This year there are pumpkins everywhere. How I love the smell of pumpkin cooking and wish it would last throughout the year. Here is one way I get my pumpkin fix for the rest of the year. I make Pumpkin chips and pumpkin powder. My dehydrator is a good friend that I often use with my bountiful baskets produce. There is nothing easier than drying fruits and vegetables for later use. You don’t even need a dehydrator as the oven on its lowest setting works fine. Continue reading “Oh My So Much Pumpkin”
This week we received fennel, red pears and apples in our baskets. I decided to try a more autumnal version of fresh fennel slaw by making an apple cider vinaigrette to dress it. It came together rather quickly and only needed to rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. I would imagine this would be a wonderful side dish to roasted pork loin, pork chop or to top a pulled pork sandwich.
I keep a huge bowl of salad in my fridge at all times. I love to be able to serve my family a fresh and delicious salad with our dinners. Unfortunately the big kid (read: my significant other) isn’t an eager salad eater so I always keep a dressing on hand that will appease him. I just knew that if I could concoct a tasty hatch chile dressing, I would have a willing salad eater this week.
My 5 year old daughter and I put this together (she operated the blender and poured in the measured ingredients). Once it was done, she couldn’t get enough of it! After I poured the dressing into my snazzy dressing bottle, she licked the dressing out of the blender and I hope you will too (don’t worry, we won’t judge).
I found myself trading avocados a couple baskets ago for some extra carrots. Not realizing at the time I had 2 one pound bags already. Now what can I do with them???? I know carrot chips. There is nothing like homemade chips of any kind and carrots are one of my favorites. You can do sweet or spicy, hot or just plain salted. Really anything goes with carrot chips so let your imagination fly. And no one needs to know they are healthy. Continue reading “Chipping, carrots that is!”
The making of raisins is a wonderful journey. For me there is no better way to show my love for family and friends then by cooking for them. These raisins are just another way for me to do that. I first started by doing a vinegar water wash of the grapes with a good rinse and dry. Then let the grapes sit on the trays for a hour so they don’t add moisture to the dehydrator. The hardest part was making sure the little stems were removed on all of the grapes. What I did find is that after drying if you missed any they stood out and you could remove them at that time. Each dehydrator is different so times will be to. Mine took 48 hours on at 145 degrees and 14 hours at 125 degrees. Every few hours I rotated the trays and stirred around the grapes on each tray. Continue reading “Adventure into making raisins”
We love tomatoes! Whether it’s a bowl of pasta with homemade sauce or fried green tomatoes we love them in any and every possible way. Recently I decided to do something a little different. I decided to try my hand at tomato chips. Yep, you read that right, tomato chips. I don’t buy chips because it’s too easy to sit and consume an entire bag before you realize what you are doing but with tomato chips you don’t have to worry about the added fat, cholesterol or preservatives. The super cool thing about these chips is that you can also grind them into powder. My kids say it smells like spaghetti in a jar because of the herbs used. Once ground you can add tomato powder to soups, meats, eggs, anything you want, the possibilities are endless. Customize them to your liking, use different herbs and spices, go nuts!
A couple of days ago I was standing at the stove making dinner when I glanced over to the counter and realized that I had 7 onions. “Hmmmm…”, I thought to myself, “I need to get rid of those.” My Mom had already asked for a couple so that solved part of the issue. I then checked my onion stash in the freezer only to realized I still had 10-1cup portions already frozen. Then, suddenly, I had an “Aha!” moment. Not a major aha like the solution to world piece or how to eat 15lbs. a chocolate a day and not gain weight, just a little aha that would ultimately save me money and expand our basket goodies even more. Continue reading “Homemade Onion Powder”
The Juice pack was introduced in January to provide those participants that wanted to do a juice fast an easy and affordable option; for many it was a chance to add some extra fruits and veggies to their dinner table. I tried juicing and actually liked some of the concoctions that I came up with, but I tend to use it to add some extra produce to the table. I decided to try some “Retro” dishes and a couple you might not have thought of…ready? Here we go!