Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches with a Garlic Balsamic Mayo

Bacon and tomato sandwiches are pretty much the best thing ever. Seriously. There is nothing better than a big juicy tomato with crispy bacon and mayo in between two pieces of toasty white bread. Trust me. I have come across people in my life who had never had a bacon and tomato sandwich or even heard of one, so that is why I am doing this post today. It is for all of you out there who have never had the experience of the bacon and tomato sandwich, because I believe that everyone needs to have it.

Our tomatoes came very late this season. That means Greg and I were both craving these sandwiches for quite a long time. But now they are here and this is definitely our meal of choice! Serve the sandwich with a side of sauteed squash or your favorite chips. If you are not down with the balsamic mayo, just slather regular mayo on there instead. Enjoy!

Recipe for Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches with a Garlic Balsamic Mayo 

White bread
Large tomatoes, such as Beefeaters
Salt and pepper
Fresh basil leaves
Garlic balsamic mayo

Cook the bacon according to package directions. Remove from oven and allow it to cool. While bacon is cooling, make the balsamic mayo (recipe below). Then very lightly toast the bread. While bread is toasting, cut the tomatoes into thick slices and sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of the tomato slices. Assemble the sandwiches. My recommendation is to slather on about a half tablespoon of the mayonnaise onto two slices of bread, top one of the slices with 2 pieces of bacon, put one very large or two large tomato slices on top of the bacon, add on the basil leaves, and sandwich it up with the other piece of bread. You can use as much mayonnaise, bacon, tomatoes, and basil as you like per sandwich though!

Garlic Balsamic Mayonnaise (enough for 4 sandwiches)
In a smallish bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, several grinds of freshly ground black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Taste and then adjust to your liking.

Well there you have it! Now go make yourself one of these sandwiches. Yum!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Honey and Hemp Milk Chocolate Truffles

I have found a new addiction. I'm addicted to hemp seeds. I saw a post about them on a blog recently and then just a few days later I saw them in an aisle at The Fresh Market in Annapolis. So I bought a bag. I first tried them straight and loved them. Then I put them on cereal for breakfast, yogurt for lunch, and inside chocolate for dessert. These honey and hemp truffles are pretty awesome. I fell in love with them from the start. When I told my friends and family what was in them they scoffed but once they had one they kept coming back for more. You know what's great about these truffles? Not only do they taste delicious, they are also super healthy. Hemp hearts are full of Omega 3s, amino acids, and other great stuff that is totally good for your mind and body. You can make these truffles vegan by using vegan chocolate or skipping the freezing part and rolling them in cocoa powder or flaked coconut. The texture of the truffle filling is so smooth and creamy and the honey and chocolate compliment each other oh so well. Enjoy!

Recipe for Honey and Hemp Milk Chocolate Truffles

4 Tbsp. of hemp hearts
2 Tbsp. of coconut oil
2 Tbsp. of wildflower honey
2 - 3 ounces milk chocolate baking chocolate for coating
Extra hemp hearts for topping (optional)

Put the hemp seeds, coconut oil, and honey into a small bowl and use a spoon to mix well. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for at least 2 hours. Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop up and use your hands to shape into about 1/2 to 3/4-inch balls and place in a parchment lined container. Cover the container and put into the freezer for at least 2 hours.

Break up the chocolate into small chunks and place into a small saucepan. Set the heat on medium-low and stir constantly until melted. Then drop a honey and hemp ball into the chocolate, use a spoon to coat, and place on a foil lined tray or plate. Sprinkle some hemp seeds on top of the chocolate if desired. Continue until all the honey and hemp balls are coated. Put in fridge to set and then store in an airtight container in the fridge. Serve chilled.

Recipe makes about one dozen truffles. 

*Original recipe

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What Can I Make with Zucchini? Here are 30 Delicious Ways to Eat It!

The answer - tons of things! Back in the day, I really didn't know there was much you could do with zucchini. I thought all it was good for was cooking in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper or grilling it. A few years ago when I started growing it, I had to get creative and realized there are so many other great ways zucchini can be prepared. Zucchini can be a main course, side, or even a tasty dessert! If you happen to be growing zucchini this year too, you might have it coming out of your ears. I have a large bowl of zucchini and yellow squash on my kitchen table right now. There are many recipes that I already know I love with zucchini, and I searched the web for some more. I'm definitely excited about trying out some zucchini fries, which I've been wanting to do since last summer. I think it's time. And I think it's time for you to get wild and crazy in the kitchen with your zucchini too!

