June 2017 - Our Sunday Cafe, the Retirement Edition!
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Wordless Wednesday, Avocado Caprese Salad



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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Stove Top Cabbage Rolls.

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!

Stovetop Cabbage Rolls, a simple and delicious meal!
Stovet Top Cabbage Rolls.

I believe there is an element of cooking that is lost, in all the busyness of our days. This belief seems to be observed by the many recipes offered to get a delicious, wholesome meal on the table for your family, quickly. The missing element? Tactile enjoyment of the cooking process. I will be the first to admit that after a 10 hour day has ended, I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.

But what I do want in addition to a meal to feed my hunger, is a meal that also feeds my soul. I do want interaction with the ingredients that will come together and form that same meal that I look forward to eating.

Especially after a long day, the hands on approach is just what you need to disconnect from the traffic and the noise and the remains of the work day and ease into what you came home for, the family. Yes, the food may take a bit longer, but it is so worth it. I enjoy a meal prepared for me, but I need to prepare a meal. Because after work; I need to let everything else, but home, go.

Give these a try, oh and there are plenty steps for those that want to help, help with dinner!

Stove Top Cabbage Rolls
by the seat of my pants
serves 4-6

1 medium-large head of cabbage
a large pot of boiling water

1 small onion, minced
olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1/2 c dry bread crumbs
1 t salt
fresh ground pepper, as desired
1./2 t ground nutmeg
flour for folding

olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
2 bay leaves
1 14-16 oz canned tomatoes
2 T brown sugar
2 T minced sun-dried tomatoes
2 c rich stock or bone broth

Sour Cream, for serving
A pan of boiling water is the trick to removing individual leaves from a head of cabbage.
Remove individual leaves for Stove Top Cabbage Rolls

Remove the core from the cabbage, discard. Place cabbage into a pot of boiling water, and after a minute the outer leaf will begin to separate from the head, remove and place on a tray to cool down. Quickly the remaining leaves will do the same, as each can be loosened and remove, place on a tray and continue until you have 12 large leaves.

Cooled cabbage leaves, ready for the ground beef filing for Stovetop Cabbage Rolls.
Ready to stuff!

Remove the rest of the cabbage from the water and set aside for another use.


Saute the minced onion until lightly golden, remove and set aside to cool. Combine the remaining ingredients beef through nutmeg, mixing completely. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Cut the thick middle spine from each cabbage leaf in a thin V shape. Discard the spines. Remove meat mixture from refrigerator, like a pie, divide into 12 portions.


Take a cabbage leaf, dust with flour, position the leaf so that the spine area is over lapping, add a portion of the meat by folding the end over the meat, the sides in and then one additional fold over to enclose the meat.

Place open seam down, and continue until each leaf and meat portion are made into a cabbage roll.


In a flat pan large enough to hold the cabbage rolls, add a bit of olive oil and saute the garlic, add the canned tomatoes, minced sun-dried tomatoes, and brown sugar.

Cabbage Rolls ready to simmer.
If you count, you will see that I have 14 cabbage rolls, my head of cabbage was a bit on the small side. It took 14 smaller leaves to roll the meat mixture properly. 

Carefully arrange the cabbage rolls on the top of the surface, add stock, cover, and cook on simmer 45 minutes.

Remove cabbage rolls to a serving platter, let rest 10 minutes. Turn the heat up and simmer sauce to reduce and concentrate the flavor. Spoon over cabbage rolls and serve with sour cream if desired.

Enjoy!

Leftover Stovetop Cabbage Rolls freeze and reheat very well.
Fortunately, we had leftovers!
Leftovers freeze and reheat very well.

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

this post shared with:
modest monday @ the modest mom
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
tickle my tastebuds @ loris culinary creations
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
homestead blog hop @ the not so modern housewife
to grandmas house we go @ grandmas house diy
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
pintastic party @ the whole serving
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads

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How to make your own Pizza Sauce, easy pantry recipe.

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 like to do it myself, but I like being able to do it myself, even more.

We had homemade pizza for our dinner on Sunday. When I went to the pantry cupboard there was no tomato sauce. Around here tomato sauce is usually purchased as part of a recipe that is planned for, except for that lone can in wait for "those times" and apparently I had already used it! Not wanting to go back to the store a third time (yes twice, short story, I forgot the pizza cheese on the supplies list, for Pete's sake!), I improvised.

