Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe

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What a great time of year for recipes that utilize the use of fresh produce. This Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe is delicious and is a great way to use some of that summer squash and eggplant. This is simple recipe that is easy to prepare and cooks fairly quickly so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. Enjoy

Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small eggplant (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium zucchini (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium summer squash (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Grated Parmesan for serving
Instructions
  1. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Using the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat cook chicken skin side down until well browned. Flip and continue cooking until other side is browned; remove chicken to a platter and set aside.
  2. Place onion in the now empty skillet, add a pinch of salt, and cook until onion starts to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the eggplant, and squash.
  3. Add the tomatoes and broth to the mixture and work the chicken into the sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, on simmer until chicken is done. (185F)
  4. Serve hot garnished with Parmesan cheese.
  5. (I served over spaghetti)

 

Blueberry Crumbles for Two

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I love the fresh berry season and blueberries are one of my favorites. This Blueberry Crumbles for Two recipe is just right for two people. This recipe requires very little prep time and bakes in less than a half an hour. Serve it warm with ice cream and it is a delicious desert.

Blueberry Crumbles for Two
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old fashion rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces and chilled)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl gently mix together the blueberries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Divide blueberries between 2 - 12 ounce ramekins.
  3. In another medium size bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until dime size clumps form; sprinkle the mixture over the top of the blueberries.
  4. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake until bubbly around the edges and topping is a deep golden brown.
  5. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Brown-Sugar-Glazed Winter Squash

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Brown sugar and butter blazed over winter squash – absolutely delicious.

Every year I look forward to the winter squash varieties with my favorite being the butternut because of its smooth texture. However this recipe will work just as well for almost any winter squash.

Brown-Sugar-Glazed Winter Squash
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash or buttercup squash (about 2½ pounds)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray. Place oven rack at upper middle position, place empty baking sheet in the oven, and preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut squash in half length wise and remove the seeds. Place squash on baking sheet and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until flesh is tender. ( a fork inserted in the skin should go easily in)
  3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar.
  4. Flip squash to cut side up and using a pastry brush generously coat with the brown sugar butter mixture.
  5. Switch the oven to broil, and broil until squash starts to brown and a glaze is formed.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Recipe Book

Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe

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Turn your extra apples into a bite size delicious treat. This Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe is simple, and quick to prepare, and are, “I bet you can’t eat just one” delicious.

I made my wife hide these because I was on my way to devouring them all.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” well it appears this old saying comes pretty close to reality; Check out this article on all the health benefits of apples – 34 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Apples

 

Give this one a try, it’s well worth the time. Enjoy

Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup cake flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large apple (peeled and diced)
  • Convection sugar (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Preheat deep fryer to 360F. (If you don’t have a deep fryer use a Dutch oven or heavy duty pot)
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg and then mix in the milk, butter, and vanilla; and then fold in the apples.
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  7. Spoon the batter into the oil about 1 tablespoon at a time (cook in batches to keep them from sticking together, and lowering the oil temperature too much); deep fry to a deep golden brown.
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  9. Place fritters on a platter covered with paper toweling to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle with the powder sugar – cool and serve.
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Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

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This Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe is a chocolate lovers dream. Cocoa and chocolate chips go into this recipe to create a rich chocolate flavor, and the zucchini turns into a nice and moist delicious treat.

If you looking for a great end of the summer recipe give this Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe a try; its delicious.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe
 
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  • ½ cup butter (melted plus extra for coating baking dish)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (plus extra for dusting baking dish)
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • ⅔ cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Lightly coat a loaf pan with butter and dust it with cocoa power. (I used a butter flavored cooking spray for this)
  3. In a large bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. In another large bowl whisk the eggs, and mix in the sugar until smooth. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Mix in the zucchini and then gradually add in the flour mixture – mixing until just moist and then fold in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out with just a few crumbs left on it.
  5. Let the bread cool slightly and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Adapted from blogchef.net – check out the cool Facebook video to see this recipe come together.

Blackberry Muffins Recipe

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Fresh from the blackberry patch and into the oven – these Blackberry Muffins are moist, and delicious.

This is a simple recipe that requires very little prep, and cooking time. Serve them warm topped with butter and they turn into a special breakfast treat!

