Category Archives: Recipes & Food Pairings

Summer Fruit Tart

July 7, 2016

Summer Fruit Tart

To be completely honest, most of the time I don’t bother with any dessert other than chocolate or ice cream (with chocolate in it).  It seems like kind of a waste right?  If I’m going to indulge I want to do it right.  BUT, that being said, during the Summer my cravings turn more toward fruity indulgences.  So today I’m sharing a recipe I recently tried out for individual fruit tarts.  Isn’t it cute?  Pair your tart with a steaming cup of coffee or a sparkly glass of bubbles for a sinfully delicious treat.  Enjoy!


Summer Fruit Tart Recipe

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

– 2 cups crushed graham crackers

– 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

– 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar

– 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream

– 1 cup light cream cheese

– 2 tablespoons of sugar

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– Raspberries and blueberries for topping

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Directions:

1) Combine the graham crackers, melted butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl.  Mix until fully incorporated and then divide equally between 4 tart pans or 1 large pie pan (your preference).  Press the graham cracker mix down to create a crust and then bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

2) Next, using a mixer or separate bowl, add in the heavy cream and whip until the cream forms soft peaks.  When it’s ready, fold in the cream cheese and then mix until the filling is smooth and fully combined.

3) Spoon the filling into your tart crusts and then chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

4) Lastly, add the berries to the top of each tart (you can copy my design or create your own) and serve.

*Note: They taste best when eaten immediately! 🙂

Cheers,

ladyplanner

Berry Popsicles Paired with White Wine

June 6, 2016

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I’m so excited to share this fun and easy recipe as a way to spice up your summer wine routine! As I mentioned in Friday’s post, my old college roommates were in town this past weekend, and we decided to try out this recipe for fruity popsicles that you submerge in white wine.  We debated about putting wine in the actual popsicles, but letting the fruit melt slowly into the wine worked well and was very tasty!  See below for the full recipe and instructions….

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Ingredients (makes 6 popsicles):

– Popsicle molds

– Assortment of fruit (we used blueberries, kiwi & raspberries)

– 1/4 cup sugar

– 1/2 cup water

– Sweet white wine (we opted for Reisling)

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Directions:

1) Place berries and sliced kiwi in a large bowl (about 1/4 cup or a 1/2 up of each, depending on how fruity you want your popsicles to be).  Then use the back of a large spoon to muddle the fruit.  Set aside.

2) Next, use a saucepan to make your simple syrup with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water.  Stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and fully incorporated.  The syrup is done once the liquid is clear and just barely simmering around the edges of the pan.

3) Once the simple syrup is ready, pour it into the bowl with the muddled fruit and stir until it’s completely mixed in.  Then, place the mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes.

4) Remove the fruit mixture from the fridge and set out your popsicles molds.  Pour an equal amount of the mixture into each mold and then place into the freezer for at least 12 hours.

5) When you’re ready to use the popsicles with your wine, pour a glass, submerge the popsicle and watch it melt to add a fruity kick!

Cheers,

ladyplanner

Goat Cheese, Kale & Grass-Fed Beef Summer Burgers

May 16, 2016

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During the Summer there is nothing better than a nice, juicy burger.  While burgers are pretty great on their own, recently I’ve gotten into the habit of incorporating other ingredients into the patty to spice it up a little bit.  Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes that gives you cheese + a little bit of fresh veggies in every bite.  Enjoy!


Ingredients (Serves 4):

– 4 whole wheat english muffins

– 1 lb of grass-fed ground beef

– 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

– 1/2 cup kale

– Organic olive oil

– Buttermilk ranch dressing

– Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste


Directions:

– Begin by adding 1 lb of grass-fed ground beef, 1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese and 1/3 cup of finely chopped kale into a large bowl.  Then, mix together with your hands until the cheese and chopped kales is fully incorporated into the beef.

– Next, heat up a large pan over medium heat on your stovetop.  Using your hands, mold the beef into 4 equally sized burgers.  Then place all 4 burger patties in the heated pan.  Cover and cook for about 3-4 minutes before flipping over and cooking the other side for the same amount of time (about 7-8 minutes total cooking time).

– While the patties are cooking, begin heating up another pan over medium heat.  Brush olive oil over the top and bottom of each of the whole wheat english muffins, and place in the pan to toast (about 2 minutes per side).  Remove the english muffins from the pan and set aside.

– To make your burgers, begin by spreading buttermilk ranch dressing on the inside of your english muffin.  Next, layer on fresh kale leaves.  Then place the finished grass-fed burger on top of the kale and sprinkle with some crumbled goat cheese, salt and pepper to taste.  Repeat for all 4 burgers.

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Cheers,

ladyplanner

Articles to Inspire Your Weekend

May 6, 2016

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(Photo courtesy of You & Lu)

Happy Friday everyone!  Are you doing anything special to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?  My dear friend Elisabeth and her 1 year old son Jonathan came to visit this past week, and spending time with them really gave me a new appreciation for everything my mom did to take care of my two sisters and I!  For this week’s “articles to inspire” post I included several Mother’s day tutorials and ideas.  Remember to call your mom, send her flowers and thank her this Sunday!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the inspiring articles below!


1. This DIY Mother’s Day flowers tutorial from You & Lu for all those who need a last minute gift idea (see photo above)!

2. Have you ever traveled alone?

3. These tips on how to beat Spring allergies.

4. This idea for a new twist on the classic mimosa.

5. This perfect tutorial for a meaningful Mother’s Day card from my friend at Little Lee Book.

6. This mason jar herb kit to channel your green thumb for Summer.

7. How to decode common wedding dress etiquette just in time for wedding season.

8. The Kentucky Derby is this Sunday!  In addition to a statement hat, you can also celebrate with these Derby Day party recipes.

9. Try out this low halo braid tutorial for an easy, chic Summer hairdo.

10. 18 more DIY Mother’s Day gifts for $30 or less!

Cheers,

ladyplanner