Cheesecake Pie with Fresh Fruit Topping

I can’t think of a more perfect dessert than a cheesecake.  This recipe is from my stash of recipe cards and a family favorite.  I like to use a single-crust pie crust for this pie but you could also use a graham cracker crust.  Cheesecake Pie with Fresh Fruit Topping has three layers, a cheesecake layer, sour cream layer and fresh fruit topping.  This time I used blueberries but you certainly could use fresh raspberries, strawberries, peaches. or other fruit for the topping.  

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Cheesecake Pie with Fresh Fruit Topping
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Ingredients
  1. 1 single pie crust - line pie pan with crust, prick many times with a fork, and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes
  2. Pie Filling
  3. 2 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 3/4 cup sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. Sour Cream Layer
  9. 1 cup sour cream
  10. 1/4 cup sugar
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  12. Fruit topping
  13. 1 cup sugar
  14. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  15. 3/4 cup water
  16. 2 cups fresh fruit
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine Pie Filling ingredients - cream cheese, eggs, lemon juice, sugar and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until light and smooth. Pour into pie crust. Bake 350 degrees for 35 minutes. While pie is baking, combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla, set aside.
  2. Remove the pie from the oven after it has baked for 35 minutes, top with sour cream mixture, spread evenly over the top of the pie. Return to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool until room temperature.
  3. Fruit filling - in a medium sauce pan combine 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 3/4 cup water and 1/2 cup of the fresh fruit. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute stirring frequently. Remove from heat and strain.
  4. After the pie is cool, top with remaining fresh fruit and drizzle 1/2 of the fruit glaze over the fruit. Refrigerate pie until serving. Serve with additional glaze.
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Orange Glazed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

I am always trying new ways to grill pork tenderloins. This time I basted the tenderloins while grilling with an orange glaze. The tenderloins are moist and delicious with a hint of orange.   Perfect to serve with grilled vegetables on a beautiful summer night.

 

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Orange Glazed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  2. 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  3. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  4. 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  7. Pork tenderloins - seasoned with salt and pepper prior to grilling
Instructions
  1. Combine basting ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Preheat grill. Place tenderloins on oiled rack away from direct heat. Grill covered until pork reaches 160 degrees - approximately 12 - 15 minutes. Turn pork frequently and baste with sauce each time you turn pork. When pork has reached 160 degrees, remove to a platter and cover loosely. Let stand for 10 minutes Carve into slices, serve.
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Fajita Marinade

I just love this time of year when you can fire-up the grill and have dinner on the porch.  I think because we lived in Texas for five years; we have a fondness for a Texas favorite and one of our favorites, fajitas.  In this fajita marinade, I combined a variety of ingredients that gives the perfect flavor combination for both steak and chicken.  Marinate your meat early in the day and refrigerate for at least six hours.  Then grill to your desired degree of doneness and serve with warm tortillas, and bowls of your favorite garnishes to make your favorite fajitas.  Our favorite combination is grilled onions and peppers, sour cream, avocados, and salsa.

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Fajita Marinade
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 to 2 pounds skirt steak, flank steak or flat-iron steak or 6 chicken breast halves boned and skinned
  2. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  3. juice of one lemon
  4. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  5. 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. 1 teaspoon celery seed
  8. 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice and 5 - 6 pickled jalapeno slices
  9. 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  10. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine marinade ingredients and mix well. Place meat and marinade in a shallow dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, turn frequently. Drain liquid and grill until desired degree of doneness. Cut meat diagonally in thin slices. Serve with warm tortillas and bowls of garnishes.
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Berry Cobbler

This is the time of year when the minute you walk into the grocery store you are immediately surrounded by fresh berries.  This time I was immediately hooked when the sign said buy one – get one free.  Well, how could I pass by that offer – so into my cart went fresh red raspberries and blueberries.  When I got home I mentioned that I was thinking of making a cobbler and the immediately response from my husband was “sounds delicious”.   This time I baked my cobblers in two 5 inch ramekins, you can also make one cobbler in a 9 inch baking dish.

Berry Cobbler

 

Berry Cobbler
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh red raspberries
  2. 2 cups fresh blueberries
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 cup flour
  5. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Place the berries in a buttered 9 inch baking dish and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar. Combine the flour, butter, egg and 1 cup sugar in a bowl and mix well. Spoon over the fruit and spread to the edges of the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
  1. I always place my baking dish on a foil lined baking sheet to catch the overflow of berries.
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Green Bean Salad

I was headed out for a very busy day last week and wanted to prepare dinner prior to leaving the house.  I had fresh green beans and decided to whip up a cold green bean salad.  With what was in my pantry and refrigerator, I assembled the following salad.  It was just great with the grilled meat I served.  Just proves how easy it is to serve fresh vegetables and if you happen to have any leftovers, they are perfect for lunch the next day!

Ever wonder about the history behind balsamic vinegar?  Check-out this website; very interesting.

 http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/everything-you-need-to-know-guide-to-balsamic-vinegar.html

Green Bean Salad

 

Green Bean Salad
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz. fresh green beans
  2. 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  3. 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  4. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Blanch green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes, immediately drain and then shock in ice cold water. Drain. Toss green beans with olive oil and salt and pepper. Add pine nuts. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Top with crumbled goat cheese. Refrigerate until serving. Drizzle with additional balsamic vinegar when serving, if desired.
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Poppyseed Orange Blueberry Bread

In my previous posts I mention our love for poppy seed bread.  Specifically because that is what I made for a picnic on the day I met my husband.  I am always trying new things with poppyseed bread.  The addition of blueberries and orange was a sweet success. 

