Spache the Spatula http://www.spachethespatula.com Childhood Nickname Turned (Almost) Grownup Food Blog Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:28:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sun Basket Review and Giveaway! http://www.spachethespatula.com/sun-basket-review/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/sun-basket-review/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:00:41 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27335

Something a little different today!

Sun Basket Review!A couple weeks ago, Hannah from Sun Basket reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try out their food/recipe delivery service. Of course I was ab it hesitate at first, because you guys know I’m extremely selective with the products I will share with you, here on the blog. But! She assured me that I could try it and then decide if I wanted to write about it.

On top of that, I was impressed that the service sends all organic and sustainable ingredients, and the recipes looks super delicious and healthy (they all come with calorie counts)!

Sun Basket Review!If you’re not familiar with food delivery services like this, basically they send you a box with pre-measured ingredients for three different meals, and recipe card that tells you how to cook them. You can also choose between a few different meal options (which change weekly), including vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo options!

Sun Basket was kind enough to offer all of you $20 off your first purchase (you get 3 meals for 2 people for $60) if you use this link to visit their site!The only downside is that they are a west coast company, so their delivery area is a only a few states.


Sun Basket Review! Sun Basket Review!Overall, I was SUPER impressed. Way more so than I thought I would be! The ingredients were fresh and flavorful, and the recipes were innovative and exciting.

The three meals I chose were: Baked Shrimp with Tomato, Orzo, and Mint, Rigatoni with White Beans and Wild Arugula, and Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes and Chermoula Butter.

Sun Basket Review! Sun Basket Review!My absolute favorite was the shrimp. I’m not even a big shrimp person, but this recipe was fantastic! I am absolutely keeping the recipe card to make with my own ingredients, again!

I loved how the recipes contained really investing ingredients that you don’t see often, like aleppo chile and pre-made chermoula butter.

I was a little disappointed at first to see that the sweet potato pictured on the card was orange while mine was white, but the taste more than made up for it. The only thing that I didn’t like out of all three meals was the radicchio. Mikey andI  both agree that it was too bitter of a component, but the rest of it was so good it hardly mattered.

Sun Basket Review! Sun Basket Review! Sun Basket Review!What I love so much was that each of the meals was crazy easy, but tasted gourmet. Not to mention, I learned three new recipes!

Sun Basket would like to offer one of you the chance to win 3 days of meals for 2 people ($60 value)! Just use the giveaway widget below to enter!

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BLT Turkey Burger Sliders http://www.spachethespatula.com/blt-turkey-burger-sliders/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/blt-turkey-burger-sliders/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:56 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27318

I cannot even believe that June is almost over…

The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipeThat means that Fourth of July is right around the corner! …Like seriously…it’s on Saturday…

I thought I wasn’t ready, but these little sliders would actually be completely perfect for the occasion! They’re adorable, easy, and so delicious! Plus, I feel like all Fourth of July parties should serve food that’s been grilled. Just seems fitting, ya know?

The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipe The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipe The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipeBut yes, I’m kind of obsessed with these little burgers. The base recipe comes from Martha Stewart, and she is an utter genius. The gruyere, dijon, and green onion are ridiculously good inside these patties. I make mine a little bit different as I like more cheese, more garlic, and in miniature size! It’s cuter that way, and better for a party! As for the bread crumbs, I like to just grind up stale baguettes super finely in my food processor.

Mixing the cheese and mustard into the patties themselves keeps these babies extra moist. No joke, these are the moistest and most delicious turkey burgers you will ever try—promise!

The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipe The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipeHow gorgeous are those yellow plum tomatoes I found?! I love tomatoes in the summertime <3

I like to top my little sliders with all the fixin’s of a BLT sandwich. The crisp bacon, juicy tomato, and cool, crisp lettuce are fantastic textural contrasts.

