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Adventure into making raisins

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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.

 

 

The finished product was amazing!I decided to put 1 cup in snack bags and freeze the end product for making Christmas goodies. With this size packs I can take one or 2 out depending on what my recipe calls for. Out of my 1 case of BB grapes I ended up with 22 cups of raisins after some were eaten for taste control. LOL My only advice is that it is much better to over dry than to under dry as they will mold fast if they have any moisture left in them.  Next time I might try canning some to see how they hold up. When I use raisins I like to pre-soak in a warm liquid to soften the raisins up. Sometimes I use hot coffee for a added punch to the recipe. Enjoy

 

Cindy

 

Swiss Onion Soup…move over Frenchy!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


This soup has been haunting me for just over 25 years. I first had it when I was working night shifts at a large hospital in the Midwest. How often can you say you look forward to hospital food? It has taken me a few years but I have finally duplicated it! Its nutty, sweet, tangy and just a bit of heat at the finish. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

This soup starts like a French onion soup, lots of onions. Cut the onion in half for root end to top. Cut off the top and peel. Now cut it in half again and thinly slice. Repeat with the other half. (save those onion skins for stock!)

In a Dutch oven add olive oil and butter. When it’s melted turn down heat to low and add the onions. Stir to coat them all with oil and butter. They need to cook and start to caramelize, this is a slow process. It will take about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

Gather your ingredients as the next part moves pretty fast.

Now add the flour and stir, allow this to cook on low for a couple minutes.

Once the flour has cooked we will begin whisking in the 4 Tbsp. Sherry, (this is optional) now whisk in the chicken stock (vegetable stock can be substituted). The mixture will be thick, just keep whisking in the stock.

Now whisk in the milk or cream and season with salt and pepper.

Add the shredded Swiss cheese and stir until melted.

Stir in the Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper (optional)
Allow to simmer a few minutes, taste and re season as need.

 

Swiss Onion Soup…move over Frenchy!

Swiss Onion Soup…move over Frenchy!

Ingredients

  • 3 large onions, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 Tbsp. sherry
  • 3 cups chicken stock (vegetable stock can be substituted)
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • Salt and white pepper (black pepper is fine)
  • 2 ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of Cayenne (optional)

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice onions
  2. In a Dutch oven or soup pot melt butter and oil together.
  3. Add onions and allow onions to sweat and caramelize on low heat for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over onions and stir, allow it to cook 2-3 minutes to cook flour.
  5. Whisk in sherry.
  6. Whisk in chicken stock and milk.
  7. Stir in mustard and seasonings.
  8. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  9. Allow to simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve.

 

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…)

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!

Vegetable Tikka Masala

Friday, May 9th, 2014

One of the things that happens the night before Basket Day is using up the remnants of whatever is left in the veggie drawer in the fridge. One of the easiest things to do (and currently one of our favorites) is to go Indian – with a veggie tikka masala.
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Mozzarella Stick Stackers

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Mozzarella Stick Stackers

As a little kid (and a college kid, and a newly married kid) one of my favorite junk food treats was a crispy, fried mozzarella stick.  There is just nothing better than biting into a crunchy layer of browned bread crumbs followed by the oooey- goooey- goodness of cheese.  Well, maybe even better is giving that a dip into some spicy marinara sauce.  But after my second baby I started to feel my metabolism slowing down and by baby number four it was quite apparent that an indulgent mozzarella stick would hang around (in the form of hips and tummy) for far longer than I wanted.  It was clear I had to avoid one of my favorite guilty pleasures.  Until now! (more…)

Veggie scramble

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014


I really need a protein rich breakfast to get my day started. One of the easiest and healthiest protein breakfasts is for me to scramble up some eggs. This is a great recipe to use up a variety of vegetables and it is fast so it is perfect for weekday mornings. I will pretty much use whatever I have on hand but some of my favorites are tomatoes, spinach, kale, onion, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, leeks, and potatoes. (more…)

Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Frittata

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

My chickens have an incredible ability to produce more eggs than we can eat at breakfast, so we are constantly on the lookout for dinner recipes that have the ability to use a ton of eggs!  This recipe fits the bill, and could only perhaps be improved by a smidge of bacon being added at the beginning.
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Weekend Bounty

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Saturday breakfast is hard. With getting up to volunteer at the BB site, bringing the bounty home, and then trying to get everything rinsed and put away, making breakfast on Saturday morning is generally the last thing I want to do. But this time, my husband woke up early to pick up our bounty and the bonus was that I was highly motivated to make something yummy for breakfast! Low and behold, beautiful grape tomatoes, onions, asparagus, and I just happened to have mushrooms and eggs in the fridge. Coupled with the most wonderful Organic honey wheat bread purchased as an add-on this week this was a Saturday morning treat I’m sure I can use to bribe my husband and children to wake up every Saturday morning for basket pickup!
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Chile Relleno Tacos

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

A healthier Chile Relleno

The Chile Relleno invokes images of deep fried, battered chiles, heavy beans, and a lot of gooey sauce. YUMM!! I needed a way to make this dish a bit quicker… And, yes, I will make the chile casserole version, soon. So, to be healthier and to make this a quick dish, here’s my take on the Chile Relleno. No stuffing of chiles involved.
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