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Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

When we go out for brunch, it is very likely that we will order eggs benedict. The combination of a soft poached egg topped with a bright, creamy Hollandaise is the  quintessential “brunch” dish. Have you ever thought “why don’t I make this at home”? We think you should, especially because it’s probably easier than you think. This recipe for Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce is simple – the blender does the magic! The sauce can also be served over roasted vegetables, like asparagus, or poached fish, like salmon.

Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

3 egg yolks

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

10 tablespoons unsalted butter (if using salted butter, skip the added salt)

  1. Melt the butter slowly in a small pot. Try not to let it boil – you want the moisture in the butter to remain there and not steam away.
  2. Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne into your blender. Blend the egg yolk mixture at a medium to medium high speed until it lightens in color, about 20-30 seconds. The friction generated by the blender blades will heat the yolks a bit. The blending action will also introduce a little air into them, making your hollandaise a bit lighter.
  3. Once the yolks have lightened in color, turn the blender down to its lowest setting, and drizzle in the hot melted butter slowly, while the blender is going. Continue to buzz for another couple seconds after the butter is all incorporated.
  4. Turn off the blender and taste the sauce. It should be buttery, lemony and just lightly salty. If it is not salty or lemony enough, you can add a little lemon juice or salt to taste. If you want a thinner consistency, add a little warm water. Pulse briefly to incorporate the ingredients one more time.
  5. Store until needed in a warm spot, like on or next to the stovetop. Serve within an hour or so.
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Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Even a dish as simple as mashed potatoes has room for improvement. Here are the “10 Commandments of Mashed Potatoes” to guarantee perfect, fluffy mashed potatoes every time.

1. DO USE THE RIGHT POTATOES: Yukon golds or Russets
2. DO CUT YOUR POTATOES THE SAME SIZE: start them in cold water, and bring to a simmer until they are cooked through.
3. DO NOT ADD YOUR FLAVORINGS AT THE END: add garlic and herbs in the pot with the milk or cream
4. DO EMBRACE THE TANG FACTOR: add cream, buttermilk, crème fraîche.
5. DO NOT LOSE THE FLUFF: drain the potatoes and put them back in the pot without a lid after they have boiled. Cook them just for a couple minutes on medium-low, shaking the pot, until all the excess moisture is evaporated.
6. DO NOT ADD COLD LIQUID: Make sure the milk or cream you add to your potatoes is HOT.
7. DO NOT SKIMP ON THE SEASONING: Salt the water you are cooking your potatoes in.
8. DO USE A POTATO MASHER OR RICER.
9. DO NOT SERVE A NAKED MASH: top with butter, crispy shallots or chives.
10. DO WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE: peel & cut potatoes the day before, cover with water and keep in fridge. Assemble your milk/cream/butter mixture in a small saucepan and refrigerate that, too. That way, all you need to do on is boil, drain, and mash on the day of your holiday meal.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

YIELDMakes 8 servings
INGREDIENTS
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 2″ pieces
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 2″ pieces
Kosher salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter; plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
Special equipment: A potato ricer

PREPARATION
Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water by 2″. Generously season with salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, 10–15 minutes. Drain and transfer potatoes to a baking sheet; let stand until dry, 10–15 minutes. Set pot aside.
Meanwhile, heat cream, milk, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; season with salt and pepper.
Pass potatoes through ricer into reserved pot. Mix in warm milk mixture, then sour cream; season with salt. Serve topped with pepper and more butter.

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Easiest Cream Biscuit Recipe

Here’s a question for you: have you ever made biscuits?

We’re talking about scratch-made, fluffy, melt-in- your-mouth biscuits. The kind that are so soft and light that you probably end up eating more that you should at one time. Mmmm…hungry yet?

We’ve found a foolproof recipe for the Easiest Cream Biscuits. We love this recipe because of its simplicity – one bowl, one spoon, 3 ingredients, and ready in 15 minutes. Easy, right? And biscuits accompany ANY meal, so get creative!

