Saturday, September 6, 2014

Eggs Baked in Ham Shells- super easy!!!

Here's a super easy breakfast.
For the eggs- take slices of deli ham, and put one or two slices (depending on how much ham you want to eat) in a non-stick muffin pan, pushing the middle of the slice to the bottom- so the ham forms a "cup".  Mix eggs (for a 12 cup muffin pan i used 6 medium eggs) with taco seasoning (or any seasoning) and cheese (I used 1/2 cup).  Spoon egg mixture in to "cups" and bake at 350 until eggs are set the way you like them.  Use a toothpick to check for doneness.

Since mine were taco seasoning flavored, I chopped up two tomatoes, and 1/2 a cucumber, and mixed the chopped veggies with salsa- voila, easy side salad :-)

I served it with watermelon for "dessert".

The eggs reheat really well- so you can make a bunch and eat some of them later.  They'd also be super for picnics.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Super Kale Chicken- using Kale Powder

I used Simply Organic Spinach Dip (see above) and mixed in two heaping TBS of Kale Powder (bought from Costco).  Then I took a pan of chicken thighs, removed the skin, and spread them with about 2TBS mayo- for the whole pan.  Then I sprinkled the chicken with my Spinach dip mix.  Then I baked at 350 until the chicken was done- about an hour.  You can see the steps in my pictures.  First picture is chicken with mayo.  Second picture is chicken with powdered mix.  Third picture is a closeup of the powdered mix on chicken.  Finally you see the finished product in the yellow bowl (and it was delicious!!!!)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Panda Bento- Easy Sushi Rice

Here is my daughter's lunch this morning.  Easy sushi rice made of Seeds of Change brown rice packet (I used two, because I wanted leftover rice for egg pancakes)- heated for 1 minute, and combined with 1/4 cup of seasoned vinegar which had been heated with 2 TBS sugar- until the sugar dissolved.  Then I stirred the vinegar mixture in to the rice.  Voila.  That forms the base of the top compartment- packed tightly.  On top of that I arranged carrot "flowers" cut with small cutters, and the "stems" are parsley stems.  In the other compartment you see peanuts, Sproutzels (sprouted wheat pretzels) and 2 Lindt truffles as "dessert".  Here is Mr. Panda as he is ready to go:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

More North Shore Goodies

You will notice the pineapple syrup is almost gone :-(  Turns out pineapple syrup goes with everything.  I wish it came in 50oz containers like the peanut butter!

North Shore Goodies Coconut Honey Peanut Butter on Pancakes- wtih Pineapple Syrup

You might not think this would be good, but it was!  So good.  Really it was dessert, for breakfast.  These are peanut butter chocolate pancakes made with a Short Stacks mix (peanut butter chocolate) and after the cakes were done, I spread them with about 2 TBS of  Coconut honey peanut butter, and the drizzled pineapple syrup on top- what's not to love?  You might think the flavors would compete- but they don't.  They just blend in to fruity, peanutbuttery deliciousness.

North Shore Goodies Jam and Syrup- with Pancakes!

I could not resist ordering a few other treats when I ordered my peanut butter- so I got some lilikoi syrup, some jaboticaba jam, and some pineapple syrup, as well as some guava jam and guava butter.

Of course I tried the jaboticaba jam right away- because I haven't had it since I was a kid, and I wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered.  It is!  It's quite a bit like raspberry- but without the seeds, and it's got a better flavor than raspberry, imo.

Here is jaboticaba jam and pineapple syrup on a meyer lemon blueberry pancake (from a Short Stack mix- see photo at the bottom of the page for pancake mix):

Pancake mix:
I use half and half when I make the pancakes instead of milk- imo it makes a richer and more delicious pancake!

North Shore Goodies- delicious, wonderful food from Hawaii

I was lucky enough to buy a 10 oz jar of macadamia coconut honey peanut butter at a local restaurant.  I was a little put off by the price, but the woman in the store assured me it was worth it, and it was.  This isn't peanut butter.  This is dessert!  It's wonderful.  Fabulous.  And a bit dangerous- our 10 oz jar was gone in no time- which is why I am so glad I can order the 50 oz jar from North Shore Goodies- although it is coconut peanut butter (it tastes almost exactly like the macadamia coconut honey peanut butter to me!)

I also bought the chocolate coconut peanut butter- which I can also happily recommend:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Chicken with Salsa and Pineapple

I wanted to use up some large BBQ chicken breasts, so I striped the meat off the bones, and chopped the cook breasts up and put them in the slow cooker with a jar of pineapple salsa (Jardine's, was the brand), a can of pineapple cubes and the juice, and put the cooker on low for 8 hours.  Turned out some very delicious chicken.  Tasted great with rice- and as you can see, it's very easy.  You could cook this while you are at work, and come home to a delicious meal.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pickled Pears? You bet

I used Forelle pears- because I bought a giant bag of them.  I also cheated on the pickling brine- I just used the brine from our Farmer's Garden bread and butter pickles:

Yes- I am a cheater.

