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strawberry rhubarb crisp

When the bright red strawberries and magenta stalks of rhubarb start showing up in mass at the farmers market I know that summer has really begun. There is something so comforting and delicious about the combination of sweet strawberries and bitter rhubarb, cooked down to a mush, tucked away under a pie crust, or in this case, under a delicious crumble topping. A while back I posted a recipe for rhubarb compote, which is another great way to use rhubarb, and is delicious spooned over greek yogurt or over vanilla frozen yogurt.

This recipe is not only yummy but it’s good for you too! My mom is on weight watchers so while home I’ve been on the hunt for diet friendly recipes to make for dinner and dessert that we can all enjoy. We discovered the website http://www.skinnytaste.com which has incredible recipes that each have weight watchers points and full nutritional information listed. First make this recipe and then go check it out!

strawberry rhubarb crisp

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Adapted from Skinny Taste

For the filling:
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 lb rhubarb stalks (about 5 or 6) cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
For the Topping:
  • 1 cup Quaker oats (I used old fashioned rolled oats)
  • 1/2 cup 100% white whole wheat flour (I used all whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine strawberries and rhubarb in an oven safe dish.Image

Add agave nectar (or honey)…Image

Then orange juice and orange zest; sprinkle with cornstarch and toss until fruit is well coated.Image

Mix remaining ingredients for the topping in a medium bowl then spread over fruit.ImageImage

Bake until topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling, about 40 minutes.Image

Serve with vanilla froyo, whipped cream, or eat it alone!

Bon Appetit,

E

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muffins and mimosas: a foolproof guide to brunch, part one

A snapshot of my most recent brunch table

For me, brunch is its very own food group. I just love everything about it. I love muffins, scones, and frittatas. I love how naughty it feels to drink mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys so early in the day. I really think that people are just generally more fun to be around in the hours between 11am and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays (not to say that you can’t technically have brunch any other day of the week). I have many favorite brunch establishments in NYC, Boston and Ithaca, which is a post for another time, but in this series I will walk you through how to host a scrumptious brunch at home! The key is having some favorite recipes (and a stocked pantry) on hand so you can throw together impromptu brunches whenever you get the itch.

To get you started I will refer you back to some great brunch recipes that I’ve already posted on Edie’s Eats: Popovers, lemon topped raspberry muffins, rhubarb compote, granola, and apple bread.

But without further ado, I will get started with my new OBSESSION. These raspberry breakfast oat bars are absolutely incredible. They have a crunchy, nutty crust and topping with a sweet and sour filling from fresh raspberries. No joke, they flew off the table at my most recent brunch almost immediately. Go buy the ingredients for this NOW, you won’t regret it.

raspberry breakfast bars

recipe from Smitten Kitchen

For the crust and crumb:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the raspberry filling:
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Make the crust and crumb: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor.

Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form.

Reserve 1 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hans or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling.

Make the raspberry filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated.

Assemble and bake the bars: Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

There are more great brunch recipes to come, so please check back soon! Bon Appetit!

gluten free black bean brownies

Hello friends!!

I’ve been cooking up a storm and have so many fun recipes to share with you! I’m going to try to post one a day (I know I’ve been slacking), but stay tuned!

I was given the recipe for these incredible brownies in a nutritional sciences food lab class I took at Cornell last semester. One of my housemates has celiac, so I was very intrigued to see how these would turn out. The black beans act as the starch in place of flour to hold it all together, and they do a great job! By the way, if you’re initially turned off by the idea of black beans in a brownie, please give these a chance. Once everything goes in the food processor and gets blended together, nobody will ever know that black beans are inside!

These are low-fat, fudgy, chocolatey and delicious, and are my new go to brownie recipe. They make a great last minute dessert since you probably have everything you need in the pantry already. Enjoy!

Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 15oz can of black beans
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
  • handful of chocolate chips (optional)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray an 8×8 or 11×7 baking pan with cooking spray
  3. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except nuts; blend well until very smooth
4. Stir in nuts and optional chocolate chips (or sprinkle on top)
5. Pour batter into pan and bake 35-40 minutes or just until set in the center. Do not over bake
Bon appetit!

three layer chocolate peanut butter cake

Hello friends,

I come to you today with my first celebration cake post, and let me tell you, this cake is no joke. Three layers of rich sour cream chocolate cake with thick peanut butter cream cheese frosting between each layer and all over the outside.

