Friday, July 26, 2013

Rasberry Cookie Pizzas {Farmers' Market Friday}

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Hi everyone! I'm Dorothy, from Crazy for Crust. I blog about my love of pie...and cookies and cake and brownies. Heck, I don't discriminate - I love ALL sugar. Then I blog about it, with a slice of my life.

I'm so excited to be here hijacking Tiffany's farmer's market posts today! I live in California, where so much of the produce for the US is grown. Within an hour drive of my house, you can find walnut and almond orchards, strawberry fields, and farms that grow rice and mandarins. It's a little amazing to me how much food is produced right in my backyard. Recently I was shown this first hand as I toured a local walnut orchard and packing plant. That day really opened my eyes to how much closer I was to agriculture than I realized. I know that sounds funny, that I hadn't known, but really, in these days of super low Walmart prices, I never thought much about the farms in my backyard. I live in Placer County, where farms abound. There are so many summertime farmer's markets here, but for Tiffany's $10 challenge I actually ended up at Whole Foods. Timing for the "official" farmer's markets didn't work out, but luckily my local Whole Foods has an actual farmer's market every Tuesday. ALL year long!

Farmers market

It's a small market, but the smells are amazing. And so is the produce. Look how gorgeous those berries are! And they're cheap! Shopping local does make a difference - the produce is affordable, fresher, and tastes way better. My daughter begged me to stock up on raspberries, so I did. We spend half our $10 budget at his stand. When I got home and was deciding what to make, I wanted to make something that was simple, and would showcase the beauty of the raspberries. That's how these cookie pizzas were born! I had some pizzelle cookies (you could use shortbread, lemon wafers, or whatever you like), spread them with frosting and topped them with the gorgeous berries. Super simple, and so, so good!

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The berries were fabulous. The strawberries totally smelled like strawberries! I know that sounds weird, but if you've ever had a berry that you bought off season at Walmart, you'll know what I mean. These Raspberry Cookie Pizzas would be a gorgeous addition to a summer party, and you can get the berries for next to nothing at your local farmer's market!

Raspberry Cookie Pizzas recipe by Crazy for Crust, inpsired by Mom on Timeout

2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla Fresh raspberries, washed and dried Pizzelle Cookies (or whatever your favorite kind is)
  1. Make your frosting: beat cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer in a large bowl. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting comes together.
  2. Spread frosting on each cookie, top with berries. Serve soon after making, the pizzelles get soggy after a while.
Enjoy! Come visit me at Crazy for Crust. I'll ply you with sugar and talk your ear off.

Tiffany here -- Shout out to Dorothy who wrote this post over a month ago, before my blog went into hibernation.  She may not have been able to get raspberries at the normal farmers' market at that point, but I am sure we can find some this week :)  If you have never visited her blog, DO SO!  You will not regret it... and I can attest to the goodness of her recipes as I have tried them in my kitchen.  Mmm mmm GOOD!  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Little Glimpse...

... of why I have NOT been in my kitchen.
Hiking the part of the Appalachian Trail
Enjoying a night at the ball park
Exploring Providence, Rhode Island
"Movies on the Block"

Chillin' with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation

Seeing one of my best friends get married -- in Denver

Walking through Times Square

Picnic in Central Park

Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston
So, I guess you get it now.  I will return at some point, I promise.  Until then, VIVA SUMMER!

What are YOU up to this summer???
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