*Last night I made the summer pasta dish with zucchini, yellow squash, corn, and basil. It was delicious! Planning on making some zucchini bread today. Yummy!

What Can I Make with Zucchini?

Baked Zucchini Cakes (for dinner)

Main Courses:

Zucchini Cakes for Dinner (Bake I tand Make It with Beth)

Roasted Zucchini and Ricotta Sandwiches (Annie's Eats)

Zucchini and Lemon Spaghetti (Oh My Veggies)

Zucchini and Ricotta Fritters (Pink Parsley)

Corn and Zucchini Queso Chowder (Southern Living)

Zucchini and Mushroom Quesadillas (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Annie's Eats)

Zucchini and Corn Panini with Pepper Jack Cheese (Oh My Veggies)

Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Herbs (A Couple Cooks)

Summer Pasta Dish with Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Corn and Basil (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad (Smitten Kitchen)

Spicy Zucchini Frittata (Whole Living)

Portobello Sandwiches with Veggies (Bake It and Make It with Beth)


Shaved Zucchini Salad with Parmesan Pine Nuts (Epicurious)

Baked Zucchini Bites (Six Sisters' Stuff)

Sauteed Shredded Zucchini (Annie's Eats)

Fried Zucchini Strings (The Pioneer Woman)

Baked Zucchini Fries (The Recipe Critic)

Cheesy Zucchini Rice (Pink Parsley)

Zucchini Ribbon Salad (A Couple Cooks)

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt (The Pioneer Woman)

Zucchini Brownies (No Flour, Butter, Sugar or Egg)
Sweets and Treats: 

Zucchini Brownies with No Flour, Butter, Sugar or Egg (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake (The Pioneer Woman)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake (Chocolate Chocolate and More)

Zucchini Coconut Bread (Two Peas and Their Pod)

Irresistible Zucchini Brownies (Sweet Happy LIfe)

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosted Zucchini Bars (A Kitchen Addiction)

Zucchini Bread (Bake It and Make It with Beth)

Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies (Mom on Timeout)

Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread (Lil' Luna)

So, there you have it! Now go ahead and make something with that amazing zucchini of yours! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blueberry Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

A couple days ago I received a message from Facebook letting me know that fans of my Bake It and Make It With Beth page wanted to hear from me. I'm sorry to all the people (and I know there are so many of you) I have disappointed by not posting in so long, and I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me! The email from Facebook made me realized that it had been 3 weeks since I had posted a new recipe on the blog. Wow, time sure flies.

Things have been busy as usual. I started two summer classes in early June, little Wendy is taking less naps during the day, and the home renovations are still a work in progress. Wendy is so much fun these days. She is laughing up a storm and talking a lot, and I wish I knew what she was saying! Greg is convinced that she was saying "I love you" to us the other night. I'm pretty sure she was saying "oooh oooh ahh," but I pretended that I believed she was saying it too, just to humor him.

Even though I haven't posted in awhile,  I am still doing lots of cooking. I've been cooking a lot of my old favorites and a couple of new things too. This ice cream is a new favorite in our house. I made it for the first time when Greg's parents came to visit in May. I've made it a couple times since then and I will most likely make it again very soon. Since blueberries are in season they taste wonderful and they aren't too expensive. You'll love the sweetness of the blueberry and the richness of the dark chocolate in this delicious summer-time treat. Enjoy!

Recipe for Blueberry Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate 

4 ounce bar of semisweet chocolate, such as Ghirardelli
1 pint of fresh blueberries
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. of granulated sugar
1/16 tsp. of salt
1 1/4 cup of whole milk
1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Break the chocolate up into squares and put into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until chocolate is chopped into desired sized pieces (not too finely so that it is a powder, but not too chunky). Put chocolate into a sealed container and set aside.

Put the blueberries, sugar, and salt into a medium saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring almost constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Then reduce the heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and allow it to cool for about 30 minutes.
Put the milk and cream into a large metal bowl. Add in the cooled blueberry mixture and stir well. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for at least 4 hours or put into the freezer for 30 minutes. After chilling, stir the lemon juice into the ice cream mixture. Make the ice cream according to ice cream maker manufacturer directions. Add in the dark chocolate pieces about 5 minutes before the ice cream is done. For soft ice cream, serve immediately. Put into a sealed container and store in the freezer for a couple hours before serving for harder ice cream.

Recipe makes approximately 8 servings. 

Recipe Adapted from: Driscoll's