  • Breakfast: serve with honey butter or scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and Canadian bacon
  • Lunch: top with Brie, apples, arugula and freshly ground black pepper (Makes a great appetizer, too!)
  • Dinner: top with hearty beef stew

Easiest Cream Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and cream until the dough forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with additional flour. Fold the dough in 1/2 and knead 5 to 7 times, adding just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to your hands. Gently roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a biscuit cutter coated with flour, cut dough into biscuits. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment (or a preheated baking stone) leaving at least 1-inch between each biscuit. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

We love the natural, creamy flavor and texture of this spectacular squash. With the addition of spices such as Madras Curry and Tandoori, the soup is light but bold in flavor. Try it and let us know what you think!

 

Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Soup

3 – 4 servings

 

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon Sandy Oaks Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup sweet onion, diced

3 cups roasted butternut squash *recipe follows

2 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon Tandoori Spice Blend

1 Tablespoon Madras Curry

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Sriracha, optional

 

Heat butter and oil in a 4 quart stockpot. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 min, stirring occasionally. Add the squash, broth, spices and season with salt. Cook for 5 minutes. Carefully pour the soup into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. (This can also be done with an immersion blender.) Pour the blended soup back into the stockpot. Add the coconut milk and reheat if necessary. Serve with optional Sriracha sauce.

 

*Roasted Butternut Squash:

1  2 -3 lb butternut squash

4 tablespoons olive oil or butter

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Peel the squash. Carefully cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the squash into 1” cubes and scatter them out onto a large USA Half Sheet Baking Pan. Pour the olive oil over the squash and toss to coat. Season with the salt and pepper and toss once more. Bake for 45 minutes or until the squash just begins to caramelize and turn brown on the edges.

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Summer Recipes from the Farmers Market

We shared some of our favorite Summer Recipes in a recent cooking demonstration at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. We love being able to use many fresh fruits and veggies available at the market. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit and sample!

Summer Salad With Poached Egg

4 servings

1 head butter lettuce ( Home Grown Farm)

1 ripe Summer tomato, sliced ( Various Vendors)

two medium Avocado, skin and pit removed & sliced

3 stalks Green onion, chopped (JBG Organic)

¼ lb crisp Bacon, chopped (Richardson Farms)

Roasted red sweet pepper

Beet micro greens (Kin Worthy Harvest)

 

Vinaigrette

1 Tablespoon fresh or 1 tsp dried Tarragon

¼ cup Sandy Oaks Extra virgin olive oil *

2 Tablespoon Champagne vinegar

2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 – 4 Tablespoon Honey, optional (Richardson Farms, Round Rock Honey, C & J Farms)

1 teaspoon lemon zest or 2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 Tablespoon minced shallot (Lightsey Farms, JBG Organic, World Hunger Relief )

 

4 Farm fresh eggs ( Home Grown Farm, World Hunger Relief, Richardson Farms )

White vinegar

Salt and pepper

* Available in our SHOP

For the eggs, start heating a deep skillet or shallow pot with 1 inch deep water. Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp white vinegar. Heat the water until it barely bubbles, around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

For salads I recommend using your best farmers market greens and tomatoes, but anything colorful you can find will work.

Chop your greens and vegetables while your water is heating and prepare your salad dressing.

Vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients together and whisk until incorporated.

 

In a large bowl, toss your vegetables with your dressing. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Use tongs to plate your salad and get ready to prep your eggs.

Rinse your eggs and crack them one at a time into a small bowl or large serving spoon. Gently lower each egg into the warm water and release it into the pan (use a larger pan for batches greater than 2). Allow the egg to cook until the yolk has filmed over and the white is set, about 3-5 minutes.

Remove egg with a slotted spoon, drain off water and carefully place the egg on top of your salad. Garnish with pepper and serve immediately. Poached eggs go particularly nicely with sour toast (Artisan Oven).

