Thursday, June 30, 2011

Giveaway Winner Announced!

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Comment #39!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last Chance to Enter The Giveaway!

Joss & Main Giveaway ends today!


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Bruschetta & A Giveaway!

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I posted a Winter Bruschetta recipe months ago and now it's time to reveal my favorite Summer Bruschetta made with seasonal garden fresh ingredients!  I've been waiting patiently to share this recipe and now that summer has arrived I thought it would be a perfect appetizer to feature just in time for Fourth of July!  What better dish to bring to a BBQ than these eye catching bruschetta. 

Bruschetta is a traditional Italian appetizer made with tomatoes, basil, garlic, and onion served over grilled toast.  There are many different variations to this classic recipe and I've provided you with a few different options to choose from.

While my recipe follows the traditional ingredients, it provides a more flavorful undertone with the addition of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Tossed in a flavorful vinaigrette, this bruschetta mixture is light, fresh, and flavorful. 

To add a unique spin you can add your favorite cheese. Spread your toasts with goat cheese or slice a piece of mozzarella before you top it with your tomato mixture or sprinkle a little feta cheese over the top.  No matter how you prefer your bruschetta, you can't deny the cool and refreshing flavors in each bite.

Not only is it delicious, but it's extremely easy and convenient.  The tomato mixture can be made a day ahead allowing you to only have to assemble your bruschetta just before serving.  Only a few simple steps and a make ahead dish- this recipe is a piece of cake and will be sure to impress and satisfy your friends and family this holiday weekend!  Hope you enjoy it!


Recipe Tips
  • If you're serving your bruschetta already assembled, serve it immediately otherwise your toasts can become soggy.  
  • You can also serve your bruschetta and toasts separately and let your guests assemble it themselves.   
  • An alternative to broiling or baking your toasts is to grill them to get a smoky flavor and beautiful grill marks.
  • NOTE: The bruschetta mixture can be prepared a day ahead.  

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Begin with dicing your tomatoes into very small pieces:

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Then finely chop your red onion:

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And chop your basil:

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Combine your tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl:

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Stir until combined:

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Meanwhile, slice your french bread into 1/2 inch thick pieces at a diagonal:

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Lay your slices of bread on a cookie sheet lined with foil and brush the tops with olive oil:

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Broil until the tops are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes:

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Try spreading your toasts with goat cheese and then spooning your bruschetta mixture on top:

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Or instead of spreading goat cheese, spoon your bruschetta mixture over plain toast and sprinkle with feta:

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Or to serve traditional bruschetta, omit the garlic in the bruschetta mixture and rub your toast with a piece of garlic that has been peeled and cut in half immediately after the toast is removed from the oven. Then top with your bruschetta mixture:

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Enjoy whatever mixture you like!

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Summer Bruschetta
Makes: about 25 Bruschetta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2-3 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
2 cups cherry, grape, or plum tomatoes diced into small pieces
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 small garlic clove, finely minced
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1 loaf of french bread, sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices

4-ounces goat cheese (optional)
3 tablespoons feta cheese (optional)

Directions
Combine your tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl and stir until combined.

Meanwhile, slice your french bread at a diagonal into 1/2 inch thick pieces.  Lay your slices of bread on a cookie sheet lined with foil and brush the tops with olive oil.  Broil until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.  

To make traditional bruschetta, omit the garlic in the bruschetta mixture and rub your toast garlic that has been peeled and cut in half immediately after the toast is removed from the oven. Then top with your bruschetta mixture and serve.  

Other variations you can try is to spread your toasts with goat cheese and spoon your bruschetta mixture on top or you can top your toast with the bruschetta mixture and sprinkle with feta. 

If you're serving your bruschetta already assembled, serve it immediately otherwise your toasts can become soggy.  You can also serve your bruschetta and toasts separately and let your guests assemble it themselves.  NOTE: The bruschetta mixture can be prepared a day ahead.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Corn Muffins & A Giveaway!



This weekend on my Patch Column, "Cooking with Chelsea", I posted easy and convenient Corn Muffins. A perfect grab and go breakfast to leave out for your family to enjoy!

My favorite muffin would be a toss up between blueberry and corn.  My husband would agree.  So when I was trying to decide which to bake, I went with the most convenient of the two.  Corn Muffins are extremely convenient because they are made with pantry ingredients, allowing you to bake a batch whenever you're in the mood!

Not only do the ingredients save you a trip to the grocery store, but this recipe is also extremely fast to prepare.  Only a few simple steps required and you can have corn muffins baking in the oven in only minutes!

