Thursday, April 2, 2020

Rainbow Days: Jell-O and A Surprise Rainbow Cake

Not everyone likes surprises...
but, I think we can all agree a "good" surprise is far better
than a "bad" surprise.

I've been thinking a lot about our fragile world these days,
and especially about all the surprises we've been facing...
especially the new ways we must interact with the world.

I have to believe that weathering this storm will help
us all to see our lives with new eyes once the skies have cleared.

We will hopefully not take for granted the freedoms and
ease of living life we once enjoyed...

I know I will cherish the carefree ways
I spent my time...
 with loved ones...
shopping for food...
visiting neighbors...
...getting the mail...
...even washing my hands... without fear or anxiety.

As theses days move along... 
I have been busy in the kitchen... 
(ahem) The Blue Ribbon Kitchen, especially on Facebook... 
I've been doing live Baking Classes...and sharing my 
very best recipes and answering all your baking questions.

If you're at home and are looking for a healthy distraction...
and find a video... learn a new recipe...
I'll be there.

We usually do a
Monday, Wednesday and Friday class at 7:30 PM EST.

Join a part of our Blue Ribbon Kitchen community.
page so you never miss a new recipe or a NEW video.

I hope in some small way my baking skills and
recipes can brighten someone's day.
I love seeing all the photos that folks send of their 
baked goods and kids making their
first batch of prize-winning cookies!!

I LOVE answering your baking questions...
After all of these weeks of baking practice,
I hope that some of you might consider entering
your own local and state fairs!!
You can do it!!

Speaking of surprises...the good kind...

I have a cake with a RAINBOW surprise hidden inside. 
Just for you...

A Bundt cake with a rainbow tucked inside.

We can weather this storm... 
and this cake can help remind us of 
the sunny days ahead.

Get the recipe here:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Hello Dolly Bars

And just like that it's St. Patrick's Day...

Wishing everyone a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day.  

I'm thinking of you all and sending my best 
wishes for good health and happiness.

If you and your family are looking for something
 fun to do...visit the Blue Ribbon Kitchen Facebook 
Page to find recipes to make and videos to watch of 
fun seasonal crafts and and award-winning recipes.

Be sure to Like and Follow the page so 
you never miss a new recipe or craft!!

And...let your friends know about Blue Ribbon Kitchen too...
Sharing recipes, not germs is the way to go...and everyone loves a great recipe!!



Here's a twist on an old classic, the Hello Dolly Bar:

St. Patrick's Day Hello Dolly Bar
 from Karri Perry at  Blue Ribbon Kitchen

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter melted
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbs sugar
3/4  cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or peanuts)
1/2 cup Bailey's chocolate baking chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
½ cup shredded coconut, (Add 1-2 drops of green food coloring and stir for green coconut)
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Heat oven 350 degrees

Use non stick spray or line with parchment paper.

Melt butter and mix together with graham cracker crumbs, salt and sugar.  Press into 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.

Drizzle the graham cracker crust layer with the 1/2 of the sweetened condensed milk, add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and  green coconut (reserve 2 Tablespoons). Drizzle the second 1/2 of the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top, sprinkle with extra coconut.  Bake for 30-35 minutes on the middle oven rack until the coconut is very lightly browned and the filling is melted and bubbly.

Let cool, cut into squares and serve.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Lemonade Icebox Pie and Breakfast Croissant Pie

When life gives you lemons...
Well, we make an Icebox Lemon Pie, of course!!

This pie has a very unusual crust...saltine crackers!!  Very Southern...  This style of lemon pie gets her roots from the coastal Carolina area... this is a popular lemon pie with a cracker crust up and down the Eastern coast of the USA.  I for one, am a big fan of this pie.

I made my version in a similar fashion to our Today Show Pi-Day winning Margarita Key Lime Pie... no eggs...fresh lemon juice, cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk!!  This Icebox Lemon Pie is a winner in my book too...