Also guys, not about these burgers, but yesterday my baby brother turned 18. EIGHTEEN! He’s a legal adult, and I just. can’t. even. He’s going off to college in the Fall, and I’m beyond proud of him. Just had to get that off my chest 😀

The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipe The BEST moist and most flavorful turkey burgers you will ever eat, with all the flavors of a BLT! |spachethespatula.com #recipe

BLT Turkey Burger Sliders

Yield: 10 sliders

Ingredients:

for the patties:

  • 1 and 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs (I came my own by grinding up stale baguettes)
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper

for the sliders:

  • 10 mini brioche buns, toasted
  • 10 slices bacon, crisped
  • plum tomatoes, sliced
  • butter lettuce
  • mayo

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, use your hands to gently mix together all of the patty ingredients. Carefuly form into 10 slider patties, about an inch thick. (At this point, you can place all of the patties on a baking sheet, cover with foil, a refrigerate until ready to cook.)
  2. Heat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill or grill pan with olive oil. Cook the patties for 2 minutes per side. Then, wither transfer to a cooler part of the grill, or a 250 degree oven for about 10 minutes, until cooked through.
  3. To assemble, spread a little mayo on each side of your toasted buns. Top with lettuce, the patty, the tomato slices, and some bacon. Enjoy!

turkey burger recipe slightly adapted from here

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Banana Nutella Cupcakes http://www.spachethespatula.com/banana-nutella-cupcakes/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/banana-nutella-cupcakes/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:00:25 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27304

It has been way too long since my last cupcake recipe!

Moist and delicious banana cake topped with a soft and fluffy Nutella cream cheese buttercream---the BEST use for brown bananas! | spachethespatula.com #recipeSeriously, the last one I posted was these, in January. That’s half a freakin’ year ago!

Actually, I just made those red velvet cupcakes super recently while I was in Florida, for a good friend’s birthday! If you’re a fan of red velvet, make those—the are the BEST!

But, if you love bananas and Nutella, and especially when they are together, these babies are the cupcakes for you!

Moist and delicious banana cake topped with a soft and fluffy Nutella cream cheese buttercream---the BEST use for brown bananas! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Moist and delicious banana cake topped with a soft and fluffy Nutella cream cheese buttercream---the BEST use for brown bananas! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThese cupcakes are crazy good, you guys.

The cake is tender and moist with a slight sugary outer crust, but they aren’t too sweet. The frosting is a combination of Nutella, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and cream cheese. It’s light, fluffy, and oh-so-creamy! The cream cheese gives it a slight tang that is way-too-addictive.

You know what I just thought of that would super yummy in these? If you rolled out their centers a little and filled then with a teaspoon of Nutella. Oh lawdy, someone has to do that now and then tell me how it goes. I suspect MARVELOUSLY!

Moist and delicious banana cake topped with a soft and fluffy Nutella cream cheese buttercream---the BEST use for brown bananas! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Moist and delicious banana cake topped with a soft and fluffy Nutella cream cheese buttercream---the BEST use for brown bananas! | spachethespatula.com #recipeAnd can we talk about how cute the bumble bee cupcake wrappers and toppers are for a second?? The pack also had some lady bug ones that I’m dying to use! I’m pretty sure my mom got them for me at like T.J. Maxx, and I’m obsessed. T.J. Maxx has a weirdly good home/food section…

By the way, this is another delectable dessert that I created for my friends at Food Fanatic ^.^ Please check out my post over there as well, for more words and photos that you won’t see here!

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Blueberry Cornmeal Cake http://www.spachethespatula.com/blueberry-cornmeal-cake/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/blueberry-cornmeal-cake/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27291

Hi guys!

A soft and tender cake made with blue cornmeal for added flair, and studded with juicy blueberries | spachethespatula.com #recipeI’m back in Seattle, and ready to post some delicious food

Let’s start with this cake, shall we? It’s really freaking tasty, and bursting with plump, juicy blueberries! It’s also made with cornmeal, which makes it really texturally satisfying. I used blue cornmeal because I though blue cornmeal with blueberries sounded nice, but you can totally use the yellow stuff if that’s what you have.

