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Homemade Pumpkin Puree (Video)

Photo: Greg Seber

This post was originally published on November 12, 2014 and is now updated. I have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe for best results.

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It’s that time of year again! Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and baking with them has started too! You’ve probably also spotted cans with pumpkin puree in your supermarket and plan on stocking up on them to make pumpkin pie.  But wait! Don’t rush! How about we make pumpkin puree from scratch today? Because homemade is always the best! Plus, it is so easy to make! All you need is a pumpkin, an oven, and the if-this-can-be-made-at-home-then-let’s-make-it-at-home attitude, and you are good to go.

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Peach Nectarine Butter Recipe

I can’t help it. I love to experiment with recipes. But when it comes to canning, experimentation is not always a good idea. For safety sake, my canning recipes are usually just very minimal tweaks to recipes that I trust. When my second batch of fruit from Washington State Stone Fruit arrived last week I made low sugar nectarine preserves from one of my pal Sean Timberlake’s recipes. Sean is the brains behind the do-it-yourself site Punk Domestics and a canning expert. I also made a combination peach and nectarine butter from another recipe I’d used in the past. 

I’m always eager for opportunities to adapt recipes and put my own spin on them and when it came to these recipes I was inspired to use some samples of bitters and an amaro from Greenbar Distillery. While it’s typical to use them in cocktails, I asked Sean about the safety of using these ingredients as well as a bit of spice in canning. Here’s what he said, “Adding a small amount of alcohol or spices should not significantly impact the total acidity in a preserve of high-pH fruit (such as peaches and cherries). If desired, add a little ReaLemon (5% acidity citric solution) to offset it.” 
With Sean’s reassurance, I used a tablespoon of Grand Poppy amaro in the nectarine preserves, and just a teaspoon of saffron bitters in the fruit butter. You don’t really taste it in either, but it adds lovely aromatic properties. With the preserves recipe I didn’t use any liquid with the nectarines because some of the fruit was very juicy. If you’re wondering about Grand Poppy, it’s an amaro that’s bittersweet and includes California poppy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bearberry, California bay leaf, pink peppercorn, dandelion, blessed thistle, burdock, rue, artichoke, gentian, geranium, cherry bark and a bit of cane sugar. 
Peach Nectarine Butter, adapted from The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving
Makes 6 1/2 pint jars
Ingredients
10 cups of coarsely chopped and pitted peaches and nectarines, no need to peel
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups sugar
1-2 teaspoons Greenbar saffron bitters 
Instructions
Place the peaches and nectarines in a large pot with the water, lemon zest and lemon juice. Cook it over medium heat until the fruit is very tender. Use a stick blender to puree the mixture. Add the sugar and simmer for 30 minutes or until thick enough to cling onto a spoon. Add the bitters and stir. 
Lade into hot prepared jars (washed with hot soapy water). Leave 1/4 inch head space, wipe the rim of the jar if necessary. Apply the lid and twist on the band. Gently place in your canner or a large pot of water with a rack in it. The water should be 2 inches above the jars. Cover and boil for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove let cool. 
Enjoy! 
Disclaimer: My thanks to Washington State Stone Fruit for the fruit and to Greenbar Distillery for the bitters and amaro. For more preserving recipes, check out Sweet Preservation.

Naturally Colorful Fruit Desserts for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a holiday that calls for the bold red, white and blue colors of the American Flag. It’s easy to find decorations in these colors if you’re having a backyard barbecue or pool party and want to create a festive atmosphere, but it is difficult to find food in these colors in foods. Fortunately, while a little bit of food coloring can help give a dessert a patriotic look easily, you can find these colors in fruits that celebrate the summer. A selection of fresh fruit desserts made with red strawberries, raspberries and cherries alongside desserts made with blueberries can capture the red, white and blue look of the holiday with no food coloring needed. The added bonus is that you will also be enjoying some of the best berries of the year when they are at the peak of their seasons!

A Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Tart is an easy to make tart the features a no-bake filling and is studded with rows of fresh fruit. You can use any fruit of your choice, but berries of all colors make the tart look absolutely stunning.

Strawberry Shortcakes are a common summer dessert, but they are not the only fruit that can make a great shortcake. Double Blueberry Shortcakes feature blueberry shortcakes and are filled with whipped cream and more fresh  berries.

Fruit cobblers are always a welcome dessert in the summer. A Peach and Strawberry Cobbler uses a combination of fruits that you don’t usually find in a cobbler and, while it is not red and blue, it has a beautiful color to it that captures a summer sunset.

Naturally Colorful Desserts for the 4th of July

Blueberry Pudding Cake is similar to a fruit cobbler, but with a thicker layer of berries at the bottom that takes on a sauce-like consistency as the cake bakes. For blueberry fans, this is dangerously addictive.

For strawberry fans, a Fresh Strawberry Pie is a good choice. The pie bursting with color and packed with fresh strawberries, which are topped with a thin strawberry glaze that gives the pie a glossy finish and adds an extra hint of sweetness to already sweet berries.

Naturally Colorful Desserts for the 4th of July

Red, White and Blue Push Pop Cakes are like individual berry trifles, with layers of cake, whipped cream, red strawberries and fresh blueberries. Served in special push pop containers, these treats look just as festive as they taste.

Red White and Blueberry Yogurt Cake is another dessert that really captures the colors of the holiday. The tender white cake is packed with blueberries and raspberries, which really pop against the white crumb of the cake. It has just a thin layer of cream cheese frosting on top and is garnished with fresh berries.

Baking Bites' Strawberry Hand Pies

I love pies made with fresh fruit in the summer, but hand pies are even better in my book. These Strawberry Hand Pies are easy to make and perfectly shareable. That means that no plates or silverware are needed to serve these, making them an exceptional choice for barbecues and picnics all summer long.

Strawberry Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches may not sound like a fruit dessert, but they are naturally flavored with freeze dried strawberries, which gives the cookies a pop of pink color and a delicious berry flavor. The cookies are exellent when sandwiched with vanilla ice cream, but they are even better when you use my Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

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Kilner Vintage Glass Butter Churn; Delicious Homemade Butter in as Little as Ten Minutes; Large 34-Fluid Ounce Capacity; Recipes Included

Prepare, churn, rinse, flavor, store your butter with stylish precision

The Kilner butter churn offers everyone the easy way to make their own delicious homemade butter, and makes a stylish addition to any kitchen. Simply place whipping cream into the butter churn, turn the handle, and in as little as ten minutes you can enjoy fresh and natural tasting butter. Included within the set is easy to follow step by step instructions as well as a selection of recipes.

Measures 10-1/2 inches high by 4-1/3 inches wide. BPA-free

The Kilner business was first established by John Kilner in the 1840’s in England. Initially producing glass bottles and jars, it was towards the end of the 19th century when the original Kilner Jar was first invented. The original Kilner jar is as much-loved and successful now as it was 120 years ago. Its long-lasting popularity is owed to its distinctive pressure seal and iconic design. Put simply, households all over the world trust it to successfully preserve and pickle their fruit and vegetables. In the 1900’s, Kilner presented its innovation as ‘the original and the best, all other brands are substitutes’, a claim which remains relevant today, and is a testament to its impressive heritage.

Product Features

  • MAKE HOMEMADE BUTTER IN AS LITTLE AS 10 MINUTES: Kilner Butter Churn allows you to make your own butter at home with one simple ingredient, whipping or heavy cream; Dating back to 1840s England, Kilner is a leading European name in food preserving
  • CREATE YOUR OWN INVENTIVE FLAVORS: Kilner Butter Churn brings the traditional method of butter churning into the 21st century, and allows you to create your own inventive flavors by adding herbs, spices, garlic or chilli, or whatever takes your fancy;
  • STEP BY STEP RECIPES INCLUDED: Makes butter within 10 minutes of churning; Includes a selection of recipes and a step by step instruction guide; Cinnamon & Honey Butter, Parmesan Basil & Tomato Butter, Chili & Lime Butter and Buttermilk Fruit Scones
  • ACCESSORIES SOLD SEPARATELY: Includes Butter Paddle Set of 2 (B00UVM81KS) and Glass Butter Dish (B00VIJWOTC)
  • EASILY CLEANED: Handwash only, 34-fluid ounce capacity, Imported


Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe

This easy fruit dip recipe is the best! Made with just two ingredients – cream cheese and marshmallow creme – it takes only minutes to prepare and is the perfect addition to summer fruit trays!

A platter of blueberries, strawberries, grapes and pineapple with fruit dip in the middle.

This fruit dip is not fancy. It’s not complicated. It doesn’t emit uppity foodie vibes.

It’s easy. And cozy. And feels like home.

Two ingredients. TWO.

Time to whip up? Five minutes.

Addiction factor? Plus-10.

Basically, everyone needs this in their life. And if you choose to forgo the fruit and just eat it with a spoon? We can be BFF’s.

A platter of fruit dip with blueberries, strawberries, grapes and pineapple.

How to Make Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

I first had this fruit dip at a pool party in high school – my best friend’s mom put this out with a large fruit tray and I was immediately smitten. When I asked for the recipe, she simply said, “get a block of cream cheese and a jar of marshmallow creme and mix them together.”

Seriously. THAT IS THE ENTIRE RECIPE.

It’s insane how easy this is!

A block of Philadelphia cream cheese with a jar of marshmallow creme.

How Can I Make Marshmallow Fluff?

The whole marshmallow creme vs marshmallow fluff thing totally confused me at first – are they interchangeable? What’s the difference? Turns out, they are both marshmallow creme, but “Fluff” is an actual brand name. They are 100% the same thing (although some people claim that Marshmallow Fluff is a must for fluffernutter sandwiches).

These are common products here in the U.S., but if you live somewhere else, you may not be able to find them. Good news! You can absolutely make your own! I have a recipe for homemade marshmallow creme that you can use anytime a recipe calls for marshmallow creme or marshmallow fluff.

Cream cheese and marshmallow creme in a mixing bowl.

Can Fruit Dip Be Made Ahead or Frozen?

Yes to both!

The dip can be mixed together and stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.

You can also freeze the dip in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator.

A fruit platter with fruit dip in the center.

Fruit Dip Variations

While this is the one and only fruit dip I have ever made because it’s amazingly delicious and addicting and I like to adhere to the whole, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, there are approximately a billion and one other ways you can make fruit dip. True story. Let’s hash through some of them…

Do you make any other variations of fruit dip? Feel free to share below!

A strawberry being dipped into fruit dip.

What Are the Best Fruits for a Fruit Tray?

Now that we’ve nailed down ingredients, it’s time to select our fruits for dipping! The good news is that you can rarely go wrong! I tend to shy away from bananas because they brown quickly and can get mushy unless you eat them immediately after peeling, but most other fruits are fair game for me. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Apple slices (toss with pineapple juice to keep from browning!)
  • Red grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Cantaloupe

A strawberry with fruit dip.

If you’re throwing any sort of picnic, party or cookout this summer, make this fruit dip and watch it disappear before your eyes. Everyone goes CRAZY for it! And if you keep tons of fruit in the fridge during the summer, a bowl of this stashed away for mid-afternoon or evening dipping would certainly not be a terrible idea, either.

Happy summering!

A platter of blueberries, grapes, strawberries and pineapple with fruit dip.

If You Like This Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe, Try These Other Sweet Dips:

One year ago: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Two years ago: Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

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Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

This easy Fruit Dip recipe is the best! Made with just two ingredients – cream cheese and marshmallow creme – it takes only minutes to prepare and is the perfect addition to summer fruit trays.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow creme

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and marshmallow creme until thoroughly combined. You can also use a hand mixer to ensure the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The fruit dip can be made and stored for up to 1 week in the refrigerator; stir well before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  • The fruit dip can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator.