Lemonade Icebox Pie with Carolina Cracker Crust
Yields: 8-inch pie; serves 8-10
Karri Perry; Blue Ribbon Kitchen

1 sleeve saltine crackers (about 44 crackers)
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter

1 brick cream cheese (8 ounces)-softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
¾ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon lemon zest

Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Whip together on low speed until mixture begins to thicken. Turn to high until stiff peaks form.

Use an 8-inch pie plate. Crush the crackers with a food processor or by hand.  Create a uniform crumb of small cracker pieces (like coarse sand).  Add the sugar, salt and melted butter and mix until combined.  Press cracker crumb mixture into the pie plate. Use the flat bottom of a measuring cup to tamp down the crust. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 6 minutes. Allow crust to cool while preparing filling.

Filling: Using a food processor or hand mixer, blend the softened cream cheese until fluffy with no lumps. Add the sweetened condensed milk, blend until smooth.  Add the lemon juice and lemon zest.  Mix until combined.  Pour the mixture into the prepared cracker pie crust.  Refrigerate pie for 4 hours-overnight.  Top pie with sweetened whipped cream and serve.

Optional: add 1-2 drops of yellow food color for a more yellow pie
Sprinkle extra lemon zest atop the whipped cream as a garnish if desired.

This is the PERFECT brunch recipe...  I hope you'll love it as much as our family does!!

Western Omelet Croissant Breakfast Pie
Yields: 9-10-inch deep dish pie; serves 8
Karri Perry; Blue Ribbon Kitchen

8-10 small prepared (already baked) croissants from the bakery section of the grocery
½ teaspoon softened butter for pie plate

8 large eggs
1 cup milk or half and half
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ cup diced or chopped ham
¼ cup green bell pepper diced
¼ cup red bell pepper diced
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, center oven rack

Use a 9-10 inch pie plate, deep dish works best; or consider using a casserole dish with tall sides as a substitute. Butter the pie plate or casserole dish.
Place the croissants in the bottom and along the sides of the pie plate, creating a single layer.  Set aside.

Crack 8 large eggs in a medium bowl and whisk, add milk, salt and pepper, whisk until combined. Set aside.
Top the croissants with the diced peppers (red and green) the diced ham and the shredded cheddar cheese. 
Slowly pour the egg mixture over the croissants-ham-cheese and peppers.  Let egg mixture sit for 1 minute.  The croissants will begin to soak up some of the egg mixture.

Bake pie in a preheated 350 degree oven, covered with foil for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 15 minutes more until top of pie is puffed, golden and set in the center.

Remove from oven, let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

"Bee Mine" Crumb Topped Cherry Pie and Chicken Noodle Soup (TLC)

 The buzz is...
it's almost Valentine's Day!!

Well, actually it's next Friday--and there is still plenty 
of time to get your plans in order.  If you need a great pie
 to share with your sweetheart...this may do the trick.

If you're battling the cold and flu season like our family...
scroll down to find the most comforting chicken noodle soup.
  I call it TLC...because it's full of Turmeric, Thyme, Lemon and Chicken...
Oh, and a whole lot of garlic too... 
My kids LOVED it... and so did I.

You can have the soup ready in about an hour... especially if your
chicken is already cooked... 
I love using leftovers --or if I'm really
 on the ball, I'll make extra
chicken for just such a soup-making occasion.

Of course, you can always use rotisserie
works beautifully in this recipe too.

I so hope you enjoy these recipes...
Be sure to share our Blue Ribbon Kitchen Facebook Page
 with your friends...
Never miss a recipe... craft or holiday celebration!!


