Monday, September 29, 2014

This blog has moved

I've decided to merge my two blogs.  I will still be posting delicious recipes whenever I get around to it, but they will now be posted on my other blog, Running for the Hills, along with posts about running, and photography, and whatever else happens in my life that I feel like sharing.  So please head over to Running for the Hills to continue reading my kitchen adventures.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pumpkin-Chicken Stew

Pumpkin-Chicken Stew
2 b/s chicken breasts
1 c pumpkin
2 cans diced tomatoes
(I used 1 garlic fire roasted, and 1 garlic-basil-oregano)
1 can white corn
garlic powder
ginger powder
turmeric powder

Put the chicken in the bottom of the crockpot, put everything else on top.  Cook on low for 5+ hours.  Test chicken with a thermometer to ensure it has been cooked fully.  Shred chicken or just break into large pieces like I did. 

Pumpkin-Basil Brownies

Awhile ago, I came across a recipe on Some The Wiser for Basil Brownies that sounded delicious.  I was going to make them, but then I ended up making Cinnamon Brownies instead. Today, I finally got around to making some Basil Brownies!  In the process, I compared 3 different brownie recipes : 2 of mine, and 1 from Some the Wiser.  Then, I created my own. (The new creation is in red pen).  Pumpkin was a necessary ingredient, because I just opened the first can of pumpkin this's time to start putting pumpkin in everything!

Pumpkin-Basil Brownies
3.5 oz 85% cocoa chocolate bar
13 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 c pumpkin
pinch of sea salt
scant tsp vanilla
2 eggs
scant 1 1/2 c white sugar
1 1/4 c white flour
3/4 c fresh basil 
1/4 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Break the chocolate bar into pieces, put into a microwave-safe bowl with the butter, and microwave 2-3 minutes until mostly melted.  Stir until melted completely.  Add the cocoa powder, pumpkin, salt, and vanilla, mix well.  Incorporate the eggs.  Mix in the sugar, then the flour.  Put the basil in a food processor and chop finely, then add to the batter.   Add the chocolate chips.  Grease a 9x9 pan, then pour in the batter.  Bake for 30 minutes.  A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pickle-Pineapple Hummus

I finished a jar of pickles at lunch today.  I didn't want to just throw away all that pickle I came up with something to throw it in. There is still some leftover though, I'll have to think of something else crazy to use up the rest of it.

Pickle-Pineapple Hummus
3/4 c chick peas
1/4 c pickle juice
4 large spoonfuls crushed pineapple
garlic powder to taste
2 tbsp chia seeds

Put the first 4 ingredients in a food processor and blend together.
Transfer to a bowl, add the chia seeds.  (They will soak up the extra liquid)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Roasted Yellow Squash Boat

Preheat the oven to 400.
Cut a large yellow squash in half, chop off the ends, and scoop out the seeds.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, ginger powder, oregano, and sea salt. 
Bake for 15 minutes.

Fill with quinoa and top top with pork tenderloin
(today's pork was rubbed with garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, and cumin) 

Due to the size of the squash, the skin may be too tough, but you can eat the inside!

Cinnamon Brownies

Cinnamon Brownies with Coffee Ice Cream

Cinnamon Brownies

(preheat oven to 350)

1/4 c butter, melted
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c white sugar
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/2 c flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c cashews, crushed

pour the batter into a 9x9 pan
bake for 20-25 minutes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fruity Chicken Salad III

Place two B/S chicken breasts in the bottom of a saucepan.  Sprinkle them with garlic powder and turmeric.  Throw some fresh basil leaves on top.  Add 1/2 c pumpkin beer, and fill the pot with water.  Put on the stove with medium heat.  When it boils, reduce the temperature, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Then remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 20 minutes.  Then remove the chicken from the pot and shred it.

Mix the shredded chicken with mayonnaise, 2 spoonfuls of Basil-Cashew Pesto, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 c chopped sprite melon, , and a handful of dried cherries.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Zucchini Pizza

Pizza Dough
2 tsp yeast
7 oz hot water (120 degrees)
garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c whole wheat flour
2 c white flour
1 tbsp olive oil

marinara/Basil-Cashew Pesto mix
sliced tomato
spaghetti-ed zucchini
fresh basil
colby jack cheese

Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes

Deliciousness.  I had some salmon on the side, extra deliciousness.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cumin-Rubbed Beef

Step 1 : Mix together cumin, mustard powder, garlic powder, sea salt, sage, and bread crumbs.
             Heat water for pasta, add pasta when the water boils.  Try to time it so pasta is done around the                    same time as the beef.

