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Deborah Balint
PNW cook, host of an online cookbook club, explorer of new recipes.

Baked Camembert

in partnership with Eric Ripert
My Recipes
Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby
Herbed Parmesan Dutch baby for the first recipe challenge this month from Dinner: Changing the Game, by @clarkbar for my online monthly #rainydaybitescookbookclub. Crisp and golden walls rise high in the pan making a fortress that holds a delectable herb, cheese, and custardy-like center. I used gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano for the cheese and fresh chives and thyme for the herbs. This is so tasty with the salty, cheesy, inside accented with bright herbs and zesty lemon juice. Now, I will tell you that I actually made this recipe twice. The first time it did not look anything like the one in the book. So, because I'm a tad stubborn, I made it again and my changes made a big difference in the results. First, I had my milk and eggs at room temp, second, I let the skillet heat in the oven for a full 30 minutes, third, I gave the eggs and milk a good whisking, and finally I split the filling between several pans. I only had a 10 inch skillet and not the 12 inches the recipe called for. So, I measured it out and put 2 cups in the big pan and 1/2 cup each in my mini skillets. Perfection! I actually like how this gave you almost a mom and child serving, just in time for Mother's Day brunch! Please be sure to check the feeds of everyone else who joined in in the challenge today! So many gorgeous Dutch babies! Here is everyone who joined in: @lialemonandvanilla @zoerose86 @wanderingepicure @thecinnaman @feedingmy3sons @theoliveandmango @delusciousbites @wanderinghaze @lesliejarrett @her_dark_materials @horneandoalgo @thelemonapron @chef_jessica @dublingirl57 @thecooksinthekitchen @ez68 @naomiscookbookchallenge @thebutterlab @mycookbookchallenge @mygoldenpear @_neurochic @lindyleech @displacedhousewife @lemonthymeandginger @theeyesoftx. Thank you to everyone who joined in!
Turkey & Ricotta Meatballs With Spaghetti
Turkey and ricotta #meatballs with #spaghetti from Small Victories by @turshen. Ricotta, fresh parsley, basil and Parmesan cheese are added to ground turkey resulting in a meatball that is light, moist, and so flavorful from the fresh herbs. I added my own tomato sauce and put it over spaghetti for a complete meal. I'm not kidding when I tell you these meatballs were so delicious that after they cooked in the sauce I had one, then another, and another and then had to pack them up for our dinner tonight! You must make this recipe if you have this book, and if you don't have it, please go buy it. This cookbook very quickly became a favorite of mine for Julia's gifted writing and simple recipes that will have your family and friends asking for seconds. Plus, if you follow Julia, you will learn that she is such a compassionate, warm, and giving person. I am sad that this month is over as I have so many things still bookmarked to make, but, this is a cookbook that will stay close by in the upcoming months and will be one I continue to turn to when I want to make something for my family that I know is going to be great. Today's meatballs were for this month's #rainydaybitescookbookclub second focused recipe challenge and cooks all over the world made these today too! Please go to the following feeds to see everyone's meatballs: @lesliejarrett @chef_jessica @thecooksinthekitchen @thelemonapron @horneandoalgo @momwhoneedswine @abisfarmhousekitchen @beurrenoisette_ @ez68 and also @allisonklein @readsandfeeds @jadrennan3 @cardamomandrye @feedingmy3sons @danasarra who all made it either today or sometime this month. Stay tuned for a new cookbook tomorrow!
Hearty Winter Bean Soup
Hearty winter bean, kale, and roasted root vegetable soup with garlic bread is served! My weekend is booked, so I’m thrilled to invite friends over on a Thursday (TGIT!) for book club to celebrate #ThursdayMoments. I’ve teamed up with @SimplyOrganicFoods and @thefeedfeed and created two recipes for you to try. My heart has been in Italy for as long as I can remember, so of course I picked a book for my book club that was based in Tuscany, Italy. This twist on a traditional Tuscan robollita is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Winter root vegetables are roasted in the oven with a Simply Organic Rosemary infused olive oil that gives this soup a lovely herbaceous flavor. The soup is thickened by a puree of white beans, onions, and garlic. Traditionally, this soup is thickened with old bread, but to keep this version gluten free, I made toasted baguette slices covered with butter, Simply Organic Garlic Powder, and Simply Organic Parsley, and served it on the side. Everyone is at the table, and it’s time to eat and let the book club discussions begin! Be sure to go to @SimplyOrganicFoods, for more great recipes and ideas on how you can create your own special !
Pomegranate Sorbet
Pomegranate and blood orange #sorbet for our #Thanksgiving #dessert. I actually prefer a light dessert after a big meal. Sorbets are the perfect way to end a meal, or, they also are a great palate cleanser between courses. This might be my new favorite flavor! We actually stood over the ice cream maker getting every last drop out of the canister with our spoons. Pomegranate juice and freshly squeezed blood oranges give this a wonderfully tart and slightly sweet flavor. This still needs more time to set up in the freezer but I wanted to share a photo now. This is definitely worth making! This is adapted from the #Pomegranate and tangerine sorbet recipe from @Epicurious. My changes were to use fresh squeezed blood orange juice and add a dash of orange liquor. So good! Is it Thursday yet? Hope your prep is going well too.
