Saturday, June 13, 2015

Nutella Brownies

So easy!  I saw this on Facebook.  1 1/4 cups of nutella, mixed with 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup flour (I added a cup of pecans)- mix well and bake at 350 for about 20-30 mins (till tester comes out clean).  Then DEVOUR them!  Great with whip cream or ice cream- or both!

I sprayed the pan, bottom only, with coconut oil- brownies came out totally cleanly!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Homemade" Chili Hack

Want to make delicious chilli that tastes like you've been cooking for hours in under an hour?  Of course you do.  Whip out your slow cooker and add one package of Costco's Pulled pork, and 3 cans of Amy's Organic Chilli (I use medium hot), and 1/2 cup of Pomi crushed tomatoes.  Cook until hot (I cook on high at first, and serve the chilli with fried eggs.  Then I put the chilli on low- let it cook another 1/2 hour, and I put it in the fridge for later.  This also freezes well.  Additions- sauteed onions, potato chunks (precooked), corn, and anything else you like in your chilli. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Potato Tip!

Organic potatoes are back at my local 10 pound bags.  Now we all know what happens to those- you use a few, and the rest go green (and unless you want to eat neurotoxins, do NOT eat green potatoes.)

Obviously quantity matters.

Of course I could buy smaller batches of potatoes, but the Costco bags are such a deal!  So, bake all the potatoes at once.  400 degrees- just stuff them all in there, and cook until you can insert a fork in them.  Then, cool them completely.  Next, wrap each spud individually in plastic wrap, and stack them in your fridge.  We have found the following uses for them-
breakfast spuds- serve topped with scrambled egg, cheese, and chili, or egg, cheese, and hot sauce.
Sloppy Joe spud- use a potato instead of a bun
Chili spud- top spud with chili and cheese and microwave (I take these to work with me, and microwave for lunch)
Chop the potatoes up and add to a breakfast scramble (I use Italian sausage, eggs, tomatoes and spuds- cheese on top, as garnish)
Chop the potatoes up and add to soup or stew
Top the spud with tuna salad and cheese, and make a potato tuna melt (microwave until cheese melts)
And of course, you can serve them as baked potatoes :-)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

1 Million Ways to Use Candied Citron

I apologize for the hyberbole- I probably don't have a million ways to use it, but I've got a few good ones for you (unless you've thought of them yourself.)

Our local supermarket had obviously overbought the citron, so they had it for 25 cents a container (hard to resist, right?)  So of course, I baked the sweet bread recipe that came with the citron:

And it's a very good cake!  So make that.  But if you're like me, with 8 packages of citron, you'll need another way to use it. 

Mix with peanut butter in peanut butter sandwiches!

Mix with cream cheese- put on crackers (or anything)

Cut the top rind off a brie wheel, leaving a rim of rind- broil until soft, sprinkle with citron
Make a cheese compote- mine was 8 oz raisins, 8 oz citron, 8 oz apricots and 4 oz dried cherries- I used 1 cup late harvest riesling, cooked with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, I cooked the wine with the sugar and vanilla until the vanilla was absorbed, then I added the fruit.  I cooked it about 25 minutes, on low, then I took out the fruit and simmered the liquid until it was the consistency of syrup.  I added it back to the fruit- and used it over cheese (chopped walnuts make a nice addition to this- add after cooking)

Add to pancakes.

Add to waffles.

Add to chocolate chip cookies.

Add to oatmeal cookies.

Bake in to muffins or gingerbread:
 I used this mix- and added raisins AND citron, and it was wonderful:
 The citron:
So is citron the new bacon?  Can you add it to anything?  Probably not- bacon is still the most awesome thing ever, but citron is pretty fun to work with.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Waffle Brownies- so far, not a great success

I was so excited about this.  I read several posts about doing this.  But our first try was not a success.  My brownies were not eager to exit the waffle maker- and the first batch was really bad (I had sprayed the waffle maker with my usual light coating of coconut oil) and the second batch, without oil, was better, but still not great.  I just made my usual boxed brownie recipe.  Next time I will use some of the modifications.  If I still don't get a good result, I'm going back to regular brownies- which are plenty good enough for me.

Not horrible- but not what I'd call a great success, either.

Pack Up Your Food IMMEDIATELY Into Meal Sized Containers

It seems so simple, but my mom never did this, and as a consequence a lot of our food did not get eaten.  If you pack things up- like this bean soup- in individual containers, especially ones that can be used to reheat the food, and serve it- you will not waste anything!  Your family will grab these on their way out the door to work.  They'll eat these for breakfast.  And before you can have any for yourself, all the food will be gone!

Arugula and Pickled Egg Sandwiches with Bacon Bean Soup

Just a few days ago I told you how to make pickled eggs and my bacon and bean soup- here are the two served together for lunch :-)  I toss the arugula with some mayo, which helps the eggs stay in place, and I put a very light spread of mayo on my rye bread as well.  These eggs were pickled for a week, so they've gone beyond ombre to solid pink.  If you use the eggs quickly, they'll have a delicate ombre color.  Might be nice for a baby shower.