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Dump Cake With Peaches, Blueberries, and Pecans

from Epicurious.com

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for pan
  • All-purpose flour (for pan)
  • 1 pound sliced frozen peaches (about 4 cups)
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16-ounce) box store-bought yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 13×9″ baking dish. Arrange peaches and blueberries in a single layer in prepared dish. Top evenly with sugar and add vanilla. Shake pan gently to cover fruit with sugar. Sprinkle cake mix and cinnamon over fruit and shake gently again to combine. Dot evenly with 3/4 cup cubed butter and top with pecans. Bake cake until surface springs back to the touch and cake is set and golden brown, 40-45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  2. Cake can be made 3 days ahead; wrap in plastic and chill.

Peach Galette

from Epicurious.com

Ingredients

Pastry:

  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for working with the dough
  • 6 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon beaten egg or heavy cream
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 to 8 soft peaches or with give, peeled, halved, pitted, and cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch-thick wedges

Directions

Step 1

To make the pastry, combine the flours, granulated sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse until blended. Scatter the butter over the flour mixture and pulse until it looks like coarse sand. (Alternatively, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl and work the mixture with a pastry blender until it has a sand-like texture.) In a small bowl or cup, whisk together the 1 egg and the milk until blended, pour into the food processor or bowl all at once, and pulse or gently mix by hand until the dough forms a rough clump. Do not overwork the dough to avoid toughness.

Step 2

Lightly flour a work surface. Transfer the dough to the floured surface, form it into a ball, and then flatten into a disk 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Don’t knead it! Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours or for up to 1 day.

Step 3

When the dough is well chilled, preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 4

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it warm at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, the flour, and the cinnamon, mixing well. Place the peaches in a bowl, sprinkle the sugar mixture over the top, and toss gently. (If the peaches are tart, you may want to add a little more sugar.)

Step 5

Lay a large sheet of parchment paper on a work surface and dust the parchment with flour. Place the dough on the floured parchment and roll it out into a round about 11 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Transfer the pastry with the parchment to a rimmed or rimless baking sheet large enough to accommodate the pastry round comfortably. Starting 1 to 1 1/2 inches from the edge of the round, arrange the peach wedges in a single layer in concentric circles, continuing until you reach the center of the round. Fold the outer edges of the pastry over the peaches, creating overlapping folds as you work around the perimeter. If your peaches are extra juicy, leave the extra juice in the bowl so that the filling does not overflow in the oven. Brush the pastry border with 1 tablespoon beaten egg and then sprinkle lightly with the turbinado sugar.

Step 6

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. If your galette has a lot of juice, you may want to place a second pan on the lowest rack in the oven under the baking sheet to catch any juices that overflow.

Step 7

Let the galette cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Cut into wedges to serve.

Peach Cobbler

from Food Network

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 5 small peaches, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 5 cups)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    Batter:
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature

Directions

  1. For the filling: Put the peaches, sugar, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the peach juices begin to boil. Lower to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. For the batter: Put the butter in a 2-quart baking dish and place it in the oven while it preheats. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir the vanilla into the milk in a liquid measuring cup. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while whisking until well combined.
  4. Remove the baking dish from the oven and pour the batter in an even layer over the melted butter. Spoon the peaches along with their juices evenly over the top of the batter. Bake until the cobbler is golden brown on top and the peach juices are bubbling, 35 to 45 minutes.
  5. Let cool to room temperature before serving. 

German Potato Salad

from NYT Cooking

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boiling potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and cut into thin slices, including some of the green
  • ½ cup minced celery, including some leaves
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  •  teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

Directions

  1. Cut the potatoes in half if they are large, put them in a pot and add enough lightly salted water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and boil gently, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, until just tender. Drain.
  2. While the potatoes are still warm, peel and slice, or cube them, into a large serving bowl.
  3. In a skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain. Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Add scallions and celery, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Mix with potato pieces.
  4. In the same skillet, mix 1/4 cup of water with cider vinegar, sugar, salt, paprika and dry mustard. Stirring with a whisk, bring to a boil and pour over salad. Crumble bacon over the top, and serve warm.

Summer Squash with Basil Pasta

from Epicurious

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds assorted summer squashes and zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo-style pepper, plus more for serving
  • 12 ounces paccheri, ziti, or other large tube pasta
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, grated (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves

Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until very lightly browned around the edges, about 4 minutes. Add squash; season with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until squash begins to break down and gets jammy (they may start to stick to the skillet a bit, which means you are there!), 12–15 minutes. Toss in 1 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente.

Step 3

Transfer pasta to skillet using a slotted spoon or spider and add 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Cook pasta, adding 2 oz. Parmesan in stages along with more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta and pasta is al dente. Toss in lemon juice and most of the basil.

Step 4

Divide pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan and Aleppo-style pepper and remaining basil.

Pork Shoulder with Zesty Basil Sauce

from Epicurious

Ingredients

For the pork:

  • 8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 skinless, boneless pork shoulder roast, tied (Boston butt; about 6 pounds)

For the sauce:

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cups basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Special Equipment:

A (4-quart) slow cooker

Directions

Step 1

Cook the pork: Mix garlic, oil, mustard, brown sugar, salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika in a small bowl to form a paste. Rub all over pork, then transfer to a resealable plastic bag or slow cooker insert and chill overnight.

