Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

May 1st, 2015

Sometimes I get in an asparagus rut. I make the same ol’ asparagus spears sautéed in butter and garlic. Now, don’t get me wrong – That is delicious in itself…but I wanted something more decadent. So what’s a girl to do? Wrap it in bacon, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Butternut Squash Pie

May 1st, 2015

Butternut Squash….PIE? Yep, pie! This delicious pie tastes very similar to pumpkin pie, and a great way to use up your squash if you aren’t the greatest fan of it in a savory application. This pie graced my Thanksgiving table this year as the featured dessert, and received rave reviews from everyone who tried it! Read the rest of this entry »

Molasses Quick Bread

April 30th, 2015

Molasses is so full of health benefits, one of which is iron. This bread has a amazing taste and when served with orange honey butter it really hits the spot. In the recipe I happen to be able to use some raisins I made from a bountiful basket add on.

Molasses Quick Bread

Molasses Quick Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 14 cup water
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and whisk well.
  2. Add oats and brown sugar to mixture and stir.
  3. Add oil, molasses, water and mix well.
  4. Stir in raisins.
  5. Pour into greased bread pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until a inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes then remove from pan.

Notes

For a nice change grease wide mouth canning jars and bake mixture in them. Try swapping whole wheat or oat flour for half of the flour.

Make this wonderful orange honey compound butter to serve with it. 1/2 cup butter 1 teaspoon orange juice 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel 2 tablespoons honey Mix together and put in fridge until ready to serve.

 

Cajun Baked Beans

April 30th, 2015

If you like a kick to your baked beans then this recipe is for you. It has spice with just enough heat to make you smile.

Cajun Baked Beans

Cajun Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry pinto beans
  • 2 -14.5 ounce Mexican style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1 small green chili or jalapeno
  • ½ cup blackstrap molasses
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 strips of cooked bacon diced
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Soak beans overnight then rinse several times.
  2. Add beans to a large pot, cover with water and cook until tender but not mushy, about 30-45 minutes.
  3. Put water and onions in a microwave dish and microwave for 1 minute.
  4. In a large casserole dish put everything else and mix well.
  5. Add the beans and onions and mix again.
  6. Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Add salt and pepper at the end so the beans don't get tough.

Notes

If you don’t have dry beans use 3 -15 ounce cans of pinto beans. Drain and rinse well before adding.

 

Homemade Fig Granola or Bars

April 29th, 2015

Why not show your family just how much you love them. A few minutes with a few ingredients can make something totally amazing. This is a healthy alternative to the store bought ones.

 

Homemade Fig Granola or Bars

Homemade Fig Granola or Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 7oz package figs (for bars use 2 packages of figs)
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Put figs in a food processor and add molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and syrup.
  2. Process for a few minutes scraping down sides as needed.
  3. Add 3 cups oats and process a few minutes more.
  4. Place other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  5. Add fig mixture and mix again making sure everything gets coated.
  6. For granola: Spray a cookie sheet and put mixture on it. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. For granola bars: Spray a 9x13 pan and press mixture into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
  8. Keep in a air tight container at room temperature.

 

 

What about Molasses?

April 28th, 2015

Mmmm. Molasses.
More specifically, Blackstrap Molasses.

What exactly is molasses?
Simply put, molasses is the thick syrup that is produced when sugar cane or sugar beets are processed to make the refined sugar that we are all used to. But, where that refined sugar is destined for the baking aisle of the grocery store, most molasses is actually sold as (gasp!) livestock feed! Read the rest of this entry »

Spiced Crust-less Butternut Squash Tart

April 13th, 2015

This has to be the easiest and best butternut squash recipe I have found. It is not really sweet, has no crust, and is perfect for a light after dinner treat. I don’t feel bad about enjoying this one at all and I hope you won’t either.
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Super Easy Butternut Bacon Tart

April 11th, 2015

 Butternut squash is one of my favorite vegetables. There are so many ways to use it, savory or sweet. This is a fancy looking but easy way that uses puff pastry shells from the store. Add you favorite salad and you have a wonderful meal.
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Preserving your Green Chiles

March 26th, 2015

We’ve all been there. Its 4:45, you’re trying to get supper together and in the oven, and you need a can of green chiles…but there are none in the pantry! So, stock up on roasted green chiles in the freezer when you can! I love using them fresh, but sometimes I spend a day putting them up for later when they are offered by the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Z. at the Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department, Shepherd, MT

March 23rd, 2015
Melissa recently took on the role of Volunteer Site Coordinator when she moved from Billings to Shepherd.  She jumped right in when she heard that the site was on the verge of closing.  The former Volunteer Site Coordinator had family obligations and could no longer volunteer her time.  Melissa and her family are the kindest and most caring and welcoming people I know!
When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
We started contributing way back when Vitality was the only site in Billings.
Why did you become a Site Coordinator?
We started our original site at 9th and Poly; Back then baskets became available, at noon on Monday, and they were gone in 5 minutes.  It was like buying concert tickets.  I thought the only way I am going to get a basket is if I open a site!
What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
 Never knowing what you are going to get!  It’s always a surprise!
What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?
 The community.  It’s more then just fruits and veggies; it’s getting to know your neighbor, whether standing in line or working side by side filling baskets.
What are your favorite basket items?
 Everything but mostly berries of any kind!
Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.
We closed our site at 9th and Poly when we moved from Billings up here to Shepherd.  The Shepherd site is located at the Firehouse where myself, my husband and my son are all volunteers of the department.
How has BB changed your life?
Bountiful Baskets is great for cutting our grocery budget as well as assisting with a healthier lifestyle.
What do you do when you’re not doing BB?
 Watching our kids grow up and building our house; both a never ending job!
Tell us a little about your family.
 Our oldest, Jessica,  just got married in January
Our middle, Andrew, actually was the first pilot car driver for Bountiful Baskets in the Billings area. Now he is starting to ride bare back broncs.  Which makes me crazy to watch
Our youngest, Veronica, never seems to be in one spot long. Wow teenagers….
If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?
 As I get older it would be an ‘energy’ super power!