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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Friday, 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. (more…)

Butternut Squash Pie

Friday, 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! (more…)

Molasses Quick Bread

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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?

Tuesday, 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! (more…)

Spiced Crust-less Butternut Squash Tart

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 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. (more…)

Celebrate Pi Day with breakfast Asparagus Pie!

Saturday, March 14th, 2015


I love to celebrate pi day by eating pie for breakfast!  In previous years, I’ve had banana cream pie, chocolate pie, or apple pie.  I decided to go a little more adult route this year and celebrate the asparagus that is abundant in my fridge right now.  When my daughter saw breakfast she was disappointed that it wasn’t “real pie” but then inhaled it and asked for seconds.

Okay so this is probably technically a quiche but I’m not going to be so serious about such things.  Once you try it, I think we can agree that it is delicious cheesy asparagus goodness. (more…)