This simple sparkling drink is a very light and refreshing end of summer cocktail. It can easily be diluted with club soda or seltzer, to taste.
The recipe was adapted from drinkoftheweek.com. I used a white nectarine and lemon seltzer instead of club soda. The original recipe also suggests using plums, peaches, cherries, or apricots instead of nectarines.
Yield: One drink
1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz honey syrup (half honey, half warm water)(I used Italian Melata di Bosca honey)
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 nectarine, sliced, plus more for garnish
club soda or lemon seltzer
fresh mint, for garnish, optional
Muddle the nectarine slices in the honey syrup.
Add the vodka and lemon juice and stir.
Top with ice and club soda or seltzer.
Garnish with nectarine slices and/or mint, as desired.
This is a full-flavored, weeknight summer dish. I served it with sautéed Napa cabbage, grilled radicchio, grilled fennel, and brown Basmati rice on the side. We squeezed fresh lime juice over the grilled meat, but next time I may also serve it with a garlicky lime-yogurt sauce.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I used cubed pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder and modified the proportions.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
1 ¾pounds boneless pork shoulder OR 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1lime, plus some wedges for serving
¼cup cilantro or basil, leaves and tender stems, plus more for serving
2tablespoons fish sauce
2garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1jalapeño or other green chile, seeded if desired (I used an unseeded Serrano chile)
1 ½tablespoons fennel seeds
1tablespoon cumin seeds
1tablespoon coriander seeds
1small red onion, sliced, for serving
Season pork lightly with kosher salt and put it in a bowl or resealable bag.
Juice the lime into a blender or food processor and add cilantro, fish sauce, garlic, chile and honey. Blend until the chile and garlic are puréed, then add fennel, cumin, coriander seeds and pulse four or five times to bruise the spices and mix them in.
Pour mixture over the pork, tossing to coat the pieces. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes while you heat the grill, or up to 24 hours.
When ready to cook, heat the grill or broiler with a rack positioned 4 inches from the heat source.
Thread the pork onto skewers, leaving a little space between cubes. Grill over the highest heat possible, or broil on high, for 2 to 5 minutes, then flip the skewers and continue cooking until the meat is browned all over and charred in spots. It should be just cooked through: A little pink is OK, but there shouldn’t be any red spots.
Serve the pork with cilantro sprigs and onion slices on top, and lime wedges on the side for squeezing.
These Thai-style pork chops were very juicy and flavorful. I used very thick pork chops but this garlic-packed marinade would also be great with pork tenderloin.
The recipe was adapted from The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen. I modified the grilling method. We ate it with special Aahu Barah Basmati rice and Ritzy Summer-Squash Casserole– a great combination.
Yield: 4 to 8 servings
4 thick (1 to 2-inch) or 8 thin (1/2-inch) pork chops or pork tenderloin (about 2 pounds)
1 head garlic, broken into cloves and peeled
3 T granulated sugar
5 T Asian fish sauce or soy sauce (or a combination)
3 T honey
3 T rice wine or sherry wine
2 T toasted sesame oil
1 T grated fresh ginger
2 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
If using thin pork chops, cut 1 or 2 cuts in the fat side of each pork chop to keep them from curling during grilling.
Arrange the pork chops in a glass baking dish and set aside.
Combine the garlic and sugar in the bowl of a mini food processor; process into a paste. (Alternatively, pound into a paste using a mortar and pestle.)
Add the fish sauce, honey, rice wine, sesame oil, ginger, salt, and pepper; process to combine.
Pour the mixture over the pork chops. Spread to coat both sides.
Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. (I flipped the meat over after the first hour.)
Preheat the grill to high on one side and low on the other.
When ready to cook, oil the grill grate.
Arrange the pork chops on the low heat side and cook for 5 to 10 minutes per side for thick chops (possibly half the time for thin), or until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees.
Move the pork chops to the high heat side and continue to cook until nicely browned on both sides, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
Transfer the chops to a platter and serve immediately.
My son has become obsessed with making this bread. It is absolutely delicious and he can make it completely independently. He has experimented with several types of beers but his favorite is a light lager because the flavor it imparts is more subtle.
This recipe was adapted from Little Sweet Baker. We have made it several times to serve with pulled chicken sandwiches- a great combination. The bread is buttery and has a chewy texture. Great!
Yield: One 9-inch loaf
3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt
1/4 cup (60ml) honey
1 bottle of beer, of choice (330 to 355 ml) of choice, at room temperature (our favorite is Trader Joe’s light lager)
4 T melted unsalted butter, divided (I melt the butter in the microwave in separate 2 T portions)
Preheat oven to 350F, preferably on convection.
Grease a 9×5″ loaf pan with cooking oil spray. Set aside. (I used a glass loaf pan.)
Sift the flour into a large bowl, then whisk in the baking powder and salt.
Pour in 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, followed by the honey and beer.
Stir all the ingredients together until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter on top.
Bake for 40 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove the bread to cool on a wire rack.
Yes! Another sourdough recipe- all so good! I love that this recipe combines two of the most popular items to bake during this period of self-isolation- sourdough and banana bread. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from theperfectloaf.com. I incorporated whole wheat flour, added turbinado sugar to the topping, and baked the loaf in a Pullman loaf pan, adjusting the baking time accordingly. I loved that this version included olive oil for moisture and honey for sweetness. Lovely.
