Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jalapeno Ranch Dip for my I.C. Sisters

I can't take credit (or blame) for this recipe.  I got it from my good friend at Pettingill's Fruit Farm.  I4 made it for a recent family gathering and it was a hit.  So I'm sharing here for those family members who asked for it.  Enjoy!

3 large jalapeno peppers diced with membranes and seeds removed (membranes are the whitish part the seeds attach too)
1Tbl parsely
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. sour cream
1 bunch cilantro

Place all ingredients in the blender and process till smooth.  Serve with chips, with tacos or as a topping to any Mexican dish.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Whole Wheat Bread in a Hurry

I've had several requests for my homemade bread recipe without soaking instructions for those days when life gets crazy and you still need bread but only have a few hours.  I don't do this very often because we've come to love the texture of soaked bread, but in a pinch it works.
Drum Roll Please .x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x..x (did you know that was how to type a drum roll? well it is now).............

Monday, February 23, 2015

Seasoned Popcorn - Oh My!

I adore barbecue potato chips, but potato chips are yikes, scary to eat.  But oh the barbecue, mmmmm....  The other day I bought smoked paprika for the first time and it gave me crazy ideas.  We have a family friend who makes garlic pepper popcorn that we love and copy at home, what if I could make barbecue flavored popcorn?  All the yummy barbecue flavor without the yuckiness of potato chips.  Voila!  Here it is.  In addition I've gathered a recipe on making the perfect butter flavored popcorn that isn't soggy, a ranch flavored popcorn that is my husbands favorite and I'll add the garlic pepper corn just for fun.

Here is a quick how to on stove top popped corn.  But don't actually pop it until you mix your seasoning together, then set it aside and shake your popcorn.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread Updated

I keep learning so my recipes keep being revised and so I'm here, yet again, to make changes to this post.  If you are interested in the science behind this change you can read about my experiment at my other blog  The gist of the other post (which is a pretty funny read if you have the time) is that you can soak things in sugared water but adding salt OR oil slows things WAY down.  Here are the revisions based on my science experiment. (if you want to add seeds, they are listed at the bottom of this page)

To mixer add water,  lemon juice and 4 cups of flour.  Mix to combine. With mixer running add remaining flour slowly til the dough cleans the bottom of the bowl.  Dough will be fairly sticky when it is done.  I leave the dough in the mixer, put the lid on and set it aside for 12-24 hours. 12 works well, but you can leave it as long as 24.  The dough will darken on top while sitting, but once you mix it again it will be fine so don't panic when your dough looks grey when you come back to it.

2 1/2 c. hot water
2 T. lemon juice
5-6 cups flour

Friday, November 15, 2013

Name Them Different

Cookies are my favorite baked good.  I doubt that's a surprise if you've looked at the recipe categories.  They are just easy, it's a dessert in serving size and they are an easy conversion for me.  But, one thing I've learned over the years of converting recipes and altering ingredients.  Sometimes it doesn't come out tasting exactly like the original, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.  

Chewy Granola bars

Chewy Granola bars
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hotdogs and the ICK Factor

Hot dogs have never been my favorite thing to eat, but my family really likes them.  I can take a half a hot dog smothered in sauerkraut, dill pickles, mustard and ketchup, but they've never been a food of choice. I've always known they were gross. I remember people saying 'If you saw how they make hot dogs, you'd never eat another one."  I just ignored them and gagged the hotdogs down when I fed them to our family.  Sometimes those things come back to bite you and this might be that kind of time.