Well Dined

26May/149

Food ‘n Flix – Bridesmaids

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This month for Food 'n Flix our movie is Bridesmaids, hosted by Cheap Ethnic Eatz.  This movie is hysterical, with a lot of heart.  I've seen it multiple times and I still lose it during the scene where the main character drives back and forth in her car doing various illegal things to get her cop friend's attention.

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Kristen Wiig plays a woman whose bakery fails because of the economy crash.  There is a very memorable scene of her making a gorgeous single cupcake and then chowing down on it.  So I knew that I definitely wanted to do a cupcake for this post.  There is also a lot of drinking in the movie, so I thought - what about a boozy cupcake?  Perfect.

Well Dined | Moscato Cupcakes

I ended up making Moscato Cupcakes with sweet wine in both the cake and the frosting - so good.  Though I made a lot of changes to my inspiration recipe - subbing half melted butter and half coconut oil for vegetable oil, subbing vanilla sugar for regular sugar, and subbing whey (from all that cheesemaking) for buttermilk.  I also made a simple syrup from equal parts moscato and vanilla sugar to brush over the warm cakes to boost the flavor.  And I used half cream cheese and half butter in the frosting (I'm not a big fan of too sweet frosting).

16Aug/130

Homemade Creme Fraiche and Peaches

Well Dined | Homemade Creme Fraiche and Peaches

Everybody knows that peaches and cream go well together, so it makes sense to think that peaches would also pair perfectly with creme fraiche.  I recently discovered that you can make creme friache at home with just heavy cream and buttermilk - which is way cheaper than buying it!  I used the thick, creamy, and tart product in not one, not two, not three, but FOUR peach recipes.  So let's dig in!

Well Dined | Peach and Creme Friache Pie

First up is a pie that I have blogged about before, but am bringing up again because it is just so freaking good.  Peaches, creme fraiche, and streusel - layered into tender, flaky pie crust.  Definitely one of my favorite pies ever.

Well Dined | Peach Ginger Muffins

Next up we have muffins made moist with the help of creme fraiche, packed with chunks of juicy peach, and with a little kick from both fresh and candied ginger.  My husband LOVED these - we went through all 24 muffins in 2 weeks!

Well Dined | Peach Sherbet

What is better in the summer than a lovely bowl of ice cream?  This peach sherbet gets it's tart creaminess from (you guessed it!) homemade creme fraiche.

Well Dined | Peach Sherbet

It's pretty easy to make, too, as far as ice cream goes.  You do have to cook the peaches first, and then chill them.  But after that it is just blend and freeze!

Well Dined | White Peach and Lemon Thyme Galette

Last, but not least, is a white peach and lemon thyme galette served with sweetened creme fraiche.  I, foolishly, did not notice that my peaches weren't ripe before I peeled them and had to get a bit creative, poaching them in honey, lemon thyme, and white wine in order to soften them before baking.

There are many recipes to choose from here, all of them delicious.  Enjoy those peaches while they last!

8Jul/132

Garlic Scapes

Well Dined | Garlic Scapes

I saw these guys at the Farmers Market and though, "What the heck are those?"  So out came the phone and Google searching commenced.  Garlic Scapes, as it turns out, are a shoot that grows out of the top of the garlic plant.  They need to be removed so that the plant can focus on growing the bulb instead of flowering.  This is fortunate, because the also happen to be insanely delicious.  They taste like garlic, but without the bite, and can be used like scallions.

Well Dined | Garlic Scapes

I bought myself a big handful and set about looking up recipes.  The most common way to use them is in a pesto, so of course I did not make that... because I'm weird.

Well Dined | Garlic Scape Carbonara

Instead, I made carbonara - with guanciale (cuz I'm legit) and peas (which put an end to my legit-ness, but I don't care cuz I love peas).  You are probably wondering what the heck I am talking about, I don't blame you.  Here is a link to a great article about the do's and dont's of real carbonara.  TLDR (too long, didn't read for all you non-techies) - while bacon and pancetta are acceptable, guanciale is the best; peas are a definite don't.

Well Dined | Garlic Scape and Gruyere Biscuits with Goat Butter

I also made biscuits - with garlic scapes, Gruyere, and goat butter (another new obsession of mine).