6/22/16

0 EASY Fresh Fruit Cobbler: Cherry!


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We purchased a hybrid cherry tree three years ago. It is a single, self pollinating tree, with 3 different types of cherries. The tag had several cherry varieties on it, so we were not sure what the tree would eventually produce. 

This year, it was loaded with cherries! Two of the cherry varieties were sweet and one of them looked like the Rainier cherry. The third looked like an Early Richmond sour cherry with the many clusters on the branch. Sour cherries are perfect for baking and great for pollinating a sweet cherry tree. 

What to do with cherries? Besides eating them fresh, I chose to freeze some and dehydrate the rest. For Father's Day, the gals at our local church wanted to bake pies for the dads to eat after their meetings. It was Sunday and I didn't want to spend a whole lot of time baking up a pie, so I found a cobbler recipe.

My mom would make fruit cobblers on the stove and top them with a sweet Bisquick topping. My hubby would make cobblers in the Dutch oven, using bottled fruit, spices, and a cake mix on top. This recipe is a combo of both ~ a sweet biscuit like topping with a caramelized sugar crunch. And guess what?  It is SO easy to make!

Save yourself some time and invest in a cherry pitter. I like this one to pit 4 cherries at a time. You will need to check your cherries for pits attached... it happened about 20% of the time. This cherry pitter is around $12 on Amazon.

Progressive Cherry Pitter


Next, put a stick (1/2 cup) of butter in a 9x13 pan. Stick it in a 350°F oven to melt, about 5 minutes.

While the butter is melting, mix up the batter: flour, sugar, baking powder, milk and vanilla. Stir well.


Then pour the batter DIRECTLY on top of the melted butter. DO NOT STIR.


In your bowl of pitted cherries, add your sugar and flour. Toss to combine. 


Sprinkle the cherry mixture in a single layer on top of the batter. Any excess sugar stays on top of the batter and creates a sweet, crunchy, caramel-like topping. 


Bake for 50-60 minutes. Because I used a dark pan and a convection oven, I reduced the temp to 325°F. The cake was done at the 50 minute mark. 


I couldn't believe how easy this was to make! It took me about 10 min to pit the cherries, but oh, it was SO worth it! Hubby and the kids devoured this up in minutes! Take this cobbler over the top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

You can use any fresh fruit that you have on hand and even decrease the amount of sugar based on how sweet your fruit is. You can even add extra fruit. Experiment with this recipe and let me know what you think!

EASY FRESH CHERRY COBBLER

6/2/16

0 National Tortilla Day at Costa Vida & A Giveaway!

JUNE 4th National Tortilla Day


National Tortilla Day is June 4th and Costa Vida is celebrating!

Smothered Sweet Pork burritos are $5 all day long ... and ...

FREE HOT Tortillas fresh from the comal to every guest!  I love fresh, hot tortillas. I tear a strip off at a time, stuff it in my mouth, and relish every carbolicious bite.

Last week, I was invited to Costa Vida at American Fork, met the chef and see what's new and happening. Costa Vida is a Mexican grill restaurant that uses fresh ingredients and caters to local tastes.

Did you know... Everything at Costa Vida is GLUTEN FREE? Well, except for the flour tortillas, of course, but this is WELCOME news to those with celiac and gluten intolerance!! Let the person who is going to prepare your meal know and they will change their gloves.  Sweet!

Chef Geoff

First, we were introduced to two new drinks: Limonada & Watermelon Agua Fresca.  These drinks are a great choice for those who do not want to drink carbonated soda. The Limonada is a perfect balance of tart and sweet and is made daily with freshly squeezed limes. Fresh watermelon is delicately balanced with water and tastes just like watermelon.



Next up... salsa. Pico de Gallo, Honey Habanero, Green Chile, and Guacamole with pico de gallo and cheese. The habanero was definitely a wee spicy for me, but it is balanced out with the sweetness of honey.


My fave was the Queso.  I could live on that stuff... hot, creamy deliciousness on a crunchy chip.


Shrimp Tacos are a popular favorite, served in a thick flour tortilla with honey butter, Mango salsa and a lime wedge. Not spicy at all and I found plenty of shrimp.


I was a little hesitant to try the Raspberry Chipotle Chicken salad. I hear the word chipotle, and I immediately think "spicy!" You have a choice of dressings: vinaigrette or Costa Vida ranch and I was pleasantly surprised by the vinagrette. Light, slightly sweet and not spicy at all. It was really good.


A trio of enchiladas came next. I LOVED the Grilled Chicken on a flour tortilla with Tomatillo Lime Sauce.... it was seriously lick the plate good. Sweet Pork was good and lived up to its name. What was different was the Braised Beef enchilada, served in a corn tortilla with enchilada sauce. The texture and taste reminded me of a smothered tamale. It would be my second pick next to the Grilled Chicken.


Check out this Grilled Steak Taco ~ I am in love with the thick, homestyle flour tortillas! There is plenty of steak, cotija cheese, and a little kick from the Honey Habenero salsa. Don't worry, you can choose to have a green chile sauce instead.


Don't go away just yet. You need to leave room for dessert!

We sampled a trio of the classics: Flan, Tres Leches, and Key Lime Pie.


The key lime is very tart, but I could NOT stop eating the flan. Smooth, creamy, and swirls of caramel had a party in my mouth. Seriously ~ where have you been all my life?

Hey! Here's the best part! Want to win a $25 gift card to Costa Vida? All you have to do is enter!


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I was treated to a sampling of their menu in exchange for posting and hosting a giveaway. All the opinions expressed are 100% mine and in no way influenced by the yummy food....

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