It was my housemate Meg’s 21st birthday, and I was given the important task of making her an epic birthday cake. Her two favorite foods are chocolate and peanut butter, so this cake was a natural choice. I had been eyeing it for months on Smitten Kitchen, but before settling I decided to check out chocolate peanut butter cakes on my other favorite blogs and what did I find? They were all copy cats of this same smitten kitchen recipe! I decided that it must be good if everyone else had made it, and I wasn’t wrong!

I will admit, this isn’t the cake I would choose off a dessert menu. I’m more of a creme brulee or cheesecake with berry compote sort of girl, but boy let me tell you, it was far from a chore to eat a piece of this. Everyone at the party LOVED it and I have been asked for the recipe on more than one occasion since then. So drum roll ladies and gentlemen, here it is:

3-Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen (thanks Deb!!)

Chefs Notes: The original recipe calls for a chocolate peanut butter glaze on top of the peanut butter frosting, which I didn’t do, but I will give you the ingredients for in case you want to add it on. The recipe makes an 8-inch triple layer cake which will easily serve over 16 people because it is VERY rich and should be served in very skinny slices.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable/canola/soybean oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • peanut brittle, broken into pieces (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottoms and sides of three 8-inch round cakepans. Line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment or waxed paper and butter the paper.

2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk to combine them well. Add the oil and sour cream and whisk to blend. Gradually beat in the water. Blend in the vinegar and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs and beat until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and be sure the batter is well mixed. Divide among the 3 prepared cake pans.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Let cool in the pans for about 20 minutes. Invert onto wire racks, carefully peel off the paper liners, and let cool completely. (Deb recommended putting these cakes in the freezer for around 30 minutes once out of the oven to firm up a bit because they are very soft. They’ll defrost quickly once assembled. I did this and found it very helpful, especially with assembling and then frosting the cake.)

4. To frost the cake, place one layer, flat side up, on a cake stand or large serving plate. Spread 2/3 cup cup of the Peanut Butter Frosting evenly over the top. Repeat with the next layer. Place the last layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. (Deb recommends making a crumb coat of frosting–a thin layer that binds the dark crumbs to the cake so they don’t show up in the final outer frosting layer,  which is a great idea for this cake, or any with a dark cake and lighter-colored frosting. Once you “mask” your cake, let it chill for 15 to 30 minutes until firm, then use the remainder of the frosting to create a smooth final coating. Once the cake is fully frosted, it helps to chill it again and let it firm up. The cooler and more set the peanut butter frosting is, the better drip effect you’ll get from the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze.)

Optional Step:

5. To decorate with the Chocolate–Peanut Butter Glaze, put the cake plate on a large baking sheet to catch any drips. Simply pour the glaze over the top of the cake, and using an offset spatula, spread it evenly over the top just to the edges so that it runs down the sides of the cake in long drips. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes to allow the glaze and frosting to set completely. Remove about 1 hour before serving. Decorate the top with chopped peanut brittle.

Peanut Butter Frosting


Makes about 5 cups

  • 10 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter, preferably a commercial brand (because oil doesn’t separate out) Note: I used chunky peanut butter which is why you will see chunks of peanuts in my frosting. It was what I had around the house and worked perfectly as well.

1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl often. Continue to beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Add the peanut butter and beat until thoroughly blended.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half

1. In the top of a double boiler or in a bowl set over simmering water, combine the chocolate, peanut butter, and corn syrup. Cook, whisking often, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the half-and-half, beating until smooth. Use while still warm.

The Birthday Girl

Make this cake for a friend’s birthday (or really anytime) for a very special and highly addictive treat! Let me know how it goes!

Cheers,

E

keep calm and gobble on

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. What could possibly be better than delicious hearty food, pie, family, friends, and most of all tradition? Nothing. Every year my family spends thanksgiving at our very good family friend’s house in the village just a few blocks from home. We split up some of the cooking. My mom and I made green beans, pear crumble pie and a curried quinoa butternut squash salad to bring.

