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04-30 Lingonberry jam breadcake

This cake is baked in a loaf pan.

In large mixing bowl, cream until fluffy:
1/2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
2 eggs
In separate bowl, combine:
1 1/2 c flour
1 t ground cardamom
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
In small bowl, combine:
1/2 c sour cream
1/2 c lingonberry jam
Mix dry ingredients and jam mix into butter mixture.
Pour into loaf pan. Bake 55-60 minutes.

04-29 Citrus Muffins

Line your muffin tin with cups or nonstick spray.
Stir together:
1 c flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
Make well in the center of flour mix and add in:
1 beaten egg
1/2 c agave nectar
1/2 -1 t orange or lemon zest
1/4- 1/2 c lemon juice
1/4 c unsalted butter, melted
Stir until dough is moist and fill muffin cups 3/4 full
Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes

I like my citrus flavors strong so I use the larger amounts of juice and zest
but if you like them subtle, use the smaller amounts.

04-28 Sopa Tortilla Gringa

This tortilla soup is SO easy! Makes about 8-10 servings.
Combine all the ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker.

about 4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed or 2 cans cooked chicken
6 c chicken broth
1 onion, chopped or 2 T dried onion
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 package frozen corn or 1 can corn
3-4 tomatoes, chopped or 1 can tomatoes, chopped
2-3 T taco seasoning (see 04-26) or 1 envelope taco seasoning
1 envelope ranch dressing mix (look for the no MSG brand)

Cook on med-lo until heated through about 20-30 minutes
Or on low setting in slow cooker for about 3 hours
Serve with fresh cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, tortilla chips...etc.

04-27 Quick Macaroni and Cheese

It would seem "un-American" to not have a mac and cheese recipe on here.
There are MANY recipes out there but this one doesn't have to be baked.
It is also very forgiving about which kinds of cheeses are used.
I acknowledge the only thing healthy it has going for it is that it isn't out of a box!
So when the craving hits, you can always add a fresh salad

Prepare desired amount of pasta - 1/2 - 1 lb for this recipe in salted boiling water
(small shapes like elbow, shell or rigatini work best)

Melt in saucepan:
2 T butter
Whisk in:
2 T flour
When roux is formed, whisk in slowly:
1 c milk, hot
Over medium heat, warm one minute, then add:
for extra creaminess add: 4 oz cream cheese/Neufchatel here (opt)
2 t Dijon mustard (opt)
1/2 t pepper
8 oz grated cheese: 1/2 sharp cheddar and one or two of Fontina, Gruyere, Jack, Dubliner, or Asiago.
(you should experiment and see which combination you like best)
Stir until cheeses are melted and sauce is thickened, add more milk if …

04-26 Taco Seasoning

This is useful for seasoning meats and beans for use in Mexican-American foods.
I use it frequently for the chicken and beans I use in enchiladas.

1 T chili powder
2 t onion powder
1 t cumin
1 t oregano
1 t garlic powder
1 t sugar
1 t paprika
1/2 t salt

Store tightly sealed.
Use about 1 Tablespoon per 1 pound of meat.

04-25 Belgian Waffles

FYI - I have never tried this recipe on a regular waffle iron. This is a great basic waffle recipe and goes well with a variety of toppings.
There are two variations at the end for coconut or chocolate.

Beat until thick:
3 eggs
Beat into:
1 c milk
1/2 c butter, melted
In separate bowl:
1 T vanilla
2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1 T baking powder
2 t sugar
Add dry mix to egg mixture.
Beat well. Pour onto hot iron.
Top with fresh bananas or strawberries...
Butter, syrup, Nutella, pb & j, etc.

Coconut version:
Add 1 c unsweetened coconut
1 t almond extract

Chocolate version:
Add 1 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
1 T sugar
2 T chopped nuts (optional)

04-24 Haricots verts italiens

"Italian Green Beans" this is my favorite way to eat them!

Blanch in boiling water:
1 lb haricots verts, thawed (skinny frozen green beans but will work with thicker ones)
1 t salt
Cook no more than 5 minutes and rinse with cold water immediately.
Combine with:
1/2 c tomato, chopped
2 T basil, chopped
1 oz feta (herbed is fine)
Then drizzle on top:
2 T olive oil
1 t balsamic vinegar
Mix gently and serve immediately.

