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Wordless Wednesday, Perfectly Plain Cheesecake

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Perfectly Plain Cheesecake.

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Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Jeff Hertzberg M.D. and Zoe Francois


I have never met a cookbook I did not like! I have owned thousands, literally. We downsized to move to the peninsula and I gave up about 1500 - 1800 cookbooks. I guess that speaks to my love of the sea! Yet there are so many wonderful book shops on the peninsula that my collection is growing again just a bit.....

Since the move, I have used the books I did keep on a regular basis. I guess I must admit that having so many was more a collection than a working group of recipes, as it was overwhelming to try and select one to use.

At this time I tend to use one cookbook for awhile and get a feel for the recipes contained in the pages and in a month or so, change out for a different book. In this way, I am using my cookbooks and having a fun time with new or different ways to prepare our daily meals.

I had purchased the original Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, when it became available, much like millions of others. And I made a few batches of dough for our enjoyment, but soon the book became just another on the shelf in the "cookbook room" (yes it did take a whole room to store my collection.....).

Fast forward the sale of a house, the purchase of another, moving to the peninsula and a change in jobs and we are now snug as a bug in our smaller coastal home. And along the way we continued on our journey to eat whole grain, organic foods with an emphasis on increasing our consumption of vegetables and fruits.


Enter this book.

The recipes are mostly whole grain recipes. And from reading through I found so many to earmark for future baking. In past times I made all our bread and I hope to do so once again. This book reaffirms my opinion that bread is the basis for a great meal. And for those with gluten intolerance, there is a chapter devoted to specialty recipes.


Here are a few I will be making:

100% Whole Grain Rosemary Potato Dinner Rolls with a Salt Crust
Quinoa Bread
100% Whole Grain Maple Oatmeal Bread
Sweet Potato Spelt Bread
Bran Muffin Bread

There are also wonderful whole grain sweet loaves of bread, those will find a way to our holiday table this Christmas. Crafting bread feeds so many of our senses, in the making, baking and eating. I am sure that is why I love fresh bread on the table for my family.

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Pears and Pecans in Orange Caramel Sauce

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This was an off the cuff happening, one where ingredients in the kitchen are used up in our cook with what you have, philosophy. And while it does come up fast upon the Bananas in Orange Caramel Sauce, it is just different enough to be another fresh dessert offering, where you are serving mostly fruit for dessert. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Orange Pecan Caramel Sauce to serve over fresh pears.
An orange, pecans and nutmeg, the beginning of a delicious sauce.

Fair warning, the pears are slippery to work with in comparison to the neat banana slices. This works best with smaller pears (one per person) but if you are lucky enough to have large pears at the peak of ripeness, simply cut the pieces a bit smaller for easier handling.

Pear dessert in Orange Caramel Sauce.
Pears and Pecans in Orange Caramel Sauce.

Pears and Pecans in Orange Caramel Sauce
by the seat of my pants
serves 2

2 small pears
1/4 c pecan halves
1/2 orange
1 T butter
2 T brown sugar
fresh nutmeg for grating

vanilla yogurt
OR
sour cream
OR
mascarpone cheese
OR
vanilla ice cream

Juice the orange and set aside. Melt the butter in a flat bottom skillet, stir in the brown sugar and orange juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, grate nutmeg over the top of the mixture until you have approximately 1/8 teaspoon.

Quarter and core the pears, add to the skillet cut side down. "Poach" for 1 minute, remove from skillet and place on serving plates.

Fruit desserts are delicious, and good for you!
Orange Caramel Sauce with Pecans to serve over fresh Pears.

Return burner to high heat and boil the syrup to begin concentrating, when the mixture begins to look syrupy, add pecans and cook for 30 seconds longer.

Add a dollop of yogurt to each plate, spoon the caramel evenly over the pears and yogurt. Serve immediately.

A healthy dessert does not have to be boring!

Enjoy!