A soft and tender cake made with blue cornmeal for added flair, and studded with juicy blueberries | spachethespatula.com #recipe

There’s also cinnamon and maple in this cake, because I love the way those flavors work with blueberries. I like to serve it with a good drizzling of maple syrup, too—the real deal stuff, obviously. Aunt Jemima ain’t got no place here! Yes, I just said “ain’t.” Sorry.

Can we also just stop for second and talk about how I have to keep pausing while writing this post up to belt out Sam Hunt songs? I’m a little obsessed with his CD. Can we call them CDs anymore? Albums? I don’t know… In any event, his songs are so catchy and good! Please listen to this one, immediately.

A soft and tender cake made with blue cornmeal for added flair, and studded with juicy blueberries | spachethespatula.com #recipe A soft and tender cake made with blue cornmeal for added flair, and studded with juicy blueberries | spachethespatula.com #recipeOkay back to the cake. It’s an upside down cake! The blueberries are baked on the bottom, and then you flip the whole thing out of the pan allowing al the blueberry juices to seep into the cake. I made this with frozen berries, but obviously fresh would be even more delicious!

This is another dessert-y kinda thing that I created for Food Fanatic. Like usual, you should head over there and check out my post, because the words and pictures and stuff are different 😀

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Roasted Pork Loin Sandwich with Cherry Sauce http://www.spachethespatula.com/roasted-pork-loin-sandwich-with-cherry-sauce/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/roasted-pork-loin-sandwich-with-cherry-sauce/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 10:00:30 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27272

I have been so MIA, and it’s really unacceptable.

Super moist and flavorful pork loin, spicy arugula, and a homemade cherry sauce all stuffed in a Hawaiian bun! | spachethespatula.com #recipeI’m super sorry, guys! I’ve been enjoying time with my family, soaking up the sunshine, and barely cooking at all!

Actually, I am not doing anymore soaking of sunshine because I managed to get burned as shit during my very first trip to the beach. Well, done Rachael! Way to go! I can’t pick the aloe from my parents’ back yard fast enough to apply it to my ridiculously red skin. It’s even sillier because *only* my back side is burned. The front is completely fine and still Seattle pale. -sigh-

Since I’m here in Florida with my family, I thought it’d be great to share one of my mom’s famous recipes!

Super moist and flavorful pork loin, spicy arugula, and a homemade cherry sauce all stuffed in a Hawaiian bun! | spachethespatula.com #recipeIt’s her pork roast with cherry sauce. We used to eat it all the time growing up, usually with boxed mashed potatoes and canned peas. It has to be those! I usually prefer fresh stuff, but in this instance, the boxed and canned food is perfect—it may be due to the sheer nostalgia factor.

I’ve turned it into a sandwich, but I totally recommend making it for dinner as the meal I described above and then making these sandwiches with leftovers the next day!

I’m pretty obsessed with these sandwiches, though. They are savory, sweet, spicy deliciousness. I really like making these on toasted Hawaiian rolls because they are fluffy and sweet, but you could opt for something else like a hoagie if you prefer.

Pork goes really well with sweet things (think pork chops and applesauce), so its fantastic with this warmly spiced cherry sauce. Actually, I think you could put the cherry sauce on a shoe and chow down happily… It’s effing tasty. The peppery arugula and heat from the horseradish mustard help to temper the sweetness just enough.

These sandwiches + chilled white wine = Ho. Lee. Crap. good! Can you imagine what a fancy picnic you could have? And none of this is even hard to make!

