Orzo Summer Salad

summer orzo salad

Very rarely does my husband, Hussein ask for a salad for dinner. He is not picky, per se, but doesn’t like ‘diet food’ or cereal for dinner (yes, I sometimes have a bowl of cereal for dinner :P).

orzo pasta salad, Amanda's Plate summer salad 

I first made this dish two years ago, during a super hot stretch of summer. We did not turn the oven on and barely the energy to come up with an elaborate meal. I had been to the farmers market earlier in the week and a had a beautiful bounty of fresh vegetables on had. I decided to make a pasta salad and thus this Orzo Summer Salad was created 😀

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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

strawberry ice-cream recipe

Summer is the season to eat ice-cream on a daily basis and feel absolutely no guilt about it. I mean, we have to stay cool somehow 😛 

In 4th grade, my class made ice-cream using salt and ice cubes to freeze the cream and sugar. It was delicious and so much fun. That was probably one of my favorite ‘lessons’ in that class 😀 After that, I did not make cream based ice-cream. My sisters and I made popsicles and slushy drinks but now…

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I love my kitchen aid stand mixer and one of my favorite things about it is the versatility and add ones. I purchased the ice-cream maker bowl, when it was on sale. Combined with a coupon I got it at a great price! #Score 

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and  National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July. So today, July 17th is #National Ice Cream Day! wohoo 😀

strawberry ice-cream

I love strawberries and had a ton on hand… which led to the creation of this recipe 😀

STRAWBERRIES

*Note you will need an ice-cream maker for this recipe.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
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Serves: 1½ quarts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound strawberries, trimmed and quartered
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Mash strawberries with sugar, lemon juice in a large bowl. Let stand, stirring and mashing occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer half of strawberry mixture to a blender and purée with cream until smooth.
  3. Return strawberry and cream mixture to the bowl with remaining strawberries and chill, until cold.
  4. Freeze mixture in ice cream maker, according to machine instructions.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container and place in freezer for a few hours to firm up.
  6. Enjoy!

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Make this dish? I’d love to see! Tag me using #CreateAmandasPlate or @AmandasPlate <3

homemade ice-cream, strawberry ice-cream recipe

 

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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

funfetti cupcakes, homemade cupcakes

Nothing screams celebration like sprinkles! And like Julia Child says, a gathering without cake is just a meeting. So this Eid, I decided to make a childhood classic; funfetti. And while we did not have Funfetti often, it was certainly a favorite. I mean how can a kiddo not like cake with sprinkles speckled throughout? 😀

sprinkles

Eid Al-Fitr is the end of Ramadan celebration for Muslims around the world. It is a time of gathering, of gratitude, appreciation, celebration and joy! During the Eid, Muslims attend a special prayer service at the Mosque followed by gift giving, visiting family and friends and enjoying delicious treats! I wanted to make my funfetti cupcakes extra special so I purchased the awesome cupcake toppers from With A Spin

Homemade funfetti cupcakes, funfetti cupcakes

 To achieve the ‘funfetti’ flavor, I used buttermilk and clear imitation vanilla extract. Normally, a baker would advise against anything but really good vanilla, but in this instance it is absolutely necessary! This is a tip I learned from Christina Tosi herself, during my time at masterchef! 

 

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
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Serves: 18 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk (can use regular milk)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon clear imitation vanilla extract
  • ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
Frosting
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (half 8 ounces package)
  • 3½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  3. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Until evenly incorporated.
  5. Mix in the clear vanilla extract and milk.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder.
  7. Mix the flour into the wet ingredients. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  8. Using a spatula, gently fold in sprinkles.
  9. Evenly distribute batter into cupcake liners and bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
Frosting
  1. Using a stand mixture with paddle attachment, cream together butter and cream cheese until light and smooth.
  2. Add in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Beat until smooth and well combined.
  4. Using an icing tip of your liking, decorate cooled cupcakes with frosting. Top with Sprinkles and cupcake toppers.
  5. Enjoy 🙂

Make this recipe? I’d love to see! Tag me using #CreateAmandasPlate or @AmandasPlate 

 

Happy Eid <3

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Red White & Blue Popsicles

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I love popsicles! Especially in the hot summer heat. What I don’t like is all the added preservatives and dyes in many store bought popsicles, so I decided to make my own! #YayForHomemade 😀

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With Independence day a few days away, I decided to make Red, White and Blue popsicles using raspberries, coconut milk and blackberries! The blackberries make a more

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