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Firecracker Corn Dip

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

If your family loves chips and dip, they will enjoy Firecracker Corn Dip. Making a spicy corn dip is easy and delicious.  With a few ingredients from the Firecracker Bountiful Basket add on, you can have a tasty dip perfect for a party!  Using the onions, garlic, and peppers, with corn and bell peppers makes a hearty and spicy dip. Corn dip can be served with tortilla chips or as a relish on any dish. This is mouth wateringly good! (more…)

Asian Spaghetti Squash Salad

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Spaghetti squash is a very versatile vegetable.  It can be used as a nutritious substitute for any pasta.  For our family weekend barbecue, I decided to make a pasta salad.  I used spaghetti squash as the pasta in my recipe for Asian Salad.  It was a family favorite!

Asian Spaghetti Squash Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 head lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced, diced
  • 1 summer squash, sliced diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tblsp sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup peanuts

Instructions

  1. Pierce spaghetti squash and microwave for 10 minutes
  2. When cool, slice open and remove seeds
  3. Shred spaghetti inside the squash with a fork into a bowl
  4. Discard outer spaghetti squash shell
  5. Let cool and then add other ingredients
  6. Add cabbage, lettuce, diced red bell pepper, onion, and squash
  7. Stir together
  8. Now make the dressing!
  9. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil and vinegar
  10. Add soy sauce and sesame oil
  11. Add brown sugar and grated ginger root and garlic
  12. Add lime juice
  13. Stir until mixed well
  14. Drizzle dressing over the spaghetti squash salad mixture
  15. Toss the salad and sprinkle the peanuts over the top
  16. Serve and enjoy!

Scalloped Carrots

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Everyone loves carrots.  My family has a recipe for scalloped carrots that we have used for years and enjoyed.  This is a homey recipe with lots of sliced carrots, thyme, pepper, milk and cheese sprinkled over the top.  When baked, it is a warm, welcoming treat!  I serve it with baked chicken or fish, but it is tasty alone as a vegetarian dish.

Scalloped Carrots

Ingredients

  • 6 large carrots - rainbow carrots can be used and are delicious!
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • butter
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1/c cup cheddar, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, finely shredded
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease glass baking dish (I use a standard pie dish)
  3. Slice carrots, thinly and put in bottom or dish
  4. Pour milk over the top of the carrots
  5. Stir in flour
  6. Add a couple of pats of butter to milk and carrots
  7. Add salt, pepper, garlic, thyme
  8. Cover the top of the carrots with shredded cheeses
  9. Sprinkle a little more thyme on top
  10. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheeses are bubbling and carrots are tender
  11. Enjoy!

Guacamole Citrus Twist

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

I love guacamole!  Guacamole is a dip made traditionally from avocados, with additions of tomato, onion, lime juice, and seasonings. It ranges in texture from a thick sauce to a chunky dip. Health tip–Avocados are packed with more than twenty vitamins, contain “good fats” that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking! (more…)

Steamed Artichokes

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Artichokes.  Yummy with a butter and lemon dip or ranch dressing!  I love eating artichokes, but the first few times I tried to make them, I did not succeed.  I researched and learned how to cut and clean the artichoke before cooking. (more…)

Cucumber Citrus Salad

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


“Cool as a cucumber….”
Cucumbers are so refreshing! Cucumber salads are fun to make and can be flavored to add to your entree or to eat alone.  I had lots of oranges and wanted to make a sweet cucumber salad.  I added some thinly sliced almonds and celery to give it some crunch.  I hope you will enjoy this salad! (more…)

Pearsauce

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Pearsauce!  I have made applesauce for years for my family.  I was looking at the bowl of pears that sat on my counter and thought, hmmm, pearsauce!  This was my first attempt at making it and my family loves it!  I peeled and diced the pears and slowly simmered it on the stove.  When I added the spices to it, the whole house smelled yummy!  Pearsauce is great on toast or just in a bowl for breakfast. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it, too! (more…)

Irish Bell Pepper Eggs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

If you slice a bell pepper across the width into 1/2 inch slices, they form a shamrock! I heated eggs in the center of each bell pepper slice and it made a surprising morning breakfast. What a wonderful way to make eggs and vegetables a star for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast! (more…)

Stir fry Spaghetti Squash

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Stir Fried Spaghetti Squash

I  love spaghetti squash!  It is one of the most versatile vegetables to use for dinner.  I like to think of it as a surprise inside the bright yellow outer shell.  When baked the inside is filled with hot, steaming strands of yellow squash that are a great substitute for pasta.  We usually have it as a spaghetti for dinner one evening and the leftover is used in a stir fry.  I try to use lots of the vegetables from our Bountiful Basket in the stir fry.  I hope you will enjoy this recipe!
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Colcannon

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Have you ever eaten Colcannon?  It is a wonderful creamy combination of mashed potatoes, shredded cabbage or kale, and oozing butter.  It is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a warm and hearty dish for any day! (more…)