Super moist and flavorful pork loin, spicy arugula, and a homemade cherry sauce all stuffed in a Hawaiian bun! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

Roasted Pork Loin Sandwich with Cherry Sauce

Ingredients:

for the pork:

  • 4 lb boneless pork loin roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning

for the cherry sauce:

  • 16-ounce can pitted tart or sour red cherries
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 dozen whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp butter

for the sandwiches:

  • Hawaiian rolls (I just got the King's Hawaiian hot dog buns)
  • mayo
  • horseradish mustard
  • arugula

Directions:

for the pork:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Rub the meat all over with the poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Place on a rack in a roasting pan. Place in the oven and roast for about 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

for the cherry sauce:

  1. Drain the cherries but reserve the juice. Measure out 1/2 of a cup of juice (if there isn't enough cherry juice, add water). Tie the cloves and star anise up in cheesecloth.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the cherry juice, sugar, cinnamon, spice bag, and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. In a measuring cup, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Pour into the sauce and cook stirring constantly for 1 to 3 minutes until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the cherries, lemon juice, and butter.

for the sandwiches:

  1. Toast the buns and spread with mayo and the mustard. Add in a bunch or arugula, top with some sliced pork, and finish with the cherry sauce.

*The sandwiches can be made with hot or cold pork. You will want to warm up the cherry sauce no matter what, though, as it will thicken too much once chilled.

Pork and cherry sauce recipe slightly adapted from Southern Living 1989

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Grilled Pesto Flank Steak over Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Polenta with Grilled Asparagus http://www.spachethespatula.com/grilled-pesto-flank-steak-over-sun-dried-tomato-and-goat-cheese-polenta-with-grilled-asparagus/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/grilled-pesto-flank-steak-over-sun-dried-tomato-and-goat-cheese-polenta-with-grilled-asparagus/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:59 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27252

You guys, it’s almost Summer!

A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipe*Colavita sponsored this post in partnership with Honest Cooking. As always, all views expressed are completely my own. Colavita is also offering a $1 off coupon and 15% off their online store to you guys!

Actually, in some places it may as well already be… Yesterday, I somewhat randomly flew down to Florida (as in, literally got the ticket at 4PM the day before…crazy), and it is absolutely Summer weather here. It was 83 degrees when I flew in at 10PM!

Back in Seattle, though, we have had a few completely gorgeous 70+ degree days, where being outside is the most lovely thing in the world! Right before I left, I got to have a little Italian grill-out with Mikey and his parents.

A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipe A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipe A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipeGrilling is great because a) you get to be outside and socialize with everyone while you cook, and b) you won’t get the house all heated up with the oven going. This meal is completely cooked on the grill, except for the creamy polenta, which only takes about 5 to 10 minutes on your stovetop—a perfect Summer-approved meal! Summer meals should always be quick and easy ya know?

A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipeI kind of, sort of, freaked out and did a happy dance when I found out I had been chosen to participate in Colavita’s Italian Summer Grilling campaign. I love grilling, I love olive oil, and I love all Italian food.

I wanted to create a recipe that was easy, delicious, and definitely perfect for a Summer grill-out. I think I can check off all three items because HO-LEE crap is this a good meal!

The creamy polenta is totally flavor packed thanks to the fact that I stirred in a great deal of goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. It pairs perfectly with the pesto-rubbed flank steak and garlicky grilled asparagus. The steak and asparagus both have a little smokiness going on from the grill, and it’s beyond fantastic!

A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipe A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipe A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipeThe best bites are when you get a little bit of everything on your fork—so satisfying!

I served this meal with a very simple arugula salad dressed with lemon juice and olive oil, and topped with really good shaving of parmesan.

