Monday, December 19, 2016

Rainbow veggies.

Onion, tomato, zucchini, yellow squash, you can also use eggplant - Slice thin. After drizzling on olive oil, sprinkle on Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, sea salt, onion & garlic powder. Then mozzarella. Bake 375 approx 30 min, just depends on how firm you like your veggies

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Zucchini bread with blueberries....frosting unneeded

blueberry zucchini cake with lemon buttercream


      • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
      • 1 cup vegetable oil
      • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
      • 2 cups finely shredded and drained zucchini
      • 3 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 pint fresh blueberries (you can reserve a few for garnish if so desired)

      Lemon Buttercream

      • 1 cup butter, room temperature
      • 3 1/2 cups confectioners\' sugar
      • 1 lemon, juice and zest of (about 2 tablespoons)
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/8 teaspoon salt


      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans.
      2. Grate a large zucchini (or two small zucchini) and place in a clean dish towel. Squeeze until most of the liquid comes out. You will want to have 2 total cups of shredded zucchini after it has been drained. Set aside.
      3. In a large bowl and using a hand mixer, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini.
      4. Slowly add in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Gently fold in the blueberries. Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans.
      5. Bake 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

      Lemon Buttercream

      1. Combine butter, sugar and salt and beat till well combined.
      2. Add lemon juice and vanilla and continue to beat for another 3 to 5 minute or until creamy.
      3. Fold in zest (If you are piping this buttercream, I recommend leaving out the zest).

      Pesto Chicken Bake-big hit

      Chicken Breast in baking pan, cover with pesto, sliced roma tomatos (lots!) add artichoke hearts too! top with Mozzarella cheese
      Bake at 400 for 40 min.

      Sandwich bread


      Ingredients: For 2 large pans,
      2 cup lukewarm water
      2/3 cup lukewarm milk
      6 tablespoons butter
      7 1/2 cups Bread Flour (For this test batch, I used 1/3rd Whole Wheat flour, 1/3rd regular flour and 1/3rd Bread flour)
      6 tablespoons sugar
      3 teaspoons salt
      3 teaspoons active dry yeast or instant yeast
      2 T Wheat Gluten (optional, but it helps!)
      Mix till just together, wait 10 min. Knead the ingredients at least 10 minutes-don't add too much flour, let rise for 1 hour in greased bowl, punch down, press into square, cut in half and roll/ shape into 2 smooth loaves, and place in a pan (9 ̋ x 5 ̋). Let rise until the bread crowns just above the rim of the pan, and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to cooling rack, immediately brush with butter and cool before cutting.



      This slow cooker butternut soup is rich, creamy, and full of delicious butternut flavor.
      • 2 cups vegetable stock (I used a whole box)
      • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
      • 1 carrot, peeled and diced(or a bag or so of baby carrots....sweet flavor)
      • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
      • 1 medium (uncooked) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
      • 1 sprig fresh sage
      • 1 white onion, diced
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
      • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, or more to taste
      • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
      • pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg
      • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk( just use the whole can)
      • optional garnishes: extra coconut milk and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (or smoked paprika)


      Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, sage, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg to a slow cooker.  Toss to combine.
      Cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high, or until the squash is completely tender and mashes easily with a fork.  Remove and discard the sage.  Stir in the coconut milk.
      Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.  (Or you can transfer the soup in two batches into a traditional blender, and puree until smooth, being very careful when working with the hot liquid.)  Taste, and season with additional salt, pepper and cayenne if needed.
      Serve warm, with optional garnishes if desired

      Thursday, January 1, 2015

      Creamy (Dairy-Free) Tomato Soup *Whole 30*

      Cream is a bit of a misnomer in this title, as in fact there is no cream in this recipe. Instead, coconut milk adds a velvety, creamy texture to this soup, miraculously without adding any coconut flavor. This soup is perfect to have on hand for those chilly fall or winter days. Top with some grilled chicken or shrimp to transform it into a one-dish meal. A word of caution: Hot liquids and blenders can be a very dangerous thing! As hot liquids will expand when blended, you want to make sure not to fill up your blender too high, and always cover the lid of the blender with a dish towel, pressing down firmly on the lid, to keep any escaping liquid from splattering all over your kitchen!

      • 2 tablespoons oil or cooking fat of choice
      • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
      • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
      • One 28-ounce can crushed, diced or whole peeled tomatoes (San Marzano or home canned are best!)
      • 11⁄2 cups chicken stock (use vegetable stock if making vegetarian)
      • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
      • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil, plus 1 tablespoon for garnishing
      • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
      • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
      1. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot that is already hot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, and sauté until just about translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.
      2. Mix in the remaining ingredients, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
      3. Carefully pour a cup or two of the soup mixture into a blender (until it is only halfway full) and puree until smooth. Remove to a separate soup pot or container, and repeat with the remaining soup mixture, working in batches. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender to puree the soup mixture.
      4. Serve hot, topped with some minced basil for garnish.

      Sunday, December 28, 2014

      Traditional Potato Latkes

      Traditional Potato Latkes
      Makes approx. 20 pancakes 
                     4-5 potatoes
                     2 white onions
                     3 eggs, beaten
                     1/2 cup all-purpose flour
                     1 1/2 teaspoon salt
                     1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
                     vegetable/canola oil,  for frying
                     sour cream, garnish
                     apple sauce, garnish
      1              Peel potatoes and place with onions in food processor. Pulse with fitted knife blade until smooth and creamy.
      2              In a large bowl, combine the potato mixture with eggs, and season with salt and pepper. Add (enough) flour so that everything stays together and doesn’t fall apart.
      3              In a large frying pan or deep skillet, carefully heat 1 inch of oil on medium-high heat.
      4              Gently place 1/4 cup of latke mixture into the oil and flatten a little so that it will cook evenly. Cook each side until cooked through and golden brown, then transfer onto paper towels to drain. Continue with the rest of latkes.

      Serve latkes hot, with sour cream and apple sauce.