Sweet and Savory Stuffing

Christmas morning. … Turkey is brining, new, space age Super Wave Oven ready on the counter.   Now what?
Potatoes?   Cranberries?  Waldorf salad?  No.   Stuffing.   Oh,  you mean dressing?  No,  stuffing.  Same concept up until the baking.   I love mine the old fashioned way-stuffed inside the bird while it roasts,  absorbing all those juices and adding touches of flavor to the bird.

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Chicken Saltimbocca

One of my favorite things that I have ever gotten at an Italian restaurant was Chicken Saltimboca (from Bucca Di Peppo’s). This is not a restaurant that we can go to all the time. They are EXPENSIVE! I set out to remake the chicken that I order every time. Numerous attempts later (and the addition of some awesome chicken from the latest protein drop), I think I’ve found a pretty close duplicate. Saltimbocca literally translates to “jump in the mouth” and that is what this chicken does!
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Tomato Chips or Tomato Powder

We love tomatoes!  Whether it’s a bowl of pasta with homemade sauce or fried green tomatoes we love them in any and every possible way.  Recently I decided to do something a little different.  I decided to try my hand at tomato chips.  Yep, you read that  right, tomato chips.  I don’t buy chips because it’s too easy to sit and consume an entire bag before you realize what you are doing but with tomato chips you don’t have to worry about the added fat, cholesterol or preservatives.  The super cool thing about these chips is that you can also grind them into powder.  My kids say it smells like spaghetti in a jar because of the herbs used.  Once ground you can add tomato powder to soups, meats, eggs, anything you want, the possibilities are endless.  Customize them to your liking, use different herbs and spices, go nuts!

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Italian Burgers


As I was making hamburgers for our Labor Day meal, I looked around the pantry to see what I could come up with to season the meat.  (My family knows that I NEVER  make hamburgers the same way twice.  EVER.)  I saw I had a lot of basil, onions, and some garlic left from the two Italian packs I contributed for…. and that case of Roma tomatoes I just got…. and WHA-LA.  Italian burgers were made!  I got so excited about the idea because I just love basil. LOVE it!
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Homemade Onion Powder

A couple of days ago I was standing at the stove making dinner when I glanced over to the counter and realized that I had 7 onions.  “Hmmmm…”, I thought to myself, “I need to get rid of those.”  My Mom had already asked for a couple so that solved part of the issue.  I then checked my onion stash in the freezer only to realized I still had 10-1cup portions already frozen.  Then, suddenly, I had an “Aha!” moment.  Not a major aha like the solution to world piece or how to eat 15lbs. a chocolate a day and not gain weight, just a little aha that would ultimately save me money and expand our basket goodies even more.
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Herbs Are Your Friend

by Lisa Y

Occasionally we are fortunate to have the option of adding an herb pack to our Bountiful Baskets. One thing I noticed the last time we had this offering was the hesitation of so many who have never used fresh herbs, either because of fear of the unknown, or because they’ve never had fresh herbs available to them.

In this “mini tutorial I’m going to try to “unlock the mystery” of fresh herbs, give suggestions on using them, and give a couple of tips for drying fresh herbs to use later.
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