Bacon is the Kitchens’ Staple. When you want to turn a salad into something special, when your wrap needs a punctuation point, when your casserole is begging to be more…oh and don’t get us started on breakfast! The Amazing Bacon is crispy, tasty with a sweet n’ spice and the crunch factor is a 10!
This is always on hand and super easy to prepare with an oven roasting…20 minutes and done!
CATEGORY: Favorites! SERVES: 8 (w/ 2 slices person or sandwich) LEVEL: Easy, Presto!
Yes, this salad has it all. The great sweet and spicy taste of warm broiled grapefruit on a bed of fresh greens, crispy chopped bacon, blue cheese and an egg done so pretty it should be in pictures!(oh wait, it is!) Finish this salad with a drizzle of the best Olive Oil, drizzle of Honey and just because we are being decadent here, I like a little bit of Lime Cilantro Seasoned Greek Yogurt. You add the salt’n pepper and this dish is your complete Brunch on a plate! It also works for Lunch and Dinner!
CATEGORY: Brunch SERVES: 2 LEVEL: Easy, there it is!
Broiled Grapefruits: 1 Ruby Red large Grapefruit (halved and sectioned, or peeled and segmented) 2 tsp of Amazing Rub (Brown sugar based) ½ tsp of Pummull Spice (House Cinnamon blend) Sprinkle the Grapefruit with seasonings and broil watching closely. It takes about 5-7 minutes as the fruit will release juices, slowing the caramelizing down a little. Set Fruit aside when done.
Salad: 4 Cups of Fresh mixed greens 3 chopped green onions 4 Crisp Bacon slices (try the Amazing Bacon recipe below note) 4 Tbsp crumbled Blue Cheese 4 Tbsp Greek Yogurt (or Mayo) with lime juice and chopped cilantro 2 Gently cooked sunny side up eggs 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Honey Salt n Pepper to taste
Assemble greens on 2 plates, add broiled grapefruit sections, bacon, blue cheese, egg to each plate. Drizzle with Olive Oil, Honey and garnish with chopped green onions and Lime/Cilantro Yogurt or Aoli. Best served with grapefruit and eggs warm.
Amazing Bacon is great to prepare in advance and make salads, sandwiches and snacking great!
1 lb of THICK sliced bacon, arrange slices on parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle up side with Amazing Rub, Cook for 18 mins in a 400 degree oven. Pull out baking sheet, flip each piece of bacon and sprinkle with Amazing Heat…3 more minutes and out of oven, onto paper towels and onto delicious!
Almond Shortcakes—Berries a la Ménage à Trois with Angel Whipped Cream
Hands down this is one of my favorite childhood memories, so it is wonderful for breakfast, brunch , lunch or dinner…how is that for flexibility! The Angels Whip is so good on this and made kissed by the Angels, as everything is that includes a little meringue! This is definitely a make ahead and bring out when family or guest arrive! Enjoy!
SERVES: 12 LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!
INGREDIENTS Almond Shortcakes: 2 ½ cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup almond flour 8 tablespoons cold butter 1 cup whole milk 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Almond Coarse sugar
Ingredients for topping: 2 cups raspberries 2 cups strawberries 2 cups blueberries 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
ANGEL WHIPPED CREAM: 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs whites whipped to still meringues Toasted almond slivers for garnish mint leaves if avail.
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and almonds in a large bowl. Mix, cut in the.Add the almond extract to the milk and then add to the flour mixture. Gently incorporate the milk into the flour. Be sure not to over mix as doing so will make the flour rubbery. If the mixture remains too wet to properly handle, add a little more flour until you can pat the dough firmly into a round disk. Cut with a biscuit cutter or jar/glass and place onto a baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Mix berries, Balsamic Vinegar, sugar in a bowl and set aside for at least 10 minutes. Beat cream with sugar and vanilla until whipped. Beat egg whites until stiff meringue stage, incorporate the two for a steady and light cream topping. To serve, slice each shortcake in half. Top the bottom with a healthy dollop of Angel cream and then cover with berries. Top with more whipped cream and lay the top of the shortcake against the berries. Garnish almonds/mint -Serve & enjoy!
Okay, so for me, you just can’t beat the original recipes from my heroine, Julia Child’s. I use the original recipe but I do add 1 Tbsp of sugar, I just like it better this way, so this is how it goes! If making a savory quiche, I still add the sugar…it’s just better. However, omit if you like!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
(Julia Child’s Inspired) Pie Crust
MAKES: 2 single pie crusts SERVES: 8 LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!
INGREDIENTS Base: 1 1/3 Flour 1 ¼ stick butter (I use salted) 2 Tbsp shortening (Crisco) 1 tsp. Salt 1 Tbsp Sugar 1/3 C very cold water
DIRECTIONS Pulse in food processor just until it crumbles. Pulse until it forms a ball – stop as soon as this happens. You can roll immediately, or make 2 round disks and wrap well and refrigerate for later. If refrigerated, take out of cooler and let rest 30 minutes to bring up to workable/rollable condition.