04-23 Veggie Chili

1/4 c olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
1 colored pepper, chopped
2-3 large carrots, chopped

Then add:
1 T ground cumin
1 T chili powder
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1-2 t garlic, minced
1/2 c celery, chopped or 1 T celery flakes
1 t oregano
1 t salt
Stir then remove from heat to transfer to large soup pot
then add:
2 c/15 oz tomato sauce
28 oz diced tomatoes and juice canned or fresh
1 c uncooked brown rice
14 0z water
3 cans beans, drained (any combo of red, black, cannellini)
Stir well.
Bring to boil then simmer 20-30 min.

Garnish with fresh cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips....

04-22 Chef's Salad

There really is no "right" way to do a Chef's salad.
Traditionally it was served with Thousand Island Dressing... =}
I happen to recommend a balsamic vinaigrette.

Here is a list of some possible ingredients:

Make a bed of baby lettuce and/or baby spinach
then add on layers of:
cucumber slices
carrot slices or shredded
hard boiled egg slices
crumbled bacon
shredded cheese
avocado cubes
ham, turkey, or chicken, cubed or shredded
broccoli, corn or asparagus spears (steamed)
homemade bread and/or tofu croutons....
Yes tofu croutons... see below

Bread croutons -
Cube getting-old bread and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with italian herbs
Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10 -15 minutes, as toasted as you like

Tofu croutons -
Place tofu on tray/plate with edge and put something heavy on top to squeeze out liquids.
Let liquid squeeze out for 15-30 minutes. Drain and cut into cubes or strips.
Marinate in 1/2 cup of whatever flavor marinade you have or want to use.
Soy sauce work…

04-21 Yummy Fried Rice

Nooooo, not that stuff they put on your plate at the Chinese fast food places.
This is actually worth eating!

A very flexible recipe, you can use meat or skip it and make it with any combination of vegetables you are in the mood for or need to use up.

2 T sesame oil
2 c chicken, tempeh or tofu, cubed ... or pork or beef or shrimp
salt & pepper
Set aside

4 eggs, beaten
1 t soy sauce
1 t agave or brown sugar
pinch of salt
Cut into slices

Saute 1 1/3 c in total of any combo of vegetables.
Cook hard veg first, then add in softer veg:
onion, chopped or thinly sliced
cubed carrots,
colored bell peppers,
snow peas or petite peas,
(Consider bamboo, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, etc.)
Season with:
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 t ginger
2-4 T soy sauce, to taste
Add in:
4 c cooked rice brown and/or white
And the eggs and meat if using
Stir all together and serve immediately.
At this point you can add more soy sauce to taste or add any Asian sauce you like
if you want more or different flavors.
Then pat you…

04-20 Red Quinoa Salad

The latest installment of my get-to-know-quinoa plan
I looked up some info for your dad...
did you know that a 1/2 a cup of quinoa equals a child's required protein for a full day?
It is a grain (actually a seed) so it can't compete with the protein queen: chicken
but its a great source with all 8 essential amino acids, low carbs and a bit of healthy fat.

I saw a box of red quinoa and decided to see if it tastes different and... it really doesn't.
So use whatever quinoa you have in the cupboard.

Prepare by boiling for 15 min:
2 c chicken broth
1 c red quinoa

In large bowl, combine:
1 can 15oz black beans, rinsed and drained
2 c frozen corn, cooked briefly
1 avocado, cubed
1 pint cherry/grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 colored bell pepper, diced
1 large mango, cubed
Gently combine with quinoa.
A bit of grilled chicken tasted good in it too.

For dressing, combine and pour over salad:
1/4 c olive oil
1/8 c red wine vinegar
1/8 c lemon juice
1/4 c Cotija, Parmesan or Feta cheese, finely shredded
1/4 t…

04-19 Warm German Potato Salad

Dad's roots here. Maybe that's why we like it so much =)

1 1/4 baby red potatoes, cubed
4 slices of bacon
Set aside and crumble bacon
Wipe pan with paper towel
BUT leave a bit of the drippings to saute:
1/2 c onion, chopped
Stir in:
1 T flour
1 T sugar
1/8 t pepper
1/2 t celery seed
3/4 t salt
Combine well and add:
1/2 c water
1/4 c vinegar
Stir until thick and bubbly.
Add in potatoes and bacon.
Serve warm and garnish with chopped hard boiled egg and fresh parsley

Great potluck or picnic dish. There are never leftovers!

04-18 Deviled eggs

Super simple.

Hard boil desired amount of eggs.
Peel and slice eggs lengthwise.
Put yolks into small mixing bowl
1 T of mayo or sour cream
1 t of mustard or Dijon
per 2 eggs.
Mash and combine into smooth mixture.
Spoon back out into the egg whites.
Sprinkle with paprika, dill, or tarragon.
That's it!

