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Recipes From The Cove Kitchen: Warm Pumpkin Cake

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Warm Pumpkin Cake

makes 9″x13″


20 ounces pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cup sugar
12 ounces evaporated milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
8 ounces butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans


Heat oven to 350°F.

Whisk together pumpkin, sugar, milk, spices, salt, and eggs.

Pour into a greased 9”x13” pan.

Sprinkle cake mix over the top. Scatter pecans over cake mix and pat down very lightly.

Drizzle with melted butter.

Bake for 30-40 min.

Serve warm.

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Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Verlasso Salmon

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Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso Salmon

4oz salmon filet                                                                                                                     Season with blackening seasoning.                                                                         (Blackening seasoning is usually a mix of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, and oregano)

The general rule of thumb for grilling salmon is to grill it for 10 minutes per inch of filet.

Cream Sauce
¼ stick butter, melted
1 shallot, finely minced
¼ cup slivered almonds
1 cup heavy cream

Heat first 3 ingredients over low-medium heat for 3-4 mins. Add 1 cup heavy cream, bring to boil, then turn down to simmer until thickened. Season with salt. Serve under salmon filet.

Lemon Roasted Asparagus

½ bunch of fresh asparagus
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. chopped garlic
Salt & pepper to taste.

Place trimmed asparagus on baking sheet. Mix ingredients well to coat asparagus. Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. Just before removing your salmon from the grill, throw asparagus on the grill for a minute or two.

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

10-12 heirloom cherry tomatoes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste.

Sauté tomatoes for 2-3 minute in a pan over medium-high heat.

Top off this dish with grilled lemon slices and fresh dill!

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Recipe from the Cove Kitchen: Blueberry Crumb Bars

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Blueberry season is upon us! Go grab your buckets and pick some of those deliciously sun kissed berries for this summer dessert served at The Cove. Let us know how yours turns out!

Blueberry Crumb Bars
Approximately 20 squares


For Blueberry Crumble:
3 cups all purpose flour
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lemon
8 oz unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

For Blueberry Filling:
4 cups frozen blueberries
4 teaspoons cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together flour, light brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a bowl. Cut in butter in small amounts until mixture forms into small crumbs. Stir in vanilla extract and egg. Press HALF of crumb mixture into the bottom of a greased 9”x13” pan.

Toss all filling ingredients together in a separate bowl and spread over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over top of blueberry filling. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

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Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Creamy Risotto

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This creamy and satisfying side dish is a guest favorite here at The Cove!

Risotto is very versatile, and goes well with lots of different dishes. Add in wilted spinach, cherry tomatoes, pesto, or cooked crab meat for a more creative dish!  Risotto is paired well with chicken or steak and is delicious with asparagus.

We have a free printable version of the recipe found at the bottom of this post.

Creamy Risotto Recipe
(4 servings)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small shallot (or 1/4 onion), chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
2 cups chicken stock or cold water
¾ cup heavy cream
½ cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a medium skillet over low/medium heat.  Add garlic and shallot and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Add Arborio rice and sauté for an additional 3-4 minutes or until shallots are tender.  Pour in chicken stock (or water) and bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat. Do not cover and stir occasionally. Continue to add stock (or water, as needed) as rice cooks until it becomes tender and liquid begins to absorb.  This can take 10-20 monutes. Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese once rice is cooked.  Incorporate salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!  Let us know how you like it!


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Recipe From Cove’s Kitchen: Avocado Pesto Wrap


These wraps are loaded with usable protein, amino acids, iron,
vitamins and minerals—and they are tasty too! 

Cabbage Family healing powers

Watch here to see how this recipe is prepared and meet our Sous Chef Hallie Saunders

Avocado Pesto Wrap
(Serving Size: 5-8)

1 large ripe avocado
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of basil
1/4 cup of walnuts
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/3 cup of parmesan cheese*
1/2 cup of mayo*
salt and pepper to taste

(For an extra kick or tartness, add one or more of the following: lemon juice, hot sauce or balsamic vinegar.) Mix all in a food processor.

* Vegan options: 
Substitute Vegenaise (non-dairy mayo) for mayo.
Substitute nutritional yeast for parmesan cheese.

1 cup of cooked quinoa- the mother of all grains
2 and 1/2 cups of greens- choose one or combination of romaine, mixed field, spinach or kale
2 small blackened diced chicken breast—-or diced veggie burger
1/2 cup of chopped broccoli
1/2 cup of chopped carrots
1/2 cup of purple cabbage

Directions: Mix pesto with wrap filling ingredients and fill 5-8 large spinach, whole wheat, or tomato basil tortillas.

Fold and roll—- Enjoy!

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Recipe From The Cove Kitchen: Grilled Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye Steak & Lemon Roasted Asparagus


It’s grilling season and whether you are a coffee drinker or not, you will LOVE this Coffee Crusted Grilled Rib Eye Steak recipe prepared by Executive Chef Douglas Walls here at The Cove 

The Lemon Roasted Asparagus recipe and Sriracha Horseradish Sauce add the perfect touch of freshness and zip to finish off this delicious dish.   

Watch here as Chef Walls expertly shows you how to prepare this great summertime meal.    