Grilled Bruschetta with Havarti, Honey and Figs

Makes 32

1 crusty baguette, sliced into ½” thick slices = 32 (Artisan Oven)

10 oz havarti cheese, cut into thin slices = 32 (Brazos Valley Cheeses)

8 ripe fresh figs, stemmed, quartered lengthwise (Lightsey Farms)

Honey (Richardson Farms, Round Rock Honey, C & J Farms)

Basil Microgreens (Kin Worthy Harvest)

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill bread until grill marks appear on the first side, about 3 minutes. Turn bread slices over and place grilled side down on a piece of foil. Place 1 cheese slice atop each bread slice and close the grill until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Transfer bread to a work surface and top each piece with a fig slice. Drizzle lightly with honey and sprinkle lightly with freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a platter and serve. Garnish with Micro Greens

Option: top with the cheese and fig and then place under a broiler to “toast” the fig. Then drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fresh pepper. Garnish with Microgreens

 

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DK Ruby Red Baked Salmon

Not a fan of Salmon? Then give this EASY recipe a try! Many of our friends have a new found love for this rich fish after trying this recipe. The secret is the rub – DK Texas Ruby Red Rub gives the Salmon a rich, smokey flavor that we find irresistible. Let us know what you think!

Avocado Oil & DK Texas Ruby Red Rub

DK Ruby Red Rub Baked Salmon 

4 Servings

4 4 oz Salmon Fillets

3 – 4 tablespoons DK Texas Ruby Red Rub

2 tablespoons Avocado Oil

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking dish with foil. Brush the foil with a little oil. Brush the flesh side of the salmon with oil and season each fillet with the rub.
  2. Place the fish skin side down on the foil. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 135 to 145 degrees (medium).
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Pork Tenderloin Crostini Appetizer

Pork Tenderloin Crostini

Pork Tenderloin Crostini Appetizer

30-36 appetizers

½ t salt

1 tablespoon Pepper Creek All Purpose Seasoning (available at Gourmet Gallery)

1 lb pork tenderloin

Baguette-style French bread cut into ¼ – ½” slices, lightly toasted

¼ c Dijon mustard

¾ c Delicae Gourmet raspberry chipotle sauce (available at Gourmet Gallery)

⅓ c crumbled blue cheese

Fresh marjoram leaves

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425. Mix salt and seasoning and coat the mixture over pork. Place pork in a shallow roasting pan. Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let stand for 15 minutes.

 

Spread each bread slice with about ¼ t mustard. Top each with a thin slice of pork, 1 t raspberry sauce, ½ t cheese, and marjoram leaves.

Wine paring: Geyser Peak Pluto’s Fury Pinot Noir

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Summer Ceviche

Summer Ceviche served in glasses rimmed with salt and lime
Summer Ceviche

Summer Ceviche
Makes 8 – 10 servings

1 1/2 pounds seafood, diced small, such as shrimp, scallops, yellowtail or tilapia
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 red onion, diced
2 English cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 ear fresh sweet corn, kernels only
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup Sriracha
1 cup Clamato with Clam Juice or Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix
Salt and Freshly ground black pepper
2 firm avocados, sliced, for garnish

In a large bowl with a tight fitting lid, combine the seafood with the lime and orange juices. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally until the flesh becomes firm and opaque, about 3 hours.

Add the tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, corn, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, oil, and Sriracha. Season with salt, pepper and stir. Add the tomato juice and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes, allowing the flavors to marry. Season with more salt and pepper as needed. Serve in chilled bowls or glasses garnished with avocado, lime and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Karyn’s Bowtie Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, and Basil

Karyn’s Bowtie Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, and Basil

 

Karyn making pasta salad in the kitchen.
Karyn Miller Brooks

This recipe combines similar flavors, but it a nice alternative if you don’t want sandwiches for your picnic.

 

  • 8 oz farfalle (bowtie) pasta, cooked to package directions
  • 3 oz sundried tomatoes, julienne cut (I like Mariani. They are simple sundried tomatoes with no added oil. They come in a plastic package usually located with other tomato products in the grocery store.)
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil, chiffonade cut
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled (also try this with the sundried tomato-basil feta)
  • 2 oz fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ c light olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ c Kalamata olives, pitted and quarter (optional)

 

Toss first 6 ingredients together, adding Kalamata olives at the end. This keeps well for three or four days in the refrigerator. If you are eating this after refrigeration, you made need to toss in a little more oil to revive. This salad is delicious hot or cold, and it is safer for picnics than mayonnaise-based pasta salads.

