Though diminutive in size, my Cherry Almond Petit Fours are big on flavor. The cake layers get a boost of sweetness from almond paste, and the cherry preserves add wonderful tartness. The shell encasing the cake is a smooth-as-silk white chocolate glaze that is finished with piped vanilla buttercream.
Chicken with Fines Herbes Sauce is a classic recipe from my time at culinary school. For me, it was the centerpiece of my second year practical examination, that tested skill, speed, and presentation. For home cooks, the speed and presentation aspects are easily accomplished. This tasty dish takes under an hour to put together and a mix of bright green herbs add flavor and flare to the sauce for easy presentation.
My recipe for Sweet Potato Soup with Crispy Prosciutto comes from my mom, a lover of all soups, especially easily made ones. This soup certainly fits that bill. With only six ingredients (excluding salt and pepper) and a total preparation time of under an hour, this soup makes an ideal quick lunch or elegant light dinner. The cooked sweet potatoes make the soup incredibly creamy and the addition of fried prosciutto adds a satisfying crunch for a soup your family and friends will love. Use your Farmer Owned ingredients to whip up a batch the next time you are struck with a soup craving!
Special occasions in our house are almost always celebrated with homemade goodies. Valentine’s Day is no exception. When I was a kid, my mom would mark the day by making Rice Krispie treats. To add a special holiday touch, she cut them with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and packaged them with loving notes before sticking them in my school lunch.
My Apple Butter Cake Bars with Maple Glaze make a great breakfast bite or afternoon snack dunked in tea or coffee. They are loaded with sweet apple butter and perfectly spiced with cinnamon and cloves. I add golden raisins for a delightful chewiness in this otherwise extremely moist square. The maple drizzle takes the flavor over the top and sets in about 10 minutes, so you can pack these bars to go for busy mornings. Make some today with your Farmer Owned Ingredients for a treat your whole family will love!
This New Year’s Day, try my Hash Brown Egg Cups for a brunch that is as delicious as it is easy to make. Crispy hash browns are topped with egg, cheese and a sprinkle of bacon for the perfect breakfast bite. Use your Farmer Owned ingredients to make this tasty treat for a holiday brunch your friends and family will love.
Each Christmas my mom, grandmother and I bake dozens of cookies to give as gifts, leave for Santa or, more realistically, devour the second they are out of the oven. Of all the cookies we bake, the type that seems to go the fastest is my mom’s Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies. They are crisp on the outside and gooey, almost brownie-like, on the inside. The cookies are extremely chocolatey with just the right amount of peppermint refreshment. Try baking some this holiday season using your Farmer Owned ingredients and they might become your favorite holiday cookie too!