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Celebrate Your LOVE with Breakfast in Bed!

Posted on February 08, 2017 by Ladles Linens | 1 comment

Breakfast recipes for everyone on your Valentine's List!

 

FOR THE ROMANTIC...

RASPBERRY DUTCH BABIES

It’s not a pancake, it’s not a crepe. What is a Dutch Baby? Answer, the perfect romantic answer to breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day! They are surprisingly simple, but super fancy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup of cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 lemon extract
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp butter, room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Preheat your 10 inch cast iron skillet on center rack.
  2. Mix dry ingredients: flour, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  3. In separate bowl, add eggs, whisk in milk and extracts.
  4. Slowly whisk dry and wet ingredients until completely smooth.
  5. Remove hot skillet froth oven and melt butter, swirling and coating the whole skillet.
  6. Slowly pour batter into skillet and bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are toasty
  7. golden and puffed.
  8. Remove Dutch Baby from oven and allow to deflate.

Top with berries and serve with a kiss!!

(Ladles & Linens products needed: Lodge Cast Iron skillet, 12 inch French whisk, mixing bowls, measuring cups/spoons) 


FOR THE LOVED ONE ON A NEW YEARS DIET...

 

NAVAL ORANGE BRULEE

I love to be healthy, but Valentine’s usually isn't a day to diet. If you must (and I REALLY mean MUST!), here is a great, super simple recipe to make it happen. Even the most kitchen challenged partner can make this breakfast in bed treat!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges (halved crosswise)
  • 3 tbsp raw sugar

Instructions:

  1. Trim 1/4 of peel from bottom of each orange half to prevent it from rocking back and forth.
  2. Place orange, cut side down, on paper towels to dry.
  3. Flip fruit and sprinkle. Invert fruit and sprinkle sugar to each orange half.
  4. Using a kitchen torch, heat sugar until melted and beginning to turn dark amber.

(Ladles & Linens products needed: Professional Chef’s torch, measuring spoons)


EVERYONE’S CHOICE... 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Chocolate for breakfast? Is it crazy or totally brilliant? Bottom line is… who cares! It’s Valentines Day, a day that chocolate, in my opinion, is totally acceptable and a downright qualification for a successful start to the day! Kick things out the right way with your lovies and try this scrumptious treat that is great for any soul, at any age.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 almonds
  • 1/2 cup plain, full fat (and taste) yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • cinnamon and cayenne (optional)

In blender combine all above ingredients. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cayenne.

(Ladles & Linens products needed: Vitamix, 12 inch French whisk, Nesting mixing bowls, Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla Extract)

 

FOR THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS...

 

MINI PANCAKE MUFFINS

If you are like me with little ones, you have to get them involved in EVERYTHING going on or it'll never happen! Parents you know what I'm saying! So on Valentine’s Day, there is no exception. They want to get in on the romantic action too. Kiddos love things in miniature and of course sugar! This recipe is perfect to make your loved ones and serve in bed!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a mini muffin pan with butter
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Whisk together milks, egg, vanilla and oil.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together just until combined (lumps are acceptable).
  6. Place one tablespoon in each muffin cup. Top with blueberries
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden and set

(Ladles & Linens products needed: Duo Ballon Whisk with ball, Nesting mixing bowls, Nielsen-Massey Madagascar, Vanilla Extract, USA Pan Non-stick muffin sheet)

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The Health Benefits of Your Favorite Spices

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Jenny Devine | 0 comments

1. Black Pepper

The most popular spice in the United States may also be an ally in your battle against holiday weight gain. A substance in black pepper called piperine may help block the formation of new fat cells, according to a recent study on mice from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

2. Cinnamon

If you’ve hit the trails or gym a little too hard recently, a sprinkle of cinnamon may help you recover faster. Women who ate about 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon (or ground ginger) every day for six weeks experienced a decrease in muscle soreness brought on by exercise, found research from the International Journal of Preventive Medicine.