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Aioli Deviled Eggs

Aioli Deviled Eggs

 

6 eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup Stonewall Kitchen Aioli

Salt and pepper

Crumbled bacon, cilantro leaf, parsley leaf, paprika, or dill sprig for garnish

Mayonnaise (if needed)

 

Place eggs in a pot large enough for the eggs to be in a single layer. Cover eggs with cold water, enough to cover eggs by 1-inch. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook eggs. 14 minutes for large eggs, 12 minutes for small and medium eggs, and 15 minutes for extra-large and jumbo eggs. Add 1-2 minutes more if eggs are cold directly from refrigerator and not room temperature. Plunge eggs into cold water to prevent further cooking.

Once eggs are cooled peel off shells. Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove egg yolks to a small bowl. Add Aioli, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth and uniform. If dry add more aioli or mayonnaise. Spoon or pipe egg yolk filling into each white. Garnish and serve.

Tip:  Older eggs are best to use when making hard boiled eggs, they will peel easier. 

Roasted Garlic Aioli
Roasted Garlic Aioli
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Healthy Bean Thread Noodle Salad

Chicken Salad with Bean Thread Noodles (Serves 6)

Chinese Cuisine Made Simple, Chef Dorothy Huang
Chinese Cuisine Made Simple, Chef Dorothy Huang
1 pound boneless chicken breast 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 ounces dried cellophane noodles  

Salad dressing:

1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil 4 tablespoons rice vinegar

Salad:

2 cups shredded carrot 2 cups shredded cucumber
Several sprigs of cilantro 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

 

In a mixing bowl, mix chicken with oyster sauce, salt and pepper. Preheat oven to “Broil”. Broil chicken on the upper rack for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Slice chicken across the grain 1/8- inch thin slices.

Soak dried cellophane noodles in a pot of hot water for 10 minutes. Drain well. Cut into 3 to 4-inch lengths.

Combine salad dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake well.

In a mixing bowl, toss noodles, carrots, and cucumber with 2/3 of dressing. Transfer to a serving platter. Place chicken slices on noodles. Drizzle the rest of the dressing over. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Serve at once.

** Make it vegetarian! Add tofu, mushroom or edamame instead of chicken.

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Early Summer Recipe


Fried Green Tomato

Late Spring and early Summer is the prime time to find green tomatoes at the Farmers Market. What exactly are green tomatoes? There are two types of green tomatoes, those that are green when fully ripe (generally heirloom varieties), and unripe tomatoes. Here are two recipes for a favorite dish using this seasonal fruit.

Fried Green Tomatoes

1 cup stone-ground cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 pinch cayenne

1 1⁄2 cups buttermilk

kosher salt

fresh ground black pepper

4 large unripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices, ends removed

1⁄2 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

hot pepper sauce, for serving

lemon wedge, for serving

 

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, and cayenne together.

Pour the buttermilk into a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Dip the tomatoes in the buttermilk and then dredge them in the cornmeal mixture, coating both sides well.

Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and coat with the oil.

When the oil is hot, pan-fry the tomatoes (in batches if necessary) until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Carefully remove the tomatoes and drain on paper towels.

Serve with hot pepper sauce and lemon.

 

Crunchy “Baked” Fried Green Tomatoes

4 large firm green tomatoes

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon Kosher salt, more for sprinkling

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Pam Cooking Spray or olive oil for drizzling

Slice tomatoes 1/8 inch thick. On a large plate mix flour, salt, and pepper. Place yogurt and buttermilk on a second plate, and Panko Bread Crumbs on a third plate. Coat tomatoes with the flour mixture, then the yogurt – buttermilk mixture (you may want to put the yogurt in a small bowl so that dipping them is easier), then the Panko Bread Crumbs.

Place coated tomatoes on a cookie sheet and spray with Pam Cooking Spray liberally on both sides or drizzle them on both sides with olive oil. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 7 minutes on one side then flip them over and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with extra salt and serve warm.

 

Buttermilk dipping sauce: 

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup mayonnaise

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped chives

hot sauce

In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped chives and stir to combine. Add a few dashes of hot sauce to taste. Chill until ready to serve.