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Food: Spinach Salad with a Bacon Balsamic Dressing

Let's talk about Salad. I'm not a big salad lover but this is one of the best salad's I've ever had. Typically I can't eat spinach without it being incorporated into pasta or added to a sandwich but with this dressing I could eat this spinach easily and eagerly. 

This salad is perfect for a side dish at your Easter or other holiday dinners or for lunch. Our suggestions. Make a big batch of the dressing and put in individual containers. Re-heat for 25 seconds in the microwave for lunch, or reheat on the stove for single servings. 

 
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Place spinach in a serving bowl. 

Place maple balsamic, champagne balsamic, mustard, half the crumbled bacon, half the shallots, salt & pepper in a small sauce pan over medium heat. 

Gently warm while whisking-remove from heat before it reaches a simmer. 

Allow to cool for a minute, and then whisk in the EVOO to emulsify. 

Gently dress spinach with warm vinaigrette and top with remaining crumbled bacon and shallots. Add pickled red onions to taste.

Serve warm.

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Food: Simple Drop Biscuits Ingredients

We believe in natural ingredients, simple food, and working with our hands to create delicious and healthy meals. 

Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day which cannot be complete without some southern drop biscuits. 

Ingredient List: 

1 cup milk
1 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed) 
2 cups of flour
3/4 tsp of salt
4 tbsp butter - cold
1/4 tsp of baking soda

Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 450
2. Combine lemon juice and milk and let stand in fridge until needed
3. Combine flour with baking soda and salt
4. Once you combine your ingredients - add the butter, mixing it with your hands until it feels like sand. 
5. Drop in the milk and stir until wet and sticky. 
6. Flour your surface to which you will be kneading your dough and begin
7. Flatten it out with a rolling pin and start making your biscuits
8. Lay on tray - pop in oven for 8-15 minutes until golden brown and viola! 

Drop biscuits in less than an hour. 

Simple Drop Biscuits - Copper Creatives Food

I'm not a strong cook - I tend to fail in the kitchen when it comes to recipes as I tend to go off the grid a bit. Which ends up making the dishes pretty well - not so great. 

So when I found a recipe for drop biscuits which only took a few ingredients I was anxious to get my hands in some dough.

Simple Drop Biscuits - Copper Creatives Food

Once you combine all the ingredients - make sure you spread enough flour on your baking surface so the dough doesn't stick to your table or your rolling pin. 

Roll out enough dough so that you can cut out with cookie cutters or make circles with a butter knife as I did and lay the biscuits on the pan.

Simple Drop Biscuits - Copper Creatives Food
Simple Drop Biscuits - Copper Creatives Food

Stick them in the oven for -15 minutes until golden brown. Once you take them out rub the tops with butter. We use an olive oil infused butter - or you can always grab some farm fresh at the Local Farmer's Market. Slather with honey and enjoy. 

Simple Drop Biscuits - Copper Creatives Food

 

 

Food: Easy & Healthy Turkey Potstickers

One of my favorite food trucks in Raleigh you may recognize - Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck - winners of Season 11 of the Great Food Truck Race has always been my favorite truck in the area and inspired me to make this dish. Their pork and chives dumplings are always worth waiting in line for. 

However pork isn't always the healthiest option - craving dumplings but unwilling to sacrifice my diet I found an alternative option.

These Turkey Potstickers, are a delicious dish that is great for dinner or parties (as this recipe makes 30-40 potstickers).

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 Head of Cabbage
1 Egg
Chives
1 Package Ground Turkey
1 Lime
1 Package of Won Ton Wraps
1/2 Container of Bean Sprouts
3 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
 

Turkey Potstickers

STEPS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

1. Cut up chives, bean sprouts, and cabbage into small, diced pieces. 
2. Combine with ground turkey in a large bowl. 
3. Add fresh squeezed lime juice & 3 tablespoons of soy sauce in mixture and stir. 
4. Crack and stir an egg in a dish for an egg wash on your won ton wraps. 
5. Egg wash each side of the won ton wrapper and fill with a tablespoon of turkey filling. 
6. Pinch wraps on the edges and fold over, using a fork to close.
7. Lay wraps on a baking sheet and place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
 

Turkey Potstickers

Serve in portions of 5 and serve with a side of soy sauce, duck sauce, or spicy mustard. These turkey potstickers will taste just as good as beef or pork and are filling enough for a full meal. 

Turkey Potstickers

Let us know how this recipe works for you. It will definitely be on rotation at our home especially when planning a party. 

Food: Delicious Chocolate Chip Scones

Honestly, I've never been a huge Valentines Day person. I much more prefer the day after Valentines Day, when all of the chocolate goes on sale. However, in an effort to make this day a tad more special I had an idea to bring some love to the breakfast table. 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe

I first stumbled across this scone recipe in Taste of Home's Dec/Jan 2012 edition and have never made another scone recipe since. The recipe they featured was cinnamon chip, but what's Valentines Day without some dark chocolate? All I did was swap out the cinnamon chips for Hershey's dark chocolate chips. 

Tools:

  • Pastry cutter (or two butter knives)
  • 1 Large and 1 small mixing bowl
  • Various measuring cups and spoons
  • Cookie pan
Vintage  Pyrex  mixing bowl set and  Anthropologie's  decorative measuring cups

Vintage Pyrex mixing bowl set and Anthropologie's decorative measuring cups

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2) cold butter (I can't stress the cold enough. Leave it in the fridge until you have to mix it)
  • 1 cup of Hershey's dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of whipping cream (I use half and half also)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 packets of raw coarse sugar
Delicious Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe

In your large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Next, cut in the butter. I suggest you cut the stick of butter into pieces and then cut in until it resembles a course crumb. If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can use two butter knives, using a cross cute motion to divide the butter pieces. 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe

 

Next, whisk the egg and most of the cream or half and half together. You will want to save back about a tablespoon of half and half for later. Stir in the liquid with the crumb mixture. It will begin to get thick, so some light hand kneading will be required. In order to keep the butter from melting, I rinse my hands under cold water. Keeping the butter cold is key to having a flaky pastry. 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe

Knead the dough on a flat, floured surface (about 10 times) and pat into two 4-5 inch circles. Cut into 6 wedges each. Brush with remainder half and half and sprinkle with the course sugar. Separate the wedges and place on cookie sheet. 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe

Bake at 400 degrees for 14-16 minutes and viola. Enjoy your Valentines Day morning with some chocolatey, flakey scones along with your coffee. 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe
Delicious Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe