November 25, 2014

Tartine's Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

When I visited Tartine in San Francisco, I had high expectations because of the numerous rave reviews it had on yelp. However, I was pretty disappointed by my experience because my scone was dry and my husband's chocolate chip cookie was standard. I have to say that after trying their blueberry scone recipe at home, I'm willing to go back or at least buy their cookbook. 

This is one of the best scone recipes I've tried. The scone is flaky and layered but also moist and dense. The recipe makes a lot (I think a dozen large-ish scones) but they were savored and devoured over breakfast over the course of a few days. 


Recipe from: http://www.alexandracooks.com/2011/03/31/buttermilk-scones-—-tartine-has-done-it-again/

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families! 

Goat Cheese Honey Cheesecake with Candied Walnuts and Meyer Lemon Sauce

The best post of 2014 was this vanilla baked cheesecake with salted caramel sauce that I made for my coworker's birthday. This year, when his birthday rolled around again, I didn't think I could possibly top THE post of 2014. And in my mind, I haven't, but that's mainly because I don't like goat cheese. However, my coworkers say this cake takes the cake. It's even better than the salted caramel one.

I made a few edits to the original recipe. I made a graham cracker crust instead of a pistachio one because I didn't have pistachios at home. I used a sleeve of graham crackers, pulsed to a fine sand in the food processor and kept the other ingredients for the crust the same. I also used walnuts instead of pistachios for the candied bits on top. I personally love pistachios so I would have been happy to use them had they been readily available. I also baked it in a tart pan, versus individual mini cheesecake pans (since I don't have that either). If memory serves, the cooking time was 5-10 minutes longer, or until the filling was just slightly jiggly. 

Finally, this meyer lemon cream sauce is incredible. It's like lemon curd but silky and spreadable. The recipe makes quite a bit so I would recommend halving it or using the leftovers for lemkn poppyseed cupcakes with lemon filling (which I'm making today!). It keeps for a week in the fridge.


Healthy Mediterranean 7-Layer Dip

The thing I like about this dip is that it's healthy. The thing I don't like about this dip is that it's healthy. When I eat dips, I like artichoke cheese dip or seven-layer bean, guacamole, sour cream dips so biting into this one, which is made of hummus, Greek yogurt, and tons of veggies, takes a while to get used to. But after a while, you realize the flavors is all there and it's actually quite delicious and fresh. 

It's the perfect dip for the holidays too as it's bright and cheerful and red and green! And oh, if you buy your ingredients at Trader Joe's you need up having enough to make two batches of dip! 


Recipe from: http://www.cookincanuck.com/2014/01/healthy-mediterranean-7-layer-dip-recipe/

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