1 brick of cream cheese, room temperature,
1 can artichoke hearts, drained,
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese,
¼ tsp minced garlic,
Ground black pepper,
Pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together until smooth, place in a small baking dish, grind some parmesan on top.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake on middle rack for 20 min until dip is thoroughly heated but not bubbling and parmesan begins to brown lightly.
Serve with crackers or baked pita bread chips.
Great appetizer or TV snack!
We sell our fresh basil in 2oz. bags and that can be too much for a single user. You usually cannot store fresh basil for more that two days but don't want it to go to waste.
Here is what I do with an abundance of basil:
I peel 3 garlic cloves for one ounce of fresh basil and chop them in a food processor. Then I add the fresh basil to the garlic and chop it until it becomes a smooth paste---pesto. One can add a pinch of sea salt, two tbsp of olive oil, parmesan or pine nuts and blend them in. I prefer to have just the garlic/basil mixture so I can add to it at a later time.
l then spoon the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze them for 24 hours. Once frozen, I pop them out and store the pesto cubes in ziplock bags.
Nothing gets wasted and I have pesto on hand at any time. It takes only 1.5 hours to thaw the pesto.
It doesn't have to be tomato sauce all the time on the top of your pizza. Try SUNSHINE FARM pesto made with dried garlic, dried basil and my own Basil Oil. Spread it evenly but not too thick on your pizza dough and layer your other ingredients on top. Hint: put the cheese first before you place olives, onions, pepperoni or whatever you choose. Bake at 425-450 degrees for 20-25 minutes and the pesto, especially the garlic will bake up like roasted garlic on the edges... a little extra flavour.
Traditionally you eat Pumpkin Jam from a small dish with a scone or biscuit. Pumpkin Jam is like candied fruit, very sweet. Another great idea is to put it in plain joghurt--well, that is yummy.
Substitute half the oil in your baking recipe, e.g. for a white cake with apples or blueberries, with SUNSHINE FARM Citrus Oil and you will be surprised about the extra flavour the cake will develop. You can smell it already when the cake is baking...mmmmm
Here I invite all my customer to come and check out recipes for SUNSHINE FARM products. Quite often I am being ask how to use my products, I will regularly post ideas on this blog and invite you to send your ideas along as well. Often my customer tell me how they use the products in their kitchen but at the market I usually don't have the time to write them down. There may be a cookbook in the making....
To make a quick and easy, slightly spicy dipping sauce for deep fried things like sweet potato fries, add 1 teaspoon of Chili Lime Hotsauce to 2 tablespons of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip and combine until thorougly mixed. You may have to soften the hotsauce in the microwave for 15-25 seconds. Go easy at first.
This dipping sauce is totally addictive!!!