Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins

With the local strawberries in season, Michelle shared a Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins recipe in the South Arm Community Center’s Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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These lightly sweet muffins with fresh strawberries and a delicious coffee cake crumble can be frozen for enjoyment later.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Crumble:

  • 1/4 cup butter (cold)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 granulated sugar

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Yield: 18 muffins

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Tortellini Salad with Pesto and Broccoli

Michelle shared a pasta salad recipe in line with the summer theme in the South Arm Community Center Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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This pasta salad can be served warm for dinner and cold for lunch the next day or two.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound broccoli florets, cut into short length
  • 250g (about 1/2 pound) fresh tortellini
  • 3 tablespoons pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (we used red wine vinegar)
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved

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Source: bbcgoodfood.com

Serves 2
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Chilled Cucumber Soup

It’s summer; Michelle shared some recipes which are great for the summer heat in the South Arm Community Center’s Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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This Chilled Cucumber Soup is very refreshing and filing too due to the Greek yogurt component.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: from countryliving.com

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Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea

The South Arm Hungry Men Community Kitchen served Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea for the drink of the day.

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This Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup loose Earl Grey tea, or 12 Earl Grey tea bags
  • Peel of 1 orange, plus orange wedges for garnish
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • ice

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Macerated Berries

The South Arm Hungry Men Community Kitchen served the Chocolate Mug Cake with some Macerated Berries.

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Macerated berries are berries that are marinated in sugar and/or juice to soften them and bring out their flavours. These berries would be delicious over yogurt and granola, folded into whipped cream or served with a slice of simple cake.

From everydayhealth.com:

Berries May Keep You Mentally Sharp

Women who eat about two servings of strawberries or one serving of blueberries a week experienced less mental decline over time than peers who went without these nutrition powerhouses, research published in the Annals of Neurology. In the study, researchers reviewed data from 16,010 women over age 70.  Those with the highest berry intake postponed cognitive decline by about two and a half years.

“We think that the effect might be related to a class of compounds called anthocyanidins, which is a type of flavonoids,” explain study author Elizabeth Devore, ScD, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “These compounds, found almost exclusively in berries, are known to cross the blood-brain barrier and locate in learning and memory centers in the brain.”

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries or blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons marnier (or orange juice)

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Source: cookinglight.com

Instructions

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Chocolate Mug Cakes

This is a super delicious chocolate cake that can cure any chocolate cravings in 5 minutes flat!.

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The hungry men in the South Arm Community Kitchen served this Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake with creamy Greek yogurt, Macerated Berries (in the next post) and Vanilla Glaze.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla or plain Greek yogurt (or 1/4 cup buttermilk and omit the water)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso or instant coffee granules, optional (but recommended as coffee boosts chocolate intensity; make sure they’re instant so they will dissolve)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (a little less than 1/4 teaspoon)
  • pinch of slat, optional and to taste

Vanilla Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • about 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • splash of cream or milk, only if necessary for consistency

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Source: averiecooks.com

Yield 2 mugcakes

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Smoky Chicken, Peppers and Spinach Pasta Salad

Since I’m not free on the last week of May, I asked Michelle if I could attend the South Arm Hungry Men Community Kitchen instead of missing the session for women. Most of the times, the recipes are the same for both kitchens.

Here is my observations of the Hungry Men Community Kitchen; they are eager to learn to cook and they socialize well with one another. They are helpful with the clean up too. I wish the men in my home are the same. They only need extra guidance  with some basic kitchen skills and more complicated recipes ((in term of many steps) .

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For this kitchen, the main course is a Smoky Chicken, Peppers and Spinach Pasta Salad. This salad can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions (vegetable rotini is preferred)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper,or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • about 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups (2 heaping handfuls) fresh spinach leaves, sliced thinly (chiffonade)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, seeded and diced small

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Source: averiecookes.com

Yield: serves 8 generously

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Big Italian Salad

The Big Italian Salad made in South Arm Women Community Kitchen uses oregano, Italian parsley and basil for flavouring.

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Ingredients for Dressing

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped.
  • 10 big leaves fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey

For the Salad

  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce, washed, dried and cut into large, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped hothouse cucumbers
  • 1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons
  • handful grape tomatoes, halves
  • handful pitted olives
  • Ricotta or Feta cheese, crumbled ; to taste

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Source: Jennifer Segal, onceuponachef.com

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Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

We made a simple Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil as an appetizer in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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The herb highlight in this recipe is basil.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 baguette or crusty long loaf bread
  • 2 large cloves garlic, cracked away from skin
  • extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 3 small plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • coarse salt

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Source: foodtv.com, Rachel Ray

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