Coffee Rubbed Grilled Rib Eye Steak
(Serving Size: 1) 

8 oz. rib eye steak
1 Tbsp. ground coffee
1/2 Tbsp.  paprika
1/2Tbsp.  light brown sugar
1/2Tbsp.  ground mustard
1 tsp. granulated garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste.

Mix dry ingredients and rub on both sides of steak.  Grill steak on a hot grill for 3 minutes on each side.  Let steak rest for 5 minutes to allow juices to redistribute.  Enjoy!

Lemon Roasted Asparagus
(Serving Size: 1)  

1/2  bunch of fresh asparagus
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. chopped garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste.

Place asparagus on baking sheet.  Mix ingredients well to coat asparagus.  Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Just before removing your steak from the grill, throw asparagus on the grill for a minute or two.

Sriracha Horseradish Sauce 

2 Tbsp. mayo
1 Tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. Sriracha
1 tsp. of prepared horseradish
Dash of black pepper and salt.

Mix ingredients together well.  Drizzle desire amount over steak and asparagus.

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Recipe from Cove’s Kitchen — Carrot Apple Ginger Juice & Pink Lemonade

IMG_3209Mom was right when she told us to “eat our vegetables!” but now we can drink them too!

Cove Sous Chef, Hallie Saunders has a passion for sharing the healing properties of various foods, mainly whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Hallie is a cancer survivor and knows a thing or two about healing your body with the very food that we put in our bodies.  

When asked why she loves juicing so much, she tells us, “Juice is one of the most powerful whole foods that you can put in your body.  It takes very little energy to digest, so you maintain almost all of the energy and nutrients that it gives.”

Hallie offers these four important facts about juicing: 

  • Juicing can help prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Juicing can boost immunity
  • Juicing cleanses the body of toxins
  • Juicing treats a variety of diseases from anemia and constipation to arthritis

Watch here as Hallie shows you how to prepare two delicious juice recipes, Carrot Apple Ginger Juice and  Pink Lemonade juice.  Both with ZERO sugar and just three ingredients each. 



Carrot Apple Ginger Juice 
5 medium carrots
2 apples
1/4 inch piece of ginger
Feed all ingredients through juicer and enjoy!
Yields: 8oz

Pink Lemonade 
4 to 5 small apples
1/4 of lemon with rind on
1/4 inch piece of beet
Feed all ingredients through juicer and enjoy!
Yields: 8oz

Don’t have a juicer?  Most any juicer will work, but Hallie recommends the Champion Juicer.  

We want to hear what you thought of these juices.  Which was your favorite? 

Please share in the comments section below. 

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Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Apple Delight Wrap & Whipped Parsnips

Jan 23 2014 shoot Doug and Hallie 3We receive rave reviews about the food that comes out of The Cove’s kitchen, and if you’ve had the opportunity to dine with us, you know why.

Not only is the food delicious, but the recipes, 99% made from scratch, are healthy. 

Watch here as Executive Chef Douglas Walls and Sous Chef Hallie Saunders share a delightful and healthy Apple Delight Wrap recipe and whipped parsnip side dish. 

Apple Delight Wrap
(Serving Size: 1 Wrap)

1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped kale
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup chopped broccoli
1/4 cup chopped purple cabbage
2 Tbsp. of mixed nuts (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds or other nuts of your choice)
1/4 cup of cooked quinoa
1/4 cup chopped apples

1/4 cup Hummus
Drizzle of Apple Cider Vinaigrette (Combine 1 Tbsp. of Apple Cider, 2 Tbsp. of Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp. of Soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. Honey)

Chop vegetables by hand or in a food processor. 
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in a tortilla wrap of your choice, roll and slice in half and enjoy.

Whipped Parsnips
(Serving Size: 1)

2 parsnips (peeled & roughed chopped, boil down until they are soft)
2 Tbsp. of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of Heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and serve with the apple delight wrap. 
Garnish with chopped scallions.

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SAVING A SEAT FOR YOU: November’s Cove Update

It is a beautiful time of year here at The Cove and we sure do have a lot going on!

Watch here for the latest on what’s happening in November and take a special behind-the-scenes peek in our kitchen, where our chef shares one of his favorite recipes.

Click here for the walnut crusted pork tenderloin recipe from The Cove kitchen.
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Recipe from The Cove’s Kitchen: Sopapilla Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheescake

A favorite dessert at The Cove!
Perhaps this will grace your table this year!

Sopapilla Cheesecake

1 C. + 3 Tbsp. graham cracker crumbs
½ C. light brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted

Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Add melted butter and mix until thoroughly combined.  Press into bottom of pan (may use a spring form pan, but a 9” x 13” baking dish works best)  and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 9 minutes.

4- 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
1-3/4 C. sugar
2-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon

Beat all ingredients until smooth.  Spread filling on top of baked crust.

1 sheet puff pastry (or 2 tubes of crescent rolls)
½ stick unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. cinnamon
5 Tbsp. sugar
As needed – slicked or slivered blanched almonds

Place puff pastry (or unroll and spread crescent roll dough) over filling.  Brush with melted butter.  Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over top.  Sprinkle with sliced almonds.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-40 minutes.

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