One of the things Mom made that I adored. A big bowl full of crunchy happiness. See the recipe here.
Making homemade crackers has been on my mind for a long time. Yesterday, for no apparent reason, seemed like the perfect time to give it a try. They were wonderful, easy treats to make and they'll be beautiful alongside the ubiquitous spinach dip at the next party - people can't ever seem to get enough of it. Click for the easy cracker recipe - and here for the ridiculously good spinach dip. We enjoyed this batch of crackers with extra sharp cheddar cheese, salami, and au naturel. Delightfully crunchy!
Begging to be eaten - crispy, tasty woven bacon!
I noticed a glaring omission in my blog entries - where is the woven bacon? A question you may well ask yourself after feasting your eyes on these magical squares.
Tonight for dinner I had a nice little pork loin and I decided to wrap it in bacon heaven. Sadly, dinner was late because it took a long time to cook, but happily, it was delicious!
While I wait for help restoring my original blog entry, here's a link to all it's crispy goodness.
LATER NOTE: Blog not lost! There is a teeny, tiny "Previous" link at the bottom of the page that takes you to the older entries. It's not very obvious!
Still warm! Fresh, Organic, Free-Range Chicken Eggs
After working non-stop in January, my first day off in a month was doubly rewarding with some beautiful fresh eggs - the first gifts ever from our hens.
What a wonderful way to start a weekend!
Three months ago today, our first pullet hens
moved into the new coop.
This morning we had our first AMAZING farm-fresh eggs. I can't stop grinning! Click to read more and see pictures of our coop and my first fried egg!
Apple Oatmeal Squares with milk
Some new recipes....
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night - and - day.
These two recipes have nothing at all in common except they are both delicious.
Pico de Gallo - Fresh Salsa
Fall may be upon us, but my tomato plants are finally bursting with ripe tomatoes, after meager pickings all summer.
Steve harvested our home-grown sweet white onions (all 4 of them) and some incredibly small heads of garlic and I decided to make another batch of Pico de Gallo.
Store bought ingredients work great also, but there's something about knowing that all of the ingredients were grown right here (except the Cilantro which we've not had any luck growing). To see my simple recipe click here
Motivation to start canning came in the form of a tasty chili recipe that we can't seem to get enough of. We decided we liked it better than our pantry staple, Dennison's, and that we'd much rather reach for a "can" of ours.
Steve and I have talked about canning off and on for years. His grandmother canned everything in season, and he grew up watching her toil for days to put up whatever crop ripened next. Her hard work meant their good fortune for the rest of the year.
I'm hoping to stock up our larder with a variety of things to make after-work meals healthier and a lot easier. Click here to go to my canning page.
Minestrone Soup - made with Turkey
After Thanksgiving I was trying to decide what to do with my huge pot of turkey stock. Bunches of fresh rainbow chard begging to be picked inspired me to try Turkey Minestrone Soup (click for recipe). The only difference from my standard recipe was using my turkey stock and 4 cups of chopped leftover turkey (added at the end of cooking) instead of the beef. Surprise! It was great!
Any great ideas for left-over turkey? Comments welcome!
Well, not new exactly, but new to this site. They can be found in the Recipes Directory.
I've posted my two best soup recipes: New England Clam Chowder and Minestrone Soup, crowd-pleasing comfort food as the weather starts to turn cooler.
Struggling to eat breakfast? Maybe Oatmeal is the answer for you too. Oatmeal is a nutritional powerhouse and provides energy to keep you going. Try Steel Cut Oats with Almonds and Dried Cranberries for a tasty, crunchy breakfast treat.
I have some extra devilish Deviled Eggs which are always a hit and start off with Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs.
Overgrown with summer tomatoes? Try these heavenly and versatile Slow Roasted Vine-Ripened Roma Tomatoes - you can eat them as-is or turn them into Roasted Tomato Bruschetta.