04-17 Almost Mole Chicken

I named it this because it reminds me of authentic Mole sauce from Mexico

Saute in oven proof skillet:
1 t olive oil
1 c onion, chopped
1/2 colored bell pepper, chopped
when veggies glisten, add:
1 4.5 oz can diced green chiles (New Mexico Hatch are recommended!)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 t cumin
1/8 c cider vinegar
2 c shredded, cooked chicken
1 T brown sugar
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, grated
6 oz enchilada sauce or taco sauce
6 oz chicken broth
Stir well and allow to thicken.
Cut 1 sheet of puff pastry into strips and make lattice atop chicken mixture.
Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.
MMM delicioso. Le gustaria mucho.

If you want to just use the sauce, omit the chicken and the pastry strips and
use in tacos, enchiladas, etc.

04-16 E.B.'s Dungeon Bars

Serve Fettuccini Alfredo with ham and peas in it
then this as dessert and you have his preferred birthday dinner.
(at least the oats are good for you)
Got this from a Diane Mott Davidson book and he loves them.
I think it could be played with to be a bit healthier but haven't tried that...yet.

Sift together:
1 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
Set aside

Cream together in large bowl:
1 c unsalted butter
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
Then beat in:
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
Stir in flour mixture and add
1 c rolled oats
1 c golden raisins
Spread into 9x13 (nonstick or buttered) baking dish and smooth top
Bake 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees until golden

04-15 Feta Burgers

Spring is making me look forward to the BBQ dinners in the backyard by the pool!
So here is one of our favs: (try it first-its fast, easy and delicious)

Feta Burgers
Mix together in food processor or Countertop mixer:
1 lb organic ground beef and/or ground turkey breast (I like half and half)
1/2 c crumbled feta or herbed feta
1/2 c chopped baby spinach or thawed & drained frozen spinach
1 T steak seasoning
Beat well, turning a very light color (means more tenderized)
Shape into patties thicker on the edges than the center (red blood cell shape)
Throw them on the barbie.... or if its not great outdoor weather they'll cook anywhere
Serve as you like for your favorite hamburger

04-14 A couple of Salads

Pacific Northwest:
On a bed of mixed baby greens or baby spinach layer,
slivered red onions,
"crannies" (more moist than "craisins")
crumbled herbed or plain feta
pine nuts
sliced pears
Use a balsamic dressing.

Cooper Green:
On a bed of mixed baby greens or spinach, layer:
carrot coins
tomato slices
red onion slivers
cucumber slivers
bacon crumbles
pine nuts
shredded Asiago
Serve with Honey Mustard dressing

04-13 Plåttar - Swedish Pancakes

One of Papa's favorite memories is of his grandmother making these for him when he would stay at her house. The kitchen would be smoky and hot and these pancakes would melt in his mouth. His mother felt like he was spoiled when he was at his mormor's house which was probably the point. After you eat these you will see why. I imagine his mother wouldn't make these often since she had 8 children to feed. She would have had to stand at the stove for hours!

These are best when cooked on a plattpanna because it has the perfect 3 inch wide, shallow depressions but the pancakes will cook fine if you just pour small amounts onto a hot griddle. Keep them small as they are light and moist and delicious.

Combine in mixing bowl:
1/2 c flour
1 t sugar
1/4 t salt
Make a well in center and add:
1 c milk
1/2 c sour cream or heavy whipping cream
3 eggs
2 T unsalted butter, melted
Blend all until smooth. Batter will be runny.
Place by tablespoon onto hot pan and turn over when edges are brown, a…

04-12 Citrus Smoothie

Make ice cubes out of:
3/4 c pineapple juice
3/4 c orange juice
When frozen, place in blender with:
1/23 c plain yogurt
1/2 banana
1 1/2 T agave nectar
1/8 t cinnamon
Buzz it up and enjoy with someone!

04-11 Quick Stir Fry

Put rice in the rice cooker

In bowl with lid, mix together:
1/4 c soy sauce
1 1/2 T red wine vinegar
1 T cornstarch
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T ginger, minced
1 lb chicken, cooked and cut into strips or pieces
(or sirloin cut into strips and cooked can be used)
Toss frequently as it soaks for at least ten minutes.

In skillet, saute:
1 1/2 T sesame oil, heated
2 c broccoli cut into small florets
1/2 colored bell pepper, cubed
1/2 onion, cubed
Over med. heat, stir fry for 3 minutes. Then add
2 T water
and cover for 3 minutes.
Remove lid and add chicken mixture.
Stir well and heat through about 3 minutes more.
Serve on rice.
makes about 4-5 servings

I think some edamame added in would be good too, going to try that next time.
I will increase the sauce by half if I do as there is none to spare.

