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Monday, August 11, 2008

Summer Strawberry Crisp

I was inspired by Katie #s (as always) to make a nice summery crisp. I bought a jumbo container of strawberries at Costco, so I thought that would be good. I used her recipe for the topping as a guide(it is not exactly the same), and made up mine for the filling. It was soooo good!

Strawberry Crisp


5 Cups Strawberries, washed, hulled, sliced
1/2 C sugar
1 T orange zest
juice of 1/2 orange
1/8 C Gran Marnier (or other orange liquer)
1 T cornstarch


1 stick butter, chilled and cubed
1 C flour
1/2 C oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice of 1/4 of orange

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all filling ingredients and pour into baking dish. In med bowl add all topping ingredients and combine with a pastry cutter, 2 knives or a fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over filling in baking dish. Bake uncovered 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Smells like strawberry jam is cooking!

Simply Dish

So some of the meals I am going to post pictures of I have no recipes for...I went to this Simply Dish Party a few weeks ago. It is a place where you pre order your food from their monthly menus and then go that night and prep all of it. You can get 6, 9, or 12 meals, each serving 4-6 people..most serve 6 or more (burgers you can make what size you want). Anywhoo, we all brought wine and food and you go from station to station and prepare everything and put it in ziplocs. All the stuff you need is at each station (recipe, all ingr, measuring spoons, cups, and pre measured meat and sides for some) there is a sticker at each station with directions for cooking that you put on the ziploc. You just need to make sure you have lots of room in your freezer. You can split meals in half for no extra charge (i.e.: split 6 chicken breasts into two bags of 3). for 6 meals (serving 24-36 ppl) I paid $169 and since the host got 10 people signed up we each got three free meals. So, in two hours I prepped 36-54 meals and it was only $169. I think I will do this a few times a year. It makes things so easy you just take it out of the freezer the night before and follow cooking directions. The food I ordered was beef satay, chicken cozumel, strip steaks, parmesan chicken tenders, buttermilk chicken, stuffed burgers, and greek turkey burgers. Everything I have had so far was delicious! Here is the website if you live in the NJ area:

Reason why I have not blogged

We bought a house and moved in about 3 weeks ago. Our first (and hopefully last) house. So since May I have been either packing or moving or painting or weeding. Here are a couple of pictures of our little house. Hope you enjoy. I have been taking pictures of things I am cooking and will be all updated tonight.