August 2016 - Our Sunday Cafe, the Retirement Edition!
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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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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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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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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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Wordless Wednesday, Pizza Sauce from your pantry

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Pizza Sauce from your pantry.

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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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A simple thought for Thursday, August 11, 2016



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Wordless Wednesday, Strawberry Dessert Bar

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Strawberry Dessert Bar.
Strawberry Dessert Bar

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan Cheese

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!


Unlike the those gardeners that led to the making of urban legends about leaving zucchini on the neighbor's doorstep or any doorstep for that matter, we do not have that many squash coming off the vines. For our first harvest, I wanted to take care in choosing a recipe, and this one was an excellent choice.

In this dish, saute'd zucchini is combined with eggs and cheese, then baked with a crumb top. Simple yet delicious, and easy enough for weeknight dinners.

Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan Cheese, weeknight easy!
Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan 
Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan
adapted from:  Home-Tested Casserole Recipes
375-degree oven

4 medium zucchini, shaved
1 T olive oil

1/2 c crumbled feta
1/2 c Parmesan cheese - divided
2 eggs
1 T flour
1/4 rounded t garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
1-2 dashes hot pepper sauce (we used Frank's)
3/4 t dried marjoram - crumbled

2 T butter

1/4 c dried bread crumbs

Shaved zucchini for Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan 

Add olive oil to the bottom of a large pan, over medium heat saute the zucchini until it starts to become transparent. Turn off heat and set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, feta, 1/4 c Parmesan, flour, garlic salt, pepper, hot sauce and marjoram.

Using a slotted spoon, carefully add 1/4 of the squash and stir in quickly to temper the egg mixture. Add another 1/4, stir and repeat until all the squash has been gently mixed into the egg mixture.

We have made this delicious dish more than once, you can tell by the different cooking pans!

Prepare the baking pan, a ceramic or glass pie pan works well for this recipe.


Butter the bottom and half way up the sides of the baking pan, add the zucchini egg mixture.

Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan, ready for the oven.
Sprinkle the top with additional 1/4 c Parmesan cheese and the breadcrumbs.


Bake 30-35 minutes. Let rest 5 minute before serving. Garnish if desired.

Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan Cheese, serves 4-6
Shaved Zucchini with Feta and Parmesan Cheese
Serves 4-6

Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday, Whoopie Pies!


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This and that from far and wide, August 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in August. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are cooking up currently or have enjoyed in the past. So much information and recipes from current and older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....



Photo courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen
I have been working hard to find new recipes that match the foods we have in our home. This might seem like a no-brainer, but with the changes in moving to the peninsula, we don't just run to the store for a forgotten ingredient anymore. This cucumber salad looks delicious and uses an easy to keep veggie. 

Photo courtesy of Hip Pressure Cooking
Homemade catsup is one item I would like to master. My husband is a catsup using, eater! This version uses fresh tomatoes from your garden or the farmer's market. 

Photo courtesy of 12 Tomatoes
I have a real fondness for potatoes with either rice or pasta, so you can imagine I can't wait to make this vegetable casserole. Fortunately we have some cooler days on the peninsula, so this won't wait until fall!

Photo courtesy of Homespun Seasonal Living
If you are new to canning or want to brush up on some great advice, these tips will certainly help. I am very happy that canning is growing in popularity. My own mother canned, I have been canning all my life (off and on, based upon needs and work schedule) and now my daughter cans. 


Photo courtesy of King Arthur

Here is a baking chart that lists the different measures of various baking ingredients, including the dry weight. Now that I am grinding my own flour, using a weight measure makes a lot of sense. That way I will grind only what is needed, as needed. 



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Previously from Our Sunday Cafe:
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

You may also enjoy these from such a busy backyard:

July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
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