Asian Inspired Stuffed Peppers–In the crockpot

February 28th, 2015

Asian Stuffed Peppers

I can use one or two peppers in a week, but 6, that’s a little more tricky. When BB gives me an abundance of bell peppers, stuffed peppers are really the only option. So it was, slated for tonight’s dinner on the ol’ meal plan. We had already had several tomato-based dinners this week (chili–which we ate twice, spaghetti squash spaghetti, and pizza), so I thought I’d give my husband’s heartburn a break and make stuffed peppers flavored with soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger instead of tomato paste, borrowing flavors from my favorite halloween meal, dinner in a pumpkin. It was actually pretty tasty and healthy too! Read the rest of this entry »

Mandarin Kuchen

February 27th, 2015


I was fortunate to live with my grandmother for 4 years during college. In the span of these years we spent much of our time talking about or making some family favorite foods! One of my FAVORITE desserts she would prepare was Kuchen.

It would never fail, she would bake two or 3 Kuchen’s on the one weekend I worked or was out of town! Now, I’m not complaining as I definetly reaped the benefits of her labor. However, she passed in 2013. We have scoured her recipe cards and many cook books and none of them indicated a recipe she used! For the past few year I have been trying out a few variations and finally have a Kuchen Recipe that is comparable to hers!

I hope you enjoy this little slice of Heavenly Kuchen with a twist- Mandarin Oranges!! Read the rest of this entry »

Its Time for Migas Y’all

February 26th, 2015


I’m taking y’all on a trip down to sunny Austin, TX for a traditional Tex Mex breakfast. You can step into nearly any self-respecting breakfast establishment in Austin and order Migas. This is the way that I make Migas but it can be made in a variety of ways.  The key is to scramble eggs with corn tortillas and some veggies. The result is always flavorful, comforting and a great way to start the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

February 25th, 2015


I’m OBSESSED with the pizza rounds.  I maxed out on my first contribution because I knew that they would make easy lunches for my daughter but I find myself using them all the time for dinners instead.  Anytime I don’t feel like cooking, I pull out the pizza rounds and top them with some ingredients out of the fridge.  This pizza was a little more planned than my typical.  As soon as I saw those beautiful jalapeños in the basket, I wanted to make a pizza inspired by one of my favorite appetizers – jalapeño poppers.

One of my favorite things about the pizza rounds is that everyone in the family can have a pizza tweaked to their preference.  I didn’t put jalapeños on my daughters because she doesn’t care for the heat but I really loaded up hubby’s pizza with the jalapeños.  I was somewhere in between. Read the rest of this entry »

Tangelo Fruit Popsicles

February 24th, 2015

I am always looking for new ways to bring fresh ingredients to our table!

These fresh bright orange Tangelo popsicles were a huge hit with my toddlers- and husband! Read the rest of this entry »

Stuffed Eggplant

February 24th, 2015

My biggest child (i.e. the grown man child) is always my pickiest eater.  There are so many things that he doesn’t like, thinks he doesn’t like or thinks it sounds like something he might not like.  He has become better over the years but there are many things that he still isn’t willing to eat.  I am always conjuring ideas to use everything in my basket – even the things we don’t like.  We have been contributing to Bountiful Baskets since 2011 so there have been a lot of experiments, some failures and a lot of successes. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Fettuccini & Strawberries

February 22nd, 2015

Sometimes you just feel like giving your family a special treat. With this Chocolate Fettuccine & Strawberries you can do just that. Plus using the fresh produce from your basket makes it even better.
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Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

February 9th, 2015

Thanks to Bountiful Baskets I can not only make my cake I can eat it too. I used my homemade applesauce and fresh zucchini from one of my baskets to make a moist and light cake. I did a semi sweet chip frosting to keep it simple. Every one deserves a special treat once in a while so why not try this, you won’t be disappointed.
 

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups zucchini

Instructions

  1. Beat sugar and oil together for 1 minute
  2. add eggs, applesauce, vanilla and beat for another minute
  3. add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sour milk and beat until combined
  4. stir in zucchini
  5. put in a 9 x 13 prepared pan
  6. bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  7. cool
  8. frost as desired

Notes

To make sour milk add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and then fill with milk. Let set for 5 minutes then add to recipe.

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Chai Coconut Ice Cream

February 4th, 2015

I am so in love with the young Thai White coconut we got in a basket. There are so many ways to enjoy them and this is at the top of my list. In the notes you will see how to make your own coconut milk to use in this recipe.

Chai Coconut Ice Cream

Chai Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coconut milk (see notes to see how to make your own)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw honey

Instructions

  1. Mix all the above together and pour into your ice cream maker.
  2. Follow the directions included with your personal ice cream maker.

Notes

To make coconut milk open your Thai coconut and drain the liquid into a blender. Add the meat from the coconut and blend until smooth. If you do not have 3 cups add milk to bring it to the proper amount.

Cauliflower Tortillas

February 3rd, 2015

There are so many ways to use cauliflower. The only limit is your own mind. I have seen lots of cauliflower tortilla recipes on the web but wanted to do one of my own. Here it is.
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