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Fresh Tomatoes à la Hasselbacken

You’re most likely familiar with Hasselback potatoes ~ what about Hasselback tomatoes?




This trendy little side dish might make you hesitate, but once you try it, you may be sold on it!

“Hasselbacking” has been around since the 1950’s, when cooks at the Hasselbacken Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, were peeling and partially slicing large potatoes, brushing them with butter, sprinkling them with bread crumbs, and baking them. 

Not only did patrons like the looks of the vegetable, they enjoyed the savory taste and variety of textures it offered.  To this day, it’s still on the hotel’s menu.

Instead of potatoes, this Cook’s Country  recipe focused on tomatoes.  They doubled-down on, flavors, and stuffed the tomatoes with savory pesto and tangy pungent Gruyère cheese. 






Instead of baking the concoction, the tomatoes were given a short blast under the broiler to lessen oven time, allowing the tomatoes to retain some summery freshness.

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Summery Peach Loaf Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

We all really like peaches here, some more than others, but we all are hooked on this cake!




This is a scrumptious summer dessert starring fresh peaches!

Peaches have been “iffy” here this summer.  Most of them not ripe, and when they do ripen up, they’re rotten.  Thankfully, our favorite farmers’ market had a huge supply of Michigan peaches.  They looked near perfect ~ I couldn’t resist them ~  fragrant, ripe and drip-down-your-chin juicy.  Just what this cake called for!





The simple streusel topping is spiced with fragrant cinnamon and cardamom.  It’s equally good for breakfast, brunch, a snack or dessert.  Finish it off with a scoop of ice cream or a swirl of whipped cream, or just eat it plain, like we do.

It’s a moist cake filled with little chunks of sweet peaches!


Enjoy!



Yield: 1 large or 3 mini loavesAuthor: PamPrint Recipe Peach Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping This is a delicious, moist and sweet cake! prep time: 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 50 mins INGREDIENTS:
1 cup sugar…

Baked Cornbread-Stuffed Zucchini

I might live in the Midwest now, but I’m a Southerner at heart!




One of the reasons; besides, delicious cornbread, a warmer climate, friendly people and good food, and did I mention cornbread (?), is that Southern Living has been delivered in our mailbox ever since I was married ~ way back when Mom gave a subscription of it to me.

Which leads me to zucchini and this recipe!  




The gardens are starting to fill up with the vegetable; consequently, this slightly adapted recipe from SL is perfect for the season!

They are tasty zucchinis stuffed with a delicious blend of corn, onions, garlic, cheddar cheese, chicken and spices.  Choose squash that are uniform in shape so they will cook evenly.  The best kind are long, straight and not too skinny.




I will admit there was one problem with my finished dish:  I bought ready-made cornbread from the grocery store to speed up the process, unfortunately, I did not sample it first.  Too late, I realized the cornbread was very sweet, sort of like Jiffy mix,…

Easy Grilled Onion-Buttered Cod

Atlantic cod has been a popular fish for over one-thousand years and is caught in the northwest Atlantic from Greenland to North Carolina.





Per Mark Kurlansky, author of “Cod:  A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World,” cod was part of the desire to discover and explore North America.  By the way, Mae introduced me to this book, and if you haven’t read it, it’s a captivating look at the history of cod, and explores the globalization of the fish and its impact on history.

Cod is a low-calorie protein that is filled with healthy omega-3 oil which has a variety of health benefits, from lowering triglyceride levels, to aiding rheumatoid arthritis, depression and baby development.

Grilling is a simple way to prepare cod, and it brings out the delicate flavor of the fish.  Pep it up with spicy seasonings, butter, green onions, lemon juice, and salt and pepper for a tasty meal.  




We were truly surprised with how delicious the cod tasted!

Try it, I’m hoping you’ll like it also!

Yield: 2-4 serv…

Seasoned Summer Squash Sauté Side

Now that summer squashes and tomatoes are abundant in farmer's markets, backyard gardens, and in grocery stores, this fresh-tasting recipe is perfect for using up the produce and is over the top in goodness!



There are hundreds of varieties of summer squash, ranging from dark green to bright yellow, long to stubby, smooth to ridged to lumpy ~  from crookneck, to green and yellow and pattypan, to zucchini.





It’s a complicated family of veggies, and any one of them would be great for this recipe.  I used zucchini and crookneck summer squash, choose your favorites. 


The squash was sautéed with garlic, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, seasoned with Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy, finishing with a little cheese melting over all.

This was simple, and delicious for dinner and just as tasty leftover at lunchtime the next day!


Yield: Serves 4Author: PamPrint Recipe Seasoned Summer Squash Sautéprep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins This squash sauté is delicious and just as good later, should th…

Last Night's Dinner ~ Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes over Grilled Chicken

I know ~ you’re probably thinking grilled chicken is boring and dry.  Well, when grilled correctly, it’s very tender with a nice char, and Bill does this perfectly!




Generally, he dips the chicken breasts in a little lemon juice and sprinkles them with seasonings, salt and pepper, and our favorite spices.  

If a little thick on one end, pound it with a mallet until it has a uniform thickness.  Grill over high heat quickly, searing in all the juices.

While I leave the grilling to him, I’m on to making sautéed cherry tomatoes to top the chicken for added flavor and moistness… 



The little gems will be slightly charred, tender and savory-sweet.  Sautéing them brings out their natural sweetness and flavor.  They’re a perfect chicken picker-upper!

If you’ve never sautéed cherry tomatoes, give them a try.  It’s well worth it!


Yield: 4 servingsAuthor: PamPrint Recipe Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes over Grilled Chicken Breasts Cherry tomatoes, a perfect picker-upper for grilled chicken! INGREDIENTS:2 tables…

A Birthday for Grandpa with Classic Yellow Cupcakes

Grandpa needed help blowing out the candles on his birthday cupcake yesterday, so Matthew, came to the rescue! 



Bill loves cupcakes and so does our 6-year-old grandson, and this Martha Stewart recipe came to my rescue.



Bill's birthday is actually today ~ he’s having 2 days of celebrating.  It was going to be a day of golf with Bubba, but due to thunderstorms, that’s postponed for a sunny day; instead, it’s off to lunch later at a favorite Mexican restaurant. 

On with the cupcakes…

Who doesn’t like a cupcake!  These cupcakes are moist, delicious and full of flavor.  The recipe calls for a dozen cupcakes, I doubled it.  Yellow is Bill’s favorite with chocolate buttercream frosting.  Matthew opts for yellow cupcakes with buttercream frosting. 





 The options for decorating are endless, we like sprinkles here!




Believe me, these cupcakes disappear quickly!



Yield: 12Author: PamPrint Recipe Classic Yellow Cupcakesprep time: 25 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 45 mins Perfect classic treats for a…









Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…

~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






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