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Amanda Frederickson
San Francisco Bay Area
Professional chef, food stylist and food photographer. Dreaming about traveling when not dreaming about food.

Homemade Magic Shell

My Recipes
Summer Galettes Three Ways
Summer Galettes Three Ways. Today we are talking about galettes. Galettes are basically pie dough that wrapped around fresh fruit or veggies. Since we are in the thick of glorious summer I wanted to show three of my favorite summertime galettes: stone fruit, berry and tomato. Galettes are super easy (the more rustic the better) and work with whatever fresh fruit or vegetables you have in your house. For any type of sweet galettes I use just sugar, cornstarch, salt, and lemon juice so feel free to make your own combination with whatever fruit you have. For the savory I like to keep it simple and anchor it with cheese.
Salmon Poke Bowl
Tonight's dinner...salmon rice 'poke' bowl situation ( that's it official title 😂)
Homemade Buttermilk Fried Chicken
The perfect, best ever, most delicious buttermilk fried chicken - - Fried chicken is my family’s 4th of July tradition. You can bet there will be a huge bucket of this goodness as we watch the fireworks next week. What are your family’s food traditions?Leave them in the comments below. (If you guys don’t have one, may I suggest fried chicken - it is a good one ;)) - Couple notes on the recipe - First I like to fry the chicken in the oil then finish cooking in the oven. This will help prevent the outside of the fried chicken from burning while the inside is still raw - - I add cornstarch to the coating because I finds that it makes it crispier, which is always a good thing - - Lastly, if you don't have overnight to marinate the chicken, just make sure you soak it for a least 2 hours before frying
4th Of July Flag Pie
4th of July dessert never looked so good! Serve up the Patriotic pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Doesn't get much more American than that!
Strawberry Shortcake
To me, strawberry shortcake screams summertime. Like so many people I grew up eating strawberry shortcake - we even used to pick our own strawberries way back when. We never made it by scratch but would instead buy shortcake cups from the grocery store (anyone remember those? They tasted like cardboard but we still ate them) then topped them with fresh strawberries and some Reddi whip. This recipe takes that version of strawberry shortcake up a notch but it is still super tasty and nostalgic. Couple notes on the recipe: First you could use any type of berry that you wanted. Raspberries or blackberries would be great or a mix of your favorite kind. - If you don't want to make the biscuits, consider buying your favorite pound cake, slicing it, then topping with berries and cream. - Lastly, this recipe is great for dinner parties or summertime BBQs. Make each component separately then let everyone assemble themselves.
Baked Alaska
I love old-school kitchy desserts. Desserts like crepe suzette and bananas fosters just scream glamour to me (or basically any dessert that they light on fire, table side!) And of course let’s not forget baked alaska; layers of ice cream topped with a marshmallowy toasted meringue. It looks super fancy but it is pretty much the original ice cream cake that has been around since 1876 (that is what the Google told me at least). Since this weekend is the unofficial start to summer, I thought I would bring this retro ice cream cake back into the spotlight. Couple notes on the recipe. First, you can always, always skip the meringue part. Instead just make one killer ice cream cake. You could also do whipped cream instead, just don't torch the whipped cream. You can use store-bought ice cream and store-bought cake. If you use store bought cake, no need to have a perfect round bottom, just crumble the cake and press it onto the bottom of the frozen ice cream creating an even layer. Lastly, I know not many people have a kitchen torch but for this recipe I would recommend getting one. You could try your oven broiler but I would be afraid that it would not get it browned enough and in the meantime it would melt.