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Key Lime with lemon meringue pie

1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
3 cups sweetened condensed milk (2 cans)
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup key lime juice
2 tablespoon grated lime zest
1/4 cup lemon curd (I use Dickinson’s Lemon Curd)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust. Swirl in slightly heated curde6a4ea3c-7836-4676-ac35-c148fa12a32d_1.5d5c4fe2d6f18e99828cd1ad45ed6d60

 

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Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN! Remove from oven when complete.

While your pie is baking, mix the following meringue:

4 egg whites
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
pinch salt

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. In separate bowl mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add sugar mixture a little at a time to the egg whites, beating between additions.

Spoon the meringue over pie. Bake for Spoon into pie you’ve just removed from oven and lightly sprinkle another tablespoon of sugar because that will give you that caramelized look when you broil it.

Place back in oven and cook for another 5 minutes. Then put it on low broil for last 3-4 minutes for the browning effect.

May be eaten hot, or chilled. I prefer it chilled, especially in the summer.

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It’s that time of year! And these are a delicious way to enjoy it.

3 Tablespoons butter (browned)
5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butterscotch chips

Butter a 9×13 pan (or 10×10 if you’d like thicker treats). In large saucepan on medium high heat stir butter until melted. Continue stirring until butter turns brown. Don’t overcook or scorch. Lower temp to low-medium and add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat.

Add the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice and stir together. Add the butterscotch cups and stir until mixed and is beginning to melt.

Pour into pan. Let cool, Cut into squares and serve!

Perfect for parties.

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Coconut Tres Leche

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Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 c water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz coconut milk
  • 1 /2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut creamer

Topping:  canned whipping cream, toasted coconut and maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In large bowl mix dry cake mix, butter, eggs, vanilla and water until well blended.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
  5. Pierce cake with fork tines, chopstick or base of wooden fork, poke holes every couple of inches
  6. Combine the coconut milk, condensed milk, whipping cream and creamer together. Pour over the top of the cake.
  7. Prior to serving, spread whipping cream and your fruit of choice over the cake. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated until about 20 minutes before you serve it.

Strawberry Almond variation:  Bake as above.  For milk blend instead of coconut milk and coconut creamer, substitute 1 c Italian sweet cream.  Add a tsp almond extract.  Garnish with glazed strawberries and toasted almonds.

Enjoy!

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It isn’t your normal cherry pie. The glaze brings smooth, flavorful consistency which is unique to a cherry pie. The mix of sweet and tart cherries added while frozen keeps them plump.  You can just get a hint of the almond, and it is totally worth it.  Without even experimenting I am going to suggest you could add a bit of amaretto to this pie and it would work just great!

Try it.  You’ll like it.

2 pie dough crusts (you can make your own, or use store-bought.  In this case I bought the best prepared pie dough which is at Trader Joes. *pro tip, leave in wax cover to roll, otherwise you will get cracking.  This is the only downside to Trader Joes pie crust. Mrs. Fields is a good brand too)
3 cups Costco Private Selection Frozen mixed variety cherries.
1 box junket Danish Dessert, strawberry
Welchs white grape cherry juice
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
2 egg yolks

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Cover 9 inch pie pan with a circular rolled pie dough.  Prick bottom.  Slice butter thinly and lay on bottom.  Prepare Danish dessert over stovetop using 1 cup white grape cherry juice and 3/4 cup water instead of just water (as directed by instructions on back of box).  When thick and clear remove from heat.  Add almond extract and cinnamon.  Stir in cherries and pour into prepared crust.

Design top as desired and then brush top dough with egg wash.  Bake as directed on prepared pie dough.  You will want to use a cover on sides and top of pie to prevent overbrowning during the baking process.

Serve with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream dashed with a spritz of nutmeg.

 

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southwestern pasta salad

It has all the best of ingredients. This New Mexican gal is very happy to be blending my favorite ingredients into this cool, crisp summer salad.  It has the added benefit of being absolutely  beautiful.

Ingredients

1 bag fusilli (spiral pasta), or pasta of your choice.  Prepare according to instructions, and leave in cool water while prepping the rest of the ingredients.

Chop the following:

green pepper
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1/2 red onion (long slices)
1 lb cherry tomatoes
1 large english cucumber
1/2 c cilantro

Then add:

1 can sliced olives
1 can black beans, drained

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In saucepan heat olive oil (I used an infused jalapeno one) on medium high heat and add:

2 ears of corn, slice off kernels
1 cup chopped Hatch New Mexico green chile, or two cans of canned green chile
3 Tbsp chopped red onion

Cook til charred.  Remove from heat, cool and then add to freshly chopped vegetables.

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Drain pasta and add to vegetables.  Drizzle two Tbsp of jalapeno olive oil and 11 oz bottle cilantro lime dressing (I used stonewall kitchen).

 

 

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Add a little crumbled cotija cheese, or cheddar. Refrigerate for an hour or longer, it gets better the longer it sets.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Sometimes you just have to make a cream pie the old fashioned way, with lots of cream and egg yolks.  This is a perfect holiday dessert item.

For this recipe I decided on a soft snickerdoodle butter crust.  If you don’t want it as sweet you may use your favorite pie crust recipe.

 

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Snickerdoodle pie crust

8 store bought snickerdoodle cookies, crushed
1/4 c butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Mix butter with crushed snickerdoodles and press into a deep dish pie pan. I go halfway up the sides. Bake until slightly toasted. Remove from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, take 1/2 cup flaked coconut and spread it out onto a cookie sheet and let it bake 8-10 minutes or until brown. Remove from heat and let cool.

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Coconut Custard

1½ cups coconut milk
1½ cups whipping cream or half and half
5 egg yolks
2 tablespoons Malibu coconut rum
¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1½ cups flaked, sweetened coconut
1½ teaspoons vanilla

In a large bowl mix coconut milk and cream. Add egg yolks and whisk together with milks. Set aside.

Add sugar and cornstarch to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk egg and milk mixture together once more and then slowly begin to add to the sugar and cornstarch, whisking together constantly.

Increase temperature to medium, and bring custard mixture to a boil. Continue to stir until boiling and then boil one minute. Mixture will thicken as it boils. Make sure you stir constantly to prevent burning.

Remove from heat and add butter, coconut and vanilla.

Spread custard into pie crust. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 30-45 minutes.

Whipping Cream

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup  powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add heavy whipping cream to large  chilled bowl. Whisk with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form.  Add sugar  and vanilla and fold just until combined.
Spread whipped cream on top of coconut custard. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, top with toasted coconut.

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Happy holidays!

 

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3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 gala apple, peeled and diced
2 cups roasted sugar pumpkin, chopped
3 cups chicken stock
1 S&B Golden curry mild or medium hot sauce mix (depending on your taste for heat)
3 cups cooked chicken breasts, diced
1 cup cream
Freshly ground black pepper
In a stockpot over medium heat, melt butter and saute onion, carrot, apple, and celery until all are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add pumpkin and blend for another 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock.

Puree the mixture in a food processor or blender. Return the puree to the stockpot, add the remaining chicken stock and diced chicken breasts and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add curry blocks and stir until dissolved. Then add the cream and heat until almost boiling. Add a little bit of cracked black pepper.  Drizzle a spoonful of cream on top and dust with paprika if you so desire. Or if you prefer a green garnish, parsley would work just fine too.

Chef note: you shouldn’t need to add additional salt to this recipe as both traditional chicken stock and curry blocks contain salt.

Chef note II:  If you want the vegan route use veggie stock and don’t add chicken.  IMG_1564

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