Vanilla Sugar

August 8th, 2014


Vanilla sugar is such a simple and delicious way to use the entire vanilla bean. It is so simple that it is hard to even call it a “recipe”. Read the rest of this entry »

Grilled Brussel Sprout and Broccoflower Pizza

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.

 

Garlic Pesto Chicken

July 18th, 2014


Have you ever tried pesto? I saw it for the first time about a year ago….Standing there in the noodle aisle, doing what I always do; trying to get some inspiration from the food in front of me. I saw this little jar that struck my fancy. Skip forward, the pesto is still here. The stores version. Not so much.
So anytime I try something new, I immediately start thinking of ways I can make it different; make it my own. I love cooking. I love making food taste gooooooood! I LOVE seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they are trying a new food and the moment it hits their system, when the flavors come together and it all reaches their brain…THAT moment, is the moment that I cook for.
Pesto, it has many purposes, each one good in their own right. It can be an appetizer dip, spread on a bread or used with noodles; the possibilities are endless! And lucky for us, it’s easy to make. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Asian Slaw

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? Read the rest of this entry »

Spicy Coconut Kissed Egg Rolls with Dipping Sauce Trio

July 15th, 2014

 
One of my favorite add-ons is the Asian Pack!  It always gives me the excuse to make up a big batch of stir fry.  Today I wanted to do something different. Why not egg rolls! Simple enough, as all I needed were the wrappers. These egg rolls receive their heat from the dried Chiles de árbol in the pack.  The coconut kiss, is a result of the rolls being fried in Bountiful Baskets scented organic Coconut Oil. Trust me, my house smelled amazing all day! Read the rest of this entry »

Just Juice

July 10th, 2014


I have heard that I’m a “bird of a different feather” because in my house; fruit is the last thing to get used. Sometimes I have a hard time using it. I would much rather get all vegetables! I can use fruit to make pies, a snack here or there; but mostly, we struggle to use the fruit up. One thing I have found to help me beat the battle of the forgotten fruit is a juicer! Read the rest of this entry »

Firecracker Corn Dip

July 9th, 2014

If your family loves chips and dip, they will enjoy Firecracker Corn Dip. Making a spicy corn dip is easy and delicious.  With a few ingredients from the Firecracker Bountiful Basket add on, you can have a tasty dip perfect for a party!  Using the onions, garlic, and peppers, with corn and bell peppers makes a hearty and spicy dip. Corn dip can be served with tortilla chips or as a relish on any dish. This is mouth wateringly good! Read the rest of this entry »

Asian Spaghetti Squash Salad

June 10th, 2014

Spaghetti squash is a very versatile vegetable.  It can be used as a nutritious substitute for any pasta.  For our family weekend barbecue, I decided to make a pasta salad.  I used spaghetti squash as the pasta in my recipe for Asian Salad.  It was a family favorite!

Asian Spaghetti Squash Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 head lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced, diced
  • 1 summer squash, sliced diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tblsp sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup peanuts

Instructions

  1. Pierce spaghetti squash and microwave for 10 minutes
  2. When cool, slice open and remove seeds
  3. Shred spaghetti inside the squash with a fork into a bowl
  4. Discard outer spaghetti squash shell
  5. Let cool and then add other ingredients
  6. Add cabbage, lettuce, diced red bell pepper, onion, and squash
  7. Stir together
  8. Now make the dressing!
  9. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil and vinegar
  10. Add soy sauce and sesame oil
  11. Add brown sugar and grated ginger root and garlic
  12. Add lime juice
  13. Stir until mixed well
  14. Drizzle dressing over the spaghetti squash salad mixture
  15. Toss the salad and sprinkle the peanuts over the top
  16. Serve and enjoy!

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

June 10th, 2014

 

 

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Red or russet potatoes (I leave the skin on my red potatoes but peel the russet) cut into bite size chunks
  • 6 eggs hard boiled
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • ½ onion chopped or 6 green onions chopped
  • 12 ounces of bacon sliced into little pieces and cooked. Reserving the grease from the bacon
  • Salt, Pepper and Paprika to season with
  • 1/2- 1 cup Mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. While your potatoes and eggs boil, start to cook your bacon pieces stirring frequently.
  2. Cut up the celery and onion. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Once the potatoes are cooked to your desired doneness (For me, I think I boiled them for about 10-15 minutes or until fork tender) drain them and add them to the bowl of chopped celery and onion.
  4. Let the bacon cool in the grease when it is done cooking.
  5. Cool the eggs under cold water when they are done cooking. Peel and cut them up and add them to the bowl with all the other ingredients.
  6. Start with adding ½ a cup of mayonnaise to your mixing bowl of ingredients stir it gently as you mix it up. Add the bacon pieces and some of the grease to your mixture along with a little salt, pepper and paprika to your taste. If your mixture seems dry just add ¼ cup of mayonnaise at a time until you get it to the desired texted you like. I use about ¾ cups of mayonnaise and all the grease from the bacon. I wouldn’t dump all the grease in at once. Just add a little at a time and take little tastes your salad mixture to make sure it tastes good to you.
  7. Cover and let it chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving. The longer the salad sets and the flavors marinade together, the better the salad tastes to me.
In our house on your birthday you get to pick your favorite meal to have for dinner.  My husbands birthday came around the other day and I decided (not him) to make KC Strip steaks, green beans and his favorite bacon potato salad. I am not a potato salad lover but I do like this one.  I got the new picnic pack add-on  along with my conventional basket recently so, I had everything but the bacon, eggs and a couple other ingredients to make his favorite salad. The picnic pack had red potatoes and onion in it and my conventional basket had celery.  Needless to say when my hubby came into the kitchen to dish up his dinner plate, he was thrilled to see his favorite potato salad. Happy Birthday Kevin!

 

 

Scalloped Carrots

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!