Lemon ricotta cake

Lemon ricotta cake
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 3/4 cup caster sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  6. Zest of 1 lemon
  7. 1 cup plain flour
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1 cup ricotta
  10. 1/4 cup milk
  11. 1 cup heavy cream
  12. 1/2 cup mascarpone
  13. mascarpone substitute (
  14. 1 16 oz block of cream cheese
  15. 1/2 cup sour cream
  16. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  17. Blend until smooth
  18. )
  19. powdered sugar
  20. fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Grease an 8-inch round cake tin with butter and line the bottom with parchment or baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.
  3. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, flour, baking powder and ricotta and beat on a low speed. Add milk and beat briefly until combined. Cake batter may be lumpy and curdled but this is totally fine.
  4. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and place in the oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave cake to cool completely in cake pan.
  5. Add cream and mascarpone to a mixing bowl and beat using an electric mixer for a couple of minutes or until thickened.
  6. To serve, dust cake with powdered sugar. Cut into small slices and serve with mascarpone cream and fresh raspberries.
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Pickled Eggs & Beets

Pickled Eggs & Beets
Ingredients
  1. 2 1-pound cans tiny whole beets, drained with juices reserved
  2. 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons (optional)
  3. 8 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 1 cup beet juice
  6. 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  8. dash of pepper
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. 12 whole cloves
Instructions
  1. Place beets, onion, and peeled eggs in a nonreactive glass or plastic container. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size nonreactive saucepan, combine sugar, beet juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and cloves. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Immediately pour simmering liquid and spices over beets and eggs. Cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate 48 hours before using.
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  3. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  7. 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  8. 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and allspice.
  2. Place sweet potatoes into a 4-qt slow cooker. Stir in butter mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours, or until tender.
  4. Top with marshmallows. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until melted.
  5. Serve immediately.
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rib roast

Rib Roast
Ingredients
  1. 1 (3 – 18LB) Prime rib roast (18LB was full rack, 7 ribs)
  2. onion powder
  3. garlic powder
  4. chopped garlic
  5. dried rosemary
  6. salt
  7. black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to lowest possible temperature setting, 150°F (66°C) or higher if necessary. (Some ovens cannot hold a temperature below 250°F/121°C.) Our oven's lowest temperature is 170°F
  2. Make a dry rub with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder. Rub on meat.
  3. Place roast, with fat cap up in a large roasting pan.
  4. sprinkle chopped garlic and rosemary around meat.
  5. Add 1/2 cup water.
  6. Cover, place in oven and cook until center of roast registers 120-125°F (49-52°C) on an instant-read thermometer for rare, 130°F (54°C) for medium-rare, or 135°F (57°C) for medium to medium-well. In a 150°F oven, this will take around 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours; in a 250°F oven, this will take 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
  7. Remove roast from oven and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Place in a warm spot in the kitchen and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, preheat oven to highest possible temperature setting, 500 to 550°F (260 to 288°C).
  8. Ten minutes before guests are ready to be served, remove foil, place roast back in hot oven, and cook until well browned and crisp on the exterior, 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, carve, and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. I like a minimum of 4 ribs which weighs ~ 10 lbs.
  2. The middle stays medium rare while the edges are medium.
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turkey salad

turkey salad
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb turkey meat
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 2 stalks celery
  4. 1/2 t dill weed
  5. 1/4 cup onion
  6. 1/4 cup parsley
  7. salt and pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. grind or food process everything but the turkey
  2. add the turkey last trying not to mush it
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Chocolate Sauce

 

Chocholate Sauce
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/2 cup cold water
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/2 cup cold water
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Notes
  1. The chocolate sauce will be very thin when it finishes boiling, but it will thicken quite a bit as it cools. The chocolate sauce may be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Simply reheat before serving.
  2. This recipe makes 14oz of chocolate sauce and can easily be doubled if desired.
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Smoked Pork Shoulder

