Thursday, March 11, 2010

Foodie and Flashback Friday~It’s not Green Beer!

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This pretty Irish Coffee glass is one of the four I won from Michael Lee at Designs by Gollum…the hostess of Foodie Friday..

Thank you, ML! I’ll be sure to think of your when I fill it with my virgin Irish Coffee..Mike will have his tainted with the devil Irish whiskey..:)

Here are a few desserts that lend themselves to the  ♣  season.

If you have a few pears, a frozen puff pastry and some preserves you can make this easy dessert…

Pear O’Tart

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Slice your pears and toss in some sugar and cinnamon.

Arrange in a tart pan, and brush with some preserves, I used mango..

Bake till the crust is golden brown.  Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  You can put it together in minutes thanks to the magic of frozen puff pastry.  :)table 1905 

The next is an Apricot Cream Coffee Cake…

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St. Patapricot Cake :)

Here is the recipe, from Land O Lakes Country Heritage.
Coffee Cake Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 LAND O LAKES™ All-Natural Farm-Fresh Eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Filling Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 LAND O LAKES™ All-Natural Farm-Fresh Egg
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
1 (12-ounce) jar apricot preserves
Glaze Ingredients:
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.


Combine all coffee cake ingredients in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Spread batter on bottom and 2 inches up sides of prepared pan.
Combine all filling ingredients except apricot preserves in small bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Spread evenly over batter in pan. Spoon preserves evenly over filling.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from pan by running knife around inside of pan; remove sides of pan.
Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired drizzling consistency in small bowl. Drizzle over warm coffee cake. Serve warm or cold; store refrigerated.

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That’s it for tonight..
I am also joining Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet for Flashback Friday.

****Thank you for your kind words and emails about the dolls. ( previous post)

  I don’t know that my sister is interested in doing anymore than what she does locally, but if you are truly interested, email me and I will put you in touch with her directly.  The prayers are greatly appreciated!

2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen's

2nd Annual St. Patrick\
Mar.16th..Please join in! Anything Irish..a table, a recipe, a poem, , whatever you'd like!

36 comments:

  1. I picked a bad time of day to read this...I want it all!

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  2. Love the St. Patapricot cake! Honestly, it looks delicious and the Pear O'Tart too!

    I didn't remember that you had won green glasses from Michael - how perfect!

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  3. I see more junk going into my TRUNK!!
    Yum!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    Hugs, Marydon

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  4. I love the glasses. Perfect for St. Paddy's day. And the desserts look luscious, Kathleen. Thanks for the recipes!!

    xoxo
    Janie

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  5. You know what? Your photos are munchable..that pear tart is gorgeous..
    Green w/ envy over the green bees..

    And guess what? When I was expecting my first baby..my dear friend made me Raggedy Ann and Andy..I am going to look for the photo and send it to you..How dear is your sister? Wow.
    You come from quite a family:)

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  6. That looks soooooooooo good. I can almost smell it through the computer. Great recipe, I will have to try this one. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Yummy , yummy , I want some for my tummy...I wonder what poem awaites from you.. for St Patty's Day - will it have the word "green" in it ?..will it talk about how I am "green with envy" over your scrumpious delioucious food creations ?? I have a feeling that there might be a leprachaun up to no good at your place....
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  8. That looks so good I almost can't stand it! OH! for just a tiny taste..(or a big one)

    And yes, those blasted chargers are out of sight! I only bought two of them...and those napkin rings...awful! I bought the set of them..but it was silly of me.

    I also stopped by William Sonoma..and nearly fainted...and left! Quickly! :) Nope...GW for me I think.
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  9. Oh I should have known better then to come visit tonight! Your food is always so good looking! Now I want that apricot cake! I'm not going to be happy until I have some. Bad girl you are for tempting me like that. LOL

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  10. Kathleen-My computer has been out of commission and I thought I would have withdrawal :) Glad to be back and see your beautiful food and great recipes. I was so touched by your sister's doll and her story. God always finds a way to turn tragedy into victory. Little Thomas is on the prayer list! ( and prayers of gratitude for people like your sister!).

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  11. Well, these both look fabulous, but I'm printing out the apricot cake right now to make my Dad, who is a lover of coffee cakes. Beautiful, Kathleen
    xoxo Pattie

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  12. I am getting hungry, Kathleen. I probably shouldn't visit your blog too often if I want to lose weight, lol...Christine

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  13. The pear tart looks fabulous, so pretty and elegant...and easy too! My kind of cooking!

