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Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Thanks to Bountiful Baskets I can not only make my cake I can eat it too. I used my homemade applesauce and fresh zucchini from one of my baskets to make a moist and light cake. I did a semi sweet chip frosting to keep it simple. Every one deserves a special treat once in a while so why not try this, you won’t be disappointed.
 

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups zucchini

Instructions

  1. Beat sugar and oil together for 1 minute
  2. add eggs, applesauce, vanilla and beat for another minute
  3. add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sour milk and beat until combined
  4. stir in zucchini
  5. put in a 9 x 13 prepared pan
  6. bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  7. cool
  8. frost as desired

Notes

To make sour milk add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and then fill with milk. Let set for 5 minutes then add to recipe.

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Cauliflower Tortillas

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

There are so many ways to use cauliflower. The only limit is your own mind. I have seen lots of cauliflower tortilla recipes on the web but wanted to do one of my own. Here it is.
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Blood Orange Sorbet

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Every now and then I make two much juice so that is when I turn to making sorbet. Sorbets are easy to make but take time to freeze unless you have a ice cream maker. Either way they are a wonderful treat. A few simple steps and you can turn any fruit into the perfect sorbet.

Blood Orange Sorbet

Blood Orange Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • small pinch salt
  • 2 cups blood orange juice

Instructions

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil.
  2. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in juice and salt.
  4. Refrigerate 3 hours or over night.
  5. Pour into ice cream maker and follow your ice cream makers instructions.
  6. If you do not have a ice cream maker pour into shallow stainless steel pan and freeze for 3 hours.
  7. Scrape frozen mixture and return to freeze.
  8. Let freeze for 7-8 hours and then serve.

Notes

You can use any fruit you like to in this recipe. Try mixing a couple different types of fruit for a special blend.

End of the Basket Salad

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Ever wonder what to do with your produce from the last basket a few days before the new basket is coming. I do a end of the basket salad. Never the same twice but it is always fantastic. I am surprised how creative some of them can be. Change them up with your own favorite dressing and enjoy! (more…)

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…)

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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Autumn Fennel Slaw

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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.

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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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Citrus Chicken Fajita Marinade

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


I love the bright and fresh citrus that we get in the wintertime from Bountiful Baskets but sometimes my counter fills up faster than I get them used. I was inspired to use the citrus to make a flavorful marinade for the fajitas on my meal plan for this week.  The resulting chicken is moist and flavorful and it comes together super easily. (more…)

Getting Your Kids (And Yourself) to Eat More Vegetables!

Monday, January 13th, 2014


I look into those bright beautiful blue eyes and I want nothing more than for this perfect child to grow up healthy, strong and with more opportunities than I would have ever dreamt. I want him to have a life of carefree nights filled with laughter and all the joys this life has to offer. I don’t want him to grow up just like me….I want him to be better than me. I want for him what every parent wants for their child.
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