Monday, December 24, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
I modified this recipe.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup sugar (minus a tablespoon)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sweet potato mash (or pumpkin puree like the original recipe says)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup milk of choice (I used sesame.)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Monday, November 26, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Bret is less than thrilled with the color. He thinks i am tying to make sure this car is all mine and not "ours." it is not my fault that was the only fabric i had on hand that worked. Now that i practiced on scraps maybe i can make a nicer one he approves of.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I did change a bit. Here's my version:
- 1 pound dry red kidney beans
- 4 tsp minced garlic
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 4 pieces celery
- 1 large bell pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke (instead of one of these she recommends 1-2 teaspoons chopped chipotle pepper, in adobo)
- 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
- cooked rice, to serve
- Cover the beans with water 2 inches over beans and soak overnight. Drain and rinse.
- Put the beans back in the pot and cover them with water 2 inches above level of beans. Put over high heat to begin cooking while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Chop the garlic, onion, celery, and bell pepper very finely, and the fastest and best way to do this is in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add this to the pot on the stove. Add the remaining ingredients, except the salt and the rice.
- When the beans reach a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring every now and then, until they are completely tender and falling apart. This can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending upon the age of your beans. (Add more water as necessary to keep them hydrated.) When they are completely tender, add the salt to taste, and check the seasonings. Add any additional spices you want, and cook for at least 10 more minutes, until sauce is thick and beans are disintegrating. Remove the bay leaves, and serve over rice.
If your beans are old, they may never disintegrate, or at least not in time for dinner. What you have to do is take out a bunch of them, mash them up well, and add them back into the pot (or use a hand blender right in the pot). Then proceed as though they had fallen apart on their own.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Four Loaves Whole Wheat Bread (made in Bosch Mixer)
- 7 cups Whole Wheat Flour (I usually substitute 1 cup with ground white beans and/or oatmeal)
- 2/3 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
- 2 tablespoons Active Dry Yeast
- 5 cups Hot Water
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- 2/3 cup Water
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 4 cups Whole Wheat Four
- Mix 7 cups flour, 2/3 cup gluten, and 2 tablespoons yeast.
- Add 5 cups hot water.
- Mix 1 minute then let rest for 10 minutes.
- Add 1 tablespoon salt, 2/3 cup water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Mix.
- Add 4 cups flour gradually until just barely sticky.
- Knead 6 minutes.
- Shape dough into 4 loaves. Place in greased pans or on a baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F.
- Bake 30-35 minutes. Without sugar it won't get extremely brown until it is overdone. (The picture is from a recipe made with oil and sugar.)
- Let cool, then slice.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
I am no food blogger and don't aspire to be one, which is good since my photos are done with a cell phone in my dark kitchen, but I do want to record somewhere delicious recipes when I cook them so I can have a reference to go back to.
Today's dish is a tweak on a recipe I found online. Apparently kale is all the rage these days - even Costco is selling it. Sam's Club may start selling it in 10 years if the trend catches on solidly enough.
Cherry Orange Kale Quinoa Salad
2 cups chopped kale (I used baby since that's what Costco sells)
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/3 cup chopped dried cherries (craisins would probably be really good too)
1/3 cup chopped roasted pistachios
1/2 an orange sliced into sections
zest of one orange
juice of half an orange
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Mix together the zest, juice, garlic, oil, and salt and pepper. Combine all the chunky ingredients (first five) and toss with the dressing.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
6 pounds of tomatoes
1 large onion
few splashes of balsamic vinegar
1/2 C fresh basil
1/4 C fresh parsley
Chop the tomatoes, onion, and carrots. Toss with vinegar (and oil if you are feeling like it). Roast them all in the oven at 400 for 60 minutes.
Roughly chop the herbs and throw them in a large pot with the garlic.
Once the vegetables are roasted pour them on top of the herbs.
Let them sit and "cook" for a bit.
Puree with an immersion blender and pour into jars.
I opted to freeze mine. This made about 6-8 cups of sauce.
8 cloves of garlic
Monday, October 8, 2012
2 medium bananas
2/3 c "milk"
2 Tbs maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
12ish pieces of whole wheat bread
Whiz everything together with an immersion blender (except the bread) and then dip the bread in it. Coat both sides and then "fry" for 3 or more minutes each side until the color you like it. Really good with nutbutter or just plain.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
4 tomatoes diced
2 jalapenos (minced and deseeded)
1 large minced onion
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs cider vinegar
Bunch of cilantro minced if you have it, which I didn't, but I wish I had since I love it!
Thanks to Bret's brother Seth for the basic recipe.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Anyone want some eggs or butter? I really stocked up back when he could eat a stick of butter a day.