Slice the pears any way your want- I prefer lengthwise sections, and drop them in the brine (I didn't even bother to fish out the red peppers that were left from the bread and butter pickles).  After 12 hours they were already pickly- but I'm sure they will get even more pickly!  They are delicious:

I did NOT pickle the whole pear- just put it in there so you could see it.  I also add a little ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to the pickle brine- not sure if I need to, but I don't want brown pickles.  I think these would be awesome on a pork sandwich!!!!  And I want to try them baked on a pizza with blue cheese.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Copper River Salmon in parmesan crust

Preheat oven to 350. Take large fillets, put in large baking pan- butter pan lightly if things tend to stick to it.  Pepper fish to taste, and then spread lightly and evenly with mayonnaise.  Finally, sprinkle fish with Parmesan cheese- I use a mix of shaved Parmesan and the Kraft powdered Parmesan.  Finally, pour a small amount of milk in the pan- 1/2 way up the sides of the fish. Bake until fish flakes easily.  Milk will bubble up- perfectly normal (and delicious!)

I served my fish with baby squash, sauteed in butter with sprouted sunflower seeds, pepper, and a sprinkle of the Kraft Parmesan cheese- about 5 minutes in to cooking.  Make sure to stir occasionally, and cook until tender-crisp (or cook more thoroughly, if you prefer that).

Friday, June 20, 2014

DUCK EGGS!!! They're delicious

Haven't had much opportunity to cook with duck eggs until they showed up at a Costco near us.  They are wonderful.  They are slightly larger than chicken eggs, but only slightly.  They are a much more robust egg, and they hold together really well- and make awesome sunny side up eggs.  They look like the best picture of a sunny side up egg you've ever seen.  Who knows, maybe they use duck eggs for those pictures.  I scrambled some to use on a bacon egg breakfast pizza (pizza crust- used a kit, red sauce, turkey bacon freshly cooked and diced, cheese and eggs.)


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Breakfast Pizza- easy, delicious, relatively good for you :-)

Doesn't that look good?

It's so easy.  I buy the pizza kits at Costco- they are not refrigerated- you get 4 pizzas, and 4 packets of sauce.  If you don't have those, any standard prep for a pizza will do.

I sauteed a large pack of Costco organic ground beef last night, with taco seasoning (because we had tacos last night).  I saved about a cup of meat.  I sprinkled that over the pizza.  I also sprinkled over it 3 eggs, which had been scrambled well, with taco seasoning.  Then I topped the whole thing with about 1/4 cup of Trader Joe's Mexican blend cheese.  After the cheese was melted and the crust was browned, I served each slice with a dollop of guacamole and a spoonful of salsa. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cocoa Molasses Cookies- using up that ginormous Costco tin of Starbucks cocoa

 Using the molasses cookie mix I showed you on Saturday, June 7th, I added 4 heaping tablespoons of Starbucks cocoa to the mix.  That made the cookies amazing!!!!!  Take a look at these delicious bites of goodness:

All you need is a packet of mix, a stick of butter, 1 egg, and 1 TBS water!  So easy.  So wonderful.  I added about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the mix- just because we love walnuts.

Talking Sausage (no, the sausage doesn't talk- it's just me, making sausage suggestions)

Think 5 pounds of sausage is too much?

Don't worry about it!

I cook mine up in a large stockpot- 1 pouch at a time (there are 4 pouches).  Then I cool the sausage, and bag it, and refrigerate one, and freeze the others.  It freezes perfectly!  And you'll have sausage for breakfasts, or quiches, or sandwiches- or whatever you want!  Costco big packs are an amazing deal.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Talking Turkey- Bacon, that is

Bought 40 oz of Columbus' peppered turkey bacon at Costco, and prepared it the three ways suggested on the package: microwaved, baked, and fried.  Hands down the baked was more like real bacon.  The microwaved tasted liked warmed, dried out, ham.  The fried was like fried ham.  But the baked was AMAZING.  And it was the easiest!  Baked the slices on a non stick cookie sheet at 400- until the strips looked like cooked bacon.  It took about 15 minutes- a little longer for the first batch.  We ate the strips right out of the oven, and then I sliced and diced some for a quiche.  Fantastic! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cheese Scones

I use Hogan's Scones (which I buy on Amazon):
I prepare as directed, and then add 1/4 cup shredded cheese (sharp cheddar, for us, but any cheese would do)  and some ground pepper- which I don't measure.  Just a few grinds of the grinder.  Then I bake as directed (though I use 400 rather than 450- it works better for me).

After they are baked, I might serve them with olive spread (see below) and sliced turkey - it's fantastic!

Here are my beauties:

Molasses Cocoa Cookies! For Cookie Monsters everywhere!

So easy.