04-10 Sandwich Ideas

Time for a list of Sandwich ideas:

Turkey, cranberry sauce in veggie wrap or corn muffin
PB & Nutella & banana on whole grain toast
PB & Strawberry jam on graham crackers
Deli ham wrapped around strip of cream cheese (childhood favorite)
Egg salad sandwich on whole grain white
Pesto, deli meat, cheese slices on crackers (Milton's are good)
BLTA - bacon (keep tomato, lettuce & avocado separate until eating) on french bread
cucumber sandwiches (see 02-14) add some deli meat if needed
chicken quesadilla with pico de gallo
ham & cream cheese with herbs on 1/2 a bagel
tuna salad (see 03-31)
hot dog with turkey or bean chili and cheese on a sub or hot dog bun
BBQ chicken or pulled pork on sandwich roll
chicken salad in pita pocket
refried or black beans with cheese, sour cream, cilantro & salsa as dip for tortilla chips
pesto, baby spinach, tomato, asiago slice on baguette
grilled cheese and apples on cinnamon raisin bread
sliced apples dipped in peanut butter mixed with golden ra…

04-09 Quick & Fresh Pasta Salad

Cook then cool:
1 1b bowtie or shells pasta of whatever grain
Or use leftover pasta

In small mixing bowl, combine for dressing:
4 T canola oil
juice of 1 lemon or 2 T lemon juice
1 T rice vinegar
1 T white wine vinegar
1 t fresh garlic, minced
1 t salt
Mix well and set aside.
(OR use bottled Italian or Tuscan dressing)

Combine any combination of most of the following ingredients in large bowl:
6-8 oz fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1/2 lb cherry tomatoes, sliced in half OR other tomatoes, cubed
1/2 colored bell pepper, cubed
1 cucumber, cubed
4 oz black olives, sliced
1/2 c mozzarella, cubed or Feta, crumbled
1/2-1 c cooked chicken or ham or pepperoni or Canadian bacon, etc. cubed
2 T capers
1/4- 1/2 c artichoke hearts, chopped
Add pasta and pour dressing on top and gently mix.
Consider adding to taste
Italian herbs like fresh basil or Italian Seasoning
Sprinkle with 1/2 c fresh grated Parmesan or Asiago.

04-08 Hawaiian Omelette

Funny how we call anything with pineapple "Hawaiian" since when we are there, we see more macaroni salad than we do pineapples!

Make filling by combining in small bowl:
1/4-1/3 c cooked deli ham, chopped
2 T pineapple, crushed (drain well if using canned)
1 T coconut, flaked
set aside.
In medium bowl, whisk together:
2-3 large eggs
1 T water
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Heat skillet over med. heat. Melt
1 t unsalted butter
swirl to coat bottom of pan
when butter foams, pour in egg mix
Let set about 20 seconds
With spatula, lift edges so the runny eggs run under cooked areas
Continue until top is "dry", 3-4 minutes
Place ham mix on one half of omelette and fold
Let sit in pan to warm through then serve
with Hawaiian music and mango slices
and a portable heater blowing in your face if its cold so you can imagine you are there again.

04-07 Nachos Rapidos

Layer layer layer!
On a small plate layer
your chips- Costco has some good whole grain at the moment
red kidney or black or pinto beans
shredded cooked chicken
grated cheese
Place in microwave for 45 seconds or so
When cheese is melted, layer with
chopped tomatoes
chunky mango salsaor pico de gallo
avocado or guacamole
chopped lettuce
torn cilantro
sliced black olives
squish a half a lime on top
Enjoy with your favorite TV show or movie and forget about finals for a while.
Maybe a bit of sour cream if it tastes dry to you.
FYI-the first "Nachos" were made in 1943 in Piedras Negras, Mexico just over the border from Texas. Tortillas were cut into triangles, sprinkled with longhorn cheddar and jalapeños and warmed. That scary, oozy cheese didn't appear until 1977.

04-06 Italian Grilled Veggies

I know you don't have a grill but you can use the broiler in your oven, carefully, to "grill" some veggies. I like colored bell peppers and zucchini the best, but experiment...

Sprinkle over prepared vegetables (sliced lengthwise) on baking sheet:
onion powder
garlic powder
crushed basil
lemon zest
black pepper
ginger (barely any)
then spritz or drizzle with olive oil
Place in oven on broil, watch carefully and remove when tender and glistening.

