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Cottage Apple Salad

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This borders on silly as far as an actual recipe is concerned. But on the other hand, it is too tasty to leave it a secret and not share. The creamy cottage cheese gently coats the crisp sweet apple pieces, while cinnamon is the perfect spice, it is zesty without being overpowering in flavor.


If someone had told me that a scoop of cottage cheese, a diced apple and a dusting of cinnamon would taste this good I would have called them on the accuracy of their taste buds!

Seriously, without apologies, I have to say, it really is good. PS, we loved the pecans on top!

Cottage Apple Salad, simple ingredients come together for a delicious fruit salad.
Cottage Apple Salad

Cottage Apple Salad
by the seat of my pants
serves 2 - 3

1 large red apple, diced (no need to peel)
1 scoop, about 1/3 c cottage cheese
ground cinnamon
pecans or walnut, if desired

Combine the diced apple, cottage cheese and a dash of cinnamon, stir well to combine.

Cottage Apple Salad, easy apple and cottage salad.

Place in a serving dish, dust the top with additional cinnamon and a few broken pecans or walnuts, if desired.

Cottage Apple Salad, apples, cottage cheese and cinnamon!

Enjoy!

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"In a mug..." Chocolate Snack Cake

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…

I have been interested in mug recipes for some time now. And they don't have to be microwave cooked, for that matter. But any small serving or serving for one recipe interests me greatly. Especially a scratch made, all chocolate dessert I can make for my dear husband. He is a bonafide chocolate lover! You see, in his childhood home, dessert really meant chocolate!

The reason for my interest in these little jewels is our change of family size (mostly) and unfortunately for me, I can no longer eat chocolate. The foods we enjoy will change for everyone, someday. You will realize that what you ate for all of your days before, does not agree with you now. At some point, you decide to experience new foods for reasons of interest or increased health. But my dear one still loves his chocolate!

This is a fudgy cake, needs no frosting, but it does have chocolate chips inside as well as being very chocolatey. And my husband loved it. I hope you give it a try.

By the way, you can't tell it is whole wheat flour, so no sense saying anything...and it goes without saying that a spoonful of ice cream or a squirt of real whipped cream topping only serves to make it even more enjoyable!

Chocolate Snack Cake, made in a mug, easy microwave baking!
Chocolate Snack Cake

Chocolate Snack Cake, made in a mug
inspired by: Chocolate Covered Kate

2 T sugar
2 T cocoa
1/8 t salt
1/4 t baking powder
3 T whole wheat flour
2 T milk
1 T oil
1/2 t vanilla
2 - 3  T chocolate chips

Combine the cocoa and sugar, stir to remove any lumps from the cocoa. Add remaining dry ingredients, stir well to combine.


Add the milk and oil, stir well to combine.


Top with the chocolate chips and microwave 45-55 seconds until testing done. Test at the 45-second mark and only continue cooking if necessary.


Let cool a moment, top with a bit of the cream previously mentioned, and dig in.....

Enjoy!

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Pears Baked in Creme

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…

I love pie!

It is the one dessert I look for on every dessert cart or in anyone's home. But I have to be honest, commercial baked goods, while they taste great, they no longer sit well in my gut. And now as we have taken to enjoying whole foods in all forms, I eat as little refined white flour foods as possible. I make a great whole wheat pie crust, it is nutty and delicious. But it too, will soften and not be as crisp as I like my pie crust to be.

I know, I am picky about pie.

Then add in the problem (and boy is this a problem!) that my dear husband prefers cake over pie. I am totally fine with that at holiday time, just means more pie for me! But for the other 363 days of the year, it doesn't look good for pie....

But it is not just the crust that I love about pie. It is the fillings as well. And like tripping over a stone that you didn't see in the yard, it came to me unexpectedly, that the filling could be baked without the crust and enjoyed for dessert also. When I picked myself up after falling over that idea, although not bruised, I felt pretty silly that I had not thought of that genius realization before now.

They say knowledge is power, so let's get baking!

The name of this dessert is a play on words, as there is no cream. The only dairy is the butter scattered over the top. It is a frugal recipe from many many years ago and for those of us who are dairy challenged, it is a delicious treat to enjoy!

Pears Baked in Creme, non-dairy and delicious!
Pears Baked in Creme

Pears Baked in Creme
adapted from: Pear Creme Pie
350-degree oven

6 firm pears, peeled, cored, and cut into lengthwise slices
nutmeg or cardamom if desired

1 egg
1/4 c flour
3/4 c sugar
dash salt
2 t vanilla

1 1/2 T butter cut into small dice


Place the pear slices in a deep dish pie pan. Sprinkle with the nutmeg or cardamom if desired.


Beat the egg, flour, sugar, salt and vanilla to a thick batter. Drop in spoonfuls over the top of the pears and spread gently over the top.

