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Lemon-Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies

Got plenty of extra citrus hanging around your kitchen,along with an abundance of fresh grown basil? Well combine lemon, limes and a hint of basil for a delicious cookie that taste like you bought them from a gourmet bakery! 

Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit Summer 2012


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Ingredients:

1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of powdered sugar plus more for pressing cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
2 Tbsp of sliced fresh basil leaves
1 tsp of finely grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp of freshlemon juice
1/2 tsp of finely grated lime zest
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Sanding Sugar (optional)

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Place flour, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, butter, basil, both zest, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until large, moist clumps form. Measure level tablespoonfuls of dough; roll between your palms to form balls. Place on a large baking sheet spacing 2 inch rounds, dusting cup with powdered sugar and press cookies into 2 inch rounds, dusting cup bottom with powdered sugar as needed to prevent sticking. Sprinkle tops of cookies with standing sugar, if using.

Bake until edges are brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire wake; let cool.

 

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Drunken Melon’s

Drunken Melon’s

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Summer is the season for many outdoor activities, from hiking, camping, boating at the river, or getting your tan on at the beach. It is also the season for smoked meats, pitchers of fresh squeezed lemonade, berries, and lots of watermelon to keep cool and refreshed. As the summer season starts to wind down some of these cool refreshing treats become a tad boring, or perhaps your tired of making yet another watermelon basket.

 

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Watermelon is the go-to fruit of the beat the heat-wave gods. So as summer is in full swing and temperatures rise higher, the only thing I crave in this world is cold booze and watermelons, and boy do they go together.

 

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If you like booze and watermelons, here is a simple proof recipe to combine the cool, refreshing, healthy fruit, that’s been saturated with booze.
Use a variety of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe. Use a little alcohol or a lot, use Midori, Tequila, Rum, or Vodka. With using melons the sky is the limit on how creative you want to get, just have fun, beat the heat and of course always remember to….

Please Drink Responsibly

 

Ingredients:

2 cups honeydew balls
3 cups watermelon balls
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup light rum or use a lot
1 Tbsp lemon zest
Juice of one lemon juice
1 Tbsp lime zest
Juice of half a lime

 

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Directions:

Make sure to clean the outside of your melons before you cut into them.

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Using a melon baller scoop out and place in a large bowl, one you plan to serve in. you can also make a serving bowl out of the melon you are using.

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Dissolve the sugar in the rum and add the lemon and lime juice.
Pour the liquid mixture over the melon balls and toss lightly to coat.
Sprinkle with lemon and lime zest.

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Place in the refrigerator or freezer for one hour before serving. I kept mine in the freezer and the melon balls held all the delicious alcohol.
Toss again slightly before serving.

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Drunken Melon’s

Drunken Melon’s

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Summer is the season for many outdoor activities, from hiking, camping, boating at the river, or getting your tan on at the beach. It is also the season for smoked meats, pitchers of fresh squeezed lemonade, berries, and lots of watermelon to keep cool and refreshed. As the summer season starts to wind down some of these cool refreshing treats become a tad boring, or perhaps your tired of making yet another watermelon basket.

 

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Personally i’ve already seen my fair share of plain ole watermelon this summer.  But what the heck, watermelon is the go-to fruit of the beat the heat-wave gods. So as August is quickly approaching and temperatures rise higher, the only thing I crave in this world is cold booze and watermelons, and boy do they go together.

 

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In case you were not aware, but August 3rd is “National Watermelon Day” so why not blow it out right! 

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If you like booze and watermelons, here is a simple proof recipe to combine the cool, refreshing, healthy fruit, that’s been saturated with booze.
Use a variety of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe. Use a little alcohol or a lot, use Midori, Tequila, Rum, or Vodka. With using melons the sky is the limit on how creative you want to get, just have fun, beat the heat and of course…………

Please Drink Responsibly

 

Ingredients:

2 cups honeydew balls
3 cups watermelon balls
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup light rum or use a lot
1 Tbsp lemon zest
Juice of one lemon juice
1 Tbsp lime zest
Juice of half a lime

 

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Directions:

Make sure to clean the outside of your melons before you cut into them.

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Using a melon baller scoop out and place in a large bowl, one you plan to serve in. you can also make a serving bowl out of the melon you are using.

IMG_4109

Dissolve the sugar in the rum and add the lemon and lime juice.
Pour the liquid mixture over the melon balls and toss lightly to coat.
Sprinkle with lemon and lime zest.

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Place in the refrigerator or freezer for one hour before serving. I kept mine in the freezer and the melon balls held all the delicious alcohol.
Toss again slightly before serving.

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Incredible Berry Twist

Who is ready for a delightful treat that is not too sweet and with just the right amount of ruby-red ripe strawberries?

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This delightful treat can be made with any type of berry, such as blackberry, blueberry, raspberry. Just don’t forget to dust lightly with powder sugar for a light sweet snack without feeling heavy. Great for picnics, parties, luncheons..

Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh strawberries
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1 box puff pastry sheets (2 sheets)

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Directions:

Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Mash mixture with potato masher until sugar is dissolved and berries are nice and soft

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Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a rapid boil. Stirring often allow to boil for about 5 minutes or until thickened. Just keep stirring mixture to avoid sticking to the pan.

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Place one sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Lightly dust pastry with flour and roll to smooth out creases.

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Spread over pastry sheet with 1/3 cup of strawberry mixture.Do the same with the second sheet of pastry, and then place on top of the first pastry sheet and press down gently. You don’t want the filling to ooze out the sides.

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Place pastry sheets in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non stick silicone mat.

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Using a ruler as a guide, cut pastry sheets into 1 1/2 inch strips. Carefully pick up strips and place on baking sheets, twisting three times before laying it down.

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Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool about 10 minutes and finish off with a light dusting of powder sugar.

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Any leftover strawberry mixture can be used as a dipping sauce, topping for vanilla ice cream, or cheesecake. It can stay refrigerated for up to five days.

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Lemon-Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of powdered sugar plus more for pressing cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
2 Tbsp of sliced fresh basil leaves
1 tsp of finely grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp of finely grated lime zest
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Sanding Sugar (optional)

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Place flour, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, butter, basil, both zest, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until large, moist clumps form. Measure level tablespoonfuls of dough; roll between your palms to form balls. Place on a large baking sheet spacing 2 inch rounds, dusting cup with powdered sugar and press cookies into 2 inch rounds, dusting cup bottom with powdered sugar as needed to prevent sticking. Sprinkle tops of cookies with standing sugar, if using.

Bake until edges are brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire wake; let cool.

 

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