Hot Eats and Cool Reads: July 2014

Jul 31, 2014

Pan Fried Cabbage with Pancetta Recipe

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I've been seeing pictures all over Facebook the last few days of everyone's garden cabbage, so I thought this recipe would be a perfect one to share right now! I just love cabbage, any way possible! My siblings and I loved anything with vinegar growing up, and still do! One of our favorites was soaking shredded cabbage in vinegar until it tasted good, which was usually a few hours! It was a quick pickled cabbage, but oh so good. I really need to make that again and reminisce a little!

This recipe for Pan Fried Cabbage with Pancetta is wonderful! We topped it off with some parmesan cheese, which adds a great touch of flavor. It's a simple and quick side dish, which gets all it's flavor from the pancetta and of course, garlic! My daughter devoured it, which was great, since she's super picky right now! We can't wait to make it again! I hope you enjoy!




 

Pan Fried Cabbage with Pancetta (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounce package finely diced Pancetta
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups finely chopped cabbage
shredded parmesan for topping
salt and pepper, as needed

Directions: 
In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add Pancetta and cook for about 5 minutes until it starts to caramelize. Add garlic, saute for another 1-2 minutes then add the cabbage. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Cook until cabbage is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and top with shredded parmesan. 



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This recipe is shared at these blogs: Love Bakes Good CakesThe Best Blog Recipes, The Better Baker

Jul 28, 2014

Baked Chicken Tenderloins with Orzo and Peas Recipe

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I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! It was pretty low key at our house! We visited with some friends at the amazing Munsinger Gardens and relaxed the rest of the weekend. It was perfect!

Today's recipe is total comfort food, but yet still fresh and summery! It's perfect with garden fresh peas and basil, but you can also use frozen peas, if fresh aren't available. The orzo has great flavor from the chicken and veggies, and everything cooks up nicely in a baking dish. You can also change up the basil if you have other fresh herbs on hand. It's so versatile, and so satisfying! Enjoy!




 

Baked Chicken Tenderloins with Orzo and Peas (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 pounds chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound box orzo
2 cups fresh or frozen peas 
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
32 ounces chicken broth
salt and pepper, as needed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large saute pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat. Season tenderloins with salt and pepper, and cook in the butter until each side is browned, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the saute pan, melt and add the onion and garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes then add the orzo. Saute for another 3-4 minutes until orzo starts to brown. Add peas, basil and chicken broth and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper if needed. Pour orzo mixture into a 9x13 glass baking dish. Place tenderloins on top of orzo. Bake for 45 minutes. 



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Jul 26, 2014

My 5 Favorite Summertime Reads and Giveaway! #LittleMercies

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This post is sponsored by Harlequin. All opinions are my own.

I love reading in the summertime! There's nothing like curling up in a chair on the porch, laying on a blanket in the grass, or outside at the cabin with a great book like Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf. It was just released on June 24th and it's a wonderful summer read! I was hooked from the very beginning, and it didn't take long to finish! It's included in my 5 favorite list below! Make sure you stop and enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a Heather Gudenkauf book bundle! 

Some of my favorite books are books about families and the things they go through. It makes you cherish the time you have with your amazing family. My daughter and I love reading and our most cherished moments are when we sit outside and take turns reading her chapter books. We just love discovering new reads and I hope you discover some today, too!

Here are my 5 favorites! Click each book title for more info!

1. The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain



2. Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf



In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences… 

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for. 

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen's and Jenny's lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another. 

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.




3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver



4. Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah



5. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay



Have you read any of these? They are all wonderful books! Make sure to put them on your to-read list!

On to the giveaway! You can enter to win a Heather Gudenkauf Book Bundle!



You can find more info about Heather Gudenkauf and Little Mercies at:
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Little Mercies Goodreads
Little Mercies Book Club Kit

Jul 24, 2014

Tomato Basil Pretzel Roll Bruschetta Recipe

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Sorry it's been awhile since I've shared a new recipe with you! We had our housewarming BBQ last weekend, and I also did some volunteering for a Habitat anniversary celebration, along with family staying with us for the weekend! It was crazy busy, but we made so many new memories! I love times like those!

Since we just ate our first garden tomatoes today, I had to share this amazing tomato recipe with you!

Have you all tried pretzel rolls yet? They are my latest obsession since I'm such a huge pretzel lover! I had some leftover rolls, along with some tomatoes from my trip to Trader Joes, so I decided to whip up some of this fantastic bruschetta! I have to say, it's up there in my favorites. What's not to love with tomatoes, garlic and basil?? Enjoy!




 

Tomato Basil Pretzel Roll Bruschetta (click here to print recipe)
2 servings

What you need:
1- 4.5 ounce soft pretzel roll stick or french bread, sliced
olive oil

1 cup mini heirloom tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the sliced bread with olive oil and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and balsamic. Add salt and pepper as needed.

Top the toasts with the tomato mixture and serve immediately. 

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This recipe is shared at these blogs: Love Bakes Good Cakes, The Best Blog Recipes

Jul 17, 2014

Dark Sweet Cherry Almond Ice Cream Recipe

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Another ice cream recipe, you say? Yes!! I couldn't resist posting this one right away since it's peak cherry season right now! Cherry season is my favorite time of the year!! Ice cream tastes wonderful when it's hot outside and the cherry and almond flavor combo is to die for! This is one recipe I will be making every year at this time.

I'm also in love with the awesome dish the ice cream is pictured with. A couple weekends ago we visited my sister in Mankato, and ventured to Blue Sky Antiques in St James, MN! I picked up this neon colored beauty for a couple bucks! If you're ever in the area, make sure you stop by! They have some wonderful antiques at fantastic prices! I picked up a few pieces of vintage Pyrex, which I will be posting a recipe with soon!




