Blueberry and Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This recipe is originally from Alice Waters Simple Food II and I found it on valleybrinkroad.com by a woman in LA who has a wonderful blog and is a caterer in LA and makes the most beautiful boxes of fabulous things to send to friends in LA.
The glaze was very thin, I did not add the milk but the cake is delicious!

1 egg, at room temperature
2 meyer lemons, zested (or regular lemons are fine)
2 cups blueberries, washed, dried, stems removed
2 tablespoons + 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon unbleached flour
2 tablespoons poppyseeds, must be fresh!
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup creme fraiche
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons meyer lemon juice
1 tablespoon whole milk
Lemon Poppyseed Blueberry Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and dust with flour.
In a medium bowl, gently stir together the blueberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, and the nutmeg. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, poppyseeds, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixture, beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and lemon zest. Beat on medium speed to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture and creme fraiche, alternating, until both have been completely added to the mixing bowl. Mix just until the flour is incorporated and then remove the mixing bowl. The batter is quite thick, so don’t be alarmed. Spread the batter into the springform pan, creating a depression in the center and pressing the batter up a little higher around the sides.

Add 1 tablespoon of flour to the blueberry mixture and stir. Pour the blueberries into the center of the batter. Bake for 45 -50 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool slightly.

While the cake is baking, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, meyer lemon juice, and milk.

Drizzle the glaze over the warm cake. When the cake is cool, run a knife around the edge of the pan and lift it out of the form.

Lemon Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Another winner from the Williams Sonoma blog. The texture of this cake is so nice-you do not miss the butter. Use an olive oil that is not too peppery and be sure to beat the egg/sugar mixture for a good three minutes.

Lemon-Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

4 oz. (125 g) bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups (10 oz./315 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
1 cup (8 oz./250 g) granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g) full-fat Greek-style yogurt
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Lemon Chocolate OO Cake
Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C).

Put the chocolate in the top of a double boiler and set over (but not touching) barely simmering water. Heat, stirring, until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer set on high speed, beat together the granulated sugar and eggs until pale in color. Beat in the vanilla. Add half of the flour mixture, beating until just incorporated. Beat in the yogurt and lemon juice, and then the remaining flour mixture. With the motor running, beat in the olive oil just until smooth. Scoop about one-third of the batter into a clean bowl and gently fold in the chocolate. Stir the lemon zest into the rest of the batter.

Lightly oil a 9-by-5-inch (23-by-13-cm) loaf pan. Fill the pan with alternating spoonfuls of the lemon and chocolate batters. Swirl a large, thin-bladed knife in an S pattern through the batters to create the marbled effect. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto the rack, then place upright on a cutting board. Cut the cake into thick slices and arrange, slightly overlapping, on a platter. Dust with the confectioners’ sugar and serve. Serves 8.

Italian Wedding Soup

This is the most amazing soup! I have wanted to try it forever and am so happy that I finally did! The Barefoot Contessa rarely disappoints! I love that you bake the meatballs and by the time they are baked, the soup is done! I used the little star shaped pasta that is so festive! I am not sure a photo would give this soup justice but I assure you, everyone will love it!
For the meatballs:
¾ pound ground chicken
½ pound chicken sausage, casings removed-I used two links of mild Italian
2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley and or basil
¼ cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese-I use all parmesan due to husbands salt concern
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
3 tablespoons milk
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the soup:
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 cup minced yellow onion
1 cup ¼-inch diced carrots (3 carrots)
¾ cup (¼-inch diced celery (2 stalks)
10 cups homemade chicken stock
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup small pasta such as tubetini or stars **I cook my pasta separately and really like orzo
¼ cup minced fresh dill
12 ounces baby spinach, washed and trimmed -One bag of washed spinach from WFds is only 6 oz and seems to be plenty
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the meatballs, place the ground chicken, sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Pecorino, Parmesan, milk, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a bowl and combine gently with a fork. With a teaspoon, drop 1- to 1¼-inch meatballs onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (You should have about 40 meatballs. They don’t have to be perfectly round.) Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned. Set aside.

In the meantime, for the soup, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and sauté until softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil. Add the pasta to the simmering broth and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Add the fresh dill and then the meatballs to the soup and simmer for 1 minute. Taste for salt and pepper. Stir in the fresh spinach and cook for 1 minute, until the spinach is just wilted. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with extra grated Parmesan cheese.