Posts Tagged ‘blueberries’

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake gets a spring-time makeover with blueberries, blue food coloring and even a blueberry cream cheese frosting. It’ll disappear faster than you can slice it.

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Warning: this is not a joke. I know it’s April’s Fools Day but I truly did make a blueberry blue velvet cake with blueberry cream cheese frosting topped with more blueberries. Why? Because my nephew Luke LOVES blueberries so I made him the bluest and blueberriest cake I could possibly come up with for his birthday last week. He actually had his own personal blue truck shaped blueberry blue velvet cake, but everyone else had to share this cake. It disappeared as fast as I cut it, making me think I baked a magical disappearing cake!

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One year ago: Rainbow Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Three years ago: Baked Funfetti Doughnuts
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Crustless Ginger Blueberry-Pear Pie

This crustless ginger blueberry-pear pie is light and flavorful. Combine that with a custard filling and you won’t even miss the crust.

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Ginger and blueberries and pears, oh my! There certainly is a lot going on in this pie but the light flavor of the pears combined with the sweet-tartness of the blueberries and tangy ginger marry together extremely well. And there’s no need for a crust. Although a pie without a crust is almost heresy, the custard filling does produce slightly firm and crisp edges so that you won’t even notice the crust’s absence. Happy Pi(e) Day!

P.S. Next year pi(e) day is extra special because it will be 3/14/15. I’ll even set my post to go live at 9:26 am! (If you are clueless to what I am babbling about π (pi) = 3.14159265359).

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One year ago: Banana Pudding Pie

Two years ago: Flower Bouquet Cake Pops

Three years ago: Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter Pie
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Rainbow Fruit Pizza Tart

This Rainbow Fruit Pizza Tart will create spontaneous smiles with a sugar cookie crust, vanilla Greek-cream cheese filling and a rainbow of fruit.

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Silly me forgot to tell you something last week – I had a phone interview for a job! I thought it went very well and was also given a writing assignment afterwards to complete within a week. I sent it back a day early and am now waiting to see if I make it into the next stage of the interview process. Of course in the mean time I am still working on other applications. The job market is too rough out there to be idle between interviews.

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I also have not been idle in the kitchen department. I thought for sure I would have to cut back on the amount of posts per week but I’ve been able to coast along as normal. Thank goodness because ideas have started coming out of my ears. This fruit pizza isn’t a novel concept but that doesn’t mean it is any less fun. I technically made the rainbow backwards since red has a longer wavelength than violet and therefore would be on the outer edge of a rainbow (nerd alert). I prefer purple over red anyway, but regardless of technicalities you cannot help but feel happy from just looking at this colorful fruit tart.

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One year ago: Guiltless Avocado Alfredo Pasta with Spicy Chicken
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Blueberry-Flax Buttermilk Pancakes

I am going to preface this rant with a note that I am aware that all important files should always, always, be backed up on a second source or device. Sometimes I fail to do so but have managed to avoid tragedy until yesterday. While working on some files from one of my USB drives, I got an error message saying the computer could not detect the USB any longer. Since then I have been frantically trying to get it to register on any computer I can find. I believe it is a connection problem between the connector and the board inside, but the guy at a computer repair place said he didn’t think that was the case. He said it was likely dead and there was no way of retrieving the information from it. Commence panic mode. However, I do not believe him because I was able to get it to register once – long enough to open the disk but not long enough to copy anything over. Since then I have been desperately trying to get it to sit just right in the USB input to hold long enough to save my files. If you know anything about fixing USBs or saving files from them, please let me know! If not, have some pancakes.

Update: SWEET GLORY! I got it to connect just long enough to pull everything off of it. Crisis averted, let’s celebrate with pancakes! :-D

Blueberry-Flax Buttermilk Pancakes

One year ago: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Two years ago: Carrot Cake Oatmeal
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Guest Post: Mixed Berry Slab Pie by Blahnik Baker

My guest poster today is Zainab of Blahnik Baker. Although she has never baked a cake before February or 2012, her creations will make you think otherwise. I’ve been baking for years and my layer cakes never come out as pretty as hers do. Just look at her colossal six-layer cake, and her rose frosted cake. By the way she rocks the cupcakes and makes perfect macarons too. Is there any baking challenge she cannot conquer? She definitely has had far more baking successes than failures (if any), and today she is sharing a yummy slab pie! I’ve never made one but from the looks of it I am missing out.

One year ago: Roasted Cherry Brownie Cheesecake

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Hello guys!!! I am Zainab from Blahnik Baker and I am very happy to be guest posting for Erin today. While she is busy finishing up her PhD and all that stressful writing, we don’t want her stressing about her blog too. So I am here to share an easy recipe with you!

mixed berry pie

Like Erin, I am PhD student starting my 5th year and I’m about a year and a half from where she is today. I understand her troubles just so well. Unlike her, I am new to baking and food blogging. To counteract all that science in my brain, I started baking and decorating cakes as a creative outlet about a year ago and I chronicle my modest self-taught kitchen adventures on my blog.

