Bing Cherries, Basil and Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Fresh Blueberry Dressing


Sweet cherries are just coming into season. I thought it might be fun to try them out in a salad, and I love it!~Amy

Bing Cherries, Basil and Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Fresh Blueberry Dressing

Salad:
Mixed baby greens
Bing cherries, pitted and halved
2-4 fresh basil leaves, torn
Goat cheese, crumbled
Candied pecans
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

Place greens and basil in a large serving bowl. Top with goat cheese, cherries and pecans. Season with a little salt and pepper and serve with Blueberry Dressing.

Creamy Blueberry Dressing

1/2 cup sour cream
Juice of 1 lime
4 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tbsp sugar

Place all ingredients in blender or small food processor and blend until smooth.

Makes about 1 cup

Recipes by Amy Richardson

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Fresh Berries, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans, with Baby Greens and Lime Poppyseed Dressing



Spring has sprung, the berries are in, salads are where the summer begins! A simple spring salad for everyone! ~ Amy

Fresh Berries, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans, with Baby Greens and Lime Poppyseed Dressing

Salad:
Mixed baby greens
Fresh strawberries, sliced
Fresh blueberries
Goat cheese, crumbled
Candied pecans

Creamy Lime Poppyseed Dressing

1/2 cup sour cream
3 tbsp sugar
Juice of 1-2 limes
Zest from 1 lime
1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Whisk together sugar and sour cream. Add juice. Stir in zest and poppy seeds. Chill until ready to serve.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Cream Brûlée Oatmeal with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream


With a little sweet and a little heat, turn a simple bowl of oatmeal into spectacular!~Amy

Cream Brûlée Oatmeal with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream

Old Fashioned Oats:
cooked according to package instructions

Fresh assorted berries:
raspberries, blueberries or strawberries

Sweetened whipped cream
Raw Sugar
Butter, optional

Assembly:

Heat oven on high broil

Pour cooked oats into individual oven proof bowls. Place on a baking sheet of using the broiler method. Top with small amount of butter if desired and sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons raw sugar over the top. Place under the broiler until sugar is bubbly and starting to brown. Or using a small kitchen torch, wave over sugar until it is bubbly and lightly brown.

Remove from oven and top with fresh berries and whipped cream.

Serve immediately.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb, and Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil Pie Fillings!


My first love in the world of sweets was pie! Make your own delicious fresh fruit fillings! Perfect for a pie party, tarts, turnovers, pastries or just on a spoon! ~Amy

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb, and
Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil Pie Fillings!

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb Pie Filling:

3 cups sliced strawberries
2 cups raspberries
1 cup sliced rhubarb
1 tbsp lemon juice
Zest of 1 orange

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss fruit with lemon juice and zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened, and fruit is tender. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry and Basil Pie Filling:

6 cups berries
1 tbsp lemon juice
Zest of 1 lime
2 leaves purple basil, or regular basil snipped

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss berries with lemon juice, snipped leaves, and zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Red, White and Blue-Berry Upside Down Shortcake!


Celebrate America!! Fresh raspberries and sweet blueberries on top of a sweet vanilla cake, Stars and Stripes Forever! ~Amy

Red, White and Blue-Berry Upside Down Shortcake!

Recipe:

2 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
Zest of 1 lemon

3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp coarse salt

Fresh Raspberries
Sweetened Whipped Cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Generously butter 8 cake pan. Evenly spread blueberries into the bottom of the tin. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar, sprinkle evenly with lemon zest. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
Add baking powder, salt and flour and whisk until smooth.
Pour over the top of fruit and spread evenly to the edges with either a spatula or slightly wet finger tips.
Sprinkle generously with coarse sugar and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes in pan. Turn onto serving plate. When ready to serve:
Top with whipped cream and fresh raspberries

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Breakfast Blueberry Tangerine Frozen Yogurt


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Who doesn’t want ice cream for breakfast?!?! This guilt free and healthy recipe will make your morning something to look forward to! ~Amy

Breakfast Blueberry Tangerine Frozen Yogurt

2 cups tangerine or fresh orange juice
1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed with juice
2-3 Tbsp sugar or honey
1/4 tsp vanilla
Juice of 1/2 small lime

Granola
Fresh blueberries

Place all ingredients into a blender, mix on high until well blended. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions or pour into container and freeze until firm.

Serve with fresh fruit and granola.

Recipe by Amy Richardson