Clotted Cream for Afternoon Tea

The History and Tradition of Afternoon Tea

The tradition of afternoon tea started in the early 19th Century when the wealthy set felt they needed a ‘pick-me-up’ in the afternoon. This is not surprising because they typically ate just 2 meals a day; breakfast and dinner, so the skipping of that 3rd meal led to a mid afternoon slump hence the creation of afternoon tea.

Ingredients
  • 1-16 ounce container pasteurized heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Place a large heatproof bowl over a large saucepan of water (make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add the cream to the bowl and bring the water to a simmer.
  3. Using a candy thermometer, bring the temperature of the cream to 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) and maintain that temperature for 1 hour.
  4. After 1 hour, turn off the heat and remove the bowl from the boiler.

FOR FULL RECIPE AND DIRECTIONS VISIT: Culinaryginger.com

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Whiskey Glazed Flat Iron Steaks and Grilled Potatoes For Father’s Day

The Perfect Father’s Day Dinner! The flat iron steak is the second most tender cut of beef, after the petite filet mignon. A true flat iron is cut horizontally just above and below that tough muscle (rather than vertically through it) so the muscle can be discarded and all that is left is very flavorful and tender beef.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whiskey, such as Jack Daniels
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Four 8-ounce flat iron steaks or filet mignon steaks
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Directions

Preheat a grill on medium-high heat. Whisk together the whiskey, brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the oil and the garlic. Add the steaks, turn a few times to coat with the marinade and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, quarter each potato lengthwise to form wedges and put in a medium pot. Cover with cold water to cover by 1-inch and add salt until the water tastes like sea water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until tender (but not falling apart), about 15 minutes. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. For full directions visit: Food Network

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Smoked Potato Salad

This is the recipe you need for those potluck gatherings where you really want to impress but then find you’re supposed to bring…potato salad. This version will wow, from its beautiful indigo color to its rich, smoky flavor.

Smoked Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cherry wood chips, soaked and drained
  • 2 pounds baby purple potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced purple radishes (about 6 oz.)
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 4 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  1. Preheat a gas grill to medium (about 400°F) on one side, or push hot coals to one side of a charcoal grill. Place a disposable aluminum pan directly on the burner on lit side of the gas grill, and add soaked wood chips to pan, or scatter wood chips on hot coals of charcoal grill; heat until wood chips are smoking.

  2. Place potatoes in a disposable aluminum pan; place on grates over unlit side of grill. Grill, covered, 20 minutes. Rotate pan halfway; grill, covered, until potatoes are tender, 20 to 30 more minutes. Cut potatoes into 3/4-inch pieces. Place in a large bowl; add radishes.

  3. Whisk together oil and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour dressing over potatoes and radishes; toss to coat.

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Grilled Skirt Steak

Try serving your appetizers strait from the grill and keep the party outside all summer long. Marinated skirt steak, threaded onto skewers and grilled. Melt in your mouth tender and delicious!
Grilled Skirt Steak

Ingredients

Marinade ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Other ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed of membranes and silver skin
  • Olive oil for grill grates
  • 25-30 wooden skewers for grilling

Visit simplyrecipes.com for step by step instructions on preparing this delicious dish.

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Homemade Blueberry Pancakes – Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Start your Mother’s Day off with the perfect breakfast in bed, these delicious homemade blueberry pancakes are so easy to make and melt in your mouth good!

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup Daisy Light Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions

Heat a griddle to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the milk, egg substitute, sour cream and oil with wire whisk until well blended. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat with a wire whisk until mixed. Stir in the flour only until all flour is moistened. Stir in the blueberries. Pour 1/4 cup batter on the griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on top of each pancake and pop, and the bottoms are golden brown. Turn and cook the other side until golden brown and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter. Tip: frozen blueberries may be used in place of fresh. Do not thaw frozen blueberries before adding to the batter. Recipe courtesy of Daisybrand

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Grandma’s Southwest Dip

Southwest Dip

Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ⅔ cup pepperoni chopped
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilies (undrained)
  • 1½ tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese and sour cream until well blended. Stir in pepperoni, chilies, onion and chives. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans.
  2. Bake 20 minutes at 350 until puffed and edges are bubbly. Serve with chips.

Recipe courtesy of: mrs.happyhomemaker

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Pimento and Cheese Rice

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar diced pimentos, drained
  • For directions visit: spicysouthernkitchen

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