Fusilli with Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce

Such a scrumptious dish and you probably have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry. The recipe is almost too simple to post! And I'm certain we all throw this kind of pasta dish together frequently.
Nonetheless: this lemon pasta is a quick dinner for summer, easy to make and full of Meyer lemon flavor. The touch of garlic is perfect and it's nice and cheesy. 

(Another of my favorite easy pastas is Ina's Summer Pasta!)

Fusilli with Meyer Lemon Cream Sauce
From The Corner Kitchen

1 pound fusilli pasta
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic
2 cups heavy cream
Zest of 2 Meyer lemons
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
salt & fresh ground pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a high-rimmed sauté pan or a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook for about a minute. Pour in the cream and cook until it's about one-third of the way reduced. It should thicken slightly. Stir in the lemon juice and zest, Parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Remove the sauce from the heat.

Toss with pasta with the sauce. Divide between plates or top with additional Parmesan cheese and Meyer lemon zest.


Blueberry Slab Pie

Looking for a dessert for your 4th of July picnic? Slab pies are the answer!  They serve a lot of people, you can eat them by hand, no plate, just a napkin. It's a nice surprise not to have to think about your blueberry pie being a little runny....this one holds together nicely. And frankly, I think making slab pie crusts are easier than making a regular pie crust. Almost like a galette: just tuck those edges under. No fuss.
If you have paper plates on hand, you could serve them on a plate as well, with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. For the 4th, I chose blueberries for this slab pie, but I've made peach and apple as well. I just think a blueberry pie goes better with the July 4th celebration.


Blueberry Slab Pie

For the crust:
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups (4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 to 1 1/2 cups ice water

For the filling:
2 1/4 pounds fresh blueberries (8 cups)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
good dash of cinnamon, maybe even a scrape of fresh nutmeg


Make the crust:
In your food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar a couple times. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add 1 cup ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed. You can add more water in tablespoon increments, but just until dough holds together...do not overmix. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm or overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
On a floured surface, roll out the first disk to a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Place in a 10-by-14-by-1-inch rimmed jelly-roll pan. 

Make the blueberry filling:

Toss together blueberries, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice. Pour evenly over the unbaked bottom crust.
On a floured surface, roll out second disk to an 11-by-15-inch rectangle. Moisten the edges of the bottom crust with water. Lay the second piece of pastry over the blueberry filling; press along moistened edges to seal. (The bottom is bigger than the top, so I fold the bottom crust over the top and crimp to seal so the blueberries don't run out while baking.) 
Make some slices in the top, cut out some small stars or you could even do a lattice top crust if you like.
Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with a bit of sugar.
Place pie in the oven, reduce heat immediately to 375 and bake for about 50 minutes until crust is golden and blueberries are bubbling.
Cool at least an hour before slicing.


Marion Cunningham's Cornbread Muffins

These are lovely tender-textured muffins, which should come as no surprise considering they're from Marion Cunningham's Breakfast Book. I absolutely love this cookbook! Someone referred to it as "an encyclopedia for breakfasts"...perfect description. 
I keep finding recipes I haven't tried, although I've had the book for years. I've never been disappointed with one of her recipes and you obviously love them too as Marion's recipes are always the most viewed on my blog.
You won't be disappointed with this recipe either. Because it's cornbread, don't be surprised when they don't rise as high as you'd expect with a muffin, but when you break one open, they're light as air. No butter needed here, but honey is a must.

Marion Cunningham's Cornbread Muffins
From The Breakfast Book

1 egg, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk, warmed
1 cup cake flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven too 400. Grease a muffin pan.
Whisk the egg, melted butter and vegetable oil until well mixed. Stir in the milk. 
Combine the cake flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt in another bowl. Mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well blended. The batter will be light and medium thick.
Spoon into muffin cups so each cup is 3/4 full. Bake 15-20 minutes until the edges are brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Serve hot from the oven. Makes 1 dozen.


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