A super easy but flavorful Italian summer grilling dish that will be the star of any grill-out! | #GrillwithColavita spachethespatula.com #recipe

Grilled Pesto Flank Steak over Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Polenta with Grilled Asparagus

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

for the steak:

  • 2 lbs flank steak
  • 1/4 cup Colavita Pesto Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Rachael Ray Malabar Black Peppercorns
  • Rachael Ray Salt from the Sea

for the asparagus:

  • 2 bunches thick asparagus
  • 1 tbsp Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Rachael Ray Malabar Black Peppercorns
  • Rachael Ray Salt from the Sea

for the polenta:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cups chicken stock (homemade is best!)
  • 1 cup Colavita Polenta
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup Colavita Sun-Dried Tomatoes, chopped
  • scant 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • Rachael Ray Malabar Black Peppercorns
  • Rachael Ray Salt from the Sea

to serve:

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Directions:

for the steak:

  1. Pat the steak dry with paper towel. Heat your grill to about 350 or 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the pesto and balsamic. Rub all over the steak. Season both sides with salt and pepper and place on the hot grill. Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping once, or until desired doneness is reached.
  3. Allow the steak to rest for 10 minute on a plate tented with foil, prior to slicing.

for the asparagus:

  1. Wash and trim the asparagus. Drizzle with the garlic olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Carefully place on the grill, and grill for 5-10 minutes, until slightly charred and tender.

for the polenta:

  1. Heat the garlic olive oil in s all pot over medium-high heat. Add in the garlic and salute for just a minute, until fragrant. Add in the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low. While whisking, add the polenta in a stream. Continue to stir and cook for 5-6 minutes, until tender and thick. Remove from heat and add in the goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and parmesan. Stir until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste with salt and pepper.

to serve:

  1. Scoop the polenta onto a platter. Arrange the asparagus around the outside, and place the sliced steak on top of the polenta. Pour any accumulated juices over top (don't be scared about it looking weird, this is where so much flavor is!). Scatter the fresh herbs over the top, and serve immediately!

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Frozen Blueberry Margaritas http://www.spachethespatula.com/frozen-blueberry-margaritas/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/frozen-blueberry-margaritas/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 10:00:56 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27241

I have something real good to get you through this hump day!

Blueberries, lime, and just a touch of agave combine for a gorgeous and delicious margarita! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThe best cocktail on the face of the earth—margaritas!

Am I alone in thinking that margaritas are the most delicious adult beverage? Especially frozen and with lots of salt. I typically order just plain lime margaritas (or jalapeño, because oh mah gawd spicy drinks are SO good…), but every once in a while a fruity craving hits, and the result usually ends up on the blog. Most recently it was these Mango-ritas, and before that it was these Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas.

And now these…

Blueberries, lime, and just a touch of agave combine for a gorgeous and delicious margarita! | spachethespatula.com #recipeI love the blueberries in this even more than I thought I would. Blueberries aren’t super duper sweet, and they are actually a little tart, so they work kinda, totally, perfectly paired with lime in a margarita.

Plus, the whole things turns out a rich dark blue color that is just gorgeous to look at, especially against the bright green of a lime wedge.

Blueberries, lime, and just a touch of agave combine for a gorgeous and delicious margarita! | spachethespatula.com #recipeLike I said, I am obsessed with tons of salt with my margaritas, so I coat the rims of my cups with lots of kosher salt (and use a little agave to help it stick). But, if you’re not into that, it would also work really well with some coarse turbinado sugar, for a sweeter effect. Actually, the salt/sugar/lime blend I used on these would be totally perfect.

Also, I used frozen blueberries in these, but you could definitely use fresh! I also think this would be great with blackberries or marionberries.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Blueberries, lime, and just a touch of agave combine for a gorgeous and delicious margarita! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

Frozen Blueberry Margaritas

Yield: 2 margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup silver tequila
  • 2 tbsp triple sec
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • ice, as much as you want
  • kosher salt, agave, and lime wedges, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to you elder, and blend until the ice is broken into teeny tiny pieces.
  2. Rub a bit of agave around the rims of your glasses, and dip in the salt. Pour the margaritas in to the glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Strawberry Tartlets http://www.spachethespatula.com/strawberry-tartlets/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/strawberry-tartlets/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 10:00:55 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27223

How about a little sweetness to start your week?

