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A Bountiful Thanksgiving~2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.

This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed! ;)

The 2014 Thanksgiving collaboration joins a few of our talented bloggers and lots of their yummy recipes!! Scroll through and check them out, they are categorized into 5 courses. Check out this Download Thanksgiving Timeline Here for a breakdown of your preparations to the big feast! (more…)

Summer Asian Slaw

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Summer Asian Slaw

The Asian pack has always been one of my favorites! I love to make up large batches of egg rolls and wontons ( some fried and some raw to use for wonton soup) and stock my freezer. Who doesn’t love a wok full of colorful stir fry? (more…)

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…)

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

 

 

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Red or russet potatoes (I leave the skin on my red potatoes but peel the russet) cut into bite size chunks
  • 6 eggs hard boiled
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • ½ onion chopped or 6 green onions chopped
  • 12 ounces of bacon sliced into little pieces and cooked. Reserving the grease from the bacon
  • Salt, Pepper and Paprika to season with
  • 1/2- 1 cup Mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. While your potatoes and eggs boil, start to cook your bacon pieces stirring frequently.
  2. Cut up the celery and onion. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Once the potatoes are cooked to your desired doneness (For me, I think I boiled them for about 10-15 minutes or until fork tender) drain them and add them to the bowl of chopped celery and onion.
  4. Let the bacon cool in the grease when it is done cooking.
  5. Cool the eggs under cold water when they are done cooking. Peel and cut them up and add them to the bowl with all the other ingredients.
  6. Start with adding ½ a cup of mayonnaise to your mixing bowl of ingredients stir it gently as you mix it up. Add the bacon pieces and some of the grease to your mixture along with a little salt, pepper and paprika to your taste. If your mixture seems dry just add ¼ cup of mayonnaise at a time until you get it to the desired texted you like. I use about ¾ cups of mayonnaise and all the grease from the bacon. I wouldn’t dump all the grease in at once. Just add a little at a time and take little tastes your salad mixture to make sure it tastes good to you.
  7. Cover and let it chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving. The longer the salad sets and the flavors marinade together, the better the salad tastes to me.
In our house on your birthday you get to pick your favorite meal to have for dinner.  My husbands birthday came around the other day and I decided (not him) to make KC Strip steaks, green beans and his favorite bacon potato salad. I am not a potato salad lover but I do like this one.  I got the new picnic pack add-on  along with my conventional basket recently so, I had everything but the bacon, eggs and a couple other ingredients to make his favorite salad. The picnic pack had red potatoes and onion in it and my conventional basket had celery.  Needless to say when my hubby came into the kitchen to dish up his dinner plate, he was thrilled to see his favorite potato salad. Happy Birthday Kevin!

 

 

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!

Lemony Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I’m still working my way through lemons. Everything has to happen in the morning around here, because the afternoon is reserved for family and school.

Which means – hello, I NEED a plan. Bobby Flay to the rescue. Well, kinda. It’s really rare that I follow anyone’s recipe exactly. Even my own (after the first time I write it down). Anyway… Bobby. The King of the Grill has inspired me with a marinade. I’m not grilling (I could, I suppose, although it’s supposed to rain this afternoon). Instead, I’m marinating a beautiful pork tenderloin, which I will throw in the oven around the time we start math (along with some lemony rosemary roasted potatoes). It should be done just in time for dinner.
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How to (Deliciously) Burn Brussel Sprouts

Saturday, March 15th, 2014


It is only because of bountiful baskets that I discovered my adoration of brussel sprouts. I don’t think I ever tried them before but assumed I wouldn’t like them. They really get a bad rap. However as soon as I roasted them, I was in love. (more…)

Broccoli Bites

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Most days, I look in the mirror and don’t even recognize this person I have become. I look at the old me and the person I am now and feel like they are 2 separate yet equally important parts of me. That old version showed me what I didn’t want to be. And this new one…well, this is a whole new adventure! (more…)

FALL CASSEROLE

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

What to do on a chilly fall or winter day?  Want that tasty, savory comfort food?  Want something that melts in your mouth but you know has that hearty goodness fresh from your basket?
We had this off and on growing up when we’d spend the night with friends.  It was a tasty and easy way to get us kids to eat our veggies and love having seconds, too. (more…)

Wheat Berry Risotto

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

I have been exploring uses for my bag of wheat berries that is living in my pantry. I had a major risotto craving so I thought I would try to sub the wheat berries in for the rice. This recipe turned out really comforting and rich like traditional risotto.  I really liked how the wheat berries made it a little chewy. (more…)