Coconut Shortcakes with Grilled Pineapple: #SundaySupper

coconut shortcakes with grilled pineapple

Summertime BBQs may be my favorite way to entertain. They’re casual and less structured than a winter dinner party, and I’m not constrained by how many chairs I can fit around a table inside our home. Ours is a charming house that’s over 100 years old – which is pretty old in California, but it’s dollhouse small. Luckily we have a large deck off the kitchen that ushers you into the backyard. So when I want to have a lot of people over, summer-time BBQs are the best way to go. Meal planning, ...

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Strawberry Coconut Soup with Mint: #SundaySupper

Strawberry coconut lime soup with mint

Make this strawberry coconut soup the day before a party and chill until you're ready to serve. Just add mint slivers at the last minute. As the weather heats up, we all look to simplify our cooking lives. Recipes that can be made quickly with only a few ingredients become stars. Bonus points if no actual cooking is required. This week on Sunday Supper, we're celebrating dishes that have five ingredients or less. Salt, pepper, water, and cooking oil are given a free pass. This ...

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Strawberry Oat Crumble Bars: #SundaySupper

Easy strawberry oat crumbles with toasted coconut and candied ginger chips.

In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, #SundaySupper is celebrating with Red White and Blue dishes. You'd think this would be an easy one, right? I mulled around a bunch of ideas for almost two weeks. Should I make strawberry shortcake? Or blueberry pie? Then my mind drifted while I pulled out recipes for meringues with berries, and then pavlovas with berries. Too time-consuming, I decided. So I shot into the opposite direction with smoothies. Which of course led to ice cream. The more options ...

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Coconut Curry Mussels | #SundaySupper

coconut curry mussels

Mussels steamed in a broth of vegetable stock, coconut milk, red curry paste, and lime juice, mixed with onion and red peppers. This week's theme on #SundaySupper is Year End Cravings, hosted by Cindy on Cindy's Recipes and Writings. Something we've had a hankering for all year. My craving is coconut curry mussels - essentially mussels steamed in a broth of coconut milk, vegetable broth, red curry paste,and lime juice. A similar dish used to be on the menu of a local restaurant in our town, ...

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Rugelach – Your New Go-To Holiday Cookie

Tips on making pumpkin rugelach holiday cookies with raspberry jam, coconut, chocolate, currants, and orange zest. Includes recipe for quickie raspberry jam with chocolate liqueur.

The best rugelach filled with raspberry jam, chocolate, and orange zest. Tips for fool-proof rugelach and quick raspberry jam are included! People, rugelach needs to be in your entertaining tool pack. They can sleep away, quietly tucked into the freezer, ready at a moments notice. At the last minute, you flick on the oven, whip out a baking sheet, and slice up a few frozen rolls of dough filled with jam, chocolate shards, coconut shreds, orange zest, and nuts, and you are ready to rock and ...

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Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers

Jalapeños filled with cornbread appetizer

#Secret Recipe Club: Jalapeño cornbread poppers! Jalapeño halves are filled with cornbread for a perfect party appetizer. (Includes instructions for baking at high altitude.) Sometimes you see a recipe and instantly recognize genius simplicity. The genius perfection of peanut butter and jelly filling for a chocolate layer cake. Or whipping up cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract and piping it into hulled strawberries with a sprinkle of graham crackers for a lazy cheesecake dessert. ...

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Mango Soup with Coconut and Lime

mango coconut lime soup

Blended mango, coconut milk and lime juice come together for a chilled tropical mango soup. Let's go to Hawaii! Too expensive? Then make this soup and close your eyes. The combination of mango, coconut and lime will take your taste buds there for almost free. I love fruit soups and later the summer I always make plum soup, but a couple of years ago I started making this mango soup. It was finalist in a recipe contest on Food52, and I posted it about it here, but like anything else I ...

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Crunchy Coconut Shrimp

LR Coconut Prawns slider

Crunchy coconut shrimp appetizer with a sweet and spicy dip of apricot preserves + pepper jelly. In my mind, these started out as Beer Battered Coconut Prawns. The plan was to take a recipe I slaved over last summer for coconut prawns and tweak it a bit with beer. They were The Summer Project That Drove Me Crazy with weeks of attempts, countless variations, and more pounds of shrimp than I want to admit, all to get a crispy crust. And all for love, I might add. CM (Carnivorous ...

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Cherry Cobbler + Coconut Biscuit: #SundaySupper

cherry brandy cobbler with coconut biscuit, easy entertaining, summer dessert

Cherry cobbler with hint of brandy with coconut-cardamom biscuit topping. Hot summer days call for lazy desserts. As I write this, the air is heavy, with hints of the thunderstorms that sweep through in the late afternoons. The breeze picks up, and I can feel it moving along my inner arm, swirling around the crook of my elbow. The bliss of a lazy Saturday in late July. I sink into my cushioned patio chair and think about cobbler. It’s the perfect summer dessert: easy to make, and ...

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Roasted Berries + Coconut and Lime

Roasted strawberries and blackberries topped with lime and toasted coconut, gluten-free dessert recipe

Berries are roasted to intensify their flavors, and topped with lime juice and coconut. This is an incredibly easy dessert, and is a riff of one I had at a friend's home last month. It's vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and almost everything-free except flavor-free. You may have picked up by now that I love roasted just about anything, and that includes fruits. It really intensifies the flavors, and needs little ...

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Lemon Coconut Shortbread Bars

Lemon Coconut Shortbread Bars WM slider

Easy dessert of lemon coconut shortbread bars for a casual nibble or throw in the picnic basket. Yes, I know I promised another recipe for my Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes next. But I've been thinking about posting desserts on Fridays, and here we are at Friday already. I swear yesterday was Monday, but somehow I slammed through TuesdayWednesdayThursday in the time it takes to make an omelet. When I was in school, Friday was dessert day. It was one of the only days we weren't on a strict ...

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Chocolate Coconut Truffles & Jam: #SundaySupper

decadent chocolate coconut creamy truffles with strawberry jam

Decadent chocolate truffles with super creamy centers of chocolate-coconut-strawberry jam ganache. It's time for another SundaySupper and it's all about Valentine's Day. I went traditional with chocolate, how could I not? And I settled on truffles. It's been way too long since I've made them. Truffles are show-stoppers. Decadent, hard chocolate shells protecting luxuriant, silky centers. When I was in school, I was lucky enough to attend a ...

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