We ate it as-is, but the original recipe recommends spreading full-fat Greek yogurt over the top of each slice.
Yield: One standard or Pullman loaf
240g (2 cups) spelt, whole wheat, all-purpose flour, or a mix
3g (1/2 teaspoon) baking soda
3g (1/2 teaspoon) sea salt
125g (1 cup) chopped walnuts or pecans, divided
126g(1/2 cup or 1 stick) butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup lightly packed) brown sugar
125g (3/4 cup, stirred down) sourdough starter
42g (2 tablespoons) raw honey
3 super ripe medium mashed bananas (almost black and mushy)
28g (2 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
4g (1 teaspoon) vanilla
zest of 1 lemon, optional
turbinado sugar, for topping, optional
Preheat your oven to 350ºF, preferably on convection.
Coat a 9×5-inch loaf pan or Pullman loaf pan with cooking oil spray.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl, mix a handful of chopped walnuts or pecans and a teaspoon or two of turbinado sugar. Set aside to be used as the topping later.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time. While mixing, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add in sourdough starter, honey, mashed bananas, and olive oil.
Add in the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture slowly, pausing to scrape down the sides if necessary.
By hand, fold in the remaining walnuts or pecans and lemon zest.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
Sprinkle on the reserved chopped nuts and sugar.
Bake for 45-50 minutes in a Pullman loaf pan or 55-65 minutes in a standard loaf pan. (It’s better to undercook this than overcook: you want it moist.)
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then gently remove onto a wire rack to thoroughly cool.
Note: This banana bread will stay moist for days after baking, but be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container to prevent moisture loss.
I am going to share a couple more breakfast recipes that use sourdough starter. I was in LOVE with these muffins! They are sweetened with pure maple syrup, are loaded with blueberries, and incorporate cornmeal. Delicious.
This recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour. I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour, and added vanilla extract. Wholesome and tasty!
Yield: 12 muffins
Preheat the oven to 425°F, preferably on convection.
Grease the wells of a 12-cup muffin pan, or line with papers and grease the inside of the papers. (I used cooking oil spray.)
Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
In a second bowl, beat together the starter, milk, egg, melted butter, sweetener, and vanilla.
Blend the wet ingredients with the dry, taking about 20 seconds.
Gently stir in the blueberries just until blended.
Fill the cups of the prepared pan two-thirds full; sprinkle the tops of the muffins with sugar.
Bake the muffins for 17 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan. Don’t let them cool in the pan, or they’ll steam and the outside will become tough.
Note: If using frozen berries, don’t thaw them before adding to the batter; you’ll have fewer blue streaks if they’re added frozen, just before scooping.
This sandwich bread was so pretty! It also sliced like a dream. 🙂
The recipe is from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, via Smitten Kitchen.com. I weighed the flours and used coarse salt. I mixed and kneaded the dough in a stand mixer and used a proofing oven as well.
The original post had a link for the windowpane test– which was quite helpful! I added additional kneading time to my dough after it failed the test.
Yield: One 2-pound loaf
2 1/2 cups (11.25 oz) unbleached high-gluten or bread flour
1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 tablespoons (.75 oz) granulated sugar or honey
1 1/2 teaspoons (.38 oz) coarse salt
3 tablespoons (1 oz) powdered milk
1 1/2 teaspoons (.17 oz) instant yeast
2 tablespoons (1 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups (10 oz) water, at room temperature
In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the high-gluten/bread flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar (if using), salt, powdered milk, and yeast in a 4-quart mixing bowl.
Add the butter, honey (if using), and water.
Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until the ingredients form a ball. If there is still flour in the bottom of the bowl, dribble in additional water. The dough should feel soft and supple. It is better for it to be a little too soft that to be too stiff and tough.
Using a dough hook, knead the dough on medium speed for 6 to 8 minutes. (To knead by hand, sprinkle flour on the counter, and transfer the dough, and begin kneading, adding more flour if needed to make a firm, supple dough that is slightly tacky but not sticky. Kneading should take about 10 minutes.) The dough should pass the windowpane test and register 77 to 81 degrees F.
Lightly coat a large bowl with cooking spray and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it around to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Ferment at room temperature for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size. (I used a proofing oven for 1 1/2 hours.)
Remove the dough from the bowl and press it by hand into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick, 6 inches wide, and 8 to 10 inches long.
Form it into a loaf by working from the short side of the dough, rolling up the length of the dough one section at a time, pinching the crease with each rotation to strengthen the surface tension. It will spread wider as you roll it.
Pinch the final seam closed with the back edge of your hand or with your thumbs.
Place the loaf in a lightly oiled 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch bread pan; the ends of the loaf should touch the ends of the pan to ensure an even rise. Mist the top with spray oil and loosely cover with plastic wrap.
Proof at room temperature for approximately 60 to 90 minutes (final rising times vary), or until the dough crests above the lip of the pan. (I used a proofing oven and the dough was ready in about 45 to 50 minutes.)
Preheat the oven to 350° F with the oven rack on the middle shelf. (I used the true convection setting.)
Place the bread pan on a sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Rotate the pan 180° for even baking and continue baking for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the oven. The finished loaf should register 190° F in the center, be golden brown on the top and the sides, and sound hollow when thumped on the bottom.
When the bread is finished baking, remove it immediately from the loaf pan and cool it on a rack for at least 1 hour, preferably 2 hours, before slicing or serving.