Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Healthified" Pumpkin Bread - Recipe

Here is another good recipe that takes advantage of your food storage. You can use your dry egg powder in place of fresh, powdered milk and of either canned or frozen pumpkin.
Healthified Pumpkin Bread  from EatBetter America
Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:2 hr 40 min
makes:2 loaves (12 slices each)
2cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 1/2cups Gold Medal® whole wheat flour
2cups sugar
2teaspoons baking soda
1teaspoon baking powder
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon ground cinnamon
1teaspoon ground nutmeg
1teaspoon ground allspice
1/2teaspoon ground cloves
1can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1cup fat-free (skim) milk
3/4cup fat-free egg product
1/2cup canola oil
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottoms only of two 9x5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves until well blended.
  • In medium bowl, mix pumpkin, milk, egg product and oil until well blended. Stir into flour mixture until well blended. Spoon batter evenly into pans.
  • Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Decrease baking soda to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

"Healthified" Pumpkin Bread - Whole Grains - Eat Better America

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cooking a Whole Turkey in a Pressure Cooker

I've had my pressure canner now for a few months, and have only used it a few times. I have a small pressure cooker, but it isn't large enough to cook a turkey in. Since I've been wanting to try pressure cooking a whole turkey, I defrosted one I had in the deep freeze and got it ready for cooking. I must say, that this is the easiest way to prepare a turkey, with the best results as well. After taking all of the organs and pieces out of the cavity, and rinsing the entire bird, I put it in the pressure canner, filled the cavity with carrots and onion and put about 2 cups of chicken broth in. Put the lid on, got it cooking, put the pressure value on and got it up to 15 pounds of pressure. It cooked for 40 minutes. I couldn't believe how the meat just fell off of the bone! Pug and Luigi were very excited when I got to the point of taking the lid off. The aroma was amazing. I put on a plastic glove, and just picked the turkey off, discarded the bones, and fed pieces of turkey to the dogs here and there. I took my first bite and couldn't believe how tasty it was! Below, see what one 15 pound turkey yielded. I got 8 cups of broth, and plenty of turkey to last us for sandwiches and to serve with the carrots from the pot, left over green beans and mashed potatoes. I am going to stock up on turkeys on sale this fall. This one cost me $5 last December. I might pressure cook the meat, then put the meat into jars and pressure can them. Same with the broth. Try this method of cooking a turkey. I think you'll find this easy to prepare and the clean up was very quick and easy.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I'm a featured blogger at Alive!

Alive! Southern Utah's Online Lifestyle Magazine featured me this month in their Taste section! How cool is that? I'm mentioned toward the end of the great article on Farmer's Markets in the Southern Utah region. There is some helpful information for those wanting to sell items at the markets. Go check it out! I'm really enjoying the great articles written by Rachelle and others. Definitely a site to bookmark and refer to often.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sliced Tomato Sandwich on Croissant with Balsamic Drizzle

This is officially my favorite summer food right now! I had this sandwich for lunch yesterday, and again for lunch today. Delicious! It is a Tomato Sandwich on Croissant with Balsamic Drizzle. Begin with a croissant. I got a flat of them at Costco. You can find them in the larger grocery stores. Slice it lengthwise, in half. Find some ripe, ready to eat tomatoes, either from your garden or farmers market (or in my case, Costco!)
Slice the tomatoes. I like the slices on the thick side. Layer them on the bottom half of the croissant.
Crack some fresh pepper and salt on the tomatoes, to taste.
Drizzle some balsamic reduction on the tomatoes. I am addicted to this stuff. Low calories and totally delish! I bought mine at Whole Foods. I might start carrying it on my blog for those of you who can't find it in stores. It is perfect on salads instead of heavy dressing.
Yummmmmy! See how fantastic that looks?
There you have it! Enjoy all of those tomatoes this summer. And if you have extra from your garden, share this recipe and a few tomatoes with your neighbor or friend. They'll love you for it!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Awesome Potato Cauliflower Salad

I've been trying to use up the food I have on hand in the refrigerator. I had 1/2 head of cauliflower and some celery. I also needed to use the new potatoes and red onions. So, after googling a bit, I found a recipe for cauliflower salad on Spark People and thought I'd just add that to the potatoes and improvise from there. Look at how yummy it turned out!! It tastes so good, I immediately made it my lunch; a cup full on a bed of romaine!

Check out the red onion, bits of bacon, chopped celery. YUM! And I'm not really a huge potato salad fan.
You can see the mustard seeds also...

I diced a red onion...used my handy dandy dicer thing that you see on TV. Added 1/2 c. diced red onion.

I chopped up about 3-4 stalks of celery, finely chopped.

I boiled 8 medium size new potatoes, diced bite sized. I steamed the bite sized cauliflower pieces in a steaming tray above the potatoes....they cooked up first, then I just took them off and rinsed them with cold water.