This recipe is a great cake-like consistency.  While many corn breads and corn muffins tend to be on the dry side- these muffins are perfectly moist and light in flavor.  A great sweetness and corn like consistency!  If you prefer a little texture, add some canned corn or if you prefer a more grainy corn like consistency, try adding more cornmeal... this recipe is a great go-to recipe to use and adjust to your desired taste!

To find this recipe click here to visit Patch.  Hope you enjoy it!



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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles & A Giveaway!

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There's nothing more refreshing than a cool berry popsicle on a hot humid summers day.  We have an ice cream truck that regularly circles through our neighborhood, which always makes me think about my childhood when my family and I would vacation at Myrtle Beach. The sound of the bell when the ice cream truck stopped at the top of the sand dune was always a sound my sister and cousins and I looked forward to.

The pictures of our favorite ice cream plastered along the side of the truck always made it so hard to choose.  Between the chaco taco, chipwich, firecracker, and snow cones... it was a tough decision to make every time.  Regardless of what was chosen, it was sure to cool us off and provide a sweet treat.

These amazingly delicious Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles remind me of my favorite firecracker popsicle.  The firecracker was layered with cherry, lemon, and blue raspberry. It was so patriotic looking with the layers of red, white, and blue- a perfectly appropriate summer time pop!  

Now imagine making your favorite childhood popsicle- homemade.  Made with real fruit and ingredients you can see for yourself.  No additives or preservatives here!  This recipe can be adapted to use whatever berry flavor is your favorite.  The original recipe I found was made with strawberry, but I love raspberries... if you want to change the flavor too just make sure to use a pint of fruit and the flavor options are endless!

I know I say this often, but this recipe is truly EASY. Only a few quick steps and you can have homemade popsicles your kids will love... and you can reminisce about your childhood memories with each pop too!


Don't forget to enter to win the Giveaway for a $100 e-spree gift card to Joss & Main elegible to one lucky reader to use towards anything on their website!

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To make your lemonade mixture, combine your lemon juice and sugar in a small sauce pot:

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Heat over medium/low heat and stir constantly until your sugar dissolves:

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In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine your lemon/sugar mixture and plain yogurt.  Whisk on medium/low speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. This step can also be done by hand.  Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate:

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To make your raspberry mixture, combine your raspberries, sugar, and water in a medium sauce pot:

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Heat over medium heat at a low simmer, stirring occasionally, until your raspberries are soft, about 2-3 minutes:

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Transfer your raspberries to a bowl, add the lemon juice, and mash the raspberries until pureed, but not liquefied:

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Chill your raspberry mixture in the refrigerator until cool.  I refrigerated both the raspberry and lemonade mixture overnight.

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Once cooled, add your yogurt and whisk until combined:

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Take your popsicle molds:

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And fill them with your fillings, rotating between the two.  I started with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of raspberry first:

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Then 1 tablespoon of lemonade mixture:

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Continue layering until all of your molds are filled. Put the tops on and freeze for a few hours or overnight until your liquid freezes:
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To remove your popsicle from the mold, run them under warm water until your popsicles slip out of the mold easily:

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Dig in and enjoy!

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Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles
Adapted From Pass the Sushi
Makes: about 16 popsicles
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
Lemonade Layer
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
5 tablespoons sugar
1 1/3 cups yogurt, plain or vanilla (I used plain)

Raspberry Layer
1 pint raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup plain yogurt

Directions
To make your lemonade mixture, combine your lemon juice and sugar in a small sauce pot.  Heat over medium/low heat and stir constantly until your sugar dissolves.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine your lemon/sugar mixture and plain yogurt.  Whisk on medium/low speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. This step can also be done by hand.  Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate. 

To make your raspberry mixture, combine your raspberries, sugar, and water in a medium sauce pot.  Heat over medium heat at a low simmer, stirring occasionally, until your raspberries are soft, about 2-3 minutes.  Transfer your raspberries to a bowl, add the lemon juice, and mash the raspberries until pureed, but not liquefied.  Chill your raspberry mixture in the refrigerator until cool.  I refrigerated both the raspberry and lemonade mixture overnight. 

Once cooled, add your yogurt and whisk until combined.  To assemble your popsicles, take your popsicle molds and fill them with your fillings, rotating between your raspberry and lemonade mixtures.  I started with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of raspberry first.  Then about 1 tablespoon of lemonade mixture.  Continue layering until all of your molds are filled. Put the popsicle tops on and freeze for a few hours or overnight until your liquid is frozen.  To remove your popsicles from the mold, put them under warm running water until they loosen.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fried Mozzarella and a Giveaway!

