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Bites from other Blogs

  • A caprese salad is a great use of fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes. The salad is made by stacking thick slices of tomato with rounds of mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. The Cookin Canuck turned this salad into a bread recipe that is just as suitable for summertime. Caprese Olive Oil Bread has sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella (in the form of tiny bocconcini balls) and fresh basil in a fruity, olive oil laced quick bread batter. This is a great accompaniment to a summertime salad – or simply sliced and served as a savory snack!
  • I recently wrote about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home and randomly selected the Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Roasted Red Cherries as an example of one of the many creative flavors that you can find in the book. It turns out that Ezra Pound Cake tried out this very recipe just the other day! The ice cream looks as good as it sounds, with a velvety texture and a tangy, cheesecake-like flavor. The roasted cherries pop with flavor and really work well with the rich cheesy ice cream backdrop.
  • It is hard to resist a dessert that has a sweet-savory element to it and Pinch of Yum‘s Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies sound like they just might be irresistible. The easy to make cookies have crushed pretzels, chocolate chips and bits of peanut butter candies in the batter. They are also sprinkled with sea salt before baking, so you have just enough salt to make your mouth water and highlight the pretzels and peanut butter, while still leaving plenty of sweet chocolate and butter cookie dough to keep this a sweet treat.
  • You don’t need a complicated recipe to make homemade popsicles in the summertime, nor do you need fancy popsicle molds. All you really need is an ice cube tray and some fresh watermelon. These Minted Watermelon Popsicles from Pip and Ebby are made with little more than fresh melon, a pinch of sugar and a bit of fresh mint. The ingredients are pureed and frozen, leaving you with small watermelon pops that really pop. The mint brightens up the melon and the whole thing manages to be even more refreshing than watermelon usually is.
  • I’ve seen several sweet versions of a loaf-type pull apart bread on blogs lately, but Pink Parsley‘s savory Cheese and Herb Pull Apart Bread is a nice variation that, like the sweet variety, works well with breakfast or brunch. Unlike the sweet kinds, this one also works well as an appetizer or with dinner. The bread is made by layering strips of bread dough together in a pan after slathering them in butter, garlic, herbs, and cheese. When the bread bakes, those strips turn into a very attractive loaf that you can easily pull apart into slices with your fingers – and they’re all soaked through with flavor by the time you’re ready to serve.

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  • Cookin' Canuck
    July 22, 2011

    I have to try those minted watermelon popsicles! Thanks so much for linking to my caprese bread.

  • Tiffany
    July 25, 2011

    Minted Watermelon popsicles really sound good!! Sounds good for a hot summer day while relaxing in the pool! Thanks for sharing!!

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