Prepare a packaged mix of  Molasses cookies- I use Betty Crocker:

Add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.  Then after mixing walnuts in, drop cookies on sheet, and sprinkle cookies with cocoa- I use Starbucks' cocoa:
Cookies look like this before baking:

Here they are after:
Delicious!  They don't actually taste like chocolate.  The cocoa just adds some complexity- and imparts almost a coffee flavor (very delicate, though).  I love the added richness and flavor.  It's amazing that such a small, easy addition could change the taste this much.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Yogurt Pie and home made graham cracker crust

Because of our corn allergy, there are a lot of yogurts we cannot eat. Look at the ingredients of your yogurt- do you see starch, or modified food starch?  If you do, that's probably corn.  I'm also sensitive to carrageenan, and so I have my choice of very few yogurts- but at least I have a choice of really good yogurt (or I could make it myself, and I do!).

 But Noosa is pretty delicious (it's "Aussie" style) so I decided to use that, since we had some tart cherry Noosa in the fridge.  I just drained the yogurt- to get the very watery bits out, and then in a bowl I whipped a cup of heavy cream with a few TBS of sugar- until I could form a peak.  Then I folded the whip cream and the yogurt together and put it in a graham cracker crust- which I'd just made (because there is corn starch in most store bought crusts).  Then I stuck the pie in the freezer- and we ate it this morning.  I meant to take a picture, but it was gone so fast I didn't get around to it.

To make the crust I use Erewhon graham crackers.  I crush enough crackers to get about 1 1/2 cups of crumbs.  I mix the crumbs with 3 TBS sugar, 3 TBS almond meal (optional) and 5 TBS butter, melted.  When all the ingredients are well stirred, I press them in to the pan and bake until set- that's about 8 minutes at 375- but keep an eye on it.  Ovens differ, and I wait until it browns a little.  Then you just cool and use!

Angry Orchard Gin Cocktail

Mix 1 part elderflower liqueur, to 1 part Gin (Hendrik's), to 3 parts cider (I prefer the Strawman), and add 1 TBS of lime juice for each portion.  I make mine in a large pitcher- and swirl some ice in it just before serving, and pour in to glasses garnished with a lime slice, or apple slices soaked in lime juice.

A particularly good shepherd's pie- with fennel!

You will find the recipe for shepherd's pie posted on May 11, 2014.  I modified that recipe a little- and used, for my veggie blend, one very large bulb of fennel root, and one large onion.  I chopped them up, cooking them with butter, and about 3 TBS worcestershire sauce.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hendrk's Gin Black Mojito

Cocktail shaker
mint leaves (I use 1/4 cup- loosely packed)
juice of 1/2 lime (saved squeezed out 1/2- for rim trim)
Mojito rim trim sugar (or any sugar)
Hendrik's Gin
Mathilde Cassis Liqueur (Black Currant liqueur)
lime soda water
hot fresh made simple sugar- 2 tbs water/2tbs sugar- cooked in microwave until sugar is disloved

Put well torn mint in shaker.  Pour in hot simple syrup. Squeeze in juice of 1/2 lime. Add 4 oz Hendrik's gin and 2 oz Cassis liqueur. Let stand.  Use squeezed lime on rim of two martini glasses- wet rims with lime, then dip in sugar.  Cut two 1/2 slices of lime from reserved 1/2 to garnish glasses.  Put ice in shaker, and add 3/4 cup lime soda water.  Shake briefly- pour in to glasses.  Enjoy

Easy Peasey Pizza

I know- it's upside down!  Too lazy to correct this.  How does it even GET upside down?

At any rate- start with pizza crust- I got a 4 pack of these at Costco- Molinaro's- YUMMY

First one- sauce (included),Mexican blend shredded cheese from Trader Joes, green onions, and Parmesan cheese

Second- sauce, feta, green onions, and fried onions (really good- one of my kids' favorites)
third- sauce, Mexican blend cheese, sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes, a sprinkle of Parmesan on top, followed by a dusting of dried cilantro
Last one was a 1/2 and 1/2- on half feta with friend onions, 1/2 mexican blend cheese with fried onions.

Here's the cherry tomato pizza:

The cheese and green onions pizza:
The feta, green onion and fried onion pizza:
The 1/2 and 1/2- one side feta and fried onions, the other side Mexican blend cheese and fried onions:
Those fried onions are KILLER on pizza.  So good. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Home Made Cookie Taste- for Lazy Folks

Every now and then, I crave a molasses cookie- but usually not enough to make them from scratch.  Thank you Betty!

All you need to add are 1. a stick of butter 2. an egg and 3. One TBS of water!

Stir with a spoon and you're done!

They're so good:

What's in them?

Peanut Chicken Soup!

Start with a chicken carcass.  I usually bake a chicken, and then throw whatever we don't eat in to a stockpot, and put in enough water to almost cover the chicken:
I also put in two whole white onions, chopped.

Cook the chicken until the meat falls off the bones.  Then fish out the bones (or strain the soup, and get all the bones- although that's a lot of work, and I never do that).

Add peanut soup mix, and two TBS curry powder:

Then cook for about 40 minutes- until the soup thickens nicely.  You can garnish the soup with chopped green onions, chopped peanuts, or serve it plain- it's wonderful soup!

You can also add potatoes, chopped or sliced carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, celery root, and cream- as well as just about anything else you think might be good.