Showing posts with label simple recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple recipes. Show all posts

Thursday, November 03, 2016

TBT- 2005 My Mom and Youngest Making Noodles for Nonny's Chicken and Noodle Soup

Part of life while we were all small was eating my Grandmother's chicken noodle soup.  She took the day to mix up and roll out a very large batch of her egg noodles.  She would dry them on everything in the kitchen from chair backs to cereal boxes.
One day, late November, my Mom decided to show our youngest her Mother's egg noodle recipe from start to finish.  They had a great time.  In 2005 Tameryn was only five and totally grooving on getting her hands in the dough creating an end result that she could eat.

The recipe is simple; dump cake flour on the table, add enough eggs to make a pliable dough that does not stick to the table or rolling pin and add eggs or flour as needed to achieve this.

Nonny is what my brother and I called my Mom's Mom :)  She served her soup in a way that I have never seen anyone else do with the broth, chicken and noodles all separate.  After the whole chicken was cooked in the stock pot all day it was taken out on to a platter whole, not deboned and then the noodles were left in the colander.  This way all of the prepared additions, when building your bowl, kept their flavors.  This was wonderful for when they would finally come together in the bowl your steaming hot serving of soup not only fed our bodies but, our souls.  

Sooo incredibly satisfying.  My additions to this bowl were fresh spinach, mashed potatoes and grated aged provolone with a drizzle of olive oil.  Yes, we enjoyed every single bite and had a sense of nostalgia for this special time in our lives.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pinterest Analytics and Apricot Truffles

How many of you get totally lost in Pinterest?  I find myself using it also as a resource even when it comes to researching where Google would have been a go to or Bing in the past.  

Being very visual, my head can wrap around the info much easier.

Pinterest for some time has made available to business accounts their analytics.  For weeks a sweet little fresh truffle recipe has been holding it's own on my impressions, repins, clicks and all time so, I shall share this evidently FAB recipe with you.
BLOG Tales of a Kitchen

Healthy eats. Raw bits. And occasional indulgence.from Chris's wonderful blog Tales of a Kitchen
RESOURCE for recipe printing capabilities this download allows you to click through the unwanted writing or photos getting to the meat of what you would like printed. This is very nice if the blog does not have it's recipe in a printable format.


celebrating the DAY with a SDAJ garden photo strip

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Simple Recipes- No Knead Bread

For anyone that follows me on Instagram or Facebook photos of bread have been prominent in my feeds and wall for this beautiful crusty bread.
taken with a my cell back in August-  look at that amazing crust
When my oldest daughter tried out a no knead bread recipe,  I immediately started a searching out what this fab sounding bread was all about online.
The first hit of course led me to the Mark Bittman video with Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery demonstrating his wonderfully easy process for baking no knead bread.

Mark Bittman, the Minimalist, and Jim Lahey owner of Sullivan Street Bakery

We regularly bought Wegman's Garlic Tuscan Bread with it's delicious flavor and crust along with it being such a substantial heavy loaf it was a favorite for us.  
Well let me tell ya :) after the first loaf came out of the oven no other loaf was going to satisfy.  
I have made of course the white along with wheat, oatmeal, rosemary/garlic, just garlic, rye and seed breads.  

It is so incredibly easy and this is the way I will write out the recipe for you.  (the dough you are looking at was double the recipe on card below, so 6 cups flour was used)

4 ingredients

mixed into a wet dough

simply covered to let rise for 12+ hours, here the rising takes place under a small fluorescent for added warmth during cooler weather all night long.

After 14 hours I have a beautiful gooey bowl of stringy dough.  At this stage treat it carefully while scraping onto the board as not to destroy the long stringy pockets of air now developed after all those hours.

Seeds will line the wooden proofing baskets along with cornmeal and AP flour.  Here you see sesame, chia and flaxseed.

the dough scraped from the large bowl onto a heavily floured bread board.
baskets sprayed with PAM and dusted with seeds, cornmeal and AP flour so the dough will not stick

After the dough was cut in half with scraper, each piece was folded a few times to form balls for putting in the prepared baskets.

proofing for 1 hour while dutchoven and oven are preheating 
plop in the bottom of a HOT flour dusted dutchoven

2nd loaf
first loaf

Sooo good!

We are eating the bread with German Bologna spread and Cheesy Broccoli soup tonight.  Youngest daughter is going vegetarian and won't be liking the sandwich part.... The vegetarian journey of Tameryn will be another post at some point, lol.

*Let me know if you decide to make this super easy, super superb bread and the variations you come up with.


listings coming up to be listed in ETSY

Friday, July 25, 2014

Simple recipes- Home-made Ketchup

Making something tasty does not have to be an ordeal. Being able to throw a few ingredients together, we already have on hand, for America's 2nd most popular condiment with mayonnaise ranking one and soy sauce coming in 3rd---- is pretty terrific.  

Wee piles of spices, starting at the top:   cloves, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne and dry mustard.  Yellow dried dates are a good source of calcium, vitamin C and  fiber with also adding a deep almost caramel note to your recipe.

Using the Vitamix is perfect for pulverizing dried yellow dates, if you don't have a good blender omit the dates.

taste tasted :-)
This recipe can be a base for other variations such as a jalapeno ketchup, mango ketchup with thyme, Chipotle ketchup, Masala ketchup, sun-dried tomato ketchup with basil and also Molasses, of course....wait for it- KETCHUP.
Dried herbs, different mustard, sugars, vinegar, dried fruits such as raisins or figs thrown in to mix it up or to treat it as a specific meat accompaniment for pork, beef and chicken.  

Well that was fun!  Thanks for taking a look at my adventures in ketchup this summer!  Next I put garlic, herbs and lemon juice under the knife.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Simple recipes- Crunchy Granola

A great filling breakfast to enjoy before heading out for the day is a bowl of homemade granola.  You can make it as healthy as you want or not depending on what you are after.  I tend to stay in the middle with using as many organic ingredients as I can, by cutting back a 1/2 cup on the brown sugar, adding unsweetened dried fruits and coconut.  My oldest daughter will use warmed up juice instead of dissolved brown sugar in the water for the sweet and liquid needed for even a healthier choice.
organic ingredients were purchased this time out, from Wegman's in Jamestown, NY
The recipe is so easy and well worth the effort to have a super ingredient addition for muffins and breads in place of nuts, etc.  

nicely browned, left now to cool before adding dried fruits.
I used the convection feature to get a really crunchy granola.  It starts to brown really fast at the end, so once you smell the toasting action taking place, pull the pan to get it started to cool on the counter.
the perfect warm bowl of granola and milk with a drizzle of honey on these cold Winter mornings
The jar will not last long.   I did not have shredded coconut this time around and miss that extra taste/texture/sweetness it added to the bowl.  Something to look forward to for the next time making a batch ; - ).


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