Archive for the ‘Cooking Techniques’ Category

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 ;)
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Au Gratin Potatoes with Fresh Fennel

Friday, October 24th, 2014

I always get excited when we get fennel in our baskets!  But then again I LOVE black licorice, and raw fennel has a definite licorice flavor and aroma.  Sadly my husband is not a licorice fan, so raw fennel is not an option for him.  However, cooked fennel has a different flavor, it’s not as pungent and aromatic when its roasted or baked in a casserole.  A friend shared a recipe with au gratin potatoes and bacon which sounded good, but i didn’t have a pound of bacon handy.  After digging in my deep freeze (come on we all do it, looking for that one item you know you stuck in there and just like your purse, everything immediately goes to the abyss in the bottom) I found a pound of Italian sausage.  What is in Italian sausage for spice…Fennel seed. Hmm, I am thinking this could be a winning choice.


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Soul Soothing Creamy Chicken Soup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Naturally my stew pack was screaming at me to make a bowl of comforting soup.  We got a couple of fallish days (okay… maybe it was just the morning) in Central Texas recently so I promptly pulled out my boots, scarves and made this fabulous soup.

This soup really hit the spot with some bread (I had crescents on hand but a crusty bread would be great) and a glass of wine.  My family is weird and aren’t really “soup people” but they loved this and my husband said the leftovers were fabulous for lunch the next day. This is the kind of soup that warms your body and your soul. (more…)

Chipping, carrots that is!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

 

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. (more…)

Squeezing the most out of your lemons and limes

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

One of my favorite sayings is “Waste not, Want not”. Getting the most bang for the buck out of my basket is one way I do that. I also find it kind of fun to find new ways to use every part of my basket.
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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.
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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!
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Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

When I saw the California blend of veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) sitting In the refrigerator, I knew it had to become a beautiful soup. I kept remembering a soup from my childhood called Normandy blend soup. I remember it having big chunks of the California blend of veggies, and a velvety cheesy base. I searched for a recipe but never found one, so I decided to give it a try without one.
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Grilled Brussel Sprout and Broccoflower Pizza

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

 

Brussel sprouts! I have been waiting for them so I could make pizza! I know it’s sounds odd, but really good. My husband who doesn’t like them much actually likes the pizza! I also had a head of broccoflower, which we like roasted and then covered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles. As long as I was making one pizza I decided to make a second one using the buffalo broccoflower.

I always make my dough from scratch, I love the feel and smell of fresh dough. We didn’t want to heat up the house, so we fired up the gas grill instead. The temperature needs to be about 375-400 degrees F. Roll out your crust to a size you are comfortable handling on the grill. (we often do individual sized crusts) Brush the crust with a little olive oil and place it oiled side down, close lid and wait 2-3 minutes, open lid, with long tongs carefully flip the crust over and cook another 2 minutes. Pull them off the grill and onto a baking sheet.
Add sauce and toppings, then back on to the grill, close lid and cook 2-3 minutes or til cheese melts. The crust will be dark and crisp. Carefully remove them with tongs and grill safe spatula (we found a giant grill spatula; see photo) to a baking sheet or cutting board, cut and enjoy!

My husband made the grand declaration, “This is looking a little healthy for pizza!” and then he ate three slices of each! Yay! Score for me, he ate two green veggies in one meal and liked it!

Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza

Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza

Ingredients

    Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza
  • One grilled 12 inch crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound brussel sprouts, shredded
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl place shredded brussel sprouts, and 1 Tbsp. Olive oil, 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to evenly coat.
  2. Place the grilled crust on a baking sheet, evenly spread the cheddar cheese on crust.
  3. Add the brussel sprouts, bacon and feta cheese.
  4. Slide pizza onto a hot grill, close lid and wait 2-5 minutes until brussel sprouts wilt.
  5. Remove by sliding to a baking sheet using tongs and or grill safe spatula.

Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza

Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza

Ingredients

    Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza
  • One grilled 12 inch crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 head of broccoflower, in bite size pieces steamed or blanched to soften slightly
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Place grilled crust on a baking sheet, drizzle or brush grilled crust with buffalo sauce.
  2. In a small bowl place drained broccoflower, pour remaining sauce over it and toss to coat.
  3. Evenly place broccoflower on the crust, add celery and blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Slide pizza onto a hot grill, close lid and wait 2-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt.
  5. Remove by sliding to a baking sheet using tongs and or grill safe spatula.