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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Vegetables

February 17, 2018
MediterraneanVegetables

As promised, I give you a Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetable Recipe. This Mediterranean medley is inspired by one of my French cookbooks. Zucchini squash, red bell pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, red onion seasoned with thyme, parsley and garlic. Continue Reading

Recipes

I Got Nothin

February 10, 2018
NewCalf

Well, there is no recipe today. I got nothin. It’s not for lack of trying. This week I have been experimenting with the slow cooker again. I have seen where some folks swear that vegetables “roasted” in a slow cooker are as good as when you roast them in the oven. I did not find this to be the case.

Now it could be the combination of vegetables that I used. I tried zucchini, tomatoes, and radishes seasoned with basil. Nope, didn’t care for the combination. I think the vegetables need to be a similar texture. That way they all cook to the same degree.

Next I tried sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips and brussel sprouts seasoned with some cinnamon. Nope, brussel sprouts do not belong with root vegetables. Lastly, I tried chicken leg quarters. Supposedly when you cook chicken without any liquid, skin on, in the slow cooker the skin comes out crispy but the meat stays nice and moist. No crispy skin for me. The chicken was nice and moist. But, it was a bit overdone. I cooked it as directed on low for what was supposed to be seven hours. It was fall apart tender at six hours. I did however, get some really good broth out of that little experiment. My next endeavor will involve the temperature sensor that goes with my slow cooker. I am going to see how long it takes to get it to 160° with chicken, and I am going to try some different vegetable mixes. I love a good medley. So stay tuned.

Meanwhile back here at the ranch, (I really can say that) the weather continues to be unseasonably warm (and unfortunately dry). This is really nice especially when one heats the house with wood. On really cold nights we have to get up a couple of times to feed the wood stove. With this warmer weather we are able to sleep through the night.

The best thing for me about February is that calving season starts for us. The first momma with her calf in tow showed up a couple of days ago. The first day or so they are so spindly on their new legs. By the second day they are already testing out their running skills. It’s really fun to watch two calves meet each other for the first time. Just like a couple of toddlers meeting at the playground. A bit shy and tentative and then they are off to play. Seeing those new babies tells me that Spring is not too far off.

So tomorrow, it’s back to kitchen. These experiments will prove to be fruitful eventually.

Main Dishes Recipes

Flo’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup

February 3, 2018
Flo's Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This flu season has been a tough one. So, I thought it was high time to make some homemade Chicken Soup. Flo’s Chicken and Vegetable Soup has a few twists to it. The first one is okra. For all of you out there that are wrinkling up you nose right now at the thought of slimy okra, stick with me. First of all, you can buy frozen sliced okra and use as much or as little as you like. You just open up the package and pour some into the soup. No sliminess involved. Here is why you want to use okra in your soup, it will thicken it a bit and give it a sort of silky texture. The okra itself will literally melt in your mouth as you eat it. Continue Reading

Recipes Sweets

Toffee Bit Brownie Mix Cookies

January 30, 2018
ToffeeBrownieCookies

Is there really anything better than brownies? Yes, I think there is. Brownie mix cookies. Now I am a corner girl. You know, the brownies that reside in the four corners of the pan. Crusty and crunchy on two sides, and chewy and soft on the other two sides and middle. Sadly, there are only four of these little gems in a batch. Now imagine a cookie that has that crusty, crunchy texture all around the edges, and in the middle soft and chewy. Does it get any better? Well, sorta, these cookies are so easy. Store bought brownie mix, I like Ghirardelli the best, a couple of eggs, a bit of flour, oil, water and whatever extras you want to add. Continue Reading

Recipes Sides

Flo’s Carrot Soup

January 19, 2018
Flo's Carrot Soup

Its been a couple of frustrating days here in the kitchen, but Flo’s Carrot Soup is a keeper. I have created and tested recipes for stuffed mushrooms and queso blanco cheese dip (thinking about Super Bowl food). Neither are worthy of sharing yet. But, this carrot soup, well I just spent the last few minutes scraping every last bit of it out of the cooking pot. YUM!  The flavors are very subtile. No one flavor jumps out at you but the combination is intriguingly delicious. This soup is gluten free, dairy free and vegan if you leave out the butter. Continue Reading

Breakfast Recipes

German Muesli

January 16, 2018
German Muesli

One of the many things I love about Germany is the breakfasts. Whenever possible we stayed at privately owned Bed and Breakfasts partly so we could sample all the different breakfast choices. One of the simplest and yet one of my favorites is muesli. It’s slightly different everywhere you go. This German Muesli is inspired by my favorite German store-bought variety. Continue Reading

Recipes Sides

Flo’s Cauliflower Pilaf

January 12, 2018
Flo's Cauliflower Pilaf

Flo’s Cauliflower Pilaf is a low-calorie, low carb alternative to rice pilaf. This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks of all time, “Le Cordon Bleu Quick Classics”. It’s a rather small cookbook, but every page is culinary gold. Continue Reading

Main Dishes Recipes

New Mexico Green Chile Stew

January 8, 2018
New Mexico Green Chile Stew

Yesterday it was cold and blustery. A perfect day to hang out by the fire with a good book and have a nice hot bowl of authentic New Mexico Green Chile Stew. Ground beef, green chile, and potatoes in a hearty broth. Top it with a bit of shredded cheese, add a flour tortilla along side, and you have a culinary electric blanket on a cold winter evening. Continue Reading

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Flo’s Skillet Pot Pie

January 4, 2018
Pot Pie ready for the oven

 

I love a good pot pie. I know, the crust is flour and butter. But, I love a good pot pie. Boston Market, Kentucky Fried Chicken and once upon a time Banquet or Marie Callander Frozen Pot Pies. The frozen ones of late have changed though. They are mainly crust and gravy. What happened to all the vegetables and meat? Continue Reading

Main Dishes Recipes slow cooker

Posole

December 31, 2017
New Mexico Posole

My favorite holiday is coming up. New Year’s Day! A fresh start, a brand new year brimming with possibilities. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to take the time to make special days special. So, for New Year’s I am making Posole, a dish that is traditionally reserved for special occasions. It is the perfect winter stew, hearty, spicy, done in the slow cooker. If you can’t find Posole, you can substitute canned hominy. Continue Reading

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