rosé soaked roasted strawberries

Rosé-Soaked Roasted Strawberries

I am that Millennial that proclaims “Rosé All Day!” Please don’t think any less of me than you already may. It’s simply my favorite kind of wine. It’s not as light as a white, but not as overwhelmingly bold as a red can occasionally be. Do I drink it at bars? At home? On the subway? Well, I do consume it at two out of the three! (I’ll let you draw your own conclusion as to where.)

For the past few weeks, I have been seeing cheap strawberries at my local grocery stores. The other day, I scored two pints for $1.99. I felt like I won the food lottery!

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Then I remembered that I actually had to eat them all before they went bad.

Shoot.

What to do?

rosé soaked roasted strawberries

I rarely roast fruits, saying my oven to roast up Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. I wasn’t quite sure how this would turn out, but decided to get creative. A bit of rosé in my fridge gave me further inspiration.

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The result was pretty damn good, if I do say so myself!

rosé soaked roasted strawberries

Rosé-Soaked Roasted Strawberries
(Yields roughly 1 & 1/2 cup roasted strawberries)

Ingredients:

– 6 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
– 1/4 cup rosé
– 1/4 cup water
– 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar
– One or two cracks of fresh ground sea salt

Before We Get Started…

– I learned a valuable lesson in recipe testing: place strawberries on parchment paper. Otherwise, you’re going to have a gloriously sticky mess to scrape out of your rimmed baking sheet!

– Use maple syrup to keep recipe vegan-friendly.

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Place strawberries in large bowl and set aside.

2.) In a small bowl, whisk together rosé, water, honey or maple syrup, vinegar of choice, and sea salt until combined; if using honey, make sure it is completely incorporated. Pour mix over the strawberries and toss until they are evenly coated.

3.) Spread strawberries in an even layer on the parchment paper-lined rimmed backing sheet. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately remove from baking sheet; if not using immediately, place in airtight container and place in fridge; strawberries should remain good to use for up to five days.

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

Ugh, I know, this recipe is familiar (I’ve done this…AND this…in the past) and this genre of oat-based creations is a trifle overdone.

Truth: This recipe post was supposed to be my version of Spaghetti al Limone. I was looking through all of the photos I took of it last weekend and shook my head in defeat as I softly muttered, “…nope…nope…nope…nope…” Honestly, not one photo of the bunch was worthy of posting. The lighting on the day I took the photos of the dish was okay, but most photos turned out blurry. In addition, most looked awkward in plating / presentation.

The upside? I guess I’ll have to make…and eat…another batch of Spaghetti al Limone soon! There are certainly worse calamities to deal with in this wacky world of ours.

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

So…here’s a filler recipe. My opening sentence may make it seem as though I’m knocking overnight oats on the whole. I’m not. This recipe is my life saver and delicious to boot!  I doubled it last week, brought it to work, and had breakfast for two days!

After years of experimentation, I find that a nice healthy glob of peanut butter is what makes my overnight oats the most palatable and satiating. Yogurt makes them pasty, in my multiple experiences; peanut butter keeps ’em creamy.

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

If y’all catch me trying to post another blueberry and oat amalgamation in the future, please stop me from myself. Ha! I think I’ve reached my quota for this blog. 😉

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
– 1/2 cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
– 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
– 1 teaspoon honey (or sweetener of choice; omit honey if vegan)
– 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 hearty dashes of ground cinnamon

Before We Get Started…

– If your peanut butter is too hard or creamy, microwave it until softened.

Directions:

1.) Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Transfer to container of choice and place in refrigerator. Allow to sit for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Oats will stay edible for up to three days.

apple pear blondies

Apple Pear Blondies

WELL…uhhhhh…it’s been an interesting few days here in the ol’ U.S. of A, hasn’t it?