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Almond Butter Cookies

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Part of my quest to make the best food we can eat is coupled with making the right amount for our little family. As I have offered before, learning to cook less, has been much more difficult than I would ever have imagined.....

What it comes down to, in reality, is that I don't want to eat the same food as leftovers, day after day. Which was happening until I began to learn, and cook smaller amounts. It is still a focus and will continue to be because fresh food is my favorite kind to enjoy!

Three ingredient, Almond Butter Cookies.
Almond Butter Cookies

These cookies are great, it makes one sheet of cookies, not several dozens, it is easy and they are delicious. I have shared this recipe if you will as peanut butter cookies, but the almond ones are my new favorite. My guess is, you could make these with any nut butter. I have in the past, in a frugal moment made these cookies with a sunflower seed butter, and they too were delicious.

Almond Butter Cookies
adapted from:  recipes from the internet, that we all use
350-degree oven

1 c almond butter
1 egg
1 c sugar

Combine well, scoop out onto the baking sheet into 15 cookies.


Using a large fork, flatten gently in a criss-cross pattern. Bake 12-15 minutes or until done in your oven.


Note:  the longer baking time will produce a crisp cookie, the shorter time a chewy cookie.


Enjoy!

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Evaluations, sometimes it is good to have a talk with yourself

So here goes, I am tired.


Can I just say something as straight forward as that? I sure hope so. I believe that honesty is therapeutic to one's healing processes. 

I have not been my natural self since well before the surgeries and post surgery I have had a devil of a time, getting back to where I was.....

Fatigue shows up everywhere. In the meals we eat. The internal lethargy at the end of the day. The laundry left unfolded on the guest bed. No blog posts. There is more, but seriously enough is enough. 


On the positive side, this has shown me that I do have limits. And I need to make better choices. Such as retirement choices, plans for the future and giving back to my family rather than just the working world. 

I know my energy levels will return, even if it takes longer than I would like. And from there it will simply be a choice to find the fun and enriching activities to share with my husband and family. 


The only problem that I will encounter now is having enough time to do, see and enjoy all the beauty and excitement that I hope to share, with my loved ones and of course right here. 

And with that comes the final decision for the future. Retirement as early as can be. 

With that, March 2017 won't you hurry yourself up just a bit?

I am so looking forward to uninterrupted time for cooking, exploring and time with my dear husband. 


Wish me luck, not working outside of the home will be a big change for me!

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A simple thought for Thursday, August 25, 2016


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Wordless Wednesday, Truffle Oil Mustard Chicken with Apricots

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Truffle Oil Mustard Chicken with Apricots.

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Bananas in Orange Caramel Sauce

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This is a delicious way to end your meal while enjoying the virtues of eating fruit (or mostly fruit) for dessert. I have been making this on and off for over 20 years and it is always refreshing. Truth be told, I did blog this in the early years before I had a camera.....

However, this is entirely too good to sit in the archives without a photo to entice you.......

Fruit for dessert is delicious!
Bananas in Orange Caramel Sauce

Bananas in Orange Caramel Sauce
by the seat of my pants
serves 2

1/2 an orange
2 green tipped bananas
1 T butter
2 T brown sugar

sour cream
OR
vanilla yogurt
OR
vanilla ice cream
OR 
mascarpone cheese

cinnamon

Juice the orange, pour into a flat saute pan along with the butter and brown sugar.


Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the orange juice has reduced and the mixture has a syrupy thickness.
You want a green tipped banana for this recipe.

Diagonal slices are easier to work with and look lovely on the plate.

Peel bananas and slice thickly on the diagonal.

Fold bananas into the sauce, however do not cook.

Fold into the orange caramel sauce and heat gently - but do not cook- you want firm banana slices.

To serve:
Proof that fruit for dessert is delicious!
A beautiful fruit dessert your family will enjoy!