Blackberry Muffins Recipe
 
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Serves: Makes 10
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (½ stick melted and cooled)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup plus 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 ½ cups fresh blackberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. In another bowl beat the egg, and then mix in the milk, and butter.
  4. Slowly mix the milk mixture into the dry ingredients until just moist, and then gently fold in the blackberries.
  5. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray and divide the muffin batter between 10 of the cups – fill the other 2 cups half way with water.
  6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until muffins are nicely browned and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove muffins from tin; let cool slightly and serve warm.

Adapted from Rasa Malaysia

Fresh Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

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Fresh blackberries, cream cheese, and a hint of lemon make this no bake blackberry pie a delicious treat.

Blackberries are very abundant her in Upper Michigan this year and I like to use as many of them fresh as possible. It has been years since I have eaten a no bake blackberry pie. I was getting ready to bake a regular blackberry pie, but it was so hot outside I was reluctant to fire up the oven for a long period of time – so I decided to do a little surfing and came across this  Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie recipe. This is not exactly a no bake, but close, the pie crust is prebaked. You can substitute a graham cracker crust if you want to turn this into a 100 percent no bake recipe.

If you have blackberries available give this Fresh Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie recipe a try; it’s delicious!!

Fresh Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe
 
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Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 regular pie crust or graham cracker crust (store bought or your favorite recipe)
  • 5 cups fresh blackberries (divided)
  • ½ cups Water
  • 3 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Whipped cream and additional Berries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Bake pie crust according to package directions for single crust; set aside to cool.
  2. Place 3 cup of berries and water into a medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil – continue cooking until berries start to soften, stirring occasionally; set aside to cool.
  3. While berry mixture is cooling using an electric mix in a medium size bowl mix together the cream cheese, milk and lemon zest until smooth; set aside.
  4. Press the cooled berries through a sieve over a bowl to remove the seeds and return the berry juice to the sauce pan and mix in the cornstarch, sugar and lemon juice until cornstarch is dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes stirring constantly to thicken; off heat and set aside to cool.
  5. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the bottom of the pie crust followed by 2 cups of berries. Spoon the cooled berry sauce evenly over the top of the berries; refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Serve garnished with fresh berries and whipped cream.

Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe

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Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe

Wild Chanterelle mushrooms and zucchini fresh out of the garden adds up to a delicious summertime treat. This is a simple side dish recipe that doesn’t require much prep or cooking time. If you’re not a mushroom forager purchase them from the store and substitute Portabella mushrooms for the Chanterelle’s.

Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces Chanterelle mushrooms (large ones sliced or quartered)
  • 1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • 1 zucchini (cut into ½ inch chunks)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat melt the butter, and then add the oil. Place all the ingredients in the skillet except for the salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms have given up there moisture and the mixture starts to brown; salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve Hot

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Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe

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This Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe is quick and simple to put together and a great way to use up that extra zucchini. The squash is sliced thin so it cooks quickly. This is a delicious side dish that would go great with almost any grilled meat or fish.

If you have summer squash on hand give this one a try; its really good.

Sauteed Summer Squash Recipe
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 yellow summer squash
  • 2 zucchini (you can use two of the same if that is all you have available)
  • 7 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the garlic and lemon juice; set aside and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Trim the ends off the squash and using a vegetable peeler shave the squash off length wise into ribbons. Take 3 slices off, turn the squash 90 degrees, and repeat the process. Continue shaving ribbons down to the seeds – discard the seed core.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoons salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and lemon zest to the lemon juice mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. In a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat using 1 teaspoon of olive oil cook the squash ribbons, turning occasionally with tongs, until softened and translucent.
  5. Place the squash in the bowl with the lemon mixture, add the parsley, and toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe

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Foraging for mushrooms is one of my favorite hobbies this time of year. With the right amount of moisture they are very plentiful. I was out doing a training session with a new English setter puppy we purchased for bird hunting when I came across a large batch of Chanterelle mushrooms. That ended my training session in a hurry; I took the dog back to the house, grabbed a knife, and went for the mushrooms. Chanterelle mushrooms are one of my favorites.

This is a simple and quick sauteed mushroom recipe that is delicious over grilled steak. If you have fresh Chanterelle mushrooms available, wild or domestic, give this one a try they are really good!

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe
 
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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh Chanterelle mushrooms (halved or quartered if large)
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt butter with the oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until starting to brown (about 6 minuted). Add the shallot and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking for another 2 minutes; salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Epicurious