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Jalapeño dressing, better than pancakes

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Salads are a great way to use up my basket contents and it is just so convenient for me to keep a huge bowl of salad in the fridge. I serve salad as sides several nights per week so I try to keep salads interesting for my family and one of the easiest ways to do that is by keeping tasty dressings on hand. We all love jalapeños in my family (even my 5 year old) so I wanted to make a jalapeño dressing. The result is bright and flavorful jalapeño vinaigrette. My daughter declared that this dressing was better than pancakes. (more…)

Fried Apple Pie

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Do you have too many apples right now? Well one good way to use those fantastic bountiful basket apples is to make Fried Apple Pies. This may seem like such a lot of work but when you have company stop by you can take them out of the freezer, fry them and in a few minutes everyone will be happy. Serve with ice cream or for adults a little rum hard sauce is fantastic. I always keep them in the freezer along with peach and cherry filled pies.

Fried Apple Pie

Fried Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 3- 4 pounds assorted apples
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • Water
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Put 1 inch of water in a large pan
  2. Add lemon juice
  3. Peel, core, slice apples and add to pan
  4. Add sugar, salt, flour and cinnamon
  5. Cook on medium until tender, about 2 hours
  6. Add butter and vanilla
  7. Put in container, cool, and refrigerate over night
  8. In the morning make your favorite pie crust recipe, or use store bought.
  9. Roll small amount of crust into small circle, add filling, seal, poke holes in top of each pie and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  10. Continue until all the filling is used. Freeze the pies solid, then put into freezer safe container for later use.
  11. When ready to use the pies take out of freezer and deep fry at 365 degrees until crisp and golden brown.

Notes

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve with ice cream. For an adult treat make rum hard sauce to pour over them. To get even sized pie crust portions try using a cookie scoop with the dough.


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Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

Saturday, November 1st, 2014


Not so long ago, I didn’t really know what to do with fennel.  The strong licorice type smell really turned me off.  However I hate to let things go to waste and am always up for a challenge so I’ve been cooking up fennel in many meals over the last few months.  Tonight I wanted to switch it up and make fennel the star in a side dish.  I also had some great goat cheese from the farmer’s market so I combined them in this quick and delicious dish.

Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulbs
  • 3 T butter
  • Dash of crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare the fennel by cutting off the leafy fronds. Slice a little off the root end (you will want to keep some of this to keep your slices together). Cut the bulb lengthwise into thin slices.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add a layer of fennel and season with some crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, to taste. You don't want to crowd your pan, so you will probably need to do this in batches.
  3. Allow your fennel to cook until it starts to turn golden then carefully flip. Allow it to cook on this side until golden then move to a serving plate.
  4. Once all of your fennel has been cooked, plop (that is totally a cooking term, right?) some goat cheese onto the warm fennel. Garnish with some fronds.

Hearty Pumpkin and Sausage Soup

Friday, October 31st, 2014

It isn’t just fall, it is pumpkinpalooza!  This is the time of year when I go overboard on buying pumpkins for every corner of my house and cook pumpkin in everything that I can get away with (without driving my family too crazy).

I spent the day at a field trip at a farm with my daughter’s kindergarten and was absolutely exhausted when I got home (kudos to our teachers for doing that everyday!).  I had roasted and pureed pumpkin in my fridge so this soup was low effort, warm and comforting – just what the doctor ordered!  Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin. (more…)

Chicken Andouille Gumbo

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Nothing warms the tummy more than soup and this one does it very well. Adjust the seasonings to make it spicy or tame. Add some shrimp to make it that much better. Serve some warm bread on the side and you have a fantastic meal.
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Vampire Chicken

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

When Wendy asked me to edit this recipe, I had no idea she meant she didn’t say anything about it! For being so intelligent, she sure wasn’t thinking when she basically gave me free reign to type a paragraph or two (you can take just guess about all the things I could insert here, especially if you knew how our friendship works).

But; I’ll let you guys use your imagination on what I would say….Instead I will tell you that Wendy is an AMAZING cook. Her egg rolls are out of this world! And I would willingly eat anything she makes. Especially one with a name like Vampire Chicken!

Wendy is awesome….but Batman always wins! ;) (more…)

Oh My So Much Pumpkin

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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.
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Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pasta

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Each time that I make pasta, I wonder why I don’t do it more often.  It really isn’t that much effort and fresh pasta is amazing.  I wish that I could say that I came up making pumpkin pasta but the idea came from fellow blogger, Jamie Scott.  She is the brains behind this idea, I just executed it and reaped the benefits ;)
(Jamie says…Karmen is amazingly beautiful and would have come up with this all on her own!) (more…)

Potato Fennel Cheese Soup

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Tuesdays are particularly fun at our house!  There’s piano lessons, and of course it is produce ordering night.  This particular Tuesday was a special sort of challenge.  It involved fence defying goats, hopping fences after them, trudging through recently irrigated muddy mosquito filled pastures, getting the little Ms. Special Pants, Long lost bucking bronco, rodeo Jersey Family Milk Cow in the corral without a rope because I didn’t remember it as I dropped my shade structure project and ran to the back of the pasture after the goats.  It was fun!

I got home and quickly looked in the fridge and threw together a soup with everything but the kitchen sink.  It was AMAZING!  There’s not a drop left and the house smells so good that when the Mr. gets home from the airport he will look at me with puppy dog eyes even though he already ate dinner. (more…)

Pumped up Broccoli Cheese Soup

Monday, October 27th, 2014


When I was a child, we showed horses.  Some of the fondest memories of my life were during this time.  Believe it or not, this recipe was inspired by these fond horsey memories.  I remember going to the Quarter Horse Youth World Show in Fort Worth and ordering these HUGE, loaded baked potatoes.  As memory serves, you could top them with whatever incredible topping you wanted. I would load it up with bacon and cheese (of course) and broccoli.  Amazing! (more…)