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After frying for the first time a few months ago, I've officially conquered my fear of it.  For those of you that know me, you know I'm afraid of a lot of things.  I often think with a "what if" mentality. So when I first considered frying, I immediately thought about the possibility of hot oil burns and crazy oil fires that I wouldn't be able to control... totally normal, right???...

Since trying frying for the first time, I've found it far easier than I expected.  No injuries to share with you- only deliciously crisp and golden fried finger foods.  I've been feeling so confident, that I thought of going out on a limb and making fried mozzarella without a recipe to follow.  After making the Jalapeno Poppers recently, I learned that double breading creates a nice crisp exterior and seals cheese in well.  So I decided to use the same technique with mozzarella.  

Fried mozzarella is one of my favorite appetizers and is something I love to order out at a restaurant.  This homemade version is an exact replica and is extremely easy to re-create. It requires very few steps and ingredients. You can make it using a mozzarella block for a slice of cheese you can cut into or using individually packed string cheese you buy for your kids to take to school for the perfect fried mozzarella stick.  No matter which you prefer, either form of fried mozzarella is delicious and easy to make at home!
 

I also have an exciting new Giveaway to tell you about!  I was recently contacted by Joss & Main and presented with the opportunity to feature a $100 e-spree giveaway to one lucky reader that can be used towards anything on their website!

Joss & Main features exclusive, members-only events with a broad array of premium brands and categories for the home offered at discounts of 25 to 70 percent off retail. New sales launch daily, but last for only 72 hours. Past Joss & Main events have featured Henckles, Le Creuset, Cuisinart, Missoni Home, and Dwell Baby among others. They are currently and in the near future running fabulous culinary events from Kitchen Aid, The Tea Spot, Reed & Barton, and Dancing Deer Baking Company.

.... check out what they're selling this week! They have lots of absolutely beautiful items to choose from!

Here's how to win:

Required:
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2.  Leave a comment on Sprinkles of Parsley telling me what your favorite Joss & Main item is on their website.

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To make fresh fried mozzarella, you can use a 16 oz. block of fresh mozzarella like this one:


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Take your cheese and slice it into 1/2 inch thick pieces:

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Then prepare your dipping bowls by combining your beaten eggs in one bowl and bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in the other:

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Dip your cheese into the egg:

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Then cover it with breadcrumbs, pressing down so the breadcrumbs stick:

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Then dip it back into the egg:

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And finish with the breadcrumbs again:

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I also experimented with string cheese to make traditional mozzarella sticks. Using string cheese, follow the same steps as listed above:

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Meanwhile, combine a large saute pan with 2 inches of vegetable oil.  Heat it over medium heat until a small clump of breadcrumbs and egg sizzle when it's dropped into the oil.  Temperature should be about 375 degrees:
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Then carefully drop your mozzarella into the oil:

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Fry until golden, about 30 seconds:

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Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and continue to fry the rest of your cheese.  Then serve them with a side of a marinara sauce for dipping:

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Cut into your fried mozzarella and let the cheese ooze out... yum!

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Fried Mozzarella
Makes: 10 slices or cheese sticks
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1, 16-ounce block of mozzarella cheese or package of string cheese
4 eggs
2 cups breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
vegetable oil
1 cup marinara sauce for dipping

Directions
Slice your mozzarella block into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Then prepare your dipping bowls by combining your beaten eggs in one bowl and bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in the other.  Dip your cheese into the egg,
then cover it with breadcrumbs, dip it back into the egg, and finish with the breadcrumbs again.

Meanwhile, combine a large saute pan with 2 inches of vegetable oil.  Heat it over medium heat until a small clump of breadcrumbs sizzle when dropped into the oil.  Temperature should be about 375 degrees. Then carefully drop your mozzarella into the oil.  Fry your cheese until golden, about 30 seconds.

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and continue to fry the rest of your cheese.  Serve them with a side of a marinara sauce for dipping.
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Grilled Parmesan Tomatoes


This week on my Patch colum,"Cooking with Chelsea" I'm featuring Grilled Parmesan Tomatoes. A quick and easy side dish that is filled with delicious flavor.  Made with only a few simple ingredients, this dish is the epitome of fresh.

If you're lucky enough to have a green thumb and able to grow tomatoes and herbs in your garden, this item can be made any time.  I have yet to develop my green thumb... I have a hard enough time remembering to water my potted plants.  Regardless of where your ingredients come from, this dish is light, fresh and satisfying.

I've also included a list of grilling tips to make a perfectly grilled steak for your dad on Father's Day!  With these grilling pointers, you're qualified to handle the grill and give dad a well deserved day off! 

Grilled steaks and Grilled Parmesan Tomatoes are a perfect meal you're dad is sure to enjoy!  Click here to view this recipe and tips on Patch.


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