If you have some abalone sitting around and need a perfect recipe check out Fried Abalone. And since the entire world isn't on a diet, check out my Mom's recipe for perfect Fried Chicken that's a snap to prepare (if you remember to pick up some buttermilk).
There's other recipes to check out in the Recipes Directory and more will be coming soon.
I've also changed my methods as I don't think the "blog" format is the best choice for me in my goal for an ever-growing food knowledge base, not a one-time recipe. My recipes change as I continue to discover tempting new twists and re-vamp old favorites.
Comments are welcome.
Finally! The pie I've been waiting for all year - Peach season is here!
When was the last time you made pie? Smelled the aroma of baking fruit and anticipated that first heavenly bite of fruitful perfection? You can make pie at home tonight with the help of some ready-to-use pie crusts from the refrigerator or freezer section of your grocery store. They can be costly, so try and stock up when they are on sale. I prefer the Pillsbury brand pie crust that are rolled up - 2 per box. They freeze perfectly and you can have a pie on the table within 2 hours! POINTS PLUS VALUE OF BOTH CRUSTS: 26 POINTS (8 servings, 3 points plus per serving)
Yield: 8 servings of pie
7 WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS PER SERVING
(sorry - that's not including ice cream)
We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. ~ Adelle Davis
Adelle Davis (1904-1974) was an author and nutritionist.
Fresh summer fruits star in a meal-sized dessert sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Lovely for breakfast or brunch or even for dinner!
Quick eats with the help of Krusteaz Pancake mix and an aerosol can of real whipped cream. Good items to keep on hand through the summer while fruits are bountiful and delicious. Try any kind of fruits or a combination of your favorites.
Wash fruit and cut into bite-sized pieces and put in a bowl. Reserve nice slice of fruit or whole berry for garnish. Sprinkle bite-sized fruit with sugar or maple syrup (2 tablespoons per serving). Cover with plastic wrap and let it macerate (sit so flavors can blend) for an hour. This will release some of the juice from the fruit to pour over your pancakes. POINTS PLUS: 3
Prepare one serving, according to package directions (1/2 cup Krusteaz mix prepared with water is one serving). Makes enough batter for a waffle or two medium pancakes. POINTS PLUS: 5
When pancakes are cooked spread them with 2 teaspoons of butter (per serving, 2 POINTS PLUS). Put pancake on the plate and top with half of the fruit. Spritz with generous 1/4 cup whipped cream. Top with second pancake, the rest of the fruit, the fruit juice and 1/4 cup more cream and garnish with the reserved fruit slice or berry. TOTAL POINTS PLUS: 12 per serving
12 Points seems like a bargain for a full-sized serving made with butter, cream and sugar. I love to use nectarines and peaches, and that's next on my list because I just got a box full of ripe fruit.
Maybe this is old news, but until 4 days ago I had never heard of woven bacon. WOW! Many lovely meals in our future will showcase this beautiful, crunchy bacon wafer now that it is in my repertoire.
For anyone following Weight Watchers - one serving is only 4 Points Plus! That's a bargain for a double layer of crispy perfection to top your next burger or BLT. Bacon on a diet? You betcha! Weight Watchers is more flexible than ever and you CAN eat your favorite foods.
The bacon I used makes a perfect square with 12 pieces. I used "platter" bacon which is packaged to order in the butcher department of the grocery store. It is usually uniformly cut and makes for a consistent thickness.
Bacon Ready to Eat - A thing of beauty
Cook @ 350°
~ Large Skillet
OR ~ Bake
<---this 6x6 grid breaks easily into 4 servings of 3 slices each
(4 Weight Watchers Points Plus
The large woven bacon square breaks very easily into serving sized squares, which conveniently enough fit perfectly on a standard piece of bread.
I really need a vacation! Quick - somebody make me laugh!
Hello and welcome! My name is Laura Delanty and I decided it was time to dive into the blogosphere and share some recipes. I hope you enjoy reading it.
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