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Poppyseed Orange Blueberry Bread
Yields 1
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup milk
  2. 1/4 cup canola oil
  3. 1 egg, beaten
  4. 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
  5. 1 tablespoon orange juice
  6. 1 3/4 cup flour
  7. 1/2 cup sugar
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  11. 1 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine milk, oil, egg, orange peel and orange juice. Stir in dry ingredients, mix until all combined. Fold in blueberries.
  3. Pour into a greased 8x4 inch loaf pan. Bake 45 - 50 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Recently, we spent a delightful weekend in Charleston, SC.  Charleston is a great food town with lots of various eateries to try.  One of our friends recommended the Fat Hen on St. John’s Island for brunch.  After a fun evening celebrating at a wedding and a late Sunday morning start, the idea of coffee and brunch was just what we needed.  When we arrived at the Fat Hen, we were asked if we would like to start with their bakery basket.  Well, of course, we were definitely interested.  The bakery item of the day was chocolate chip muffins.  What a wonderful way to start brunch with a great cup of coffee.  I decided it was time to bake some chocolate chip muffins.  Time to brew some coffee!

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Chocolate Chip Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  2. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 12 muffins cups.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder and add to the egg mixture alternately with the milk. Fold in the chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar prior to serving.
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Unbelievably Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This recipe is so easy it is almost embarrassing to post.  Two ingredients and fantastic results.  Now that is one great recipe!   I usually use whatever BBQ sauce I happen to have in my pantry.  However, this time, I used a wonderful Virginia product that I received.  I used Shaffer’s Bold and Sassy Sauce. I always prefer to use locally made products in my recipes.  Their sauce is a vinegar/red wine based sauce with molasses, coriander, cumin and other spices.  It was a delicious addition to this easy recipe. 

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Unbelievably Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pork tenderloins or one beef brisket
  2. BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. Almost too easy to post - in your slow cooker, pour in 3/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Add your meat of choice. Drizzle with an additional 3/4 cup sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7 1/2 hours. Shred meat, return to sauce to keep warm. Serve.
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Orange Twist Rolls

These yeast rolls are not your everyday rolls, these are the rolls to bake when you have a special occasion, brunch, or luncheon.  They are over the top delicious with the orange filling and orange glaze.  If you want a show stopper recipe, Orange Twist Rolls are just what you are looking for.  Serve these for breakfast or brunch, it will be hard to eat only one!

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Orange Twist Rolls
Yields 24
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Dough ingredients
  1. 1 package active dry yeast
  2. 1/4 cup warm water
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/2 cup sour cream
  7. 6 tablespoons melted butter
  8. 3 cups flour
  9. Filling
  10. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  11. 3/4 cup sugar
  12. 2 tablespoons grated orange rind
  13. Glaze
  14. 3/4 cup sugar
  15. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  16. 2 tablespoons orange juice
  17. 4 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small bowl. In the large bowl of electric mixer using the dough hook, combine 1/4 cup sugar, salt, eggs, sour cream, yeast mixture and butter. Add the flour and combine until a soft dough forms. Let dough rise in a warm place for 2 hours. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead 15 times. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 12-inch circle. Combine the sugar and orange rind in a small bowl. Brush each circle with 1/2 of the melted butter and sprinkle with 1/2 of the sugar mixture. Cut the circle into 12 wedges. Roll up staring with the wide end and place rolls in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish with the points down. Repeat with the other half of dough. Cover rolls and let rise 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for 20 - 30 minutes until golden brown. Top with glaze while warm.
Notes
  1. Glaze
  2. Combine the sugar, cream, orange juice, and butter in a saucepan and boil for 3 minutes, stir constantly. Pour over the rolls when removed from the oven. Cool rolls slightly; serve warm or at room temperature.
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Brussel Sprout Apple Salad

If you like Waldorf Salad and brussel sprouts, I think you will really like this salad.  I took the two and melded them together to create this delicious salad.  I prepared the brussel sprouts and while they were cooking, mixed the remaining ingredients in my salad bowl.  Blended the warm brussel sprouts, remaining salad ingredients and dressing in my salad bowl.  Tossed completely and served.  A wonderful combination of hot and cold all topped with a creamy dressing.

Brussel Sprout Apple Salad

Brussel Sprout Apple Salad
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz. brussel sprouts, thinly sliced
  2. 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter
  3. 1 apple, diced
  4. 1 stalk of celery, diced
  5. 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  6. 1/3 cup dried tart cherries or dried cranberries
  7. Dressing
  8. 5 tablespoons half and half
  9. 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  11. 1/4 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Add brussel sprouts and stir frequently until they begin to lightly brown. While the brussel sprouts are cooking, combine the remaining salad ingredients in a bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients together. Continue to cook the brussel spouts just until parts begin to brown and they are crisp tender. Toss the brussel sprouts with the remaining salad ingredients. Top with dressing and toss. Serve.
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