Sunday, November 4, 2012

Potato leek soup

My first recipe out of mastering the art of french cooking, by Julia child, et. Al.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pancetta and Gruyère Breakfast Casserole

1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tb Milk

4 cups cubed, stale challalha bread

1 tb peanut oil
1/2 pound diced panchette
1 or 2 small shallots (optional)
dash of salt
pinch of sugar

1 cup shredded Gruyère

6 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
dash of salt and pepper

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spicy (buffalo) Vinegar

As you use your pickled peppers, or make hot sauce, save the mixture for Spicy Vinegar

Just strain the mixture into a clean container..

Add to veggies, salads or where ever you use vinegar...

Good and spicy!

Buffalo Dressing

Buffalo Dressing is the middle jar..

Oil, Olive, Peanut, whatever you prefer

Place Hot Sauce in blender

Drizzle in Oil, while blender is running,  until consistency you like in a dressing...roughly half a part oil to 1 part hot sauce

Pop open top of blender and use a spout to drizzle in oilll

Keep in fridge..should keep for a couple of months or so, but it won't last that long!

Roasted Hot Sauces; Thick and Thin

Picked Peppers, partially drained

Drain some of the vinegar / water mixture from the pickled peppers, and add peppers to the blender

Blend till very smooth

Strain sauce through a sieve, if you prefer a thinner sauce

You can strain it all, for thin sauce, or just some of it....I kept some thicker and made some thin..

Date your container..

I put the solid bits drained from the thin sauce, back into the blender and whiled it for a bit more..

Pour the thicker sauce into a jar and date!

Use the sauce on anything.  Jeff puts hot sauce on everything from eggs to biscuits and grav..

Store in the fridge, it should keep for a long, long time..

You can also use the thicker sauce and make a buffalo dressing..YUM!

Pickled Peppers

Pickled Peppers

Clockwise from Smallest Jar

I roasted all the peppers from my CSA share one evening... I soaked them in a water, vinegar and salt solution for several weeks,for some pickled peppers.  Then I used to Pickled Peppers to make some hot sauces.

Bunch of your favorite peppers
Salt, Chopped Onion, Chopped Garlic to taste
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Optional
50/50 mixture of water and vinegar to cover peppers

Set oven to broil

Wash peppers

Arrange peppers in a single layer in a baking dish

 Turn peppers every few minutes until charred

Wearing Gloves, rub off the charred skins...

 Rinse remaining bits of charred skin off

Roughly chop peppers

Place in a large jar

Add salt, chopped onion, and chopped garlic to taste

Cover with 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar

Add crushed Red Pepper, if you prefer your peppers really spicy

Give a good shake and let rest in the fridge for several days to several weeks.   They should keep for quite sometime....
Use them as in, in sandwiches, salads and veggie dishes..or use them for hot sauces, dressing and vinegar..

How to Make Sweet Rice (Glutinous)

Sweet rice, isn't really sweet, it's a Glutinous rice, meaning sticky (not with actual gluten).  It cooks up a little like southern grits texture.  It's great for eating with soup for a filling meal.  It's also good for dessert type receipes and can be rolled into balls.

It can be pricey and hard to find.  I bought it at a Japanese Market in town, you can locate it on amazon, if you can't find it anywhere else.

2 Cups Sweet Rice
4 1/2 Cups Water
2 Tsp Salt
2 Tb Butter

Cook over high heat till boiling.

Turn stove down to Med-Low and Cook for 15 minutes

Remove from heat and let rest for 15 minutes

Give a good stir before serving.

I put a pile in the middle of a large bowl and poured our soup around it.  It was heavenly.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pickled Garlic

Canned Pickled Garlic

3 pound peeled, cleaned garlic
4 cups 5% acidity white vinegar
3 Tbl pickling Salt
Herbs and Spices, optional

Cleaning and peeling garlic is a lot of work. Save sometime and buy a big bag from your local wholesale club like Sam's Club or Costco.  Or an asian market.

More to come..

Cantaloupe Jam

What started out as a beautiful cantaloupe, turns into a heavenly jam...


1 X-Large Cantaloupe, Cubed
2 Cups Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean, cut into pieces

Bits of Vanilla Bean

Stir Sugar, Bean, and cantaloupe in pot over med heat

O'hana - Walt Disney World Resort; Orlando, FL

Wood-fired skewered Meats..

Gramaldi's Pizzera - New York, NY


Sunflower, Dublin, OH - Beef Chow Fun

Sunflower Restaurant
7370 Sawmill Road  Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 764-7888

Beef Chow Fun

Cherries, Brandied

Brandied Cherries

Great for cocktail garnishes or a quick sweet bite now and then...keep a jar in the fridge, they won't last long..


2 Cups Brandy
1 Cup Red Wine
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
3 Pounds Pitted Cherries (Fresh when in season, but Frozen will due in a pinch)

Goodies Co. Box - Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Square

Wonderfully soft, very chocolaty...can satisfy a chocolate and cookie craving all in one.

Fiber, Protein, Low fat and good taste...and only 160 calories.  A healthful alternative to cookies.

Description per Card:

"Made with whole grains, agave, sweet potatoes and beans, the indulgence is really not indulgent at all."

Look for them in your local store, like Giant Eagle, Kroger or Wal-Mart

of find them online at Amazon.

PS - check out these bars from Kashi, they are heavenly!

A fun Beta Test - Goodies Co. Taster's Box - 1

I got to be part of goodies beta test.

My first Goodies Box!

Goodies is a new company that sends a taster's box monthly for a low monthly cost (mine started at $7.00 monthly, including the shipping)...not sure if the price will change....but it was a great deal for several sample size goodies, I would otherwise not know about!

What's inside..
Containing a 1 serving sample of:

snackLets Kale Chips
Sensible Food Crunch Dried (R) Snacks
Wai Lana Chips

A nice description card...

Back Side of Description Card

I can't wait to give them all a try!

Check them out on facebook...and request an invitation to their beta test...I haven't been disapointed yet..