Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Spring is a great season for many reasons, but as it relates to food, it brings about one of my favorite sweet, yet tangy food items: rhubarb. There are so many ways to prepare rhubarb – rhubarb ice cream, rhubarb pie, rhubarb shortbread bars and more – however, I wanted to make a quick dessert this past weekend. I decided upon making an Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. Crisps in general are exceptionally simple, yet yield such fantastic flavors. This recipe was no exception, and I believe the mix of sweet flavors with the strawberries mixed perfectly with the tangy flavors of the rhubarb to create a nice balance that wasn’t too overpowering.

Step 1: Cut Rhubarb and Strawberries

Cutting up rhubarb for Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Step 2: Combine Rhubarb and
Strawberries with Sugar, Lemon
Juice and Other Ingredients

Combining cut strawberries and rhubarb for Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Step 3: Place Rhubarb and Strawberry
Mixture into Individual Rammekins

Putting strawberry-rhubarb mixture into rammekins for Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Step 4: Combine Butter with Brown
Sugar, Oats and Other Spices; Place
on Top of Rhubarb-Strawberry Mixture

Adding butter-oat-sugar mixture to the top of fruit for Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Step 5: Bake in the Oven and Eat!

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

In my opinion, rammekins are just not used enough. When I saw this recipe, I instantly thought of using rammekins in order to create smaller portion sizes for the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. This worked great because each person was able to get just enough rhubarb and strawberry flavor, yet didn’t feel too full afterwards.

What’s your favorite rhubarb recipe?

Cheers!

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

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Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

 

There is a fresh fruit stand near us and I absolutely enjoy visiting it and supporting local farmers. This past week my boyfriend’s mom was nice enough to bring over a huge tray of several cartons of strawberries. These were definitely delicious strawberries; however, throughout the busy week, they weren’t eaten fast enough. So, towards the end, I had to think quickly and decided to make a Strawberry Pie dessert with them in order to salvage the strawberries and put them towards good use!

I’ve baked many simple and complex pies in the last few years, but I feel like no matter the filling, the crust is actually more of the crucial part. I found this pie dough recipe from an earlier post, Classic Sour Cherry Pie With Lattice Crust. I basically made the same pie, but just substituted my own recipe for the strawberry fruit filling. This crust is a perfect blend of flakey-goodness and always hold together well.

Anyway, whether you like strawberries or not, use whatever pie filling you’d like and the pie dough recipe from the Sour Cherry Pie recipe and you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Sunday and hope you had a great weekend!

Cheers!

Strawberry Pie

Happy July Fourth!


Happy July 4th! I hope everyone had a safe and fun day with friends and family (and with plenty of delicious food, of course!). This cake is from Better Homes and Gardens Festive Fourth of July Desserts. I didn’t put the jam on it; however, I think it still turned out well. Just a simple cake with plenty of fresh berries and frosting!

What did you make for July 4th?

Cheers!

Chicken and Waffles

A few years ago, we held a family reunion in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Although vastly different than the Pacific Northwest, I thoroughly enjoyed that vacation and absolutely fell in love with the scenery, food, and people.  Prior to this trip, I had never been informed about Waffle Houses and a Southern favorite: Chicken and Waffles. I then became highly intrigued as to how savory fried chicken eaten jointly with sweet waffles and syrup would taste. Unfortunately, we ran out of time in Tennessee and I regretfully never tried Chicken and Waffles.

Now, it wasn’t until recently that I was reminded of Chicken and Waffles after flipping through Bobby Flay’s Cookbook. Instantly, my first thoughts reverted to my family’s trip to Tennessee and my regrets for never trying the esteemed dish of Chicken and Waffles. Well, luckily for me, my boyfriend and his roommates happen to love fried chicken. So, with little convincing, the decision was made to make these on a weekend morning.

We chose to make Melba Wilson’s Fried Chicken and Eggnog Waffles with Strawberry Butter from that cookbook. However, we didn’t have eggnog or strawberries (oops!). Instead, we substituted buttermilk and blackberries. The waffles were very similar to a recipe that I used a few weeks ago for brunch (as seen here).

Fried Chicken

Step 1: Marinate Chicken With
Spices and Buttermilk for 2 Hours


Step 2: Coat Chicken With Flour

Step 3: Fry Chicken in Vegetable Oil

Buttermilk Waffles

Step 1-2: Combine Dry and Liquid
Ingredients; Add Whipped Egg Whites
Step 3: Drop Batter on Waffle Iron

Blackberry Butter

Step 1: Cut Softened Butter into Cubes;
Whip in Food Processor; Pulse Berries

Step 2: Form Into “Loaf”; Put in Freezer
to Shape; Serve with Waffles

[Don’t let the picture fool you — although it doesn’t
look appetizing, the butter was one of the best parts!]

Voila: Chicken ‘n Waffles!

[All previous qualms regarding this dish and it’s
questionable taste were completely abolished.
Delicious and a great success!]

Every now and then I crave fried chicken. And, every now and then I crave waffles. But, after this meal we had this weekend, I will definitely crave chicken and waffles concurrently. Although not the healthiest, this is a perfect meal to share with friends and when in the mood for fried goodness and a sweet treat!

Cheers!