And as luck would have it, this turned out delicious and is now our preferred pizza sauce. It is worth the little bit of extra time, and the bonus? I always have cans of diced tomatoes, I could not get along without them. This sauce is flavorful with just the right touch of tomato goodness. This is also perfect to have on the stove while you are working on other kitchen chores, multi-tasking, it is a beautiful thing!

How to make Homemade Pizza Sauce. Easy pantry recipe.

Pantry Pizza sauce
by the seat of my pants

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes - do not drain
1 T sugar
1/2 t oregano leaves
1T basil leaves
1/4 t garlic salt
1 T olive oil

Empty tomatoes into a medium sized saucepan.


Mash the tomatoes with a potato masher, to break up.


Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil.

How to make Homemade Pizza Sauce. Easy pantry recipe.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thick, 30-45 minutes.

How to make Homemade Pizza Sauce, easy pantry recipe.












Homemade Pizza Sauce, from your pantry.
Pizza Sauce, homemade from your pantry.
 This is at the 15-minute mark. Just beginning to thicken.






This is done at 30 minutes. Thick enough to stay where the spoon pushes it!
This smells so good!





Now you're ready to make pizza. Choose your dough, along with your favorite flavors and bake!

Pizza is fun, easy to personalize and best of all delicious!

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

And now, it is very easy to sign up for
Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. You will find the form located in the left sidebar, thank you for subscribing!

PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

this post shared with:
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
create bake grow gather @ shabby art boutique
pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodied friends friday @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
good morning monday @ darling downs
modest monday @ the modest mom
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
tickle my tastebuds @ lori culinary creations
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
homestead blog hop @ the not so modern housewife
to grandmas house we go @ grandmas house diy
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
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Wordless Wednesday, Fudgy Chocolate Cake!


Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

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Wordless Wednesday, Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 


If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 



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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

Look for more suggestion, by searching #WordlessWednesday.

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta and Toasted Walnuts

elebrate 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!

That is a long name for a salad............but this is a salad worthy of a long name, it is that delicious!

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes Feta and Toasted Walnuts
Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes Feta and Toasted Walnuts

We have green beans coming off the vines daily. I have processed many packages for future meals. There has even been a second planting started. Today instead of preparing this picking for the freezer, I decided to make a refreshing salad.


This is simple, even the blanching step is a snap. Well OK, it is a snap now that we have an ice maker, because to be honest the blanching and chilling step would have been a reason to skip making this salad in previous times. And to think I thought I did not need an ice maker..................

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Toasted Walnuts
inspired from: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

1 pound fresh green beans - you could use more there is plenty of dressing, but it was a "picking" that day
1 c halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1 T minced onion

1/4 c oil - I used avocado oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1/8 t garlic salt
1/8 t salt - additional salt for blanching
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 t sugar
1/4 t prepared mustard - I used plain old deli style yellow

1/4 -1/2 c Feta cheese crumbles - we used 1/2 c
1/4 - 1/2 c broken toasted walnut pieces - we used 1/2 c

Blanching process:
Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil.
Add 1 T salt.
Set timer for 5 minutes.


Add green beans, recover with a lid.
Stand and watch pot, as soon as a rolling boil is reached, remove lid.


Let boil, stirring to keep beans moving.
When timer sounds, drain.


Cover beans with ice and cold water to chill quickly.


When chilled, drain well

Assemble the salad:
Combine dressing ingredients in a large bowl, add tomatoes, stir to coat the tomatoes with dressing.

Add green beans, combine well.

Add Feta, stir on more time. Arrange on serving platter, scatter walnut pieces over the top.


Serves 4 - 6

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

And now, it is very easy to sign up for
Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. You will find the form located in the left sidebar, thank you for subscribing!

PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!


Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

this post shared with:
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner sunday @ the lazy gastronome
good morning mondays @ darling downs
modest monday @ the modest mom
art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
tickle my tastebuds @ loris culinary creations
homestead blog hop @ not so modern housewife
to grandmas house we go @ grandmas house diy
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
full plate thursday @ miz helens
create bake grow and gather @ shabby art boutique
pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodie friday friends @ wine lady cooks
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farms
friendship friday @ create with joy
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
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Wordless Wednesday, Easy Toffee!

Easy Toffee!, for Wordless Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!


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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Southern Green Beans

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!

Green beans are in our freezer for use this winter. Having grown in our garden this summer. I have never been a big fan of green beans, until growing our own. There is something satisfying about cooking what you grow. There is a lot we have learned about growing what you will cook.....