Step 2

Place pork in slow cooker, cover, and cook on low until meat is fork-tender but not yet completely falling apart, 7 1/2–8 hours.

Step 3

Meanwhile, make the sauce: Mix shallot, basil, oil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt in an airtight container. Cover and let rest up to 3 hours at temperature or up to 2 days in refrigerator. Stir in lemon juice just before using.

Step 4

Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Slice and transfer to a platter. Drizzle with sauce and serve with additional sauce alongside.

Do Ahead

Step 5

Pork can be rubbed 2 days ahead; chill in an airtight container. Sauce, without lemon juice, can be made 2 days ahead; chill in an airtight container.

Cooks’ Note

Both the rub and the sauce can be made in a food processor if desired. To make the pork in the oven, cook at 300°F in a covered Dutch oven, basting occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of pork registers 145°F (meat will be very tender but not quite falling off the bone), 6–7 hours. If you’re using a larger slow cooker, flip roast at least once and baste occasionally to keep it moist.

Scallops with Basil Risotto

from Epicurious

Ingredients

2 cups pineapple juice

1½ cups vegetable broth

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

⅓ cup minced yellow onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1¼ cups uncooked Arborio rice

¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning

3 tablespoons minced fresh basil

1 pound sea scallops

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed

½ cup microgreens, for serving

Directions

Step 1

Combine the pineapple juice and broth in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover with a lid and remove from the heat.

Step 2

Heat the butter in a large saucepan set over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Step 3

Add a ladle of the hot juice mixture to the saucepan and cook, stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed. Continue adding the hot liquid to the saucepan, one ladle at a time and stirring intermittently, until the rice is no longer crunchy, about 30 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper, then turn off the heat and stir in the basil. Set aside, covered, while you cook the scallops.

Step 5

Pat the scallops dry, then season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a medium skillet set over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add half the scallops and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. Flip the scallops once, then tilt the skillet and baste them with the oil. Continue cooking the scallops an additional 1 minute, until no longer translucent. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining scallops, adding more oil as needed.

Step 6

Divide the risotto among serving plates and top with the scallops.

Step 7

Garnish with microgreens and serve.

Lemon Dream Cheesecake

from Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto bottom and 1 to 2 in. up the inside of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cream, lemon juice, flour, lemon zest, extracts and, if desired, food coloring. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  3. Bake 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Remove side of pan.

Corn Caserole

from EagleTribune.com

Ingredients

  • 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix (8.5 oz)
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can cream corn (14.75 oz)
  • 1 can kernel corn, drained (15.25 oz)

Directions

  1. Preheat a well-oiled cast iron skillet in an oven set to 375°. I put my skillet in when I turn on my oven, when the oven is preheated, the skillet is ready.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together melted butter, egg, sour cream, and Jiffy corn mix. I do this by hand, not with a mixer.
  3. Add drained whole kernel corn and can of creamed corn.
  4. Pour mixture into hot skillet and bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until medium-dark golden brown on top & a bit crunchy around edges.
  5. Cool 5-10 minutes.
  6. Turn quickly to your choice of serving platter.
  7. This recipe doubles very well if you have a large enough cast iron skillet. The well seasoned cast iron skillet is the trick in this recipe.

Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

from NYTCooking.com

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped and well drained
  • 1 (5-ounce) package baby spinach
  •  Salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups half-and-half (or 2 cups each whole milk and heavy cream)
  •  Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 dry lasagna noodles (10 to 12 ounces)
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese (heaping 3/4 cup)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Boil a kettle of water (an electric kettle works great here).
  2. Meanwhile, heat a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add the olive oil and artichoke hearts and cook, stirring occasionally, until the artichoke hearts fall apart, become like jam and start to brown at the edges, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and stir until considerably wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and return the saucepan to the stove (no need to wash it out).
  3. Make the béchamel sauce: In the saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking constantly until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Still whisking constantly, slowly add the half-and-half. Raise the heat to high and bring to a simmer, whisking all the while, then immediately reduce the heat to continue simmering, now whisking occasionally, until the sauce thickens to the consistency of gravy, 10 to 20 minutes. Season generously with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  4. Add half of the béchamel to the bowl with the artichokes. Stir to combine and cool slightly, for about 15 minutes. While the mixture cools, place the lasagna noodles in a large high-sided pan or dish, pour over the recently boiled water from the kettle and let soak until the noodles are softened but not soggy, about 15 minutes. Add the cottage cheese, Parmesan and egg to the artichoke mixture, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Assemble the lasagna: In an 8-inch square baking pan or dish, add enough béchamel to thinly coat the bottom. Put down a single layer of lasagna noodles, about 3 noodles, letting the ends rise up the edges of the pan. Spread half of the artichoke mixture evenly over the noodles. Turn the pan 90 degrees and put down another layer of lasagna noodles, again pressing the ends up against the edges of the pan. Spread half of the béchamel evenly over the noodles. Repeat these layers once more with the remaining lasagna noodles, artichoke mixture and béchamel, ending with the béchamel. Evenly sprinkle the mozzarella on top. (At this point, you can cover the lasagna and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours if not baking right away.)
  6. Bake the lasagna until the sauce is bubbling at the edges (especially in the corners of the pan), and the mozzarella and the exposed ends of the noodles are golden brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. (Add more time if baking directly from the refrigerator.) Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing so that slices won’t collapse when transferred to plates.