Crumb-Topped Cherry Pie

Karri Perry, Blue Ribbon Kitchen
Baking temp: 375
Time: 60 minutes
Yields: 9-inch pie

Pie Dough
2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp Crisco shortening -either butter flavor or original is fine
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼cup- plus 2 Tablespoons ice cold water and vodka mixed 50/50

Crumb Topping
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
6 Tablespoons softened butter
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ cup sliced almonds
Pinch of salt
1/8 tsp almond extract
Mix well, using a fork and a small bowl.  (Crumb topping when combined should resembles coarse sand, with pea-sized butter bits)

5 cups mixed cherries
 (I buy Seasonal Costco Brand Frozen Michigan Tart/Sweet/Sour Mix or Kroger Frozen Mixed Cherries) OR use about 1 ½ cup each of sour, tart and sweet cherries- canned/drained
1/8  teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup arrowroot (Bob’s Red Mill is the brand I use)
Pinch of cinnamon (I use 1/8 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract—and not a drop more---be careful measuring
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Step 1: Mix together flour, sugar and salt, set aside.  Make pie dough by cutting in (using a pastry blender or food processor) butter, and shortening  into the flour, sugar and salt.  Add liquid a little at a time…Once dough comes together, shape into 2 equal disks and let rest, covered tightly, at least one hour in the refrigerator.

Step 2: Roll out 1 dough round to ¼ inch thick, fill pie plate.  Set aside in refrigerator.

Step 3: Mix together the sugar, arrowroot, almond extract and cinnamon and set aside.  In a medium sauce pan add the cherries salt. Cook over medium low heat while stirring cherries, once cherries begin to release juices, add the sugar/arrowroot/lemon juice mixture to the pan.  Stir for 3-5 minutes more as the cherries begin to thaw.  Once mixture begins to thicken, turn off the heat, add the zest and let the mixture cool.  (It is ok if the cherries are not fully thawed- they will thaw during the bake)

Step 4: Make the crumb topping.

Step 5: Fill pie shell with the cooled cherry mixture.  
Top the cherry mixture with the crumb topping.
Add dough cut-outs in decorative shapes to the top of the pie if desired, OR apply a full top crust, being sure to vent the pie by making  4-5 slits in the pie dough.

Step 6: Bake in preheated 375-degree oven, on the lowest rack for 60 minutes or until the filling is bubbling in the center and the crust is golden.  Allow to cool before serving.

Consider using some of my favorite products:
Chicago Metallic Pie Drip Catcher for catching pie juices Go here: Chicago Metallic Pie Drip Catcher
Pie Crust Cutters: Williams-Sonoma, Craft Stores, Baking Stores
Alphabet Letter Cut Outs:  Amazon, Wal-Mart or Go here: Alphabet Letters
For the: Bee Mine Pie:

Using small letter cut outs, cut the letters needed to create your message from the extra pie dough.  Place on a plate and keep cool or frozen until ready to use for the pie.

For Bees: Use two 1/4 inch balls of pie dough for the bee body and two small hearts for the wings.

TLC Chicken Noodle Soup
(Turmeric, Thyme, Lemon and Chicken)
Recipe by: Karri Perry,

2 Cups cooked chicken - shredded
2- 32 ounce containers chicken broth or stock
     1 Cup celery chopped (about 2-3 medium stalks)
1 Cup carrot chopped (about 2-3 medium peeled carrots)
½ Cup yellow onion chopped (about 1 medium onion)
5 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon marjoram
½ teaspoon dried ground mustard
12-16 ounces noodles, cooked according to package instructions (I used thick-cut Amish egg noodles)

1. In a large pot, over medium heat, add the olive oil.  To the oil, add the chopped onion, celery and carrots, cooking until slightly softened.  Add the spices, salt and pepper and stir well.  Add the minced garlic.  Cook for 1 minute more as garlic becomes fragrant. 
2.   Add the chicken broth to the pan and loosen any bits of spice on the bottom or sides of the pot.  Add the lemon zest.  Add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice (reserving the rest of the lemon juice for just before serving) and the cooked chicken.
3.  Bring the soup to a boil for three minutes and then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 30-40 minutes. Skim off any foam that might appear and discard.
4.   Cook noodles according to package instructions.  (Great choices: thick spaghetti, pearled couscous, egg noodles, or cooked rice)
 5.   Drain the noodles and add to the soup just before serving.
 6.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving add the last Tablespoon of lemon juice to brighten the flavors.
Can be served with sprigs of fresh thyme.