Place a spoonful of sour cream (or the dairy selection of your choice) on the serving plate, sprinkle with cinnamon. Spoon banana slices and sauce around the sour cream. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Meatballs and Onions in Paprika Sauce

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

This is the perfect main dish for any dinner. It is not fancy but tastes delicious. It is not expensive but is truly satisfying. It is not difficult, but the steps can be broken down and easily managed so you can complete some in advance allowing more time with family and guests.

The paprika sauce is delicious so plan on serving your family's favorite side dish of potatoes, rice or pasta.

Simple ground beef meatballs, dressed up for Sunday Supper!
Meatballs and Onions in Paprika Sauce.

Meatballs and Onions in Paprika Sauce
by: the seat of my pants
serves 6-8

1 1/2 - 2 pounds lean ground beef
2 eggs
1 c dried bread crumbs
1 t garlic salt
1/2 c milk

2 c beef stock, divided
1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks, then separated
3 T sweet paprika, plus a bit more for garnish
2 T flour
1 c sour cream

Combine all ingredients until well combined, form into 1-inch meatballs. Place on a baking tray and broil until brown, turn over and broil the other side.

Place meat into a large skillet with a lid, scatter onions over the top, add 1 1/2 c of the stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 3o minutes. Remove lid, return heat to high, and allow liquid to reduce as you prepare a slurry.

Combine the remaining stock with the flour, whisking until smooth and no lumps remain.

Fresh paprika makes a delicious sauce.

Reduce heat to medium, sprinkle the paprika over the meat, then stir in the sour cream. When the mixture is hot, stir in the slurry, let the mixture simmer until thickened, stirring as needed.

Serves 4 - 6

Enjoy!

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A kite festival and the importance of NEVER giving up.....

Today we packed a lunch, some chairs, our cameras and took off down the road to take in the Kite Festival in Long Beach Washington. The weather was a perfect 68 and windy, exactly what the kite festival organizers wanted. Not to mention the folks that traveled many miles to be a contestant in the kite festival.

Folks came from everywhere, this group was from Canada.

As soon as we hit the sand, off came our shoes. As I sit here keying in these words, I can feel the slight sting of sunburn on the tops of my feet. They haven't seen the sun since the last time I went to a festival and got a bit burned, in the same spot....

There were wonderful kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some kites were high fliers and others were so large they just barely hovered a few feet above the sand. It appeared some folks had brought as many kites as would fit in their car because as soon as they could they would get a second or third kite up.


Everyone was having a nice, quiet time. Most of us were amazed at the ability to make a kite do tricks on command. This was one area of the competition. A huge area was roped off and only the competitor was inside the boundary. Music was played and there was a set of commands that the handler completed for points. Rounds of applause were heard time and time again.

After awhile we grew chilly and returned to our motorhome to warm up. When we did, that is when I spotted her. Immediately I was struck by her fierce determination to keep living life to the fullest. It is said that we keep learning if we keep looking. Today I was looking.

While I have always been a hard worker, there are days when for brief moments in time, I  just want to give up, because I am tired. Or more to the point, tired of the struggle, of trying to get it all done, yet never quite succeeding.........


But today I observed that one should never give up. No matter your position in this life, there is always something to look forward to, even if it takes you longer to achieve your goal. I did not interrupt her travels, it was clear she had no qualms with walking any path on her own. While I do not know her, I immediately respected her.

I was careful to only photograph her from behind, my goal was to document her fierce independence and determination to enjoy life. The personal lesson that I enjoyed learning, was simply a bonus.

Thank you, dear lady, in the blue jacket with your pal by your side. You made my day.

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Salted Candied Pecans

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Everyone needs a candied nut recipe that is easy and delicious. If that includes you, take a look right here.....

Salted Candied Pecans.
Salted Candied Pecans.
These belong in your pantry, they will solve so many problems, I promise you!

The thing about candied nuts is that they offer an "upgrade" to any dish you are serving. A salad becomes just that much better with a sprinkle of nuts and some dried fruit over the top. And ditto with just about anything else!

Speaking for myself, a dish of candied nuts set out for guests is the way to go. You will not be sorry you took a few minutes to make these candied nuts.

