Orange Honey Butter Recipe

Orange honey butter is an easy way to add some flavor and character to your meals and can be a nice addition to holidays meals. With the added benefit that orange honey butter can be prepared a couple of days in advance, so, it will be one less thing to prepare on those busy cooking days.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) softened  Butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp (5 ml)  finely grated orange zest.

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl
  • With a mixer, mix at a high speed until light and fluffy.

Storage

  • Store unused Orange Honey Butter in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Let the butter warm the butter to about room temperature before serving.

What is a Soda float?

What is an ice cream soda float?

Soda float or Ice cream soda float is a dessert-type or recreational-type drink made using ice cream and soda, carbonated water or soft drink such as root beer (hence the alternative name; root beer float). The drink may contain other ingredients such as candy, syrup, milk, and whipped cream.

Ice cream soda originates from the US. It was first created by Robert McCay Green, a flavored drink seller back in 1874 in Philadelphia, PA. The idea came to him on a hot day after he ran out of the ice he was using to make flavored drinks and decided to use vanilla ice cream instead. It’s worth noting there are other people who claim to have invented the ice cream float, including Green’s own employee, George Guy, Fred Sanders, and Philip Mohr.

Besides having a great taste, ice cream soda works because the carbon dioxide inside the soda is displaced from the resulting solution to form a small fountain of foam and bubbles that isn’t messy.

What are the most common flavors of ice cream soda floats?

There are many flavors based mainly on the ingredients. The most common include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coke, root beer;

1. Vanilla ice cream soda float

This drink is made using several scoops of vanilla ice cream and unflavored carbonated water. The ice cream is put first in a glass before pouring in carbonated water until the resulting foam rises to the top. Some whipped cream is added and a cherry.

When Sprite soda or 7 Up is used instead of unflavored carbonated water, the resulting drink is known as snow white. 

2. Chocolate ice cream soda float

This drink is made like the vanilla ice cream soda float. The only difference is the ingredients used, i.e., chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.

3. Strawberry ice cream soda float

This drink is made in a similar manner to vanilla float ice cream soda float but using strawberry flavored ingredients like strawberry soda, strawberry syrup, and strawberry or vanilla ice cream.

4. Coke ice cream float

As the name suggests, this ice cream float is made with any cola/coke drink and vanilla ice cream.

5. Root beer float

Root beer float or brown cow or black cow is made using root beer and vanilla ice cream. However, some variations use other ice cream flavors. Beer may also be substituted, making variations like black cow different in some region in the US. While root beer float contains only root beer and vanilla ice cream in some places, some areas use chocolate ice cream to make a brown cow or chocolate cow. Some areas also substitute beer with cola and call it a black cow such as Northern Illinois and Northeastern Wisconsin.

Stuffed Shells With Butternut Squash Recipe For Two

This stuff shells recipe is a nice autumn dish when winter squash is plentiful and cheap. Although you could eat it anytime since butternut squash is usually available in the market year-round in the United States.

This is a nice compact recipe which makes a nice main dish, and actually could almost be thought of like a casserole. This stuff shells and associated ingredients has a little bit everything in it and makes a well-rounded dish.  It could also be used for a side dish if you were entertaining a small group or to accompany your holiday main dish.

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells Ingredients

US                                                               Metrics:

0.5 lb. lean pork sausage                              225 gr pork sausage
1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cubed         400 gr butternut squash
1/4 cup milk                                                60 ml milk
1 cup spinach                                              1 cup spinach
2 cloves garlic, chopped                              2 cloves garlic
5-6 pcs jumbo shells, cooked                       5-6 pcs jumbo shells
1 egg, beaten (only use half)                         1 egg
2 tbsp ricotta                                               30 gr ricotta
1/4 cup parmesan, shredded                         25 gr parmesan

1 tbsp dry parsley                                        1 tbsp dry parsley

1 tsp chili flakes (optional)                          1 tsp chili flakes
Canola oil            
Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F
  • drizzle butternut squash cubes with canola oil, gently toss until coated  and spread evenly in a baking pan, place the baking pan in the oven for 30 minutes or until just starting to lightly brown
  • While the squash is cooking, cook sausage over medium heat in a medium skillet or non-stick pan. When sausage turning brown, add spinach and garlic. Add salt and pepper if desired. Cook until spinach is lightly wilted then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Cook shells according to package directions until al dent—don’t overcook the shells. Place in cold water to stop cooking. Drain.
  • Once the squash is cooked, place the cubes in a food processor or blender along with milk, salt, and pepper. Pulse until squash is pureed. Pour into a 6×6 baking dish.
  • In mixing bowl, mix ricotta, parmesan, and egg until well-combined. Add dry parsley, chili flakes, and sausage mixture into ricotta and mix until evenly distributed.
  • Fill cooked jumbo shells with 2 tablespoons of sausage mixture. Arrange shells in butternut squash sauce in the baking dish. Top with more parmesan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Servings

  • Makes two servings

Cook’s notes

  • This recipe can be made with other winter squash or pumpkin depending on what you have readily available or happens to be cheap in the market place. If you’re going to use an alternative squash, try to pick one which is richly flavored and has a dark orange flesh on the inside.

Corn Bread Dinner Rolls Recipe

What dinner table is and better for being grace graced with some fresh bread. These dinner rolls are tasty and allow your family and guests to help themselves. Additionally, they make an excellent side dish for holiday meals.

