Thursday, February 25, 2010

white bean & roasted garlic dip

In my ever growing fascination with my fave local eatery Bite , this is the closest recipe I have found to their fab White Bean & Roasted Garlic Dip:

Prep: 7 minutes; Cook: 60 minutes.

Yield: Makes 10 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)

* 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 whole garlic heads
* 2 (16-ounce) cans canellini beans or other white beans
* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
* 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. Cut the top third of garlic heads off so tops of cloves are exposed. Place heads, unpeeled, in ovenproof dish and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Cover with aluminum foil; bake 30 minutes.

3. Uncover and bake until the garlic cloves are soft and golden brown, another 30–40 minutes. (Make ahead and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.)

4. In a food processor, combine the beans, roasted garlic, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, and lemon juice and process until smooth. Add the salt and white pepper. This will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

5. To serve, transfer to a bowl, garnish with the parsley leaves, and serve with vegetables (I suggest carrots & parsnips) &/or crusty bread.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

friday luvs

(via handle & spout at seven eight)

I am sooooo luving these barn invites via daisy chain, & can't wait to see the finished set!

oh the mini pendants on this appetizer table via 100 layer cake

these amazing images via max wenger

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rainbow b-day cake

after just celebrating my birthday, I am loving this rainbow cake!

(via @dariusmonsef here at twitpic)

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Confetti Invites: AVAILABLE NOW!

Check out these fab invites from my etsy shop: sierraPRINT
• design can be customized to your color pallette

view the listing here

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Super Bowl Party

Here's a few fab recipes for a Super Bowl Sunday shin-dig! (Lets Go Saints!!!)
Also, check out this great Super Bowl Party post from paperyandcakery

Beer Margaritas:
• Four 12-ounce bottles cold light-flavored beer,
• 1 cup (8 ounces) tequila
• 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
• Lime wedges
• Kosher salt, for rimming glasses
In a large pitcher, combine the beer, tequila and limeade. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each of glass and dip it in the salt. Pour the margaritas into the glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.
via rachelray

This is my favorite & somewhat original, dip w/ tortilla chips:
Velveeta Cheese Dip
• 1 lb. of ground meat: (ground beef, turkey, sausage, chorizo: use just one, or any combination)
• 1 med.-lg. onion
• 1 can of diced tomatoes
• 1 can of black beans
• 1 small can of green chilies
• 1 brick of Velveeta cubed
• 1 package of neufatel cheese
• 1/2 can of cream of mushroom soup
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 tsp. black pepper
• 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Brown the meat & the onions together in a large skillet, drain excess grease & blot w/ paper towels to remove excess. Add tomatoes, black beans, & green chiles over medium heat (or in crock pot). Once warm & bubbly, add cream of mushroom soup, then Velveeta & neufatel cheese. Warm until melted. Add spices. Serve w/ tortilla chips.
via me

And I'm intrigued to try out this:
Wild, Wild Wing Dip
• 2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
• 3/4 cup pepper sauce (ie Franks Red Hot)
• 1 cup Ranch-style salad dressing
• 2 cups diced cooked chicken
• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• Tortilla chips, celery crackers for serving!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together cream cheese and hot pepper sauce until it’s well blended
3. Add ranch dressing, chicken and cheddar cheese
4. Spread into 9×13 baking dish
5. Bake for 30 minutes
via stilletosports - (check out there other dip recipes, as well!)

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting
2 C unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 C Dutch processed cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C light or dark brown sugar
4 oz./1/2 C unsalted softened butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg
1/2 C sour cream
1 12 fl. oz. bottle/1 1/2 C Guinness or stout beer

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter or line with paper cups 2 12 count muffin tins.
• In a large bowl briefly whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
• In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
• Add one egg and beat until evenly mixed and fluffy, make sure to scrape down the mixer bowl once in a while. Add the second egg and vanilla extract and beat again until light and fluffy.
• Add the sour cream and beat in, then with the mixer running, slowly pour in the Guinness.
• Sift the dry ingredients into the batter and slowly stir the batter until it is evenly mixed and there are no streaks of flour. Make sure to stop the mixer frequently to scrape down the sides and make sure to mix up any flour pockets hidden on the bottom of the bowl.
• Divide 1/4 C of batter into each muffin cup, you’ll get about 20 – 24 cupcakes.
• Bake at 350 degrees F on the middle rack for 20 – 25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake in the middle of the pan should come out clean. Make sure to rotate the pans halfway through baking. Set on a rack to cool to room temperature before frosting.
• For layer cakes: baking 25 – 30 minutes, rotate the pans around halfway, a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes should come out clean.

Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz. bar of cream cheese, softened
1 4oz. stick of unsalted butter, softened
2 C confectioner’s sugar
4 – 6 Tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream

• In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, add the cream cheese, butter, and confectioner’s sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Slowly drizzle in the Bailey’s, more or less depending on how boozey you want the frosting, and beat until completely incorporated into the frosting.

via nookandpantry

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