3. Ginger

Although you probably know ginger best as a stomach soother, it may also help you feel fuller and even burn more calories. When overweight men ate breakfast with ginger "tea" (powdered ginger dissolved in hot water), they felt more satisfied and ate less throughout the day than men who were given the same breakfast with just hot water, says research in the journal Metabolism. Plus, the men who drank ginger tea burned about 40 calories more just digesting their meal.

4. Vanilla

There’s plenty to love about the flavor that vanilla adds to baked goods. Sniffing that delicious aroma can also help put the brakes on your sweet tooth. Overweight individuals who wore a vanilla-scented patch on the back of their hands for four weeks cut their intake of sweet foods in half (like sugary drinks and high-calorie desserts) while people in the study who wore a lemon-scented patch or no patch showed no change in eating habits. "Vanilla helps offset the pleasure derived from sweet foods," says Catherine Collins, R.D., lead study author and principal dietitian with St. Georges Hospital in London. To get a similar effect and to help you avoid overindulging on holiday sweets, light a vanilla-scented candle in your kitchen or wear a vanilla-infused body spray or perfume.

 

 

Original post by Eating Well magazine.

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Gift Ideas for your Favorite Chef that won't Break the Bank

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Jenny Devine | 0 comments

Staying within your Christmas shopping budget can be tough so we've compiled a list of gift ideas that will make any cook happy without costing an arm and a leg. The best part is that all of these items are available now at any Ladles & Linens location making for quick and easy last minute shopping.

 

Gifts for Breakfast Lovers

The Butter Boat keeps butter cool and fresh outside of the refrigerator!

 

 

This fantastic honey or syrup dispenser is cleverly designed to keep sticky messes contained within it's base! 

 

 

Keep bacon from curling up with this cast iron bacon press.

Cuisipro's ergonomically designed citrus juicer is perfect for making freshly squeezed orange juice!

Make the perfect omelet with this specially designed flip and fold omelet turner.

 

 

A must have for any grapefruit lover, these serrated spoons make it easy to get the most out of every bite!

 

 

Gifts for Bakers

Pies birds keep pies from bubbling over which means a much prettier looking pie!

 

 

Forget the tin foil, a silicone pie crust protector is much more effective and less messy to use.

 

 

Vanilla bean paste can be used in place of vanilla extract for ice cream and cookies that look best with specks of the vanilla bean!

 

 

Cookie presses make professional looking cookies and are fun to use!

 

 Fresh ground nuts the old fashioned way!

 

 

Adorable looking and useful nesting measuring cups in the fun shape of matryoshka dolls!

 

Gifts for The Every Day Cook 

This long and thin shaped grater is perfect for grating hard cheeses, chocolate, and nutmeg and cinnamon.

Quickly and easily shred herbs such as basil, cilantro, dill and more with these 8-bladed herb scissors.

Grate a good amount of hard cheese in a short amount of time with this rotary cheese grater. 

 

 

Every cook needs a mortar and pestle. This grey marble version is both beautiful and functional.

This versatile box grater offers fine, coarse, and ribbon grating options as well as a spice grinder.

 

 

This cleverly designed silicone ring stops rice, potatoes, and pasta from boiling over while still making it easy to stir.

 

This 3-in-1 avocado tool cuts, slices, and cores the avocado in three easy steps.

 

These are just a few of the many inexpensive but useful and fun gifts available at Ladles & Linens. Make your friends and family happy by giving them gifts they will use all year round. Visit us today!

 

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Spritz Cookies ~ A Christmas Classic!

Posted on December 03, 2016 by Jenny Devine | 1 comment

If you're a perfectionist like myself you seriously need to get a cookie press. They will completely satisfy your need to create flawlessly shaped cookies, trust me! As far as I know, a cookie press is the only way to make a classic spritz cookie and the only way to make me happy when it comes to impressing my coworkers with fantastic looking cookies!  

 

 

Obviously I want the cookies to taste as good as they look which is where a classic spritz cookie recipe comes in. Make sure to look for one that has cardamom in it! Or to save time, just use my favorite recipe! 

 

Classic Spritz Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • Sprinkles and colored sugar for decorating

  • NOTE: for solid red and/or green cookies add food coloring to the dough

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Cream at medium-high speed until light colored and fluffy.

