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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Simple Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

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These pork chops turn out tender, moist, and delicious. This recipe uses anchovy paste, and honey to aid in the browning of the chops. I have never used anchovy paste as an ingredient so it made me a little nervous as to exactly what kind of flavor impact it would have on the chops – but it did not turn out to be an issue; they were very good.

This recipe takes a little bit of time, mainly due to the brining time required, but once there placed on the grill they cook quickly.

The next time your fire up the grill give this Simple Grilled Pork Chops Recipe a try; it’s a simple recipe and well worth the effort.

Simple Grilled Pork Chops Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless pork chops (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl dissolve salt in 1 ½ quarts of cold water. Cut slits in chops about 2 inches apart through the outer layer of silver skin and fat. (This will help keep the chops from bulging on the grill) Place chops in brine at room temperature for 30 minutes).
  2. While chops are brining in a small bowl mix together the honey, oil, pepper and anchovy paste until well combined.
  3. Preheat and prepare grill over medium high heat.
  4. Spread ¼ teaspoon of oil mixture over one side of each chop and place oil side down on the grill grates. Grill until well browned and slightly charred. Place the remaining oil mixture on the uncoated side of the chops, flip, and continue grilling until chops are well browned and done. (145F.) if chops brown too quickly move chops to a cooler side of grill to finish off.
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country

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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

Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

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When I first looked at this recipe I thought, It looks OK, but it was much better than that. The peach preserves, fresh peach, along with a little heat from a jalapeno and cayenne pepper turned this dish into a delicious combination of flavors. It does take a little time to prepare because of the brine time, but it is well worth the effort.

Fire up the grill and give this one a try – it’s really good!

 

Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs (skin removed) Removing the skin is optional.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup wood chips
  • 1 cup peach preserves
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (13 by 9-inch) disposable aluminum pan
  • 1 peach, halved and pitted
  • 1 jalapeno chili
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Trim chicken and pat dry with paper toweling. Place chicken in a large bowl and season with 2 teaspoons salt and ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 – 24 hours.
  2. While chicken is in the brine, place wood chips in a pan with cold water and let them soak; at least 15 minutes.
  3. Place wood chips on a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil folding to form a packet. Cut strips in the top of the foil to release the smoke. Place the packet between the grates and primary burner.
  4. Preheat and prepare grill for high heat; oil grates. Continue heating on high covered until foil packet starts to smoke.
  5. While grill is preheating in a small bowl mix together the peach preserves and cayenne pepper. Spray the disposable pan lightly with cooking spray and spread the preserves mixture over the bottom. Arrange the chicken thighs (skin side down if keeping skin on), jalapeno pepper, and peach halves (cut side up) in the pan.
  6. Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken prep
  7. Reduce heat to medium and place the pan on the grill opposite the wood chip packet; cook covered for 10 minutes. Flip chicken and turn pan 180 degrees, cover, and continue cooking until thighs reach 170F.
  8. Roll the chicken, jalapeno, and peach peach halves in glaze to coat and then place them on the grill grates. Leave the pan on the grill for a few minutes to caramelize the glaze (if needed).
  9. Grill chicken, peach halves, and jalapeno on one side until nicely browned, flip, and continue grilling until peach halves, jalapeno, and chicken are nicely browned and chicken is 175F. Place chicken back in the pan with the peach glaze, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken grilling9. Remove any loosened skin from the peaches and chop up the peach. Remove the seeds and any loose skin from the jalapeno and cut it into small pieces. Place the cut up peach and jalapeno in a small bowl. Place the chicken on a serving platter and pour the glaze from the pan into the bowl and stir in the vinegar.
  10. Pour glaze over chicken and serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country

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

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe

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strawbberry rhubarb custard ice cream recipe

Strawberry season is here in Upper Michigan so I thought it would be a great time to post this Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe. The sweet strawberries with the sour flavor of the rhubarb makes for a delicious combination of flavors – and the opportunity to use fresh fruit makes it even better.

This is a simple recipe, but it is a little time consuming, but worth the effort.

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces of heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Ingredients of Rhubarb Swirl
  • 1 cup strawberries (diced)
  • 3 rhubarb stalks (sliced)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. To make the swirl combine all the ingredients into a medium size saucepan and cook over medium heat until rhubarb is tender and syrup forms; set aside to cool in the refrigerator.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, and the cornstarch; set aside.
  3. custard egg mix
  4. In a large pot or saucepan (be sure to use a large enough pan for this the mixture will boil up pretty high)mix together the milk, cream, ¾ cup sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, reduce to simmer. Mix 1 cup of the milk mixture slowly into the egg mixture to temper the eggs, and then mix the egg mixture back into the milk and cream mixture to form the custard. Continue cooking on simmer stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until custard thickens; remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. (custard is ready when you slide your finger across the spoon and the streak it makes stays in place).
  5. cooking custard
  6. Pour the custard into a food grade zip lock bag and place it in a large bowl seam side up. Surround the bag with ice cubes and water – mostly ice cubes and let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
  7. cooling custard
  8. Process custard in ice cream maker according to ice cream maker directions.
  9. Layer the ice cream in a dish starting with the strawberry rhubarb sauce. (A 9x5 glass bread pan is just the right size for this)
  10. ice cream mix
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 3 – 4 more hours.