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  14. Gosh, do these BOTH look good! I will surely try the apricot one, as that's a fav of DH. I've made a pear tart before & it was pretty bland. I bet your glaze really adds some nice extra flavor besides making it look AWESOME!!!

    We both featured our pretty Irish Coffee mugs today! :D

    fondly,
    Rett

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  15. Your apricot cake looks divine! Joni

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  16. Hi, Kathleen!

    Loved your desserts. Girl, you do know how to cook! And I got such a kick out of the St. Patapricot Cake, LOL! :-)

    More than anything I would love to join you for the St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl, but I am going to be without computer access all week. I no longer have internet access in our getaway (where I'll be staying), and when I'm not cleaning there, I will probably still be cleaning in my sleep! LOL! Some blogging friends are coming to visit, and I am trying to get ready for them including redoing the yard... dead as a doornail.

    Please know that my Irish eyes will be smiling at what I know will be a fabulous St. Patrick's Day party. I enjoyed myself last year, and I will catch up with you next if you will kindly give me a raincheck.

    Erin Go Braugh and Happy FF!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  17. Kathleen, Your recipe names are so cute- they made me giggle! I love the pear o'tart! I have all the ingredients and will probably make it Saturday. Yummy! I am having some girlfriends over for breakfast on Wednesday and I think that would be delicious as a breakfast treat!
    Thanks,
    Yvonne

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  18. It looks fantastic and I am so hungry.....

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  19. OMG, that apricot cream coffee cake is calling me, it is no whisper either, almost a roar! The best part is I have everything on hand. Thanks for posting it and that picture, that I have drooled all over.

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  20. What a fabulous looking tart and I know it tasted wonderful!

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  21. Two recipes! I'm in foodie heaven. The first one has my name written all over it with the puff pastry and glaze. I just need pears, and Dr. G will have a fine dessert tonight. I'm saving the recipe for the apricot tart.

    The green bee glasses are making me swoon!
    XX00

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  22. Everything looks so delicious. Now I'm really hungry for pastries. I think I'd better eat lunch now before I get into some confection trouble.

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  23. Kathleen, I love your green bee glasses ... They are so cute (and pretty). I'm not a fruit dessert person, but my husband would be thrilled with both the apricot and pear treats. All the green makes me smile ...

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  24. Does it count if I post something on the 14th?

    PS: Did someone say it was your birthday? If so, Happy Birthday Kathleen!

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  25. Hi Kathleen! Wow! This looks yummy...especially the pear tarte...so frenchy! Love all of your St Paddy's day decor! Happy Friday!...hugs...Debbie

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  26. Yum! Looks great! I'm a huge sucker for desserts...And pretty decor!

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  27. Well i just must try this wonderful recipe, actually both of them look so wonderful, you always make it easy to do and it always looks so wonderful and taste great, thanks for always sharing such good ideas...Phyllis

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  28. Looks fabulous as always Kathleen!

    I'm in Colorado this weekend but I have my St. Pat's post scheduled and I'll try to link it to your crawl as soon as I can that day :-)

    ♣ Pat

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  29. I am going to have to make this! Thanks for sharing it.

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  30. I just sat down at my computer...taking a break from spring cleaning and having a cup of coffee. Now THIS! Yum yum!

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  31. I want a slice of each right now! Looks delicious!!!

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  32. Hi....Another fun Saturday night home reading the blogs...how exciting!! I love pears but I'm the only one who does...but that apricot cake with the cream cheese...who wouldn't love that...I have to try it...as for the cooking school...We are giving it another try...Only this is a classy joint...They have a dress code for lunch...and only 4 seatings from 11:30 to 12:15....They already warned Joyce about taking pictures...I think out pictures must be posted all over town...

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  33. Perfectly Timely flashback! I need to give that tart a try. Looks simply delicious. Thanks for joining me this week my sweet friend. HOpe your weather has calmed down.

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  34. Oh my goodness! Your food looks amazing!!! And your blog is beautiful. Thanks to you, I am educating my readers on the difference between shamrocks and 4-leaf clovers! You stopped by my site a few weeks back and commented on my "4-leaf shamrock" door hanging. And I'm giving you credit with a link to your site, hope that's okay with you. I'm sure my readers will love your site if they're not already following you! Thanks for teaching me something new and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  35. OH, I am trying the Apricot Coffee Cake right away. ..apricots are our favorites!!

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