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This recipe was originally published on June 2, 2011.

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Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White

Professional-quality soft serve ice cream, yogurt, sorbet and sherbet is now available right at home, with the Cuisinart Mix It in Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker. Not only does it make everyone’s favorites, but with three built-in condiment dispensers, it makes them extra delicious! Just a pull of a tab send sprinkles, chips and other mix-ins down the chute to mix right into frozen desserts as cones or bowls are filled. Operation is fully automatic; simply pour in the ingredients and turn the dial!

Product Features

  • Easy-lock Lid with Window – Lid is designed to remove and lock easily. An ingredient window allows you to pour ingredients directly through the top and watch the freezing process, Base – Contains heavy-duty motor strong enough to make and dispense ice cream
  • Mixing Arm (not shown) – Mixes and aerates ingredients in freezer bowl to create smooth soft ice cream, Dispensing Bracket with Handle – Dispenses the soft ice cream when handle is pulled down. Removable for easy cleaning, Rubber Feet – Nonslip feet keep base stationary during use
  • 1 1⁄2-Quart Freezer Bowl (not shown) – Contains cooling liquid within a double-insulated wall to create fast and even freezing. Double wall keeps the bowl cool and at an even temperature, Condiment Chute – Mix-ins are dispensed from the chute into your ice cream cone or bowl while you dispense ice cream. Removable for easy cleaning
  • Three Condiment Containers – Dispense the mix-ins of your choice. The front condiment container with a curved edge dispenses small mix-ins such as sprinkles. Two rectangular condiment containers dispense larger mix-ins such as mini M&M s or mini chocolate morsels, Condiment Dispensing Levers -Pull out one of three levers to add the mix-ins of your choice into your soft ice cream
  • ON/OFF Power Dial, Cone Holder – Conveniently holds a stack of extra ice cream cones. Can hold both flat and pointed-bottom cones, Removable Drip Tray – Can be removed for easy cleaning. Dot in center of tray indicates where to place the ice cream cone. Mix-in Gauge – Check the size of mix-ins by dropping them through. Mix-ins that do not fit through will clog the ice cream maker
  • Refer page 6 of user manual below for troubleshooting steps.
  • Fully automatic soft-serve ice-cream maker with double-insulated freezer bowl
  • 3 built-in condiment dispensers; cone holder; removable parts for easy cleaning; instructions and recipes included
  • Produces 1-1/2 quarts of ice-cream in just 20 minutes; no chemicals, salt, or ice required
  • Handle makes ice cream swirl out like with an authentic soft-serve machine
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards


Roasted Fioretto Recipe

It’s not often that you come across a new vegetable. The first time I saw Fioretto at a market in Chinatown I thought it must be some kind of weird overgrown cauliflower. It turns out it’s a relatively new hybrid that combines the best of broccoli and cauliflower. In addition to Fioretto, it’s also called stick cauliflower, flowering cauliflower, Chinese cauliflower and kaurifurore. It has thinner sweeter tops than cauliflower, and stems similar to broccoli which are sometimes white and other times pale green. The stems deepen in color when cooked. 
The hybrid was developed in Japan in 2012 by a seed company and I started noticing it the past year or so but couldn’t find much information about it. Once I tried cooking it, I became a fan. Because it’s less dense, it’s easy to cook and lends itself well to raw, steamed or stir fried recipes. One of the ways I particularly like preparing it is by roasting it with olive oil, salt and garlic. Like traditional cauliflower it develops a very appealing sweet flavor when cooked. It’s a great side dish, but also good tossed with pasta or in a roasted vegetable salad served either warm or at room temperature.
I’ve seen Fioretto at both farmer’s markets and frequently in Asian produce markets and it’s also distributed by Melissa’s and Specialty Produce. Like other brassicas it’s high in vitamin C, dietary fiber and potassium. If you’ve tried it, let me know in the comments. 
Roasted Fioretto 
Serves 4
Ingredients
1 head of Fioretto broken into small pieces, about 4 cups when sliced
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of kosher salt
Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Break the vegetable into bite sized florets and toss in a bowl with olive oil, garlic and salt. Place on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until tender and brown in spots. 

