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Showing posts with label party food. Show all posts

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Red, White, and Blue Celebration Cookies/July 4th Event

Of all the summer holidays, the 4th of July is one of my favorites! Usually we are do a lot of swimming and boating, and of course, eating, as we celebrate throughout the day. All that is followed by beautiful city wide fireworks, which are always the perfect way to end the day, and of course, more food! How do you celebrate the 4th? 

Did I mention we do quite a bit of eating?! This year we will be enjoying the holiday with a picnic table full of food, something on the grill, and desserts waiting in the fridge. I will be serving these 4th of July Patriotic Sugar Cookies as part of our dessert tray. These cookies are easy to make and decorate and they are fun to eat too!

                            

Red, White, and Blue Celebration Cookies   

(printable recipe at end of page)

(makes 5-6 dozen cookies)

2 cups Butter (softened)

2 cups Sugar

2 Eggs

2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Salt

5 cups Flour  

3 teaspoon Baking Powder


Royal Icing Recipe

3/4 cup Warm Water

5 tbl. Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 lbs Powdered Icing Sugar

Red and Blue Food Coloring

Red Icing Color

Blue Icing Color


Cookie Toppings

white confetti sprinkles

red, white and blue sprinkles

chocolate candy pearls

red, white and blue stars 

mini decor balls 

mini red, white and blue sprinkles



Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour mix is incorporated and dough comes together. 

Divide dough into small batches that will fit between a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out dough to desired thickness. This recipe will take approx. 6-7 pieces of parchment paper. Stack the parchment paper covering the cookie dough on to a baking sheet, cover tightly with saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge. Repeat the process until all dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be cold. If not, wait about 30 minutes. 

Take out the first sheet, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for  8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. When you have used all of the dough from one sheet that you can, re-roll it and place on the same parchment paper again. Refrigerate like when you started. Keep cooking until all cookies are done.

Let cookies cool on cooling rack.

Use a whisk to mix together the warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add Cream of Tartar and mix for 30 seconds more. Add confectioner's sugar and mix for 10 minutes on low speed. 

Take 1 cup of frosting and put it into a small bowl. Tint the icing red.
Take another cup of frosting and put it into another small bowl, and tint it blue.
                                                     
Using the white frosting, outline the cookie with a #2 decorating tip
then fill in the inside of the star. Use a toothpick to move the icing around to fill in the star. Don't allow the cookies to dry. You need them wet so the fireworks can be made and the candies can be attached.

To make the fireworks on the cookies, place a dot of blue frosting
on the wet cookie.

Use a toothpick to pull the blue frosting into a firework. Do the same with a dot of red frosting. The fireworks make a great background for all the sprinkles.

               
Begin decorating the cookie with all the edible candies. Put them in any design that you like. Get creative and make it fun! I used an assortment of candies such as white confetti sprinkles, chocolately pearls, red, white and blue stars, mini decor balls, and or course, sprinkles! The sprinkles that are large make great decor for these cookies!


Thank you for joining me today and have a wonderful 4th of July Celebration! Check out the list below for more 4th of July food inspiration from my fellow bloggers! There are so many amazing recipes to choose from!


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Yield: 5 dozen
Author: The Freshman Cook
Red, White and Blue Celebration Cookies

Red, White and Blue Celebration Cookies

Celebrate the red, white, and blue with these fun and tasty sugar cookies, topped with edible sprinkles, chocolate balls, and lots of fun cookie adornments.