Salted Candied Pecans
adapted from Everybody likes Sandwiches.
300-degree oven

3 c pecan or walnut halves

2 T butter
2 T real maple syrup
2 T brown sugar

optional 1/8 - 1/4 t cayenne pepper (this adds a delicious twist of flavor)

sea salt in a grinder OR 1/4 t salt to the syrup mixture

Spread the nuts in a 9X13 pan, warm and toast at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan, melt together and bring to a simmer on low heat.
Remove pan from oven and drizzle the syrup over nuts, stir to coat all sides.

Return to the oven for 10 minutes, stir and let bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread out on a wax paper covered tray.

If using salt in a grinder, salt the nuts while the syrup is still sticky. Let cool and enjoy.

Note: You can adjust the cayenne or not use it at all (try it, it is just the right amount!)

Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday, Pizza Sauce from your pantry

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Pizza Sauce from your pantry.

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Creamy Paprika Salad Dressing and a simple salad

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This dressing seems very simple and plain, but let me tell you, it is delicious. I am sure it is the lime juice. Lime juice always makes everything just a little bit better! Break some lettuce, slice some tomatoes and drizzle on this dressing for a quick, yet delicious salad.

Easy and delicious Creamy Paprika Salad Dressing.
Creamy Paprika Salad Dressing.

Creamy Paprika Salad Dressing
adapted from: All in the Oven Cook Book
makes 2/3 c

1 T lime juice
1 T sugar
1/8 t salt
1 1/2 t Paprika
1 T milk
1/2 c mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients until smooth, refrigerate until serving time. Top drizzle over individual salads or toss a larger salad with this dressing before serving.

Enjoy!

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Fresh Beet Salad with Ruby Grapefruit Vinaigrette Avocado and Feta

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…



Earlier last year when I was given a gift card to a major department, I used it to have some fun and buy things that I wanted, instead of things I needed. And like I usually do I headed straight to the kitchen wares. A spiralizer went into my shopping cart.....

Fast forward a few months, a move to a new home, a change in jobs, and then some surgeries and I finally got around to playing with the spiralizer last night. This golden beet salad with avocado and feta cheese, dressed with a grapefruit dijon mint vinaigrette, is the result.

Not only did we enjoy this salad for dinner, I get to take the leftovers with me today for lunch. I hope you give it a try, it is refreshing and delicious.

Fresh Beet Salad with Ruby Grapefruit Mint Vinaigrette Avocado and Feta Cheese
Fresh Beet Salad with Ruby Grapefruit Mint Vinaigrette

Fresh Beet Salad with Ruby Grapefruit Mint Vinaigrette
by the seat of my pants
serves 2-4

3 golden beets, spiralized or shredded
1 avocado, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 c feta cheese chunks

1/2 ruby red grapefruit
1/4 c avocado oil - or other mild flavored oil of choice
1 T and 1 t white wine vinegar
2 t dijon mustard
2 t sugar
1/8 t salt
fresh ground pepper
4 mint leaves, chopped fine

Juice the grapefruit, combine the juice with remaining vinaigrette ingredients. Toss with the spiralized beets. 

Arrange the dressed beets on a flat serving bowl, top with the avocado pieces and feta cheese. Drizzle remaining vinaigrette over all. Serve immediately. 

Enjoy!

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Everyday Fruitcake

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

True confession, I am a lover of fruitcake. I honestly love the stuff! Fortunately, it lasts a long time, especially wrapped in a bit of parchment after receiving a sprinkling of, oh say brandy or even a bit of whiskey.

This fruitcake is the answer to my love of fruitcake and it is simple to put together. I have been making dried fruit fruitcakes for years, and this one is the perfect size for a small family or where only one person in the family is the fruitcake fan.  Plus it is made with whole grain flour.

