal or water soaked bamboo skewers and grill for about 2.5-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from skewers, sprinkle with a little salt.
  6. Serve immediately
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Mango Peach Salsa Recipe

We were looking for a new recipe to go with scallops and we found one with mango *only* that sounded good but we modified to fit what we had on hand!  This TRULY may be the best salsa I’ve ever made. Wow. The two fruits pair so well with the onion and the jalepeno.  Try it – you’ll love it!  We grilled scallops to go on top, but shrimp is also awesome (we had that the next night!) and it’s also excellent in tacos or with chips!

Mango Peach Salsa Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 medium mango, peeled, diced
  • 3 medium peaches, diced
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 green onion, green part only, diced
  • 1 jalepeno, seeded (depends on hot you like it!) and diced
  • 1 Tbs diced red onion
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch salt, fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. All all ingredients to bowl, mix and refrigerate an hour.
  2. Remove from fridge, let sit about 10 minutes before serving
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Lemon Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

I love St Louis Gooey Butter cakes, and so when I had a taste for lemon the other night, I thought I’d combine the lemon with gooey butter.  Yummy!

Lemon Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 Tbs (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 pkg cream cheese (8oz), room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 cups confectioner sugar
  • 4 Tbs melted unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine cake mix, 1 egg, 8 Tbs butter until well combined
  3. Press into greased 9x13 pan. Press evenly and slightly up the sides.
  4. Mix cream cheese, 3 eggs, lemon juice, zest, confectioners sugar, and unsalted butter until well combined.
  5. Pour filling evenly over top of crust
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned
  7. Sprinkle with 2 Tbs confectioners sugar
  8. Cool, serve at room temperature.
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Crab Stuffed Jalepeno Recipe

Just let me say – these were fabulous.  We will SO make these again!  The crispy bacon on top was just delicious!

Crab Stuffed Jalepeno Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 medium size jalepenos
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 oz crabmeat
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Cut jalepenos in half lengthwise, seed and discard seeds
  2. Bring medium size pot of water to boil
  3. Place jalepenos in boiling water for approximately 4 minutes (this removes some of the heat and also softens them slightly for easier bites!)
  4. Drain; place on parchment paper lined baking pan
  5. Preheat oven to 350
  6. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, worcestershire, and garlic until combined
  7. Fold in crab meat
  8. Place in zip lock bag and seal, snip the end
  9. Pipe into the halved jalepenos
  10. Sprinkle bacon over the jalepenos
  11. Bake approximately 20 minutes
  12. Serve immediately
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