Risotto Alla Milanese With Pan Roasted Butternut Squash And Sage
Risotto alla Milanese with pan roasted butternut squash and sage. I am so excited to partner with @Ballarini_USA and @TheFeedFeed to introduce this high-performance Ballarini nonstick frying pan with Thermopoint, now available in the United States, as of October 15th. Thermopoint's sensor dot, located on the handle, is green when the pan is cool, and turns red when the pan reaches the perfect cooking temperature. This feature means no more guesswork while cooking! I was inspired by the region of Lombardy, the home of Ballarini, to make this region's most famous dish, Risotto alla Milanese. According to legend, Risotto alla Milanese (in the style of Milan), was created in 1574, when an apprentice glazier, who used saffron to stain glass gold in Milan's cathedral, put saffron in pots of risotto as a joke at a wedding, turning it golden, much to the delight of the guests. Looking out at the fall leaves, I wanted this golden creamy risotto dish to capture all the colors of the season, so, I topped it with green sage leaves crisped in brown butter, and caramelized pieces of orange hued butternut squash. The squash cooked to a beautiful color in this pan and effortlessly slid out due to the superior nonstick finish. This is fall on a plate, and cooked to perfection, all thanks to this high quality Ballarini pan! #Ballarini #FeedFeed #ad
Spicy Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup
Spicy Thai curry noodle soup for lunch on a chilly wet afternoon from Pure Delicious by @heatherchristo. Last day to enter the give away for Heather's new book so you can make this recipe too! It's hard to believe that this soup was ready, and on the table, in a mere twenty minutes. Hot, spicy, with a gorgeous coconut milk broth this is my idea of comfort food. This vegetarian soup is made with red curry paste, garlic, fresh ginger, chicken stock, coconut milk and rice noodles. It's so simple and flavorful from just a few ingredients. This dish represents what's so great about Heather's new cookbook. This dish is gluten free, dairy free, and completely delicious! Even if you don't have any allergies, I'm sure you have friends who come over that do. This dish will satisfy everyone at the table! So happy that I was able to use my beautiful large ramen bowl from @jeredspottery too!
Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita
Cilantro-jalapeño #margarita with cilantro salt by @rick_bayless from his cookbook, Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamole, and Snacks. Fresh, spicy, and definitely in your face, this is a cocktail that you serve when you want a good kick of heat in your drink. I'm a firm believer if you have heat in your food and drinks, you should have enough that you can still taste the flavors, but, you get a strong punch from the peppers. This drink delivers that and then some. Jalapeños and cilantro are muddled in your cocktail shaker with the traditional base plus a touch of agave syrup. The pepper and cilantro permeate the drink with both heat and freshness. The salt is worth making as it gives each sip that extra bit of cilantro flavor, plus, it's so pretty with the flecks of green. So good and perfect for your next get together. This is for my online #rainydaybitescookbookclub.
Meyer Lemon Curd Pavlovas With Blackberry Sorbet
Clouds of purple everywhere. Rest In Peace Prince. Pillowy mini pavlova clouds, topped with Meyer lemon curd, whipped cream, and blackberry sorbet. Dessert today inspired by Prince. As someone who grew up in 1980's(high school thru graduate school) I was enormously impacted by Prince's creative genius, his sense of freedom, his style, and above all else his music. I spent yesterday singing and dancing to his songs. Today, this dessert, to celebrate a man who devoted his life to the thing he loved the most. Clouds of sweet meringue Pavolas from @nigellalawson are topped with @justjansspreads tart Meyer lemon curd, and Gjelina's purple colored blackberry sorbet(for which I am singing to the tune of Raspberry Beret). A delicious #dessert that is sweet, and tart, crunchy, and creamy, with a touch of coolness. A mix of many great things, all different, and all working together to make something magnificent and unforgettable, just like Prince. Thank you for the music and the memories.
Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas
Grapefruit jalapeño margaritas with @formosasauce jalapeño hot sauce infused salt! This is such an easy way to jazz up your traditional #margarita. I used a grapefruit margarita recipe from @marthastewart and added one teaspoon of jalapeno hot sauce to it! It gave it a really nice spicy kick and since this hot sauce has jalapeños, tomatillos, cilantro and cumin, it gives your drink a more interesting and rounded flavor than straight jalapeños. Now, I couldn't stop there so I decided to infuse my salt to with the hot sauce too. Just take two tablespoons kosher salt, add one tablespoon hot sauce, mix well and spread it on a large plate to dry over night. So easy! This hot sauce was in this month's @hatchery box and we loved it. #hatcherymade
Earl Grey Infused London Fog Cake
London fog cake from the newly released cookbook, Layered, by @stylesweetca! Three layers of chocolate cake, with a velvety smooth earl grey tea infused Swiss meringue buttercream, and simply decorated with edible flowers from @pccnaturalmarkets. I am so excited to share this cake with you and to join in the celebration of this beautiful new book. If you aren't already following Tessa, please go check out her profile. She makes THE most beautiful cakes and has now shared her recipes, tips, and beautiful designs in this cookbook. This cake is so incredibly moist, tender, and delicious. The book used coffee in the chocolate cake and I opted to use @twiningstea earl grey tea, to match the tea infused buttercream. Since I decorated mine with fresh flowers, instead of topping it with caramel sauce like she has it in the book, I folded the caramel into the buttercream that I used to fill the layers. This book features so many different cakes and buttercream flavors that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect celebration cake. I love all the great cake flavors in her book like pink peppercorn cherry, orange passionfruit, espresso walnut, and many more. Be sure to check out her book, which will hit stores tomorrow, if you love to bake!