I’m part of the more than 60+ million folks that are shaking their heads in disbelief in this moment, and I am currently going through my own grieving at this time. There really is no other way to say it. I’m not about to get fully political in this post, as I’m sure you came here for a recipe and not a rant. All I can say is stand up for what you believe in and don’t be afraid to take peaceful action that will move us all forward. Be sure to deal with your emotions in healthy ways. Take time for self care and know that it’s okay to feel emotional right now; if you feel that your emotions are getting the best of you, don’t hesitate to reach out for a helping hand!

Okay, now, shall we move onto some deliciousness?

apple pear blondies

Since the election, my two coping mechanisms have been levity and eating. As Waz from Let’s Nom Nom posted on one of my Instagram photos the other day, to paraphrase, she’s been a carboholic since November 8th. Me too! Ha! Handpulled Chinese noodles, queso fundido, tacos, rice and beans, donuts, you name it! During my lunch break today, I had some zucchini in my Old Beijing Bolognese noodles from The Handpulled Noodle. I thought to myself, “Well, hey now! A vegetable! I’m being healthy again!”

apple pear blondies

This dessert has a good dose of fruits in it, between sweet apples and tender pears. The blondie mix itself lends to a buttery and slightly caramelized flavor to the overall dessert. I can not claim this to be healthy by any means, but you could do worse.

apple pear blondies

Go ahead. Eat a few of your feelings. We’re all allowed! Just continue to stay on that good grind for the most part. 😉

Apple Pear Blondies
(Makes 9 large squares)

Ingredients:

– 1 stick butter, melted and slightly cooled
– 1 & 1/4 cups flour
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (light brown sugar can be used)
– 1 egg
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 medium apple, cored and diced into small chunks
– 1 medium pear, peeled and diced into small chunks

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 °F.. Lightly grease and 8″ x 8″ pan and set aside.

2.) Melt butter in microwave or over stove top until melted. Set aside and allow to slightly cool while you mix your other ingredients together.

3.) In a large bowl, combine apples and pears. Toss with lemon juice and set aside.

4.) In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together until combined. Slowly add melted butter into mixture, whisking continuously to avoid the residual heat from the butter cooking the egg. Add all dry ingredients to wet mixture until combined; the batter may be a little thick and sticky, but that is normal!

5.) Gently fold apples and pears into the mixture until all fruit is combined and coated.

6.) Add mix to prepared baking pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the blondies comes out clean or with virtually no crumbs.

7.) Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack, in its baking pan, for at least one hour before cutting and removing from pan. Wrap blondies tightly in plastic wrap if not eating immediately.

apple pear blondies

Very Blueberry Muffins

I’m all about eating as many blueberries as I can before the season is over.

Admittedly, I was looking forward to crafting a lot of recipes while I was in Connecticut this past weekend. However, I was there to work – I was photographing an aunt’s 50th high school reunion, a two-day event – and I was more drained than my iPhone’s battery after spending 5 minutes looking at Snapchat stories.

very blueberry muffins

My father, ever the baker and seeker of all things sweet, had whipped up a batch of blueberry muffins, and I definitely had my share over the weekend. He got the recipe from an old cookbook he bought me years ago, The Baker’s Bible; what I love about this recipe is that it’s akin to banana bread, as in the fruit is partially blended with the batter as opposed to simply mixing whole pieces of fruit into the batter.

Okay, okay, so I cheated a little this weekend. Ha! Thanks for letting me steal your muffins, Dad!

very blueberry muffins

Very Blueberry Muffins
(Recipe adapted from the Baker’s Bible recipe for Very Blue Blueberry Muffins)
(Makes 12 muffins)

Ingredients:

Muffins:

– 2 cups flour
– 2 cups fresh blueberries, whole
– 1/2 fresh blueberries, mashed
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 2 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Zest of 1/2 orange (optional)

Muffin Topping:

– 1/4 cup coarse sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease the insides of the muffin pan cup or line the cups with liners. Set pan aside.

2.) Sift flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Combine with sugar. Make large well in the center of the dry mixture and set aside.

3.) In another large bowl, beat eggs, milk, cooled melted butter, vanilla extract, and (optional) orange zest. In a small bowl mash the 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries; add to wet mixture and combine until blended.

4.) Pour wet batter into the well in the center of the dry mixture; stir gently until all ingredients are combined, but no not overmix. Gently old whole fresh blueberries into the batter.

5.) In a small bowl, combine coarse sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg for muffin topping. Set aside.

6.) Carefully spoon batter into prepared muffin pan cups, filling 1/2 – 3/4 of the way up. Sprinkle with coarse sugar mixture. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with few crumbs. Remove pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from muffin pan cupcakes; allow cupcakes to continue cooling on cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Seal leftover muffins in airtight container.

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peach bread

Peach Bread

Well ain’t this peachy!

I’m actually surprised that, at least at my local farmers’ market (the Inwood Greenmarket in northern Manhattan), I haven’t been seeing that many peaches or nectarines! This past Saturday, only one vendor out of the six regular farm stands had peaches! I was tempted to even look at other vendors, alas, the pickle vendor and the sausage vendors were low on peaches as well. (Haaaa.) Also, the vast majority of the peaches for sale at the vendor were rock hard! Like, if I threw one at someone’s head, I’d likely be charged with attempted murder. Rock. HARD. Admittedly, it was rather amusing to watch myself and my fellow peach purchasers feeling inside giant wooden crates, poking and squeezing peaches until we found passable ones. Eventually, I found two. It was quite the task!

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It would be so easy to throw these into a pie or a galette. Peach cake? I’ve seen it. Peach cupcakes? I’ve eaten a few in my time. However, I was hard pressed to think of a time when I had ever seen or eaten peach bread. I just struck me as I was imagining what to do with my fruits. I love banana bread and zucchini bread. Why wouldn’t a peach bread work? Imagine a nice cakey yet moist bread with luscious pieces of fresh peach speckled throughout.

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The road to this perfect bread was not without a few bumps.

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I based parts of this recipe off of a general one I found via Google, and I can’t figure out which web page I got it from! (If you stumble across this, Wonderful Peach Bread Person, shoot me a note so I can give proper credit.) Still, I tweaked small parts of this recipe. The original recipe ended up being very doughy, so much so that I couldn’t fold in the peaches! Also, the recipe that I based it off of called for 60 minutes in a 325°F oven. Oh, man, that was a near-disaster! After an hour, the bread was pale and slightly raw at the bottom still! An extra 20 minutes in the oven at 350 solved the problem, albeit making the bread a tad on the drier side.

Anyone that develops recipes knows it’s rarely perfect on the first go-round.

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After more tweaking, I got that bread I was looking for. Now I expect the popularity of peach break to rocket, thanks to me. (Ha! A gal can dream…)

peach bread

Peach Bread
(Makes one loaf)

Ingredients:

– 2 & 1/2 all-purpose flour
– 2 cups fresh peaches, chopped small
– 3 eggs
– 1 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil or 1/2 unsweetened apple sauce
– 1 tablespoon baking powder
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon cinnamon
– 1 tablespoon vanilla

Before We Get Started…

– This recipe will will an standard loaf pan (8 & 1/2″ x 4 & 1/2″ x 2 1/2″).

– I have not experimented with any other flours besides all-purpose for this recipe, so test at your own risk!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bread pan or line with parchment paper. Set aside.

2.) In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients; whisk until incorporated.

3.) In a separate large bowl, whisk eggs. Slowly add sugar to eggs while continuing to whisk. Slowly stream in oil while containing to whisk. Add vanilla and star to combine.

4.) Fold wet mixture into dry mixture until combined. Fold in peaches into batter until incorporated.

5.) Pour batter into prepared bread pan. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

6.) Move pan to cooling rack and cool for at least 20 minutes before removing and slicing; if not slicing, wrap in plastic wrap.