Whole grain and naturally dried fruit, Everyday Fruitcake.
Everyday Fruitcake

Everyday Fruitcake
adapted from:  More with Less Cookbook
325-degree oven

1 1/4 c whole wheat flour - divided
1/2 c brown sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt

2 c dried fruit, use a variety of 3-4 different kinds of fruit, see below
3/4 c walnut or pecans, chopped

3 eggs
1/4 c honey
2 t vanilla
1 T oil

In a medium sized bowl combine 1/4 whole wheat flour and dried fruit, use hands if necessary to make sure fruit is completely coated in flour, stir in nuts. Set aside.


In a large bowl, combine remaining whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl, add eggs through oil, beat well. Stir in the fruit mixture, leaving no pockets of flour.


Divide into 2 prepared, small loaf pans (3X6).


Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until done in your oven.

Cool on wire rack 10 minutes, tip loaves out to cool completely. If desired you may "paint" each surface with a small amount of brandy before storing in the refrigerator.


When cool, wrap well, store in a cool dry spot or the refrigerator.


*apples, apricots, dates, figs, peaches, pears, raisins, cranberries

Enjoy!

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Artichokes with a Savory Sauce

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

In our garden, there are two artichoke plants. They were rescue plants, on the clearance table at the local drug store on a late summer day. They were cheap, withered and without identification tags.

However, I knew they were artichokes and also knew I would like to have some in the yard, so into the cart they went. I did not know at the time that they were of different types. One of the plants is a globe variety and the other is what I shall refer to as regular.......

 The globe variety is compact, while the regular kind has a much longer leaf.

As a kid, my mom would cook up a pan of regular artichokes and serve them hot with a side of mayonnaise to dip the leaf tips in. As a kid, I loved "artichokes" because, in reality, I loved mayonnaise! Creamy, lemony and rich tasting. 

But it was fun to pull off a leaf, scrape it across the mound of mayonnaise on the edge of my plate and then carefully pull the tip, soft side down, across the top edge of my bottom teeth. You also had to gently close your top teeth so there was a bit of pressure upon the leaf to scrape clean, leaving precious little behind!

That little (the tip is but a tease, until your reach the heart, but the tease does go on row after row of leaves...) bite is fresh and wonderful and speaking for myself, will keep me working that artichoke until I reach the heart. 

As an adult, I do not dip each leaf tip in sauce, because I end up eating my share of the sauce before I reach the heart. So I simply savor the tiny tastes along the way, in the natural state of pure artichoke bliss.


Terry placed the artichokes in the electric pressure cooker, it was a tight fit, but there were no complaints. Added 1 cup of water and cooked for 10 minutes once full pressure was reached. They were left to rest until the cooker had cooled. 

A perfect sauce for artichokes and other vegetables.
Lemon and Chive Dipping Sauce.

Lemon and Chive dipping sauce
by the seat of my pants
makes a generous 1/2 cup

1/2 c mayonnaise
2 t mustard - I used some homemade mustard lurking in the fridge, even ballpark style will be delicious
1 T lemon juice
1 1/2 t sugar
1 scant T finely snipped chives

Combine until smooth, pour into a shallow dish, decorate with knotted chives, enjoy with artichokes! (and the leftover sauce will make a great sandwich spread)


Pull off a leaf,

dip into the sauce,

Place soft side down, and tug gently to get that little bite of the artichoke!

Repeat leaf by leaf until you reach the center also known as the "choke". I can only think that the center of the artichoke is called the "choke" because these hairy pieces, could never be swallowed! Never. Ever.

This is where determination is boss, gently pull little fingers-full of the choke (taking great care to have the choke separate itself right at the base, you don't want to lose the heart to the garbage bowl), leaving behind the crown.....
Yes, this is not a pretty vegetable at this point, but believe me, this is the tastiest! 


For the finale, top with a spoon of sauce and cut into small (so you can savor the flavor for a long time!) pieces and enjoy each one thoroughly. 

I have thought from time to time thought that the artichoke is really a tedious feast.....but one I gladly partake.



How do you enjoy an artichoke?

Enjoy!

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