Note: I prepared this recipe as written and thought it was really good – but if I make this again I will use 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in place of the amounts it calls for; I do believe that is a typo in the recipe.

Adapted from  A Cookie Named Desire

 

Barbecued Chicken Kebabs Recipe

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Sticky, gooey, and delicious! These Barbecued Chicken Kebabs have a delicious combination of flavors, they do take a little time to prepare, because of the time the chicken marinates in the bacon spice mixture, other then that this is a simple recipe. I prepared the recipe as written with the exception of the amount of chicken used which was a little less than the 2 pounds it calls for; so I wound up with 3 Kebabs, instead of 4.

I used wooden skewers, but metal if you have them would be a better choice because even after being soaked they still have a tendency to burn over high heat.

The next time you want to fire up the grill give these Barbecued Chicken Kebabs a try; there great!

 

Barbecued Chicken Kebabs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons onion (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
  • Ingredients for chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 slices bacon (cut into ½ inch pieces)
Instructions
  1. Directions for chicken
  2. Process bacon in a food processor until a paste forms. In a large bowl whisk together the paprika's, sugar, and kosher salt, and then work the bacon paste into the mixture. I found using my hands worked best for this. Add the chunks of chicken to the bowl and using your hands thoroughly coat the chicken with the bacon spice mixture. Cover with plastic rap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Directions for sauce
  4. While chicken is marinating mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small sauce pan. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook until mixture is reduced to about 1 cup, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove ½ cup to a dipping bowl, and set aside.
  5. Preheat and prepare grill.
  6. Thread chicken on 4 skewers. Place skewers on grill grates over medium high heat and grill with cover closed until nicely browned on one side, flip kebabs, and using a brush coat browned side with barbecue sauce. After 2nd side is browned flip kebabs again and coat with sauce. Continue flipping and brushing every few minutes until chicken is done and slightly charred. (165F)
  7. Remove chicken to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 – 10 minutes; serve with dipping sauce.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Meat Cookbook

Grilled Soy-Ginger Glazed Bone-In Chicken Breasts

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If your looking for a really good grilling recipe for the 4th of July Holiday give this Soy-Ginger Glazed Bone-In Chicken Breasts recipe a try; it’s really good. This is a simple and quick recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep time and cooks quickly.

I used a gas grill for this recipe, but if you use charcoal the flavors would probably be even better. (a matter of opinion I guess)

Grilled Soy-Ginger Glazed Bone-In Chicken Breasts
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in split chicken breasts
  • ½ cup salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 quarts cold water plus ⅓ cup cup water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 green onions (minced)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl dissolve salt in 2 quarts of water – place chicken in bowl, refrigerate, and let brine for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Pat chicken dry with paper toweling and season with pepper.
  2. While chicken is in brine, in a small sauce pan mix together ⅓ cup water, soy sauce, mirin, ginger, garlic, sugar, and cornstarch. Bring sauce to a boil over medium heat, reduce to simmer, and cook until sauce thickens, stir in green onions; set aside.
  3. Preheat and prepare grill on high heat.
  4. Place chicken skin side down on grill, and grill until browned, flip chicken and continue grilling until bone side is browned. Reduce heat to medium, and grill covered until chicken is 150F.
  5. Brush the soy-ginger sauce over the chicken, flipping frequently to glaze both sides. (you can use all the glaze, which I did, or you can save some for a dipping sauce)
  6. Grill until an instant read thermometer reads 160F. Place chicken on a serving platter, tent lightly with aluminum foil, and let rest 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Meat Book

Rhubarb Bars Recipe

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It’s rhubarb season here in Upper Michigan and I figured I should post at least one recipe with rhubarb as the main ingredient.

This recipe almost didn’t get posted because I had some issues putting the crust together – I double checked it to make sure it was right, but had trouble getting the crumbly texture I wanted. The crust mixture was more on a dough side than crumbly. I thought, what is, is, and continued to finish the recipe.

The deciding factor for posting this recipe was that these bars are delicious – it turned out to be one of those that you just can’t eat one recipe. I had to have my wife take them away!!

If you decide to try this Rhubarb Bars Recipe don’t be shook if the crust is a little on the doughy side; just crumble it the best you can when you apply the topping, other than that the doughy texture works out well for forming the bottom crust for the bars. (I used the flat part of a glass to press the topping into place; Enjoy

Rhubarb Bars Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice rhubarb into 1 inch pieces
  3. In a small bowl mix together 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, and ½ cup granulated sugar; set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan mix together the rhubarb, one cup granulated sugar, and water. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir the sugar flour mixture into the rhubarb and continue cooking until thickened; stir in vanilla and set aside.
  5. rubarb sauce
  6. In a large bowl mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender or fork cut the shortening into the flour mixture to form a crumbly dough; reserve 1 cup of the dough for the topping.
  7. bar crust
  8. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray, and press the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread the rhubarb over the crust and then sprinkle the remaining dough over the top.
  9. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown – cool before serving.

Adapted from Midwest Living