Simple Recipe: Pineapple Strawberry Palmiers

Pineapple Strawberry Palmiers

When my sister and I were kids, my mom used to make these pineapple strawberry palmiers for us to share with our classmates on Valentine’s Day. They were always gobbled up within seconds. So when Maggie taught me how to make palmiers a few weeks ago, a flood of happy (and sweet) memories came rushing back and I knew I had to share this recipe with you.

With the help of store-bought puff pastry, these little desserts are a snap to make. Crisp, flaky cookie with pineapple cream cheese and a strawberry on top? I don’t really know how you could go wrong.

Pineapple Strawberry Palmiers

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry
1 block cream cheese
1 can crushed pineapple (8 oz.)
Strawberries (sliced thinly)
Sugar

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle a cutting board with sugar and lay the thawed puff pastry on top of it. Sprinkle more sugar on top of the puff pastry. Use a rolling pin to flatten the pastry a little. This gets the sugar nice and embedded into the dough.

2. Take one edge of the pastry and roll it toward the middle do the same with the other side. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, stir together the cream cheese and pineapple. If you can find pineapple cream cheese, even better! That’s what my mom uses but for some reason it’s more readily available in Hawaii than in Massachusetts. (No idea why!) Slice your strawberries.

4. Take your puff pastry out of the fridge and slice it into quarter-inch pieces. Place about two inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake for about six minutes, turn, and bake for about six more minutes. Oven temperatures vary, so keep your eye on them. They should be golden brown when they’re ready.

5. Assemble: spread a dallop of pineapple cream cheese on the cookie. Top with two slices of strawberry.

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Simple Recipe: Oyako Donburi

Simple Recipes: Oyako Donburi

Every day, as I drive around and look at the bare trees and the piles of snow that are either growing or melting, I have to stop and remind myself that it’s still fall. Winter hasn’t even begun in earnest! But we have the lovely distraction of the holidays, which means things are busy, busy, busy and there’s even less time to think about what’s for dinner.

That’s why I’m so grateful to Lindsey for sharing this recipe with me! Oyako donburi is Japanese comfort food at its finest. It’s a mound of rice covered in an broth made of sweet and savory ingredients that flavor bites of chicken, and the whole thing is then thickened with egg. The dish is incredibly quick to whip up, and I love that it requires ingredients that we typically have on hand anyway.

Oyako donburi has come to the rescue multiple times in the past few weeks, with its warm, hearty goodness, and I’m sure it will continue to be a weekly staple for us in the coming months.

Simple Recipes: Oyako Donburi

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup low sodium shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 3/4 tablespoon sake
1 small onion, cut into strips
3 well-beaten eggs
2 cups rice
Green onion to garnish

Instructions:

1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and simmer in the chicken broth until it’s cooked through.

2. Add the shoyu, sugar, and sake. Stir to combine. Add the onion and simmer until they’re translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

3. Pour the eggs over everything and cook until just set, about 2 minutes. Spoon over rice and serve hot!

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Simple Recipe: “Magic” Minestrone

Easy and Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe
Whenever someone in my family gets sick, my mom makes her famous minestrone soup, and it always works like a charm. No one has come down with a cold over here (yet) but we’re feeling the chill of these autumn days, and that has set us on the hunt for comfort foods. In the notes my mom made for this recipe, it says, “Lots of ingredients, but easy–mostly dumping!” Which is true: chop, chop, chop, dump into pot–and voila! Magic soup.

I love that this soup is thick, almost like a stew, but you can water it down with more chicken broth or water at the end if you like it thinner. It’s one of those dishes that’s great to make on a Sunday because it’s such a big batch that it can last through the week. I’m a fan of putting it into a thermos for a steaming hot lunch at work. Anyone else out there a thermos fan? I think it’s the perfect intersection of nostalgia and function.

Easy and Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
14-oz can chicken broth
1 quart water
2 medium carrots, diced
Half of small cabbage or 1 small Chinese cabbage, sliced
1 medium potato, diced
15-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1-2 cloves garlic, diced
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1⁄2 cup uncooked macaroni

Instructions:

1. In a large stockpot, add beans, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, and tomatoes to chicken broth and water. Simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Coat the bottom of a skillet with cooking spray; sauté the onions for few minutes until the edges are just beginning to turn gold. Add zucchini, garlic, pepper, and basil. Cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp. Add to the stockpot (with the beans, broth, vegetables, and tomatoes) with tomato sauce and macaroni.

3. Simmer for another 20 minutes. Add water or more broth if it’s too thick for your taste. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Easy Sweet Cornbread

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My mom’s sweet cornbread recipes was one of the first that I posted here. It took me a solid two hours to take the dark and, frankly, uninspiring photos that I posted. When I whipped up a batch of this family favorite earlier this week, I decided that it’s time for this cornbread recipe to see the light again. It’s so easy and such a crowd pleaser! The perfect thing to accompany steaming bowls of soup and stew in the coming weeks.

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Ingredients

1 ½ sticks butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups Bisquick
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 ½ cups milk

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Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease a 9″ x 12″ baking pan.

2. Mix all the ingredients with a hand or stand mixer until well combined. Pour into the pan and bake 35-40 minutes.

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The Easiest Salmon

Frock Files: Easy Weeknight Salmon

One of my favorite things to hear is, “I’m not a cook, but when I read blog I think, ‘I can do that!'” This salmon recipe epitomizes that sentiment.

The secret to great salmon is not doing very much to it at all. As I mentioned before, this is my favorite thing to have with a Champagne and Strawberries salad, for a light summertime dinner. For both the salmon and salad, it’s a dinner that takes fewer than 30 minutes to prepare. Hello, weeknights!

Ingredients

2 small salmon fillets
1/2 to 1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

1. Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. We actually use our toaster oven, because–why not?

2. Drop small chunks of butter along the length of the salmon steaks. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper. Bake for 20-23 minutes. If your oven (or toaster oven) has a convection setting, reduce cooking time by 3-5 minutes. Salmon should be pink with just a bit of golden brown around the edges.

3. Serve immediately with a fresh salad! Nom.

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