I added 4-5 pieces of cooked bacon, diced. You could use bacon bits, about 1/2 c. I used 3/4 c. mayo, 1-2 TBSP of country style brown mustard and 1 heaping TBSP of pickle relish.
This recipe is so easy to make. You can add more cauliflower, and less potatoes if you want. Give it a try, and tell me how you like it! Click on the pictures, and you can see all of this deliciousness up close and personal!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pug loves tomatoes, too!

Here is my little patch of garden happiness! The two lemon cucumber plants are going crazy. I put my vintage garden gate behind the planter and the plants have almost completely covered it! Off to the right I have pots of heirloom tomatoes, green onions and herbs.

This morning, I decided that it was time to pick the tomato that was nearly perfectly ripe. I have been checking the cucumber plant daily, only to find 1" cukes. Well, hello! Today look what I found. That little lemon cuke took me by surprise! EXCITING!

Everything was WONDERFUL! I had taken the dogs for an early morning walk up the canyon, I picked a tomato, leaving another behind so I could pick it tomorrow. I found and picked a lemon cucumber. LIFE IS GOOD! Enter, our fun dog, PUG ......

Can you see that he is looking guilty???!!! FYI, they already had their first meal of the day. Pug is on weight control dog food to keep his boyish figure. Well, below, note the tomato that I left on the vine. Waiting for another day of 104* weather to get it to full ripeness. Yep, I was going to pick it tomorrow. Just ONE.MORE.DAY! I went in to put my cuke and tomato on the counter in the house. As I went back outside, who do I see chomping on a tomato??? Yea, you know the answer...hmmmmppp!

Here is a picture of Luigi, smelling the borage and nasturtiums. He isn't food motivated like PUG, just an Italian Greyhound, enjoying a good smell!

At least I have a cucumber and more on the way...

And I have a tomato, and some more green ones *going to find something to keep Pug out of them today*.
If any of your produce is missing from you garden, better keep an eye on your dog!

Awwww, he's just a little guy after all. Guess I'll forgive him, after I put up some chicken wire!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

All American Pressure Cooker/Canner

Here is a picture of my latest kitchen purchase. It is the All-American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner! Isn't she a beauty? I bought it from Amazon...truly a great price! I am going to use this baby for the first time tomorrow morning. I am going to make Italian Wedding soup, and pressure can it to use later. I have some spinach I need to use up, some vegetable broth in the freezer, and some frozen mini meatballs that I can defrost. I'll take pictures and show you how nice the jars look afterwards. Making and canning soup is more nutritious and tastes better. I joined a canning group on yahoo. These people sure know their canning! I have the latest copy of Ball's Blue Book, so I'm ready to go. I get so much produce each week from Bountiful Baskets, that I want to use it all, and not waste any. Do you put up your own food? What are you doing these days to stock your pantry?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bountiful Baskets Pick-up and Strawberries

I've been trying to keep up with all of the produce I get from Bountiful Baskets . Every spare minute I have, I'm peeling, cutting, dicing and otherwise getting the produce ready to use. After I finished peeling, slicing and storing the cucumbers, son #4 comes into the kitchen and asks if we have any. Of course, I directed him to the proper container. There is no excuse for not eating veges when they are ready-to-eat!

Today was another pick-up day for produce. I got 2 flats of strawberries. Tonight, after son #4's chamber orchestra performance, I am going to get them washed and freeze them in a single layer on cookie sheets, then, when frozen, will put them into ziplock freezer bags. We like to use strawberries for smoothies in the morning, and these were such a great price at $8/case (8#).

I made some vegetable soup stock yesterday using some wilted celery, a couple of carrots, some zucchini and seasonings. I made 3 quart containers of soup stock, and it smelled and tasted fantastic. Making soup stock is a great way to use vegetables that are a little past their prime. Those are now in the freezer. It will come in handy for making risotto, soup, or for using in other recipes.

I also froze a bunch of greens for smoothies. They were washed, put into my lettuce spinner and then packed into ziplock freezer bags.

Finally, I baked all of the yams I had, and am using them tonight for a yummy sweet potato casserole. I'll share the recipe for that later tonight. I'm making mini turkey meatloaf to go with the casserole. I'll probably include a green salad.

Hope that you are having a fantastic Easter weekend!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bountiful Baskets Haul from March 6, 2010

Yesterday was the first day of Bountiful Baskets at Tuacahn, where I am one of the site coordinators. I think it went very well, all things considered. Take a look at the wonderful produce we got! I can't say enough good things about this coop. The bread is amazing, and the produce is fantastic.

Below is the Mex-pack...I've already used the green onions and 6 zucchinis (some from the mexi-pack and some from my basket) in the roasted zucchini with feta cheese recipe I made as a part of dinner tonight. I got the recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen, and it is delicious!
Five loaves of 9 grain bread....$10. It is really good! Some is going in the freezer.
Below is what I got from the standard basket, which costs $15. Lots of bananas, tangerines, apples (braeburn), spinach, cabbage, zucchinis, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, asparagus and red leaf lettuce.

Since I am a site coordinator, I was able to order a couple of cases of organic blueberries for $15. Can I tell you how thrilled I am about that! Of course, my family is gobbling them up!

We are really enjoying Bountiful Baskets! Check it out at .