As a newbie baker, one of the things outside of my comfort zone has always pie. Who doesn’t love a good slice of pie?? I know I do, especially summer pies! But bad luck and terrible dough escapades kept me from attempting homemade pies in the past. So it’s been my goal this summer to make delicious homemade pies. This mixed berry slab pie is exactly that!

triple berry pie

This slab pie is easy to make and perfect for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.  A cream cheese dough is filled with the best of summer’s berries.  I used a mix of raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. But of course feel free to make your own mix. Either way, this pie is a glorious combination of flaky buttery crust and juicy filling of berries. It’s a win-win my friends!

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Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

Ice cream week is in full swing! In order to combat all the extra ice cream in my presence I have been drinking a lot more green monster smoothies for breakfast. Unfortunately the other morning I managed to knock my smoothie off the counter and it didn’t just spill onto the floor, it exploded and splattered all over my kitchen and into my dining room. Who knew smoothie cold fly so far? As a result I not only lost my breakfast but also had to fully clean my kitchen floor and surrounding walls/areas. I am still finding little flecks of green in places though.

But I digress. I thought I’d take a little break and share a slightly healthier ice cream treat for today’s post since I resorted to a less-healthy breakfast option after the smoothie incident (hello peanut butter poptarts). These bars are a fruity version of a traditional ice cream sandwich, but instead the cookie is a chocolate graham cracker and the filling is a berry frozen yogurt. It’s like chocolate covered fruit! Kinda…

Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars

If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:

Join us on Saturday August 17th at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) for our pinchatlive event to celebrate Jen’s Birthday and give away tons of amazing bonus prizes. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves so you won’t want to miss this even. You can follow along on Pinterest Board #IceCreamWeek or look up our YouTube event by scoping out Kim’s G+ page for the event details. An announcement will go up on her G+ page earlySaturday morning with all the details for this fun event. So set your alarms for 2 p.m. to join the fun!

One year ago: Pineapple Muffins with Coconut Streusel

Two yeas ago: Gnocchi with Goat Cheese, Grape Tomatoes and Basil
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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Not only is July ice cream month AND blueberry month, but today is National Ice Cream Day! To celebrate in combination with Single Serving Sunday, I made you a single serving blueberry cheesecake ice cream with only 4 ingredients and no ice cream maker! By freezing and blending up a frozen banana, you will get a creamy smooth ice cream base to then swirl in the cream cheese, blueberries and graham crackers. Want to make it for more than one? Just multiply the recipe by how many servings you need!

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Two years ago: Broccoli Garbanzo Pasta
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Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles

With the summer heat turning on the oven is not desirable. Most of us would prefer lying by a pool in a bathing suit, but sometimes the dessert cravings hit and they must be addressed. Fruit & yogurt popsicles to the rescue! These popsicles have three layers of pureed fruit and Greek yogurt which means they are bikini-friendly. The white layer was my favorite part because it tasted like cheesecake! Next time I might even out the layers to get more of that layer. Prepare these tonight and they’ll be the perfect treat for your Independence Day festivities tomorrow.

In non-food news, I’m more strapped for cash than usual this month after three bachelorette parties. I hope to be able to continue whipping up fun new recipes to share but if my creativity runs out for things to be made with ingredients I already own in my pantry I may have to cut back on my blogging. Hopefully it will not come down to that or maybe I can round up some guest posters. I wonder what’s in my closet that I could sell on ebay… haha.

Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles

One year ago: Shortbread Cookies
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Meyer Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Okay, after a week full of sweets being thrown at you, it’s time to enjoy a nice fresh and healthy breakfast (and maybe you can make this for your overnight Valentine ::wink wink::). It was especially necessary for me to get a good bite this morning because it’s going to be another long day in the lab. Fridays are supposed to be nice and easy days but no, I am determined to get stuff done. Having had this for breakfast hopefully the day won’t seem so bad, although I wish I still had some Meyer lemon curd to put on top.

Anywho that’s all I’ve got today. If you need me, I’ll be at my bench developing carpal tunnel from excessive pipetting .

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

One year ago: Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Two years ago: Chocolate Covered Cherries
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Blueberry Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Glaze

I’ve been enjoying having a backyard full of wildlife during my stay in Knoxville. I’m reminded how many pretty and bright colored birds there are, and have even seen a few hummingbirds and wild turkeys! But the best part of all was spying on some baby bluebirds.

They are almost ready to start flying! I hope I get to see them test out their wings, but with my luck I will be at work when they decide to fly away from home. In the meantime, they are the mascots today for this post because just like these little bluebirds, the berries in these pancakes have something in common – blue-ness! Yes I just blew your mind relating bluebirds to pancakes.

Before I talk about blueberries though, allow to me rant about buttermilk. It is annoying because most recipes don’t even use up the smallest containers, leaving you with a random amount to figure out a purpose. Which typically results in a purpose-less journey down the drain (I have the same problem with heavy cream). So I decided to skip out on the buttermilk in these pancakes and use a combination of 0% blueberry Chobani Greek yogurt and milk. It is Chobani week after all!

The addition of the blueberry Greek yogurt not only added more blueberry flavor, but created very fluffy pancakes. And in case that isn’t good enough for you, how about a vanilla maple glaze on top? I think these pancakes might tempt those little birds to start flying sooner so that they can dig their beaks into them.

Don’t forget to enter my Chobani giveaway HERE!

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