These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipeYes, it’s time for yet another strawberry recipe here on the blog. But really, is it possible to have too many of those? I say no. Strawberries are quite possibly the very best part of Spring. And, I just bough another two pints yesterday soooo… I guess expect to see even more recipes featuring them? Um, I mean that’s if they can diverge from their current path, which seems to be hand directly to mouth…

These are really freakin’ tasty tarts, though.

These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipe These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipe These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipeIf you hadn’t noticed, I kind of have a thing for tartlets around here (please see exhibits A and B). They are disgustingly adorable, and they’re personal-sized.

Okay, actually, they’re that awkward, in-between size where it’s like:

Do you slice this? Should I be cutting this in half? Will that be enough, though? I should just take the whole thing I guess… 

You get me? What I’m saying is, they are perfect-sized and you don’t have to share.These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipe These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThis is a recipe that I created for my friends over at Food Fanatic. So you know what that means, right? Yep, there is another post over there, with different photos and all that jazz, so you should definitely check it out.

Plus, I go on and on about that beautiful little dollop of cream on top that I didn’t even mention here (and how it’s maybe my fave thing ever).These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipe These adorable little tarts are the best way to use your Spring strawberries! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

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Too Easy: Minty Watermelon, Blackberry, and Feta Salad http://www.spachethespatula.com/too-easy-minty-watermelon-blackberry-and-feta-salad/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/too-easy-minty-watermelon-blackberry-and-feta-salad/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 10:00:44 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27209

I’m really into fruit salads lately…

Refreshing fruit, salty feta, and tangy-sweet dressing---this is a perfect salad for warmer weather! | spachethespatula.com #recipeIt must be the sunshine, and blooming flowers, and all around “Spring-y-ness.” But, yeah. I posted this one not too long ago, and it also heavily featured watermelon.

This one is a bit different though, because there’s a slightly savory element going on with the cheese and vinegar. It’s salty, sweet, and sour all at the same time, and it’s DIVINE!

Refreshing fruit, salty feta, and tangy-sweet dressing---this is a perfect salad for warmer weather! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Refreshing fruit, salty feta, and tangy-sweet dressing---this is a perfect salad for warmer weather! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThis actually isn’t the first time I’ve used watermelon in a savory application… Truth be told, it’s the fourth (see: this, this, and this). Watermelon and salty flavors just work, you guys! Seriously, if you’ve never tried sprinkling a little salt on your watermelon before eating it, try it and prepare to be amazed!

But, this doesn’t only have watermelon. It also has blackberries for a fruity, but more tangy flavor. It works really well with all the other elements here, plus it looks really pretty!

Refreshing fruit, salty feta, and tangy-sweet dressing---this is a perfect salad for warmer weather! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Refreshing fruit, salty feta, and tangy-sweet dressing---this is a perfect salad for warmer weather! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThe dressing is especially delicious. It’s a combination of fresh lime juice, agave syrup, fresh mint, and chardonnay balsamic. If you can’t find chardonnay vinegar, you can just go ahead and use any sort of white wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar.

The salad is best when you get a little bit of everything in the same bite—a watermelon cube, feta, and a blackberry, all doused in the dressing. It’s salty-sweet-tangy perfection! This would make a beautiful dish for an outdoor cook-out or picnic. And—I may be getting a little ahead of myself here—it would be absolutely ideal for a Fourth of July celebration! I mean…check out that red, white, and blue!

Refreshing fruit, salty feta, and tangy-sweet dressing---this is a perfect salad for warmer weather! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Refreshing fruit, salty feta, and tangy-sweet dressing---this is a perfect salad for warmer weather! | spachethespatula.com #recipeDon’t you love it when you can make something fresh, gorgeous, and delicious in just a couple minutes? It’s Too Easy 😀

Minty Watermelon, Blackberry, and Feta Salad

Yield: 4ish servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 cups cubed, seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 4 oz. good-quality, sheep's milk feta, cubed

for the dressing:

  • 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp thinly-sliced fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp chardonnay balsamic vinegar (or other white balsamic)

Directions:

  1. Gently toss the first three ingredient together.
  2. Pour the dressing over the top, and serve!

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Ground Beef Chili http://www.spachethespatula.com/ground-beef-chili/ http://www.spachethespatula.com/ground-beef-chili/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.spachethespatula.com/?p=27192

Happy Seis de Mayo?