Step 2 : Coat pieces of eye of round beef with the seasoning mixture, then brown them on each side.

Step 3 : Pour red wine into the pan, just enough to cover the beef. 

Step 4 : When the beef is about halfway done, add vegetables to the pan.  
             I used cabbage and carrots.  I also grated some ginger into the pan. 

Step 5 : Remove the beef from the pan when it is done.  Once the pasta is drained, add it to the pan with the              vegetables and sauce, mix well. 

Step 6 : Eat.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Zucchini Scones

A friend gave me a gigantic zucchini the other day.  She told me as long as you didn't use the inside portion where the seeds are, the zucchini is perfectly edible despite its gargantuan size.  So I pulled out one of my favorite kitchen gadgets and went to work on the 1/3 of the zucchini.

I had some of this zucchini spaghetti with last night's delicious dinner, but there was still some left over.  (Not to mention the 2/3 of the zucchini still uncut...)  Today I decided to bake something with the remaining zucchini spaghetti.  My first thought was chocolate chip zucchini bread, but the recipe calls for 3 eggs and I wanted to do something that required fewer eggs.  Then scones came to mind.  I found this recipe online, and then adapted it.  Because we all know I hate following recipes.

Zucchini Scones
preheat oven to 400

1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2+ c white flour
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c butter
1 c spaghetti-ed zucchini
1 peach, chopped
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c almond milk

bake for 20-25 minutes

I mixed the dry ingredients together in my stand mixer.  I used a pastry cutter to cut in the butter until it was in small pea-sized lumps.  I dumped the zucchini and peach on top of the dry ingredients, then, after mixing the wet ingredients separately, I added them and let the mixer do it's work.  The dough was super sticky, so I added flour 1/2 c at a time until it was...less sticky.  I added at least another cup.  Then, I floured my silpat and transferred the dough.  It was still too sticky to spread well, so I sprinkled more flour on top.  Then I was able to pat it down to about 1/2 inch thick.  I cut out the scones and transferred them to a greased cookie sheet. 

The scones were tasty, but not nearly as flavorful as I was hoping.  If I make them again, I will increase the amounts of cumin and cinnamon, and see what happens.  Also, I was going to put chocolate chips in them but I that might happen next time too!

Cumin-Rosemary-Ginger Pork

This is the first time I cooked pork in the oven instead of in the crock-pot or on the stove-top.  I had originally intended to stick the 1 1/2 pound tenderloin in the crock-pot to make some of my delicious apple-cider cinnamon pulled pork, but I never quite got around to getting out the crock-pot.  So, I decided to use the oven for once.

I coated the pork with ginger, cumin, and rosemary, and stuck it in the 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Then, I flipped it over and cooked it for another 30 minutes.

I had some for dinner along with zucchini spaghetti (sauteed in olive oil with garlic and ginger) and quinoa. 
It was delicious.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mini Peach-Ginger Pies

Disclaimer : If you have a sweet tooth, this is probably not going to satisfy you.  
If you are like me and prefer your desserts to be less sweet, you might love it. 

preheat the oven to 350

The Crust
1/4 c butter
1/4 c whole wheat flour
1/2+ c white flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp cold water

The Filling
2 peaches, peeled & chopped
1 inch ginger root, grated
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/8 c flour
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tbsp mint leaves, chopped
1 tsp butter

I rolled the pie dough out and then used the mouth of a large plastic cup to cut out circles, which I then placed in 6 cups of a muffin tin, with some dough left over for the pie tops.  I mixed all of the filling ingredients together and then spooned them into the little pie shells.  I used the extra pie dough to put Xs on top of the pies.  

Bake for 20-30 minutes. 

I almost threw out the peach skins, but then I decided that instead of letting them go completely to waste, I could make a nice, refreshing, cocktail out of them.  

Peach-Skin Cocktail

skins from 2 peaches
2-3 sections of grapefruit
2 sprigs of basil
Club Soda

muddle together the skins, grapefruit, and basil
add Jameson and Club Soda
add ice
stir well

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pesto, Pesto, and more Pesto!

I bought a pound of basil from a friend's farm this morning.  I wasn't quite sure what I would do with a whole pound of basil, but I was happy to help them out and I knew I could find something to do with it.  It baked in the car for a bit while I was visiting my horse, and it made my car smell fabulous.  Then I finally brought it home and decided to make some pesto.  I made 3 batches...and there is still basil left.

3 jars of pesto

still enough basil left for a 4th jar...

I used my little food processor for each batch.  It worked like a champ, but it was getting a little tired by the end...I could smell the motor getting burned out. 

These pestos are great for pasta dishes or as a dip with crackers.