Corn Bread Dinner Roll Ingredients

  • 1 cups of milk
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast, dissolve in warm water
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Corn Bread Dinner Roll Directions

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat simmer the milk for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cornmeal and continue cooking and mixing until the mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Once cooled add the mixture into a bowl, add the yeast, the canola oil, and the honey.
  • Mix well to combine everything.
  • Add the salt and 2 eggs. Mix again.
  • Little by little add the flour until a soft dough forms.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover.
  • Reserve for about 3 hours so that the dough will double in size.
  • Make 12 little balls and place each roll on a baking sheet cover with parchment paper.
  • Place the rolls in a warm place ( a closed oven with the light on for example )let them rise again for about 1 hour.      
  • Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F. 
  • In a small bowl add 1 egg and mix with a fork.
  • Brush the top of the rolls with egg and sprinkle cornmeal.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Prep time :

  • 20 minutes

Cook Time

  • 20 minutes

Waiting Time

  •  4 hours

Serving

  •  This recipe makes about 12 servings

Southern Style Icebox Strawberry Pie

With the hot weather of summer and early fall and icebox pie is always a nice way to put dessert.  When strawberries are in bountiful, this strawberry icebox pie is an easy way to put some fruit on the table, which will be appreciated by all.

Cook’s Note

  • You need to finish with two cups of filling.
  • Making your own whipped cream and pie crust at home is an excellent way to add variety to this pie.
  • However, in a pinch for time or simply for convenience, store-bought whipped cream and pie crust work just fine.
  • This recipe uses a 0.60-ounce package sugar-free strawberry flavored gelatin, which makes it a little firmer.  However, a 0.30-ounce package can be used, and regular sweetened gelatin works equally well.

Icebox Strawberry Pie Filling Ingredients

  • 1 (0.6-ounce) package sugar-free strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell, blind-baked and cooled
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)

Icebox Strawberry Pie Filling Directions

  • Blind-bake pie crust and cool.
  • Wash, hull and dice strawberries and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix gelatin in 1/2 cups cold water and allow to bloom
  •  In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup water and cornstarch until smooth.
  • Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly on medium; continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove mixture from the heat; stir in bloomed gelatin and sugar (if desired) until dissolved.
  • Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in diced strawberries.
  • Pour strawberry pie filling into blind-baked crust and level filling.
  • Put the filled pie in refrigerate and chill for 2 hours or until gelatin has set.
  • Slice pie and garnish each serving with whipped topping and, perhaps, a fresh strawberry half.

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Recipe – Mashed Potatoes for Two

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

  • Salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, evaporated/condensed or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1-ounces cream cheese, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or sour cream (optional)
  • Ground white pepper (optional)

Mashed Potatoes Equipment Needed

  • 3-quart or larger saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fork

Mashed Potatoes Directions

Warm Dairy to room temperature.

  • Set the dairy for the recipe out to warm to room temperature, about an hour ahead of time.

Bring water to a boil.

  • Fill a medium saucepan ¾ full of water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.

Cut the potatoes.

  • While the water is heating, peel the potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then in quarters.
  • Then cut the potato quarters smaller sections.  The smaller the potato chunks are going into the water, the fast they will cook, and they will be to mash later.
  • Add the cut potatoes to the boiling water, add additional water if necessary, to cover potatoes, and simmer until they are falling-apart tender about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain and mash the potatoes.

  •  When the potatoes are soft, drain the potatoes completely.
  • Return the potatoes to the pan.
  • Add the butter and mash the potatoes.
  • Turn pan to medium heat, stirring the potatoes rapidly continuously until the butter is melted and thoroughly combined.

Add the dairy and season.

  • Once the butter is melted and thoroughly combined, When any remaining water has evaporated, add the dairy components.
  • Turn the pot to medium-low and keep stirring.
  • Cooking until the potatoes are thoroughly combined and hot.
  • Remove the potatoes from the burner and turn off the heat.
  • Add pepper and salt, if desired.
  • Serve the potatoes in a ramekin or small dish and garnish, if desired.

Serves

  • Makes two individual servings

Cooks Notes

  • If you want to dress the potatoes up a little, you can add a little cheese on top and microwave (assuming you are using a microwave dish) for a few seconds to melt the cheese. 

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a nice and decorative way to add color and flavor to any table.  Not only are they tasty and relatively easy to prepare, but I find them a handy way to use up the mini jam and jelly jars, which tend to arrive in the holiday food gift packages.  Using the mini jars of jams and jellies as filling in these cookies will create a variety of colors in each batch and put the mini jars of jams and jellies to immediate use. 

Of course, if you just want to make a batch of the cookies, there is nothing wrong with just using your favorite jam, which is likely setting in your refrigerator.

Thumbprint CookieIngredients      

Cookie Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unshifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Cookie Filling

  • 1/2 cup fruit jam, divided

Thumbprint CookieDirections

  • Preheat the oven to 325o F (165 o C).
  • Combine butter and powdered sugar together with a spatula until creamy.
  • Add and combine with a spatula, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and egg yolk.
  • Add flour and combine with a spatula until just combined.
  • Using a small scoop, portion dough into 1/2-ounce (I-tablespoon size) balls.
  • Roll balls in a plate of white sugar to coat; roll again between your palms.
  • Place cookie dough balls several inches apart on a silicone-lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten balls slightly with a small plate or smooth spatula.

To Make Jam Promament Cookies

  • For more jam-faced cookies, press your thumb into each cookie to make a wider, shallow, indentation in each cookie.
  • Fill the indentation with jam.
  • Gently Tap baking sheet against the counter to settle the let jam.
  • Bake on the center rack of the oven (about 15 minutes ) until the cookie tops are barely blonde and bottoms are slightly golden.
  • Let the cookies rest on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.