Thursday, February 25, 2010

White Bean and Chicken Chili with Italian Cheese Bread

My computer is officially incompatible with my cameras and flip video. Now how's that for the worst thing that can happen to a blogger? Old camera technology with new computer is a recipe for disaster. Bummer. Anyway, my son took pictures for me last night, so, I'm happy about that!

And then, while blog hopping, I came across this recipe for easy Italian Cheese Bread. It was the perfect complement to the chili.

Last night we ate White Bean and Chicken Chili , recipe from Giada. We love this recipe, because it is so versatile. I use canned chicken chunks (because I have a huge stockpile of them in the basement pantry).

Here is the link for Italian Cheese Bread. This is comfort style food, which works well with my 4 young adult sons.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wilted Green Beans with Red Onion

My friend, Char, gave me a wonderful cookbook last fall. I really love it! Our friend, Martha, had checked the book out of the library, and Char thought we both needed our own copy. The recipes are easy yet satisfying. I had a big package of green beans (Costo purchase of course!) that needed to be used, so I thumbed through The Simpler the Better by Leslie Revsin, and found this very easy but delicious recipe for wilted green beans with red onion!

First, begin by rinsing and trimming your green beans, and put them in a large pot.

You'll need some olive oil and red onion. And red wine vinegar (I put white in the picture..oops!).
Slice a red onion, thinly sliced. I used a mandoline.

Put the green beans and red onion in the pot, and drizzle with a few TBSP of olive oil and some salt to taste.

Cook on high until it begins to sizzle, then reduce to low and cover for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Take off heat, and add a few teaspoons of red wine vinegar. YUMMY!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Teriyaki Chicken in Slow Cooker

Even though you plan a menu for the week, sometimes you need to make a change. My friend, Char, gave me a lot of bok choy from her garden, so I decided I better use it before I pick up my Bountiful Baskets produce this Saturday ( I ordered the Asian selection along with a regular basket, which includes bok choy) . After google searching, I found this Teriyaki Chicken in Slow Cooker recipe. The great thing about it is that it calls for 6 cups of bok choy! This really tasted fantastic.

Teriyaki Chicken cooking in Crockpot


3 1/2 pounds skinless chicken pieces
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1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger, or 1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 minced cloves garlic
6 cups sliced bok choy
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Put  chicken in a 3-1/2 to 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce broth, water, sesame oil, ginger, vinegar, and garlic. Pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, reserving cooking liquid in cooker. Cover chicken with foil, keep warm.
Stir bok-choy into liquid in cooker. Cover, let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer bok choy to platter with chicken. Sprinkle chicken and bok choy with sesame seeds if desired. Spoon a little of the liquid from cooker over chicken and rice.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Broccoli plants are getting bigger!

Well, I have no idea how this broccoli will taste, but the broccoli heads are starting to grow. Here are a couple of pictures that show how the plants in this large pot are doing.

I'll keep you posted on when I harvest the heads! I am sure it will be in the next few weeks. It starts really warming up in St. George by March/April.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Turkey Cutlets with Peach-Vinegar Glaze

I was in Smith's a couple of days ago and was trolling the meat counter for marked-down meat. I saw several packages of Jennie-O meat products, and the price looked good to me. I bought 3 packages of Turkey Burger Patties (4/pack) and one package of Turkey Tenders (or something like that) for $2.29/package.
I have a great recipe for Turkey Cutlets with Peach-Vinegar Glaze. You should give it a try. It is very yummy!

6 Turkey breast cutlets 3/4" thick (I used the burger patties....they work fine)
3 tsp seasoned pepper (garlic, lemon or blend....I use lemon)
3 tsp olive oil
3/4 c. red onion
3/4 c. chicken broth
3/4 c. peach jam (I just pureed a pint of apricots, added 1/4 c. sugar and simmered it)
3 TBSP balsamic vinegar

Rub turkey on both sides with seasoned pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet over med-high heat and cook turkey until browned on one die; turn and add onion to the pan. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until onion is tender, about a minute. Add broth, jam and vinegar to the pan; cover, lower heat and simmer 8-10 minutes. Serve turkey with pan sauce over rice or pasta.

Above, the patties have been browned and the red onion added. Below, the apricot puree cooked with some sugar. I know, I'm creative in the kitchen. But really, who wants to keep running to the store? Not me.

Here is the delicious dish below, served over mini Farfalle pasta! It was so good. Everyone raved!
I enjoyed a glass of OJ with mine. It is a nice comfort food meal without a ton of calories.

Check out my impromptu center-piece for the roses in a yellow ware bowl.

Broccoli in my garden!

Just look at that head of broccoli beginning to form! I've neglected my pots, but moved them off of the patio to get some rain, and look what I found.....

Here are some of the pictures from my patio garden! Cauliflower ....
....and some spinach...that obviously needs some fertilizer!

There is Luigi, getting a little stretch in......Lettuce at the lower right...

Wow...see the little head of broccoli starting to form!!! I am so excited!

I actually have several heads of broccoli forming. I love having a garden! Even in January!