Southern Green Beans, with Potatoes and Bacon
Southern Green Beans

We were successful with green beans last year and again this year. However, we did not grow the same beans this year. This year we grew tri-colored beans. They are beautiful as well as tasty. You will see that once cooked, magically the beans are all the same color.


Southern Green Beans
adapted from:  Lost Recipes, meals to share with family and friends

3-4 slices of bacon - diced
2-3 scallions - cut into 1-inch pieces  (you can also use 1/4 c chopped onion)
1 pound green beans - snap the end and pull the string, then snap into 1 inch lengths
salt and pepper to taste
1 c water
3 medium potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced

Heat a Dutch oven or heavy bottom pan over medium heat, add bacon and scallions. Cook until lightly browned. Remove excess bacon fat.


Add green beans, salt and pepper and water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.


Add potatoes, stir to mix. Cover and cook additional 30 minutes.

Southern Green Beans, for Sunday Supper Suggestion.

Check once or twice to make sure the green beans have not cooked dry. Remove cover, boil down excess pan juices if desired, taking care not to scorch.

Serve hot.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

And now, it is very easy to sign up for
Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. You will find the form located in the left sidebar, thank you for subscribing!

PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!


Look for more suggestions, by searching #SundaySupperSuggestion.

this post shared with:
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
modest monday @ the modest mom
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
tickle my tastebuds @ loris creative creations
homestead blog hop @ not so modern housewife
to grandmas house @ grandmas house diy
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farm
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
create bake grow and gather @ shabby art boutique
pintastic party @ the whole serving
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen

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Smoked Paprika Marinade for grilling your favorite foods!

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…

There are some hazards to food blogging. One such problem if you will is having new recipes to share. In our own little kitchen, the fact that it is the two of us makes it even worse  more challenging.
I clearly remember the days when cooking enough was the problem! But to be fair, cooking for two is fun also.

In past years with so many to cook for, I would stock up at the market when there was a sale. This makes perfect sense until you buy two of something and the family did not like it...which calls for creativity to maintain frugality. So I did.

I think most cooks are skilled at this and we each have a few tricks of the trade we could share, for me it was using prepared salad dressing as a marinade. Through the years more than once a bottle of salad dressing was used to marinade meat for the grill, with great success. Which got me to thinking...

All of your favorite homemade vinaigrette dressings can easily be converted to a marinade, with one simple adjustment. Reduce the oil to 1/3 of the original quantity leaving all other ingredients as the original recipe lists. That's it! Very easy, and you will have a perfectly robust marinade.

Smoked Paprika Marinade, Turn your favorite homemade vinaigrette into a delicious marinade with one simple change!
Smoked Paprika Grilled Chicken.

Smoked Paprika Marinade
inspired by:  Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette
makes 2/3 cup

1 large clove garlic - cut in half lengthwise and remove the green germ in the center
1 t salt
fresh ground pepper
2 t honey
3 T sherry vinegar
1 small shallot, minced finely
1 t Dijon mustard
4 t smoked paprika

1/3 c olive oil or avocado oil

Mince the garlic into a very fine pulp. Combine remaining ingredients through in a screw-top jar, shake well to combine, add oil, shake again.

When ready to marinade, simply place meat in a shallow glass pan, or Ziploc freezer bag, coat evenly with the marinade and refrigerate until ready to grill.

We prefer to marinate our meat for grilling at least 24 hours, often longer.

Remove to warm up a bit to room temperature, grill and serve.

TIP: add some veggies to a grill pan and grill alongside the chicken, for the photo above, we used broccoli tossed with a bit of oil, garlic, and salt. Delicious!

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

And now, it is very easy to sign up for
Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. You will find the form located in the left sidebar, thank you for subscribing!


PS, you may also enjoy our Homemade Household page, it can be found right at the top of the blog!

this post shared with:
full plate thursday @ miz helens
simple homestead blog hop @ oak hill
weekend potluck @ mommys kitchen
create bake grow and gather @ shabby art boutique
pintastic party @ the whole serving
foodie friends friday @ wine lady cooks
friendship friday @ create with joy
foodie friday @ rattlebridge farms
weekend cooking @ beth fish reads
whats for dinner @ the lazy gastronome
good morning monday @ darling down
the art of homemaking @ strangers and pilgrims
modest monday @ the modest mom
hearth and soul @ apriljharris.com
tickle my tastebuds @ loris creative creations
homestead blog hop @ not so modern housewife
to grandmas house @ grandmas house diy

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