An all meat (no beans!) chili PERFECT for topping hot dogs, baked potatoes, fries, or anything else! | spachethespatula.com #recipeBahahah. Did any of you do anything fun yesterday? I didn’t really, except I ate this chili!

I don’t know why, but I’ve been craving chili dogs somethin’ fierce!  And not just any chili dogs, the kind with the all meat chili on top—NO BEANS!

So yes, this is a ground beef chili that is perfect for topping chili dogs! Incidentally, it’s also great for topping baked potatoes, burgers, fries, and just about anything else.

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This chili seems like it has a lot of ingredients, but everything comes together super easily!

Also, the ingredients probably look really, really bizarre. They are kinda bizarre….fish sauce? ras el hanout? soy? But I promise, all of them have a purpose!

The fish sauce sounds gross, but it’s totally necessary! It lends an umami type of flavor that no one can quite put their finger on, but it’s delicious! The soy and Worcestershire do a similar thing, but it different ways.

Ras el hanout is a North African spice blend that I’ve used here instead of chili powder. It brings more warmth and depth than I feel like is possible with chile powder. It has many of the same ingredients but it also has sweeter spices like allspice, mace, nutmeg, cardamom, and clove. Sounds weird, but just trust me here!

An all meat (no beans!) chili PERFECT for topping hot dogs, baked potatoes, fries, or anything else! | spachethespatula.com #recipePlus, we’re getting the chili powder flavors from an even better source—actual chiles!

I like using ancho chilies that have been rehydrated in water and blended into a paste. Ancho chiles are simply dried poblanos. They are smoky, sweet, and not very spicy, and work beautifully in chili!

An all meat (no beans!) chili PERFECT for topping hot dogs, baked potatoes, fries, or anything else! | spachethespatula.com #recipeNow, you could probably eat this chili on it’s own in a bowl, but like I said, it’s better for topping things! It’s got a sauce-like consistency, but it is quite thick. That’s thanks to a little thickening I did at the end with masa harina—the same stuff used to make tamales and corn tortillas.

I love making a huge pot of this chili, and then using it to top different things throughout the week! It also freezes well in a sealed tupperware!

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Ground Beef Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 dried ancho chiles + enough water to cover chiles
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout*
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 4 cups chicken stock (I use homemade)
  • 1/4 cup masa harina
  • 1/4 cup water

to serve:

  • shredded sharp cheddar, chopped white onion, sour cream, hot sauce, chives, etc.
  • hot dogs, baked potatoes, fries, etc.

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, add the ancho chiles and cover with water. Place plastic wrap over the top and microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Remove the stems and seeds and puree in a blender with 1 cup of the chile water.
  2. In a large pot, heat the butter and oil over medium heat. Add in the onion and a pinch of salt, and cook for 4 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute or two, until everything is soft. Add in the ras el hanout, cumin, and some black pepper, and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  3. Add in the tomato paste, Worcestershire, soy, fish sauce, and sugar, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and break the ground chuck up into the pot. Add in the chili mixture and chicken stock, and using a whisk, break the meat up so that no large chunks remain.
  5. Return to heat and bring to a simmer. Place the lid on the pot, and cook on medium-low for 30 minutes. Then, remove the lid and cook for another 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the masa marina and water. Stir this mixture into the chili. Taste the chili and adjust seasoning as necessary.
  7. Serve over hotdogs, fries, baked potatoes, or anything else, and top with cheese, onion, and/or sour cream!

*Ras el hanout is a warm, Morroccan spice blend found in some grocery stores, and most specialty stores

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