Prepare This Tasty Easter-Inspired Dessert

Celebrate this Easter sweetly.

Are you having friends and family over this Easter?  Then you need to give your dinner menu some thought.  For the best way to finish off your Easter feast, try serving up these strawberry shortcake cookies.  This hybrid dessert recipe is sure to impress all your guests this Easter Sunday.

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Serves 12

Ingredients:

(for the cookie dough)

  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • (for the filling)
  • 4 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray.
  • Make cookie dough: In a small bowl, stir strawberries, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar until combined. Let sit 10 minutes, then drain.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter, remaining ½ cup sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla extract, then stir in flour mixture until just combined.
  • Using a wooden spoon, very gently fold in strawberries. Set aside.
  • Make filling: Line a large plate or baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon zest until smooth.  Scoop into 12 small balls (about 1 ½ teaspoons each) and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop heaping tablespoons of dough (about 24 balls) and flatten into pancake-like circles on the baking sheet. Place cream cheese filling on top of 12 pieces of dough.  Place remaining dough on top of filling and pinch edges together.  Roll gently into balls.
  • Arrange stuffed cookie dough balls 2-inches apart on baking sheets and bake until cookies are set and just golden around edges, about 18 minutes.

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Try Out This Fresh Recipe This Spring

Celebrate the flavors of spring with the fun and fresh recipe.

Now that spring is here to stay, you should embrace all the fresh and delicious flavors that the season has to offer.  Want to whip up a tasty dinner that captures the best flavors of spring?  Then try serving up this fresh spring vegetable pasta alfredo.

Spring Vegetable Pasta Alfredo

Ingredients:

  • Kosher salt
  • One 9-ounce package fresh fettuccine
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for tossing
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms (about 4 ounces), stems removed and discarded
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus, about 1 pound
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon

Directions:

  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente, tender but slightly firm.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then strain the pasta and toss with a splash of oil in the colander.
  • Meanwhile, slice the mushroom caps into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus and cut into 2-inch lengths.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add 2 tablespoons of the butter.  When the butter melts, raise the heat to medium-high and add the mushrooms in 1 layer.  Cook, without moving, until the undersides have browned, 1 to 2 minutes, then stir and cook until golden about 2 minutes more.
  • Add the asparagus, another tablespoon of butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the asparagus is tender and the mushrooms are browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to the colander with the pasta.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 5 tablespoons butter. When the butter has mostly melted, whisk in the cream and bring to a simmer, then add the peas and cook for 2 minutes.  Turn off the heat.
  • Whisk the Parmigiano-Reggiano into the sauce. Add the vegetables, cooked pasta, chives, and lemon zest and toss well.  Season with salt and pepper.  The pasta will thicken as it cools.  To thin it, add reserved pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time and toss to reach the desired consistency.  Serve hot in heated bowls.

Serve up this fresh recipe for the perfect compliment to the beautiful spring weather.  Are you looking for assistance with your shipping needs this spring?  If so, turn to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County.  Contact us for more information today.

Last Minute Tips for Filing Your Taxes

Haven’t filed your taxes yet?  Then try out these tips to get them done fast.

With the tax deadline right around the corner, you may be panicking about finishing your taxes.  However, it’s important to stay calm and make a game plan for getting your taxes filed on time.  Taking these steps will help you meet the April 15th deadline.

1) Gather the Necessary Documents

Before you sit down and start to file your taxes, make sure that you have all the necessary documents close by.  For instance, you should gather things like your W-2s, 1099s, receipts for expenses, mortgage interest, your kids’ social security numbers, and so on.

2) E-File

For a fast and convenient way to file your taxes at home, use e-file software.  Nowadays, many online tax services like Turbo Tax and H&R Block make it easy to upload your tax information through digital uploads and pictures.  Additionally, because they automatically submit an electronic copy of your taxes to the IRS and state, you do not have to worry about your forms being lost in the mail or delayed past the deadline date.

3) Set Up Direct Deposit or Automatic Withdrawals

If you expect to get a tax return, then e-file with direct deposit.  This is the easiest, fastest, and safest way to get your tax return money.  If you are going to owe the government, then consider setting up an automatic withdrawal.  This will allow the IRS to pull what you owe right from the account you specify.  This is the fastest and most convenient way to pay your taxes this year.

Try out these suggestions to file your taxes before the deadline hits.  Are you looking for assistance with your shipping needs this tax season?  If so, turn to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County.  Contact us for more information today.

Irvine City Officials Looking to Address Traffic Congestion

Learn what the city of Irvine plans to do to improve traffic circulation.

Over the last ten years, the residents of Irvine have seen a considerable increase in the city’s traffic congestion.  Experts link this steady increase to the greater number of residents settling in the area, as well as the many new businesses and housing developments popping up all over the city.

While the traffic problem is affecting residents throughout Irvine, the worst congestion is found on main streets, such as Jamboree Road, and the areas around the University of California, Irvine campus.  According to a 2016 survey administered by the city, more than 60% of residents reported that traffic congestion was a “daily annoyance” or a “big problem.”

After years of suffering through gridlocked streets and seemingly unending bouts of stop-and-go traffic, it seems that city officials have finally had enough.  Recently, the city of Irvine invested $79 million in new projects to address the areas where traffic congestion is the worst.

For instance, Mark Linsenmayer, the Director of Transportation for the City of Irvine, revealed that the city had plans for roadway expansion and signal light changes on busy streets such as Jamboree Road, Jeffery Road, and University Drive.  This is just one of the projects that are expected to improve traffic flow and increase mobility.  In addition to this project, the city also has plans to do the following:

  • Widen a critical stretch of University Drive from MacArthur Boulevard to Campus Drive.
  • Synchronize more than 200 traffic signals on all major streets, cutting the average drive time by 10-15%.
  • Synchronize 40 Caltrans lights at ramps to the I-5 and I-405 and the 133 and 261 toll roads.
  • Add several new traffic lights that allow left turns when blinking yellow
  • Widen the intersection at Culver and University drives.

In time, the city’s proposed changes should help alleviate the traffic congestion that Irvine residents have long suffered through.

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