 

Dark Sweet Cherry Almond Ice Cream (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
pinch of salt
2 cups bing cherries, pitted and quartered

Directions:
Whisk together the heavy cream, half and half, sugar, almond extract and salt until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into the bowl of an ice cream maker and start churning. Add bing cherries and churn until ice cream thickens, about 20 minutes. Store in a sealed container.



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Jul 14, 2014

Tuna Burger with Cilantro Garlic Aioli Recipe and Summer Grilling Party with Red Gold Tomatoes

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Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! We were busy cleaning house, planning menus and getting the yard together for our housewarming BBQ this coming weekend! It's been almost 7 months since we purchased our Habitat for Humanity home, it's about time we celebrate! We've been so incredibly blessed with our home, and we love having our own space and yard! It will be great showing it off to friends and family!

Speaking of BBQ's, Red Gold Tomatoes is having a Summer Grillin' Party over on Facebook! Through July 23rd, you can head over there and register to win some great prizes! They are also sharing some great recipes, grilling tips and videos! Click here to check out all the fun!!

Today's recipe is inspired by Red Gold Tomatoes. Have you ever made tuna burgers? I haven't until now, and oh boy, have I been missing out! These burgers pack tons of flavor, and are SO cheap to make!! I have been sleeping on them for sure! I can't wait to try some different flavors! As you can see, my burger patties got a little large, you can always make six burgers instead of four if you prefer them smaller. The Cilantro Garlic Aioli is to die for and it's the perfect topping for this burger! Enjoy!




 

Tuna Burger with Cilantro Garlic Aioli
4-6 burgers

What you need:
2- 5 ounce cans tuna, drained
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1- 14.5 ounce can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice and Cilantro
2 eggs, beaten
a pinch of each salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns, toasted under the broiler
1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 cup mayo
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
a pinch of each salt and pepper

Directions:
Drain the canned tomatoes through a strainer and squeeze the juice from the tomatoes until most liquid is removed.

Combine tuna, bread crumbs, onion, tomatoes, beaten eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Shape into 4 patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile in a small food processor, add mayo, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper and process until combined. Refrigerate until serving.

Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the tuna patties, and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned. Spread the Cilantro Garlic Aioli on a toasted bun, add tuna patty and serve!

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This recipe is shared at these blogs: The Best Blog Recipes, Love Bakes Good Cakes, The Chef Next DoorThe Better Baker

Jul 12, 2014

Book Review: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs




Book Summary:

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

My thoughts:
I LOVED Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I read it in 8 hours on our way back from Michigan a few years ago.

I've been waiting for this sequel since then, and I was so excited to read it. This book is just as wonderful as the first, visually. The photos are fun and of course, very peculiar. These details make the book and the series what they are. Fun and interesting. It picks up right where the first book left off, so a refresher is definitely needed if it's been awhile since you've read it.

Overall, this book was almost as good as the first for me. I fell in love with the characters even more and this adventure was exciting. There are some parts that have you at the edge of your seat, wondering if the children and Miss Peregrine will make it through. It's great for young adults as well as adults and it's so worth the read.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars

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Jul 9, 2014

Homemade Creamy Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe

Where do the days go?? I cannot believe tomorrow is Thursday already. We've spent the last two evenings at my brother and his wife's house swimming in their new pool, and my little sister just got back from a month in Croatia and London, so we hung out with her today too. That's why it's now after 10pm and I'm just getting around to posting this recipe! Whew!

Last weekend when I was visiting my older sister in Mankato, we decided to make some ice cream. I've had my ice cream machine for over a year now and have only used it once when I made some Grape Sherbet. I was long overdue in trying out another recipe!

This Creamy Cinnamon Ice Cream is oh, so heavenly! It's so rich and smooth and it's a perfect treat on a hot summer day. We all love cinnamon, so this was the perfect recipe to test out. I also really love that you don't have to cook and cool the ice cream mixture beforehand. Just mix and put in the machine. Easy peasy! I now want to make ice cream every day. This could be dangerous! Enjoy!

Photo taken by: Shannon of In Blurred Focus


 

Creamy Cinnamon Ice Cream

What you need:
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
a pinch of salt

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, beat all ingredients with an electric mixer until combined. Pour into an ice cream maker, and prepare according to your ice cream maker directions. Store in a sealed container. 

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Jul 7, 2014

Zucchini and Sweet Corn Saute Recipe

I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend! My daughter and I went to Mankato for the long weekend to stay with my sister, Shannon and her family. We had some fun adventures exploring small towns, thrift shops, antique stores and eating at a fun restaurant. You will hear more about those adventures in a future post!

If you grow zucchini or summer squash, chances are you have way more than you know what to do with! This recipe is perfect to use up some of the extras. The flavors are delicious and along with fresh sweet corn from the garden or farmer's market, this side screams summertime!


Great way to use those summer vegetables, especially zucchini! Such an easy and delicious side! Zucchini and Sweet Corn Saute from Hot Eats and Cool Reads




Jul 2, 2014

Veggie and Hard Boiled Egg Macaroni Salad Recipe at Table for Seven

Hey everyone! Two posts in one day... crazy, right??

I'm guest posting today over at Erin's Blog, Table for Seven!


This Veggie and Hard Boiled Egg Macaroni salad is fantastic and I would love if you stopped by here and checked it out! Make sure to click around and discover some new recipes from Erin, too!! You won't be disappointed!

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