Grilled Blueberry-Almond Cobbler
For the fruit:
- 6 cups blueberries (about 2 pounds)
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed orange juice
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, frozen
- 5 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Heat a well cleaned grill to 350 degrees F.
- For the fruit: Combine all ingredients except butter in a nonreactive bowl and toss to coat. Turn into an 8 by 8-inch disposable aluminum cake pan and dot with butter; set aside.
- For the biscuits: Combine flour, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and mix until evenly combined. Grate the butter into the bowl and toss to coat in flour mixture. Add 1/4 cup of the cream and almond extract and mix to moisten thoroughly. Knead until dough just comes together and is smooth. Divide into 8 pieces and place on top of fruit. Brush biscuits with remaining 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream, sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon of the sugar on top, and scatter with almonds. Place on the grill, close cover, and grill until fruit is bubbling and biscuits are risen and golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.
With a diverse culinary background and a passion for sharing her knowledge with food enthusiasts, cooking expert Aida Mollenkamp will prepare delicious dishes while providing answers to questions submitted by Food Network viewers in her new interactive cooking show, Ask Aida. From recipe and ingredient issues to advice on kitchen machinery and tools, Aida can even offer guidance for impromptu parties, feeding a crowd, make-ahead dishes and time-saving tips.
Growing up with an Italian-American mother and a French stepmother, Aida was always surrounded by good food. Eventually, she made her way into the kitchen and discovered her true passion for cooking. In the years since, Aida has worked everywhere from a gourmet deli and the test kitchen at California Pizza Kitchen to the Hotel Bel Air and, most recently, at CHOW.com.
Having studied Hospitality Management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Aida worked at Ernst & Young in Hotel and Restaurant Consulting before traveling to Europe to attend culinary school at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Paris. She lived between Florence, Italy and Paris, France for two years, and graduated with a Grand Diplôme in 2004.
In January 2005, Aida joined the editorial staff at San Francisco-based CHOW.com, a Web site created for food and drink enthusiasts. As the Food Editor, Aida fulfills many roles. She regularly appears in instructional videos for the site, serves as an expert spokesperson, runs the test kitchen, works as a lead food stylist, develops recipes and writes informative articles.
When not working, Aida continues to live the life of a food fiend, whether hunting out the hottest restaurants, searching for the newest artisanal products, or hosting her friends and family at laidback dinner parties and lively cocktail hours. She currently resides in San Francisco.
The Great Food and Music Fest at the Shoreline Amphitheatre
Saturday June 13th
WHAT: THE GREAT AMERICAN FOOD & MUSIC FEST
A one-day event, hosted by chef and Food Network personality Bobby Flay, celebrating the rich traditions of classic American fare and music. Legendary purveyors of classic American food, celebrity chefs and extraordinary musicians will come together for the first time ever, at an affordable price. Plus: Local Bay Area restaurants will vie for the burger crown.
There will also be a line-up of Food Network stars including: Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), Anne Burrell (Secrets of a Restaurant Chef), and Aida Mollenkamp (Ask Aida), as well as Bay Area favorites: Nate Appleman (A16), June Taylor (June Taylor Jams), Bruce Aidells, Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Boulevard's Nancy Oakes, and Chuck Siegel (Charles Chocolates), all on hand to demonstrate their culinary skills. The food-filled festivities will be highlighted by performances by Little Feat, Marshall Crenshaw, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, among many others. Some of the most acclaimed culinary establishments in the country will be also serve their specialties, including: Katz's Deli (NY), Pink's Hot Dogs (LA), Barney Greengrass (NYC), Graeter's Ice Cream (Cincinnati), Southside Market & Barbecue (Texas), Anchor Bar (Buffalo, NY; inventor of Buffalo wings), Junior's (cheesecake; Brooklyn), Zingerman's Deli (Michigan) and Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks (Philadelphia). Burgermeister, Charles Chocolates, Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery, and more. For serious wine lovers there will also be a wine tasting section, featuring West coast wines, curated by experts Josh Wesson, co-owner of the unique Best Cellars, and Gary Vaynerchuck, host of Wine Library TV. AND: The Bay Area's favorite burger joints will compete in a burger smackdown, presented by SF Weekly. Chefs from Burgermeister, Pearl's, MO's, and the Bistro Burger will duke it out for the title of San Francisco's Best Burger. The cook-off will be judged by host Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and a panel of culinary experts.
Mountain View, California
Saturday, June 13th, 2009 (Event runs from Noon - 10pm)
BURGER CHALLENGE STARTS AT 4:45pm (Judging at 5:30PM)