Note: You will not be able to cover the pears completely, and it does not matter, this mixture makes the filling around the pears.


Scatter the butter over the top. Bake 45-55 minutes or until done in your oven. You may also pop this baked dish under the broiler for a few moment to "brulee" the top, watch carefully!

Pears Baked in Creme, a delicious non-dairy dessert.

Enjoy!

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Simply Delicious 5 Ingredient Banana Bread!

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…

As with all families, last week we set out to attend a memorial service. We were asked to bring a dish for the potluck that was going to be offered directly after the service. We had a 2 1/2 hour journey ahead of us to reach the community center where the service was being held. I wanted to contribute and yet I wanted to bring something that would be easy to transport and not require refrigeration.

Quick bread is a good choice for many reasons. It can be made with healthy ingredients, it does not, in fact, need refrigeration and for those with not much of an appetite, it is enjoyable with a cup of coffee or tea as you sit and reminisce. You could definitely add some chocolate chips or chopped nuts, but this simple, moist version was just the ticket to sit and sip and enjoy the company of others.

I hope you give this simple quick bread a try, it is delicious, moist and good on any day you serve it. We doubled the recipe in order to take 2 loaves for sharing.

Simply Delicious 5 Ingredient Banana Bread
Simply Delicious 5 Ingredient Banana Bread

Simply Delicious 5 Ingredient Banana Bread
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

3 bananas, mashed
2/3 c sugar, can use part brown
2 eggs
1/3 c coconut oil, melted and cooled
2 c whole wheat self-rising flour

Mash the bananas, stir in sugar, then eggs. Add cooled coconut oil, then fold in the self-rising flour.

Simply Delicious 5 Ingredient Banana Bread

Turn into a stand loaf pan, bake 45-55 minutes or until done in your oven. Let cool in pan 10-15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack or cotton toweling. Let cool completely.

Wrap well, let rest 24 hours before slicing.

Enjoy!

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Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal

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…

With more focus on cooking up easy meals, yet keeping with my kitchen philosophy of whole foods and lots of vegetables, I have come up with a few dishes that we have enjoyed time and time again. As is the outcome for food that you enjoy regularly cooking it becomes a process and from there a recipe (of sorts!) is created. That is how Savory Rice Stew was created, not only delicious, it is so easy making it perfect for those busy days or simply days you want to relax.

This next meal is lighter with a large emphasis on vegetables! I have made it with pork chops and again with chicken thighs, and each time, dinner was wonderful. You can, of course, offer a side dish of potatoes, pasta or rice. If dinner guests were coming I would join you in that addition to the table. But for the two of us most nights, dinner has become simple and this skillet dinner is just the ticket.

Chicken and (or Pork) Vegetables Skillet Meal

This recipe is more a process, feel free to substitute your favorite seasoning. We have come to enjoy the simple flavors of garlic salt, fresh ground pepper and smoked paprika for this meal. This skillet meal will serve 2 or 3 folks, double if you have company coming!

Chicken and (or Pork) Vegetables Skillet Meal
Chicken and (or Pork) Vegetables Skillet Meal

Chicken and (or Pork) Vegetables Skillet Meal
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

4 chicken thighs
OR
2 large pork chops

2 t olive oil, butter or bacon drippings
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
smoked paprika

4 large carrots - cut 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal

2 large handfuls of spinach leaves

Brown the chicken or chops in the fat of choice using a cast iron skillet. Season with the garlic salt, fresh ground pepper, and the smoked paprika. Turn, and season the second side. Let cook a moment or two to sear the second side.

Push meat aside, add carrots and toss in the drippings that have accumulated in the pan. Arrange the meat to the edges of the pan and the carrots in the center. Bake 40-45 minutes or until done in your oven.

Remove skillet from oven, return to the stovetop and turn the burner on to medium-high.

Remove the chicken or pork chops from the pan and place on a serving platter.


Add spinach to the pan with the carrots and stir-fry to cook and wilt down the spinach, you only need to cook briefly to soften the spinach.


Place vegetables on the platter with the meat, and serve.

Enjoy!

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Three Cup Chicken and Spinach

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…

We just finished binging on Parts Unknown, the Anthony Bourdain Netflix series about countries and the foods eaten there. To be honest, the name has a double meaning, not only are some of the locations unknows, so is some of the food.....especially those dishes related to animal proteins. And that is all I shall say about that. Granted I was not familiar with many of the fruits, vegetables, and grains, but they do not offer me the same desire to say "no thank you" had I been offered a serving of what was being cooked.

One dish that caught my fancy was a simple dish cooked by a street vendor in Asia, and the woman referred to it as "3 cup chicken". While her large kettle fed hundreds of folks the method was still just equal parts of the following ingredients, Mirin (rice wine), soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil.


