Easy Blueberry Tiramisu


Yeah for Memorial Day Week-end;-) Though I am aware and recognize that Memorial day is  a special day for our nation, Memorial Week-end also symbolizes the beginning of the summer and the end of the school year. And so, for those reasons, I have waited for this week-end with open arms. I could not wait for it to come so that I could hang out, be lazy, sleep late, enjoy the sun and cook;-) What have you done this week-end? Have you gone out-of-town? did you go to the beach? We momentarily thought to go to the beach but my nephew graduated from Spartanburg High School this past Friday and so we decided to stay to celebrate this very special event. If High school graduation is special for you, it is even more special for our family because Daniel, my nephew, born swiss from a Swiss father and a German mother, is the first person in our family to graduate from an American School on an American ground. So so special!!!

So besides celebrating this special day , what else have I done this week-end? I have woken late, went to the movies last night and played in my kitchen.

I love to cook, but when it is beautiful outside and you have the chance to enjoy this nice weather, why spend hours in the kitchen to make treats. So for those same reason, I wanted to offer this treat. It requires few ingredients, and it is quick and easy to make and it would make for a fun dessert tomorrow;-)

Ingredients for 6 to 8 shot glasses:

  • 1 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 box of mascarpone cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1-2 tbsp of sugar, or agave, or even honey.
  1. In a bowl, mix the heavy cream with the sugar and beat until it is becoming thicker but still liquid.photo 1
  2. Add the soft mascarpone cheese to the heavy cream, and you will see that the mixture will become thicker.photo 2
  3. Fill a small plastic bag with the whipped cream and set aside.
  4. Place the blueberry in a chopper and puree the blueberries.
  5. To make the dessert, fill the shot glass with some heavy cream. Then spoon some of the blueberry puree on top of the cream. Repeat this until you reach the top of the shot glass.
  6. Refrigerate.photo

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Yummy Chili Cheese Hot-Dogs

I am not much of hamburger and hot-dogs kind of girls, as I prefer to eat poultry, and fish but sometimes on occasion there is nothing better than a hot-dog or a hamburger. The key is to make everything homemade so that it tastes so much better. We had decided to fix hot-dogs yesterday for our dinner so I set out to make chili. The recipe that I used comes from the Doubleday Cookbook from Jean Anderson and Elaine Hanna.

Ingredients for the chili (6-8): 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 lb of lean ground beef, 1 large purple onion very thinly, 1 cup of ketchup, 1 tbsp of chili powder, 1 tbsp of garlic powder or 1 fresh clove of garlic peeled and crushed, 1 tsp of dry mustard, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of white vinegar,  salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup of water or more ( up to 1 cup if it is to thick), cayenne pepper.

Place 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and warm it up on middle-high heat. After a few minutes, when the olive oil is hot, add 3/4 of the diced onions and saute them. When the onions are becoming translucent, add the ground beef and cook while stirring until the meat turns brown. Then add the other ingredients, and mix well. Bring the mixture to boil, and when it has, lower the temperature and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt if necessary and cayenne pepper if you want it hot.

While the chili is cooking, grill the hot-dogs on a grill and prepare the condiments: place the remainder of the diced onion in  small bowl, place some grated cheddar cheese in a bowl or some American Cheese, take the mustard out, and let your guests prepare their own. First, sprinkle some cheese on the bread or place a few American Cheese, then place the hot-dog, drizzle some mustard on the hot-dog, spoon the chili on the hot-dog, sprinkle more cheese, and end with diced onion. Et Voila;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!