Enjoy!

Five Ingredient Cookbook: Easy Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less (Five Ingredient Cooking Series Book 1)

Easy Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less!

Are you tired of complicated recipes with hard-to-find ingredients? Are you looking for delicious and easy recipes with only a few simple ingredients? Now you can create amazing, mouthwatering meals for friends and family with simple and easy-to-follow recipes that don’t require hard to find ingredients that you will only use once.

It’s time for you to relax. Cooking shouldn’t be stressful. It should be a time to unwind and serve your family nourishing and delicious foods. Who wants to stress out about cooking? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Follow these simple and easy recipes and create some amazing and delicious meals.

Book 1 of 5 in the Five Ingredient Cooking Series: Collect them all!

This cookbook was created out of necessity. I was tired of searching far and wide for ingredients that I would only use once every six months. Who wants to spend all that time and money on complex recipes you will never even cook? That’s what led me to create this cookbook full of step-by-step recipes that are easy to follow and simply prepared. Most importantly, they are real recipes for real people and your family will love them. All of the recipes only require 5 ingredients or less!

Check out some of mouthwatering 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes:

Chicken and Waffle SlidersBuffalo Chicken DipChicken SaladBuffalo Chicken SlidersShredded BBQ ChickenEasy Italian Baked ChickenChicken and Cheese RollsBarbeque Chicken LegsSlow Cooker Mexican ChickenChicken Cordon BleuShredded Buffalo ChickenSlow Cooker Chicken Salsa VerdeSlow Cooker Pancake BakeSlow Cooker Cinnamon Roll CasseroleSlow Cooker French ToastSlow Cooker Blueberry CobblerSlow Cooker Cherry Dump CakeSlow Cooker Bread PuddingSlow Cooker Peach CobblerSlow Cooker Apple Dump CakeSlow Cooker Shredded BBQ ChickenSlow Cooker Mexican ChickenSlow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ ChickenSlow Cooker Sweet PotatoesSlow Cooker Cheddar Creamed CornSlow Cooker Spinach Queso DipSlow Cooker Pulled PorkSlow Cooker Beef BurritosSlow Cooker Bacon Ranch PotatoesSlow Cooker Teriyaki ChickenSlow Cooker BBQ RibsSlow Cooker 5-ingredient ChiliSlow Cooker Apricot Orange ChickenSlow Cooker Honey Garlic ChickenSlow Cooker Italian ChickenSlow Cooker Tangy MeatballsSlow Cooker Cocktail SausagesSlow Cooker Ranch Roast BeefSlow Cooker Spicy MeatballsSlow Cooker Pork ChopsSlow Cooker Garlic TilapiaSlow Cooker Chicken and CheeseEasy Powdered Sugar DonutsSausage Breakfast CasseroleSausage, Egg, and Cheese Roll-UpsBrown Sugar BaconCinnamon Roll WafflesSouthwestern Scrambled EggsStrawberry Bacon Salad

Full-Time Mom, Best-Selling Author, and Lover of Food

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You can find cooking tips, advice, and recipes on her blog, www.Hanniepscott.com.

Scroll up and click ‘buy’ to start enjoying these delicious meals today!


Perfect Pumpkin Bread (Video)

Looking for the recipe for that Perfect Pumpkin Bread that is moist, not overwhelmingly spiced and has the right flavors? Look no further, because I did the  job so you don’t have to worry – I tested 4 pumpkin bread recipes with my own tweaks until I settled on the variation you see here! Meet my no-fail, multiple-times-tested recipe for pumpkin bread to yield amazing results. Every. Time. Yes!

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