Pulled Pork Shoulder
Ingredients
  1. 1 8-10 pound bone-in pork shoulder roast AKA Boston butt
  2. Use the ribs dry rub but add some mustard.
Instructions
  1. 225 degrees F
  2. Smoke the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 195 degrees F. You can cook to 201 degrees F if you like softer pork. This process can take anywhere between 15-20 hours, depending on the consistency of heat in your smoker and the size of your pork shoulder.
  3. Remove rest for at least an hour before shredding.
  4. Pull apart the shoulder, discarding any chunks of fat or gristle.
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Smoked Pork Belly

Smoked Pork Butt
Ingredients
  1. Use the ribs dry rub but add some mustard.
  2. 2 cups apple juice
  3. 4 lb slab pork belly uncured
  4. BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. 225 degrees F
  2. Score the top layer of fat on the pork belly in 1 inch squares.
  3. Smoke until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (about 6 hours). Spritz with the apple juice every hour while it is cooking.
  4. Once the belly reaches 165, remove from the grill and wrap in heavy duty tinfoil with 1/2 cup of the apple juice. Seal the edges of the foil completely and return to the grill until the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees.
  5. Carefully remove the belly from the foil and drizzle with the apple juices from the foil. Return the pork belly to the grill and brush with BBQ sauce. Cook on the grill for 10 more minutes.
  6. Remove the finished pork belly to a cutting board and let it rest for 10-15 more minutes before serving, You can shred like pulled pork or slice into cubes to serve.
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Smoked Rib Roast

Smoked Rib Roast
Ingredients
  1. rib roast, at least 3 ribs
  2. garlic
  3. dried or fresh rosemary (I grow a variety called BBQ rosemary which works great for this recipe)
  4. salt
  5. pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut slits in the top of the roast and insert a clove of garlic and (if you have fresh rosemary) a sprig of rosemary in each.
  2. Combine salt, pepper (and finely crumbled dried rosemary if that's all you have). Rub over the top of the roast wrap it or bag it and refrigerate 6 hours.
  3. Preheat smoker and keep it in the range of 200F-211F.
  4. Place roast over water pan on top grate.
  5. Add wood chunk and another after 45 minutes.
  6. Cook for 3 to 4 hours until 120F @ middle rib and 130F to 140F @ outer ribs.
  7. Remove and sear over hot coals.
  8. Remove to a pan suitable to collect juices and rest under foil tent for 30 minutes.
  9. Slice to serve.
  10. Serve with au-jus.
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I always buy at a rib roast with at least 3 ribs. I try to keep the middle rib rare while the two outer ribs are medium rare.

half sour pickels

half sour pickels
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons Pickling Salt
  2. 1 Quart Non-Chlorinated Water
  3. 5 Pickling Cucumbers (or as many as will fit)
  4. 2 Garlic cloves (smashed)
  5. 1 1/2 ounces Pickling Spice (Or substitute 1-2 heads of fresh dill)
  6. 1/4 teaspoon Pickling Crisp (or substitute 1 grape leaf)
  7. Pickling Spice (makes 7 oz)
  8. 5 tsp cinnamon or stick
  9. 2.5 tsp coriander seeds
  10. 2.5 tsp mustard seeds
  11. 15 bay leaves, crushed
  12. 3 tsp pepper flakes
  13. 30 cloves
  14. ginger powder or root
Instructions
  1. Wash cucumbers and trim off the blossom end of the cucumber.
  2. Stir salt and water together in a jar, then add cucumbers and seasonings leaving at least 2" of headspace.
  3. Keep produce submerged in brine with the special crock weights.
  4. Cover with lid, add water around the moat, and let sit in a cool dark place for 7-10 days, or until it reaches your desired sourness, then refrigerate in brine to stop fermentation and store. Perhaps add some seeds and garlic from the crock.
  5. Pickles will become more sour each day they ferment and the brine will turn cloudy.
Notes
  1. First try was 8 days - too spicy hot, too much clove, too sour.
  2. try checking them at 3 days.
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