Ingredients

  • Cookie Recipe
  • 2 cups Butter (softened)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Royal Icing Recipe
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tbl. Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 lbs Powdered Icing Sugar
  • Red and Blue Food Coloring
  • Red Icing Color
  • Blue Icing Color
  • Cookie Toppings
  • white confetti sprinkles
  • red, white and blue sprinkles
  • chocolately pearls
  • red, white and blue stars
  • mini decor balls
  • mini red, white and blue sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour mix is incorporated and dough comes together.
  2. Divide dough into small batches that will fit between a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out dough to desired thickness. This recipe will take approx. 6-7 pieces of parchment paper. Stack the parchment paper covering the cookie dough on to a baking sheet, cover tightly with saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge. Repeat the process until all dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be cold. If not, wait about 30 minutes.
  3. Take out the first sheet, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. When you have used all of the dough from one sheet that you can, re-roll it and place on the same parchment paper again. Refrigerate like when you started. Keep cooking until all cookies are done.
  4. Let cookies cool on cooling rack.
  5. Use a whisk to mix together the warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add Cream of Tartar and mix for 30 seconds more. Add confectioner's sugar and mix for 10 minutes on low speed.
  6. Take 1 cup of frosting and put it into a small bowl. Tint the icing red. Take another cup of frosting and put it into another small bowl, and tint it blue.
  7. Using the white frosting, outline the cookie with a #2 decorating tip then fill in the inside of the star. Use a toothpick to move the icing around to fill in the star. Don't allow the cookies to dry. You need them wet so the fireworks can be made and the candies can be attached.
  8. To make the fireworks on the cookies, place a dot of blue frosting
  9. on the wet cookie.
  10. Use a toothpick to pull the blue frosting into a firework. Do the same with a dot of red frosting. The fireworks make a great background for all the sprinkles.
  11. Begin decorating the cookie with all the edible candies. Put them in any design that you like. Get creative and make it fun! I used an assortment of candies such as white confetti sprinkles, chocolately pearls, red, white and blue stars, mini decor balls, and or course, sprinkles! The sprinkles that are large make great decor for these cookies!
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Mushroom Ceviche / #FarmersMarketWeek


I am so glad you stopped by to celebrate #FarmersMarketWeek with me! On my last trip to my local farmers market it was set up so that the vendors lined up their produce along a route that was driven by the customer and you picked out your produce from your car. I loved it because it was easy and safe. So I picked up some fresh veggies along with lemons and limes, and of course some shrimp, to make this very tasty Mushroom Ceviche, but with a twist! Traditionally, ceviche is made with raw shrimp, letting the acidity from the lemons and limes to "cook" the shrimp, but today I started out with cooked shrimp and added mushrooms just to mix it up a bit! It was a huge hit, that I know you will love!


Mushroom Ceviche
(printable recipe at end of page)
(feeds 8-10 as an appetizer)

1/2 pound White Whole Mushrooms
1 tablespoon Butter
1 pound cooked Shrimp
1 diced Celery Stalk
1/2 cup Red Onion  
1 Jalapeno Pepper
2 Roma Tomatoes 
3 fresh lemons
4 limes
Hot Sauce
1/2 Avocado



Chop the mushrooms into small pieces, saute in butter. When they are done, remove from pan and set aside.

Chop the shrimp, celery, red onion, jalapeno pepper and tomatoes into small bite sized pieces.

Squeeze the fresh lemons and limes into a bowl. This is a difficult thing for me to do because I have arthritis in both of my hands, and although some days are better than others, they always hurt. So here is a tip if this is a problem for you: take a heavy plate from the kitchen and use the bottom of the plate to put pressure on the fruit, moving the fruit around the counter, loosening the juice and whatever is inside. When you are done, the juice flows out easily! (Just a little trick if you need it!) Then slice the lemon and lime in half and squeeze the juice out into a bowl.


Mix the mushrooms, shrimp, celery, red onion, jalapeno pepper and tomatoes in a large bowl. Add the juice from the lemons and limes. 

 After 30 minutes, drain the juice from the bowl. Add the hot sauce and stir. Cover and place in the fridge, then take out about 10 minutes before serving. Chop avocado and place on top of bowl.
Serve with pita chips or your favorite chips or crackers.


Find more incredible #FarmersMarketWeek recipes below! There is something for everyone, made by some of your favorite bloggers!