Makes 2 single or 1 double crust for pies. Or large sheet of pastry dough for use in wrapping apples (as shown) or pastry of your choice! Enjoy!
So I love creamy, indulgent Carbonara. It simply takes 10-15 minutes and it is always a meal that screams “Hey, reward yourself” That’s exactly what I did for family today. Simple ingredients and big on delicious – here goes!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Carbonara Presto with Amazing Herbes
SERVES: 8 LEVEL: Presto
FOR THE BASE 1 lb. of your favorite Angel Hair Pasta (the skinnier the better)
FOR THE FILLING 1 medium onion very finely chopped ½ Pound finely chopped ham or bacon 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil 1 tsp finely minced garlic 1 Tbsp Amazing Herbes 1 cup green peas
FOR THE SAUCE 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 1 cup half/half cream 1 tsp Amazing Heat 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup reserved Pasta Water 2 Tbsp of butter ½ tsp black pepper
FOR THE GARNISH (optional) Shredded basil leaves Chopped parsley Grated parmesan
DIRECTIONS Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water with 1 Tbsp salt until al-dente. Reserved 1 cup pasta water and strain pasta (keep warm/set aside)
In large skillet or open Dutch oven kettle, sautéed minced onion, ham/bacon (Olive Oil if using ham), minced garlic, Amazing Herbes cook until soft and fragrant, add peas to heat well.
Meanwhile for sauce, add egg yolks, eggs, cream, Amazing Heat seasoning, cheese – beat together until very smooth. You will take large skillet with ham ect. off the burner, add strained pasta– again, off heat add the egg/cream mixture and toss until glossy, creamy sauce forms – use the reserved Pasta Water/butter until a consistency that is perfect for you! Creamy smooth! Serve generous serving in a pasta bowl and finish with a little grated Parmesan, garnish with basil and parsley.
So late summer peaches always ring the bell for me, there is a little whisper that says “enjoy these, play with these….pssst, pumpkins are next”. So in the mind set of “seizing the day”, what is better than Peaches n’ Cream. This cake takes the Peaches n’ Cream and floats it on a cloud of total deliciousness. It takes a few steps, a little patience, but doesn’t everything that is wonderful! May you float on this cloud of deliciousness and enjoy sharing with those special in your life!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Peach Cream Cloud Cake
SERVES: 12-16 LEVEL: Intermediate and some! YOU GOT THIS!
INGREDIENTS PEACH PUREE: 6-8 Peaches ½ lemon juiced ¼ cup sugar ½ to 1 tsp of Pummull Spice
PEACH CAKE (Presto Style!): Purchase 2 boxes Lemon Supreme Cake Mixes 6 eggs ½ C melted Butter 3 cups Puréed Peaches (from above) 1 Large Jar peach or apricot preserves
FOR THE FILLING/CAKE SEAL GANACHE
BUTTERCREAM-CHEESE FROSTING (Ganache Style): ½ C butter softened 1 8oz block Cream Cheese 4 C. Confectioners Sugar 1/8 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla Dash of lemon juice Optional 1 Tbsp of Cream or milk
WHIPPED CREAM/CHEESE CLOUD FROSTING: 1 8oz pkg Cream Cheese 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream 1 to 1.5 Cup Confectioners Sugar 1 tsp Corn Starch 1 tsp vanilla
Get the Party Started!
DIRECTIONS Create PEACH PURÉE by peeling and slicing ripe peaches, place in bowl and squeeze ½ fresh lemon juice over slices and sprinkle with sugar and Pummull Spice Seasoning.
Process in blender to make a peach purée should yield 3 cups.
Make Lemon Supreme cake mixes but add 6 eggs, ½ melted butter and 3 cups of peach purée. Bake cakes in approx 9” greased pans with wax paper on the bottom of each pan (circle cut). (This helps to keep cakes from cracking when they cool) Cool cakes. (Makes 4 cake rounds)
Use 3 of the cooled cakes, spread warmed peach or apricot preserves on the tops and let cool again. (Reserve the remaining cake round for another day….freeze it!)
Make Buttercream-cheese frosting ganache by beating the butter and cream cheese until light, add confectioners sugar, vanilla and lemon squeeze. If needed add up to 1 Tbsp Cream
Frost/seal, each of the cake round tops with Frosting and then stack to form the 3 layer cake.
When stacked and straight frost/seal the sides til the entire cakes are lightly frosted but sealed.
At this time refrigerate the cake.
Whipped CreamCheese Fluff Frosting; whip cream cheese until light and fluffy, set aside.
Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks and add vanilla, confectioners sugar and 1 tsp corn starch. When all combined reincorporate the whipped cream cheese into mixture give a 30 second whip to incorporate – and Viola! At this point frost the entire cake top and side. Use any additional frosting to create clouds to accent the top of the cake. This needs to go into a refrigerator and taken out just before serving. I like to take a fresh peach and slice to garnish top when ready to serve! If you make ahead and need to hold more than a day or so, freeze entire cake. It freezes covered with wax paper wonderfully! Enjoy – this is the delicious bomb.