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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Berry Dutch Babies

I first found A Feast for the Eyes when I was looking for other uses for the olallieberries I had just picked in Watsonville, probably about 15 pounds worth.  Some was made into jam, but the rest was frozen to be used throughout the year.  Debby, who lives somewhere in this area, has her own bushes, so she has some great recipes for them.  This is one of them.  A great breakfast treat!

  • 2 C olallieberries (substitute berries of your choice) 
  • sugar to sweeten berries, as needed
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup milk (I used soymilk)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • Lemon juice

Preheat oven to 450F and place rack in center of oven.

For the berries: Taste the berries for tartness. Add sugar, to taste, until the level of sweetness that you desire is achieved.  Allow the berries to sweeten while preparing the batter.

In a blender, process together eggs, milk, flour and vanilla until smooth.  Or use a bowl and whisk.

Melt butter in a 10-inch cast iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Spread the berries, in the pan, and allow to cook for 1 minute or two, and remove from heat.

Evenly pour the batter over the berries, and bake for 15 minutes or until mixture puffs up and turns golden brown around edges.

Remove from oven and cut into wedges. Sprinkle with lemon juice or serve with maple syrup.

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Very Easy & Tasty Fish

I found fresh Alaskan halibut on sale, one of our favorite fish.  I'm not crazy about cooking fish indoors.  But I had come across this recipe which looked and sounded interesting from this site.  It turned out to be very tasty.  I loved the sauce and want to find more things to put it on.  We used the left overs (since I didn't cook 2 pounds of fish) on slices of sourdough and put it under the broiler. Yum!

   3/4 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
   1/3 c. butter, softened, plus more for greasing dish
   1/4 c. mayonnaise
   3 tbsp lemon juice
   1/4 c chopped red or green onion
   2 cloves garlic, minced
   1/4 tsp. salt
   1/4 tsp. pepper (try Aleppo)
   2 tbsp chopped parsley
   2 dashes tabasco sauce

   2 pounds skinless fish* such as halibut, salmon, or cod

1.      Pre-heat the oven broiler.  Line with heavy foil and grease 9×13″ baking pan with thin coat of butter.
2.     Trim fish of skin and dark areas. (The dark area next to the skin is where the fish collects undesirable minerals, so it is best to trim it away.)  Arrange fish in a single layer in the baking pan.
3.     Broil fish for 8 minutes or until it flakes with a fork.
4.     Meanwhile, mix together parmesan cheese, butter, mayo, lemon juice, red onion, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, & tabasco in small bowl until well blended.
5.     Remove fish from oven and carefully spread parmesan mixture over top. Broil 2-3 additional minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 6

* Check Seafood Watch site to see recommended seafood for your area of the country.

Terry's Terrific Bean Dip

This dip always gets rave reviews.  Shared by my sister-in-law, Terry.

2 cans Bean Dip                                          1 small can sliced olives
1 pkg Lawry’s Taco seasoning                 ¼ C chopped red onion
1 C sour cream                                            2 T chopped cilantro
8 ounce cream cheese, softened           
1 pound ground beef, cooked fat drained, and crumbled, (optional)

Mix all ingredients together.  Put into a serving bowl and heat in oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes or in microwave until hot.

Serve with tortilla chips and veggies.