Wednesday’s Farmers Market Week Recipes













Mushroom Ceviche
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Mushroom Ceviche

Yield: 10-12
Author: The Freshman Cook

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound White Whole Mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 pound cooked Shrimp
  • 1 diced Celery Stalk
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 3 fresh lemons
  • 4 limes
  • Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 Avocado

Instructions:

  1. Chop the mushrooms into small pieces, saute in butter. When they are done, remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Chop the shrimp, celery, red onion, jalapeno pepper, and tomatoes into small bite sized pieces.
  3. Squeeze the fresh lemons and limes into a bowl. This is a difficult thing for me to do because I have arthritis in both of my hands, and although some days are better than others, they always hurt. So here is a tip if this is a problem for you: take a heavy plate from the kitchen and use the bottom of the plate to put pressure on the fruit, moving the fruit around the counter, loosening the juice and whatever is inside. When I am done, the juice flows out easily! (Just a little trick if you need it!) Then slice the lemon and lime in half and squeeze the juice out into a bowl.
  4. Mix the mushrooms, shrimp, celery, red onion, jalapeno pepper and tomatoes in a large bowl. Add the juice from the lemons and limes.
  5. After 30 minutes, drain the juice from the bowl. Add the hot sauce and stir. Cover and place in the fridge, then take out about 10 minutes before serving. Chop avocado and place on top of bowl.
  6. Serve with pita chips or your favorite!
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Reuben Stuffed Mushroom Appetizers / #NationalMushroomMonth

If you, or someone in your family is a mushroom lover, today is your day! I am celebrating #NationalMushroomMonth with some blogging friends, by creating some new fun and tasty mushrooms that I know you will love! I made a Reuben Stuffed Mushroom to celebrate this tasty month! If you are a reuben sandwich lover, this mushroom is for you, and even if you don't love the sandwich, I am betting you will still love the mushroom! Stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut, onions, mustard and cheese, these Reuben Stuffed Mushrooms made the perfect appetizer for any event, including an Oktoberfest party or a harvest celebration!
Reuben Stuffed Mushrooms
(printable recipe at end of page)
Makes 4 large stuffed mushrooms

1/4 cup Butter
4 large Button Mushrooms
4 teaspoons chopped yellow Onions
Yellow Mustard 
1/4 pound deli Corned Beef 
1/4 cup Sauerkraut
1-2 pieces Swiss Cheese
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
2-3 tablespoons Mustard

 Wash and dry 4 large Button Mushrooms.
Melt the butter, on medium heat, in a large frying pan. Add the mushrooms. Let them cook  for 6-7 minutes.
Flip the mushrooms over and cook on the other side, 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Continue to flip them and cook, and then flip and cook again, until they are slightly soft, but not soggy.
While the mushrooms are cooking, chop the onions, and.....
the corned beef.
Check on the mushrooms, and when you think they are done, cover with a lid and let them cook for 1-2 minutes more.
Flip the mushrooms over and add onions to each of the mushrooms.
Add a squirt or swipe of mustard to each mushroom. Stuff the corned beef in to the top of the mushroom.
Pile on a medium amount of the sauerkraut.
Cut your swiss cheese pieces into 4 squares. Add a piece of swiss cheese to the top of the sauerkraut and place the pan under the broiler just until the cheese begins to bubble and brown, about 3-4 minutes.
 Mix together the mustard and mayonnaise to make a drizzle sauce.  Serve hot with a drizzle of sauce on top! I made some of these appetizers with sauerkraut, and some without. It just depends on what you and your guests like!