Garlic-Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds

(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh green beans
6 shallots, peeled, and cut into thin slivers
5 large cloves garlic, peeled and cut into thin slices
2 T olive oil
1 tsp. salt
fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, very finely chopped
1/4 cup almonds, chopped (I used sliced almonds and only slightly chopped them)
1 tsp. lemon zest

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Trim ends from green beans.

2. Peel and cut shallots and garlic, then place with beans in a bowl. Add olive oil, salt and pepper, and use a wooden spoon to toss until beans, shallots, and garlic are well coated with oil.

3. Spray roasting pan with nonstick spray or mist with olive oil, then arrange the vegetable in a single layer. (I like to cover the plan with foil and spray the foil for easy clean-up). Roast 12-15 minutes or slightly longer, until beans are slightly shriveled, and shallots and garlic are lightly browned.

4. While beans cook, toss together chopped parsley, chopped almonds, and lemon zest. When beans are done, toss hot beans with parsley/lemon/almond mixture and serve immediately.

Curried Quinoa with Chickpeas and Butternut Squash

(8 servings)

Ingredients:
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided (1/2 tablespoon=1 1/2 tsp)
1 tablespoon honey
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp cumin
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp mustard powder
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Mix the squash with half the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread onto a foil covered baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, turn and bake for an additional 15 minutes until tender. Set aside.

hmm honey

ready for roastin'

2. Combine chickpeas with remaining olive oil (1.5 tsp), cumin, salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread onto a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until slightly crunchy and heated. Set aside.

3. While squash and beans are cooling, combine quinoa, water, curry powder and mustard powder in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes.

4. Combine cooked quinoa with squash, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Vanilla and Pear Crumble Pie

Ingredients:
1 deep dish pie shell (can use frozen or make your own)

For filling:
5 pears, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup natural cane sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 a vanilla bean split lengthwise and seeds scraped out)

For crumble:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl combine pears, flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Use your hands or a spoon to carefully combine the ingredients together, making sure the pears don’t break apart. Set aside.

Thinly sliced

2. In a smaller bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and butter. Using a pastry cutter or fork, combine the mixture until it resembles large crumbs.

Pre-butter

hmmm

yum large crumbs

3. Place the pie tin on a rimmed cookie sheet. Spoon the filling into the pie shell. Top with the crumble mixture. Your pie should be very tall and overflowing. The rimed cookie sheet will catch any spillage.

Ready for the oven

4. Cover the exposed pie shell with thin strips of foil. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes.

The food was INCREDIBLE. We were all in severe food comas by the end, but it was well worth it. Here are some pictures from our beautiful thanksgiving feast:

Cranberry mold

turkey lurkey

cranberry stuffing

wild rice salad with cranberries and nuts

sweet potatoes covered with marshmellows and pecans

my grandmother's cranberry sauce (recipe to come)

my glorious plate

birds eye view of the table part 1

part 2

part 3

And of course, no thanksgiving is complete without an assortment of desserts….

pumpkin cheesecake (recipe to come)

classic pumpkin pie

chocolate pecan pie

And just for good measure, here are some pictures I dug up from thanksgiving last year:

turkey day

best ever roasted vegetables

homemade popovers!

table shot

check out the cranberry mold

tablescape 2

no thanksgiving is complete without pumpkin pie

Hope you all had wonderful thanksgiving feasts with your family and friends! I’m already counting down the days until next year.

Apple Bundt Cake/Dinner Club Potluck

As you can see, I’m really trying to make the most of fall with all these apple recipes! For a Cornell Dinner Club Fall Potluck last week Charlotte (my roommate from last year) and I decided to make one of our smitten kitchen (http://www.smittenkitchen.com) favorites, Mom’s Apple Cake. It is so easy and beautiful and delicious and we thought it would be the perfect potluck addition.

Charlotte prepping

Alternating cinnamon sugar apples and batter

Ready for the oven

Recipe from http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/09/moms-apple-cake/

6 apples, Mom uses McIntosh apples
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a tube pan/bundt pan/loaf pan. Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.

YUM

Here are some pictures from the potluck:

Apple Slaw

Homemade buckwheat gnocchi

Homemade Rabbit Pate

Action shot

Delicious corn bread with whipped maple butter

pumpkin pies, bread puddings, oh my