And I have to tell you that toasted sesame oil is one of my favorite flavors in the world, or at least on the same shelf as all my other favorite flavors in the world. I can be a bit fickle when talking about my favorite flavor....

The process is quick, makes a delicious dinner and is different enough that the family will love it also. You can make the meal as complicated as you like with cooked rice and maybe some Asian pickled vegetables to enjoy on the side, or go simple like we did with just the stir-fry and fresh pears baked quickly and drizzled with honey for dessert. Either way, a delicious dinner will be on your table in quick order.
Three Cup Chicken and Spinach
Three Cup Chicken and Spinach

Three Cup Chicken and Spinach
inspired by: Parts Unknown, with Anthony Bourdain

2 T soy sauce
2 T Mirin
2 T toasted sesame oil
4 chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 large handfuls of fresh spinach leaves
coconut oil or oil of choice for frying

Combine soy sauce, Mirin, and toasted sesame oil. Add cubed chicken and let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes or prepare in the morning and keep in the refrigerator until ready to make dinner.


Heat coconut oil in a large flat bottom pan, when hot add chicken along with the marinade that clings to the chicken (most will go in the pan, there will only be about 2 T left behind), stir and fry until chicken is almost done and most of the liquid has evaporated.


Add spinach and continue to stir until spinach is wilted adding the remaining marinade to season the chicken.


Keep the heat on high to boil out the moisture that cooks out of the spinach. Take care not to scorch or burn the mixture. Serve immediately, dinner is served.

Enjoy!

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Hoisin Beef and Sesame Meatballs

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…

My husband is a big fan of hoisin sauce, and the bonus for any small kitchen is that it only takes a little bit to give big flavor. He uses it as a seasoning sauce on many things, but here lately I have been looking for recipes to use hoisin sauce and this meatball entree is not only delicious but also "sheet pan" easy!

The preparation is easy, mix the meat up, roll into a few meatballs and let the oven do the rest. Before you know it, dinner is ready. Of course, they go great with rice, but don't let the flavors of these meatballs lock you into any side dish, they will go great with just about anything you serve them with, so just enjoy this easy dinner and sit back for receiving some compliments...

Hoisin Beef and Sesame Meatballs, sheet pan easy!
Hoisin Beef and Sesame Meatballs

Please excuse the photo above, like all food that is naturally brown in color, it is not a photographer's delight for getting a good photo. And due to our busy schedule here lately for working with our real estate agent to get our house sold, I actually served our dinner from the baking pan.....

Hoisin and Beef Sesame Meatballs
adapted from: bake it with love
400-degree oven

1 pound lean ground beef
1 egg
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t ginger or 3 t fresh chopped ginger
1 t toasted sesame oil
1/3 c panko or regular breadcrumbs

1/4 c rice vinegar
2 T soy sauce
1 t toasted sesame oil
3 T hoisin sauce
Hoisin and Beef Sesame Meatballs, easy oven meal.

Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. Mix well and form into 16 meatballs.


Bake for 10-12 minutes or until done in your oven.


Combine all ingredients for the sauce, drizzle over the meatballs and serve.

Hoisin and Beef Sesame Meatballs, delicious and easy!

You could garnish with toasted sesame seeds or thinly sliced green onion unless you are also busy with a pending sale on your home. If you are, they taste really good served right off the baking pan...

Enjoy!

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Layered Applesauce Betty, going old school for dessert!

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…

Take some staples from your kitchen, put them together in an oven proof baking dish and just like that you have an earthy dessert to enjoy after dinner. This is a simple and tasty. It can also be dressed up with some cinnamon if desired, oh and a scoop of ice cream is nice also!

You will notice the range offered for the brown sugar, in our house if I bake this using only 1/3 c brown sugar, it makes a nice warm apple breakfast treat, along with scrambled eggs and little pig sausages. For dessert, I use the full amount and look forward to a smidgen of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.....

Layered Applesauce Betty, going old school for dessert!
Layered Applesauce Betty, going old school for dessert!

Layered Applesauce Betty
adapted from: The Complete All in One Oven Cookbook
350-degree oven

1/4 c coconut oil, melted and cooled
2 c fresh bread crumbs, we used our regular whole grain bread
1/3 - 1/2 c brown sugar
2 c unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c chopped walnuts if desired

Using a fork, combine coconut oil, bread crumbs and 1/2 of the brown sugar. Place 1/2 of the mixture in the bottom of an 8-inch baking dish.

Layered Applesauce Betty, going old school for dessert!

Spoon the applesauce over the layer of bread crumbs in the baking pan.

Layered Applesauce Betty, going old school for dessert!

Add the rest of the brown sugar to the crumb mixture, combine well. Sprinkle over the top of the applesauce. Top with walnuts, if using.

Layered Applesauce Betty, going old school for dessert!

Bake 350-045 minutes, or until done in your oven.

Enjoy!

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