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Mango & Sticky Rice with Lime and Rainier Cherries

Mango & Sticky Rice with Lime and Rainier Cherries

One of the BEST parts of country living is having access to so much delicious FRESH produce! Some good friends of ours just started growing Rainier cherries here in Mattawa, and they ended up with so much extra, they delivered crateful’s to all their friends and neighbors! We are so lucky!! We have been eating them like crazy, but since there’s so many, and there’s only 4 of us… I have been thinking of some delicious, creative ways to use them. Tonight I was making a traditional thai mango and sticky rice dessert, and thought i’d change things up a bit by adding some of the Rainier cherries, and a little lime! The dish not only turned out way more beautiful than usual… but the flavors worked so well together, it was delicious, and summery, and my little family loved it! We hope you do too! P.S. I wish I could share out some of these cherries!
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Coconut Panna Cotta with Nutella Sauce & Strawberries

Coconut Panna Cotta with Nutella Sauce & Strawberries

I fell in love with panna cotta when I tried it for the first time in Greece last summer. I came home and recreated a couple of different recipes–both of which were full fat and full of cream, but this week I decided to make a slightly lighter, healthier version. Lately I have been obsessing over coconut, so I decided to make a version with low-fat coconut milk, and top it with nutella and strawberries– just because that’s one of the most delicious combinations I could think of! The coconut panna cotta was smooth, creamy, sweet and subtle, and the rich chocolate and strawberries were just so divine with it! I love recipes like this, that are so delicious, pretty and elegant, but are SO quick and easy to make! I hope you guys love these as much as we do!
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The BEST Raspberry Jam & 5 Gourmet Desserts to Make with it

The BEST Raspberry Jam & 5 Gourmet Desserts to Make with it

My mother in law makes the BEST raspberry jam EVER! It’s so good that the entire family won’t eat any other kind, which is kind of a problem when you have a husband that always tells you: “You should make the kind my Mum makes!”  I kind of despise making jam, so I procrastinated it, then one day my mother in law surprised us with enough jam to fill half our freezer, and last us the year… {or at least half a year with the way we use it!}
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Fool-Proof Raspberry Panna Cotta

Fool-Proof Raspberry Panna Cotta

I fell in love with Panna Cotta last summer when my husband and I stumbled upon one of the most fantastic little restaurants we have ever been to, in Skiathos, Greece. It has been in the back of my mind to learn how to re-create one like that ever since, but I think I have procrastinated the ‘challenge’ out of pure intimidation. I have watched Master Chef judge, Graham Elliot, and his contestants make them — some with great struggle, and some with such finesse, that I didn’t know which would be worse… not being able to make one as pretty and as perfect as Graham Elliot’s, or not being able to make one at all, like the contestants.

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Candied Apples

Candied Apples

I LOVE candied apples, or as we call them in England “Toffee apples,” and knew my kids would love them even more! So this fall I was determined to learn how to make them! I have actually wanted to make them every autumn for the last few years, but have been a little intimidated because they just seemed so laborious and complex, and I knew I wouldn’t get them to look or taste as good as the gourmet varieties sold around here. Washington State is renowned for their apples, and we live amongst orchards in a big apple growing community here in Mattawa, so we get amazing BIG, fresh delicious apples of almost every variety! I should have used some of those to make these toffee apples, but I actually went to the store and brought some in tricities! Haha. Then yesterday a friend of mine delivered a whole box of galas to me, so I should have waited! {But, I guess it’s just a good excuse to make more!}
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