Lighter Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler


Lighter Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler
The recipe can be doubled and baked in a 13 by 9-inch dish—you may need to increase the baking time by five to ten minutes. Be sure not to combine the wet and dry biscuit ingredients until the filling is ready.


1 quart fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
10 ounces rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
⅓ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Biscuit Topping:
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (5 ounces)
3 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
¼ cup sugar plus 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon table salt
⅓ cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the fruit filling ingredients together in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Place the pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the fruit releases its liquid and is hot and bubbling around the edges, 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, cornmeal, 1/4 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl; set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, butter, and vanilla together; set aside. In a third small bowl, mix the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar with the cinnamon; set aside.
3. When the filling is ready, stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined and no pockets of flour remain. Remove the cobbler filling from the oven and stir. Pinch off 8 equal pieces of the biscuit dough and arrange them on top of the hot filling, spaced 1/2 inch apart. Sprinkle the tops of the biscuits with the cinnamon sugar.
4. Continue to bake the cobbler until the biscuits are golden brown on top and cooked through and the filling is again hot and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool the cobbler on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.

Source: Cook’s Illustrated (8 servings)

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Korean Beef Rice Bowls


These Korean Beef Rice Bowls can be on your dinner table in only 20 minutes! We’re talking delicious, quick, easy, and budget-friendly dinner!


  • 1 cup rice uncooked
  • 1 lb. ground beef lean
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger ground
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Garnish
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


1.Cook the rice according to package instructions. I usually use Basmati rice and I add 2 1/2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice and about 1 tbsp of coconut oil.
2.In a large skillet cook the ground beef first for about 3 minutes, breaking it into crumbles, over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 5 minutes until the beef starts to brown and no longer pink.
3.In a small bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour over the beef. Let it simmer for another 1 minute while stirring, then remove from heat.
4.Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
5.Serve hot over cooked rice.


• Prep: 5 Minutes
• Cook: 15 Minutes
• Total Time: 20 Minutes

Source: Jo Cooks (4 servings)

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Caprese Kalamata Olive Toast


Caprese Kalamata Olive Toast

A perfect adjustment to boring garlic bread. Pairs great with any salad, pasta dish or soup.


8 ounces kalamata olive bread, 4, 3/4 inch slices
1 ½ cups Shredded mozzarella cheese, Halfed
4-5 medium campari tomatoes, sliced in 2-3 millimeter slices
12 whole kalamata olives, pitted, Diced
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper, To sprinkle
2 Tablespoons Butter or Spread, To spread

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spread butter on one side of each slice of Kalamata Olive Bread. Place slices on a cookie sheet butter side up. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until somewhat toasted.
3. Remove from oven. Flip slices, butter side down. Sprinkle a 1/4 of the halfed mozzarella on each slice. Place sliced tomatoes, Kalamata olives and a sprinkle of black pepper on each slice. Sprinkle remainder of mozzarella evenly over each slice.
4. Place back in oven until cheese is slightly bubbling. Remove from oven.
5. Let cool a few minutes. Enjoy!!

• Total Time: 30 Minutes

Source: Big Oven (4 servings)

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Afghan Noodles


Cooking up a few of Tom’s favorites while he is home on spring break!

Afghan Noodles

8 ounces egg noodles, uncooked
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pinch salt, to taste
1 pinch fresh ground pepper, to taste
16 ounces canned tomatoes

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, drain. In a tiny mesh sieve or a cheesecloth line colander, drain the yogurt for 1/2 hour.
2. While pasta cooks, in a small bowl, combine drained yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon of the chili powder, lemon juice, and 1/2 of the mint, set aside.
3. In a frying pan, saute the onion in the vegetable oil until translucent. Add ground beef and sauté just until pink disappears. Drain beef well, then return to frying pan and add remaining chili powder, remaining mint, salt and pepper and cook one minute more. Add the tomatoes, and simmer five minutes.
4. Transfer pasta onto a serving plate and pour yogurt mixture on top. Then spoon meat mixture over yogurt and noodles and serve.

NOTES : 2 teaspoons dried mint can be substituted for fresh mint.

10 WW Freestyle SmartPoints
• Start to finish: 30 Minutes

(6 servings)

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Speedy Nibby Cookies


Speedy Nibby Cookies

1 cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup sugar
8 ounces butter, not softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 whole eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoons baking soda
½ cup Scharffen Berger Cacao Nibs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Measures sugars into food processor and start mixing. Cut up butter into 1 tablespoon-size chunks and drop into feeding tube until blended.
3. Stop the processor while you crack 2 eggs into the feeding tube, followed by vanilla. Process for 15 seconds, scrape down the sides, and process for an additional 10 seconds.
4. Remove cover, and pour in flour. Place salt, and soda into the flour, briefly mixing into the flour with your measuring spoon. Cover and process for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides and process for an additional 10 seconds.
5. Open cover, add nibs and process for 15 seconds.
6. Drop onto cookie sheets, bake for 8 – 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing.
7. Dough can be frozen in cookie balls in sealed freezer bag for up to 1 month. Lower temperature 25 degrees if using frozen dough, and bake slightly longer.

Source: Coborn’s (40 servings)

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Avocado-Mint Dip


Avocado-Mint Dip

This luscious dip has a velvety smooth texture and a fresh herbal bite. You can substitute any other herbs for the mint; cilantro makes it somewhat guacamole-like, while chives add their allium sweetness, and basil is sharp and bright. Serve with crudités or heap on toasted bread to make crostini.


1 large ripe avocado
5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
Sea salt

1. Pit the avocado and scoop the flesh into the bowl of a food processor or into a blender. Add the lemon juice, mint, cayenne and 1/4 cup water and pulse to purée. If desired, add more water to thin the dip. Add salt to taste.
2. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This is best served on the day it is made.

1 WW Freestyle SmartPoint per serving
• Prep: 10 Minutes

Source: New York Times (Servings: 10 | Yield: 1 1/4 cups (2 tbsp per serving))

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Ham, Onion, and Cheese Quiche


Ham, Onion, and Cheese Quiche

2 onions, sliced
4 pieces of deli ham, chopped
8 eggs
1 cup milk
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded sharp white cheddar (i.e. cracker barrel)
Prepared pie crust (or make your own)
1-2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large saute pan, melt better and saute sliced onions over medium heat until tender. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, milk and salt and pepper together in a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese and ham. Once the onions are soft and tender, add them to the egg, milk and cheese mixture. Stir to combine.
3. Place your pie crust into a pie baking dish. Pour in the egg mixture. Place pie dish on top of a baking sheet and place in the oven. Cook for 45 minutes with the outer crust covered in foil. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the quiche comes out clean.

10 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (8 if using reduced fat cheddar)

• Prep: 20 Minutes
• Cook: 60 Minutes
• Total Time: 80 Minutes

Source: adapted from The Cottage Mama (8 servings)

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