  3. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in egg, vanilla, cardamom and salt. Then add flour until well-mixed.

  4. Grab a handful of the dough and roll it into a thick snake shape, pack into the barrel of the cookie press and fit press with desired disk design. Press trigger until dough is packed in and no air pockets exist in barrel.

 

 

To make cookies, hold cookie press perpendicular to an ungreased cookie sheet with the end of the press touching the cookie sheet. Press the trigger once, remove press and repeat for each cookie—spacing them about 1″ apart. 

 

 

Decorate with sprinkles and then bake in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes or until edges of cookies just barely begin to brown. Let cool for 1-2 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.

 

 

Check out the variety of cookies you can make with a cookie press! And because they look so pretty, they make a wonderful gift too. Just put them in a clear cello bag and tie it closed with a festive ribbon and voila!

 

 

 Pick up a cookie press at any Ladles & Linens locations or purchase one here: 

 

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The Spiralizer: Why Your Next Bowl of Pasta Just Might Not Be Pasta at All

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Ladles Linens | 2 comments

We all love traditional pasta, but lately we’ve noticed a whole new breed of noodles.  We aren’t talking about rice, corn or quinoa “pasta” but rather spiralized vegetables.  The Spiralizer is an inexpensive tool that turns fresh veggies into faux noodles or ZOODLES.  They aren’t just for those avoiding carbs, everyone from home cooks to professional chefs are spiralizing. At Ladles and Linens we carry the Paderno Spiralizer and LOVE IT! 

Chefs who have mountains of chopping and slicing to power through, have a lot to love in the Spiralizer.  “It made boring jobs a lot quicker and easier,” one grateful chef said while another home cook praised it for it's versatility: "you can take almost any vegetable and turn it into noodles which allows me to enjoy my "pasta" by making it healthy. This product literally does all the work for you- you simply turn the wheel and watch your noodles pop out."

Bloggers all over the world are going nuts with Spiralizer recommendations and new found uses. Sweet Potatoes, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Beets, Squash, Apples, Fall Cabbage...all of these and more will make great side dishes when you use your own Paderno Spiralizer.  Voted Best Spiralizer by COOKS Illustrated, the Paderno makes it easy to eat your veggies and fruits!

Priced at $29.95 it's the best kitchen gadget you can own right now! 

 

 

 

Sweet Potatoes are so good, as well as good for you, so try this delicious new way to serve (and eat) them!  

Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles with Cashew Sauce  

(Recipe from the Pinch of Yum Blog)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cashews
  • ¾ cup water (more for soaking)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, spiralized
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves, chives, or other herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for drizzling

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cover the cashews with water in a bowl and soak for 2 hours or so.
  2. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place in a food processor or blender (I got better texture with the blender) and add the ¾ cup water, salt, and garlic. Puree until very smooth.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the sweet potatoes; toss in the pan for 6-7 minutes with tongs until tender-crisp. Remove from heat and toss in the spinach - it should wilt pretty quickly.
  4. Add half of the herbs and half of the sauce to the pan and toss to combine. Add water if the mixture is too sticky. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and top with the remaining fresh herbs.

 

 

NOTES

This recipe makes MORE than enough sauce - enough for at least 6 or 8 servings, if not more. I left the amounts that way because it seemed silly to make the sauce with only about ½ cup of cashews - it wouldn't even really be enough to get going around in the blender, and I promise you'll be able to find ways to use the remaining sauce. It's extremely versatile.

The biggest thing that affects how many servings you'll get in this recipe is the size of the sweet potatoes. Keep in mind that they will cook down a bit and one large sweet potato can be sometimes twice as big as a small sweet potato. Just use common sense in terms of serving size and sauce-to-noodles ratios! :)

Also, this recipe is sort of a comforting, neutral starting point for those of us who need tons of flavor in everything - so add whatever herbs or flavors you want to the sauce if you want to give it more of a punch. I love the idea of adding chipotles or sriracha, bacon, roasted garlic, caramelized onion... the list could go on and on!

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