Archive for the ‘Using Your Basket’ Category

Italian Pack Pasta

Monday, April 28th, 2014


I wanted to use my Italian pack items and my beefsteak tomatoes but I also needed a quick, easy dinner while life is so busy! I felt like challenging myself today cause lets face it…Life has been busy and I have let my kitchen inspirations fall to the waste side lately. I was hoping my instincts hadn’t left me when I started this meal out. We can let you be the judge of it ;) (more…)

Steamed Artichokes

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Artichokes.  Yummy with a butter and lemon dip or ranch dressing!  I love eating artichokes, but the first few times I tried to make them, I did not succeed.  I researched and learned how to cut and clean the artichoke before cooking. (more…)

Cucumber Citrus Salad

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


“Cool as a cucumber….”
Cucumbers are so refreshing! Cucumber salads are fun to make and can be flavored to add to your entree or to eat alone.  I had lots of oranges and wanted to make a sweet cucumber salad.  I added some thinly sliced almonds and celery to give it some crunch.  I hope you will enjoy this salad! (more…)

Pearsauce

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Pearsauce!  I have made applesauce for years for my family.  I was looking at the bowl of pears that sat on my counter and thought, hmmm, pearsauce!  This was my first attempt at making it and my family loves it!  I peeled and diced the pears and slowly simmered it on the stove.  When I added the spices to it, the whole house smelled yummy!  Pearsauce is great on toast or just in a bowl for breakfast. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it, too! (more…)

Carrot Butter and Shiitake Mushroom Escargot

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

I am sure most of you have heard of ComicCon. A convention where adults (and children) dress up in costume and do whatever they do there. I have never been to a ComicCon  and have no desire to go get my “Geek on” there but, a couple weeks ago I went on a “Mommy Vacation” without my family to get my “Geek on” at CookieCon in Salt Lake City. No, we didn’t dress up as our favorite Keebler elf or as an Oreo but we learned different techniques with decorating sugar cookies. 450 of us from 44 states and 16 Countries across the globe came to the CookieCon. We were all hopped up on sugar from royal icing! (more…)

No Soup For You!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! (more…)

Green Chile Sauce

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


I am neither Irish nor Mexican, but that didn’t stop me from making some delicious St. Paddy’s Day green chile enchiladas using a homemade, to-die-for green chile sauce. It was about time I used the 6 green chiles that were still sitting in my fridge from the Bountiful Basket I got a week and a half ago. (more…)

How to (Deliciously) Burn Brussel Sprouts

Saturday, March 15th, 2014


It is only because of bountiful baskets that I discovered my adoration of brussel sprouts. I don’t think I ever tried them before but assumed I wouldn’t like them. They really get a bad rap. However as soon as I roasted them, I was in love. (more…)

Cream of _______ Soup Blueprint

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

It’s Friday night. You’re exhausted. You’ve made your contribution for a Bountiful Basket this week, but there is still a week-old (or two-week old, let’s be honest) head of broccoli (or bunch of asparagus, sack of potatoes, head of cauliflower, etc.) in the fridge staring you down, begging to be used. (more…)

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

There is nothing more comforting than Irish Shepherd’s Pie.  This traditional Irish recipe has been handed down for generations in our family.  We make this dish year round but it is a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day instead of corned beef and cabbage.   It is commonly made with ground lamb but you can use ground turkey or beef instead.  It is a wonderful way to add some vegetables to your dinner.  You can top it off with leftover mashed potatoes or Colcannon.  True comfort food with warmth, heartiness, and love! (more…)