Thursday, May 31, 2012

Asparagus Tart

I am totally loving this asparagus tart, think I have made it at least a dozen times in the past 2 months!  It can easily be assembled ahead of time making it perfect for brunch or an appetizer. The asparagus is tender and tastes so delicious with the melted cheese and crispy croissant.  Enjoy!

Asparagus Tart
adapted from: Fat Girl trapped in a Skinny Body

1 sheet puff pastry or refrigerated crescent rolls 
1 package (5 ounces) Boursin Cheese - garlic & herb (I have also used goat cheese, tastes great too)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed
salt and pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper. 

Lay the pastry on the mat and use a rolling pin to thin it out a bit. Shape into a large rectangle, almost 11×15 inches. Trim the edges with a pizza cutter or a knife, only if you want perfectly flat edges.

Using a large spoon, rubber spatula, or any tool you want, spread the cheese on the pastry (you can also just crumble the cheese on).

Sprinkle with the minced garlic. Lay the trimmed asparagus on the cheese, alternating tip to end.

Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper if needed.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tart edges are evenly browned and the asparagus is starting to ‘wrinkle.’

Remove form the oven, and cut into squares. Use a large knife and cut gently so the warm cheese doesn’t ooze out.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Caine's Arcade

Good Morning!

When I came across this short film, I was completely in awe by this amazing 9-year old boy and his remarkable story.  Take a few minutes to meet Caine...he will surely brighten up your day, bring a smile to your face and if you are anything like me,  a few tears of joy...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies

I pretty much love anything with caramel, so I couldn't wait to make these perfectly soft and chewy cookies!   These cookies are full all kinds of gooey and sugar goodness.  Enjoy!

Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies
adapted from:   My Kitchen Addiction
Makes: 3 dozen

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 box Milk Duds
1/2 cup coarse raw sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon liner.

Combine the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated and the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.

Gradually, add the flour to the creamed mixture, stirring just enough to incorporate the flour. Shape rounded tablespoons of dough into a ball, pressing a Milk Dud into the center of each ball. (Be sure to cover the Milk Dud completely with the sugar dough.)

Roll the ball in the raw sugar and place it on the prepared baking sheets.  Be sure to space the cookies 2 – 3 inches apart.

Bake the cookies for 10 – 11 minutes, until they are just golden on top. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour!

As some of you know, Starbucks is a guilty pleasure of mine, especially when they have Happy Hour!!! Be sure to visit your local Starbucks to celebrate their "Frappuccino Happy Hour" event!  All Frappuccino blended drinks are half off  between 3pm - 5pm, May 4th - 13th!  Cheers!