Thank you for joining me today! With football season starting, and the holidays not too far away, fun and tasty appetizers may be on your mind. I hope you will try these Reuben Stuffed Mushroom Appetizers, and some of the other tasty mushroom recipes from the list below!:







Reuben Stuffed Mushroom Appetizers

Yield: 4
Author:

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 4 large Button Mushrooms
  • 4 teaspoons chopped yellow Onions
  • Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 pound deli Corned Beef
  • 1/4 cup Sauerkraut
  • 1-2 pieces Swiss Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons Mustard

instructions:

How to cook Reuben Stuffed Mushroom Appetizers

  1. Wash and dry 4 large Button Mushrooms.
  2. Melt the butter, on medium heat, in a large frying pan. Add the mushrooms. Let them cook for 6-7 minutes.
  3. Flip the mushrooms over and cook on the other side, 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Continue to flip them and cook, and then flip and cook again, until they are slightly soft, but not soggy.
  4. While the mushrooms are cooking, chop the onions, and the corned beef.
  5. Check on the mushrooms, and when you think they are done, cover with a lid and let them cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  6. Flip the mushrooms over and add onions to each of the mushrooms.
  7. Add a squirt or swipe of mustard to each mushroom. Stuff the corned beef in to the top of the mushroom.
  8. Pile on a medium amount of the sauerkraut.
  9. Cut your swiss cheese pieces into 4 squares. Add a piece of swiss cheese to the top of the sauerkraut and place the pan under the broiler just until the cheese begins to bubble and brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  10. Mix together the mustard and mayonnaise to make a drizzle sauce. Serve hot with a drizzle of sauce on top!
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Smoked BBQ Wings

Did you know that today is National Chicken Wing Day? It is, and I am celebrating with some fellow bloggers by, what else but, enjoying some fun and fabulous Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings! There are so many different ways to enjoy chicken wings, that it is difficult to decide how to make them. They can be fried, of course. But also baked, slow cooked, air fried, grilled and smoked! Then there is the skin of the wing. It can be seasoned, rubbed, dipped, brushed, breaded, sprinkled, and rolled.  Then the flavors. They are endless! Do you want teriyaki, garlic herb, lemon pepper, cajun bbq, honey garlic, a dry rub, a mild mustard bbq, a hot sauce? I can truly continue for a page or two on the flavors, and I wouldn't have named them all. So, have I helped you decide how you want your wings, or have I just brought up more questions! I know, right! Too many decisions! So I decided to go with a Smoked BBQ Wing with a Spicy Rub, and I am so glad I did. This is the first time I have smoked wings, and they were fantastic! They take about 2 hours, and they are worth the wait!

 Smoked BBQ Wings 
(makes 1 dozen wings)
(printable recipe at end of page)


1 dozen raw Chicken Wings
3 tablespoons Chipotle Seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar


Mix all of the dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.
Roll each raw chicken wing in the rub, and place on a baking sheet. I rolled them sparingly, as I knew it would be a bit hot, and I didn't want to overdo it! It ended up being the right way to dry rub them, as they had the perfect amount of heat!
I used applewood chips for the smoke. This picture is about 1 hour into the process. They are coming along great, and this is a good time to check the internal temperature of the wings.
Another 40-60 minutes, and the wings are temping at 165 degrees, so they are done!
Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you have the opportunity to try my Smoked BBQ Wings! My family and I loved them!


Thank you to Christie, who blogs at A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures 
for hosting this fun and very tasty event!
Check out all the wing recipes from my blogging friends listed below!



Ain’t nothing but a chicken wing! 
Chicken Wing Day recipes:



Smoked BBQ Wings

Yield: 12
Author:

ingredients:

  • 1 dozen raw Chicken Wings
  • 3 tablespoons Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar

instructions:

How to cook Smoked BBQ Wings

  1. Mix all of the dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Roll each raw chicken wing in the rub, and place on a baking sheet. I rolled them sparingly, as I knew it would be a bit hot, and I didn't want to overdo it! It ended up being the right way to dry rub them, as they had the perfect amount of heat!
  3. I used applewood chips for the smoke. This picture is about 1 hour into the process. They are coming along great, and this is a good time to check the internal temperature of the wings.
  4. Another 40-60 minutes, and the wings are temping at 165 degrees, so they are done!
  5. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!
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