04-05 Yumm Sauce

Okay, this not the corporate recipe but it is as close as I can get for now... thanks to the Register Guard columnist Jan Roberts-Dominguez
She calls it Heavenly Sauce
In a blender jar, combine:
1/2 c canola oil
1/2 c almonds, toasted and slivered OR whole hazelnuts, toasted
1/3 c c garbanzo beans, cooked and drained (canned ok)
4 garlic cloves
stop several times to scrape sides. When its a rough puree add:
1/2 c water
1/2 c fresh lemon juice
1/3 c nutritional yeast (DIFFERENT than active dry yeast)
1 T ponzu seasoning or soy sauce
1/2 t salt
1/2 t dried basil
1/4 t curry powder
1/4 t cumin powder
1/8 t ascorbic acid
Continue blending until smooth.
Store up to two weeks in refrigerator.

04-04 Easter Shepherd's Pie

Get it? Easter & the Good "Shepherd's" Pie =) Happy Easter!
This is a lighter, chicken version of a shepherd's pie-so worth it!
The herbs are very flexible so feel free to substitute and experiment.

Separately, make 2-3 c mashed potatoes (with broth or milk) for topping or
use your potato pearls.
Mix into the potatoes:
at least 1 T fresh parsley, chopped or 2 t dried
5 oz herbed soft cheese or grated Parmesan, etc.
1 t sage
1 t garlic, minced
Set aside.

In large pan or dutch oven, saute about 3 minutes, not quite done:
Olive oil
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken, cubed
salt and pepper
Then push to side of pan and add:
1 c carrots, shredded
1/2 onion, diced small
Stir all together again and when onion is glistening, add
1/2 c frozen corn
1/2 c frozen peas
Stir all well and push to side of pan again

Make a roux, by whisking in side of pan:
1 T butter
2-3 T flour
Then whisk in
2 C chicken stock
1 T Dijon mustard
Bring to boil, as sauce thickens reduce to medium and season with:
1 t or so each…

04-03 The common Broccoli Salad

Make salad by combining:
4 bunches broccoli, broken or cut into florets
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced or diced
1/4 - 1 lb bacon, cooked crisp and broken into small pieces
1 c golden raisins (or combination of or just dark)
1 c nuts: I like cashews, but have seen sunflower seeds, pecans, etc.

3/4 c plain yogurt
1/4 c agave nectar
2 t vinegar
or the Traditional recipe:
1 c mayo
1/4 c sugar
2 t vinegar

Mix well and then combine with salad mixture-
Refrigerate at least an hour, serve cold.

04-02 Pizza Pot Pie

Saute in olive oil:
2 oz pancetta or Canadian bacon (optional but adds flavor)
3 cloves garlic, minced
When glistening, add
1 T rosemary or few fresh sprigs
Salt and pepper
Stir well and add
1 14 oz can tomatoes, crushed
Simmer med-lo 15 minutes

In mixing bowl, stir together
1 1/2 c mozzarella, cubed
3 c broccoli florets OR
large handful of baby spinach, chopped AND
2 med zucchini, cubed (or all of it)
2 c cooked chicken, diced
Pour sauce and mix together
Fill 6 - 10 oz ramekins or other small oven-safe dishes
(the larger the dish, the longer you will need to bake it.)

Roll out pizza dough (made or store bought-enough for one large) to 1/4" thick
Cut shape of baking dishes. (circles for ramekins)
Place dough shapes on top of baking dish. Edges should hang over the sides
Brush olive oil over top of dough. Slit tops and sprinkle with Parmesan
Bake 400 degrees for 25+ minutes until dough is golden.

*You can bake everything without the dough and serve over pasta, toasted sourdough, etc.

04-01 Coconut muffins

You can make these banana coconut or apple coconut, the apple is a subtle flavor.

Mix together in small bowl:
1 c unsweetened coconut flakes (or sweetened)
1 c flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
2 t baking powder
1 - 1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 baking soda
1/2 t salt
In a larger bowl, beat until fluffy:
1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c agave nectar
1/4 c brown sugar, packed
Beat in
1 egg
1/4 c plain yogurt or buttermilk
1 t vanilla
Add and mix:
1 1/3 c mashed ripe bananas or applesauce
Then add dry ingredients 1/3 at a time, barely mixing each time.
When all ingredients are combined,
fill each muffin cup or paper 2/3 full.
Bake 25-30 minutes at 350, til tops are springy and golden.