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The Pinterest reviews – Veggies January 17, 2012

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I’m really terrible at serving veggies at lunch and dinner. I’m lucky if we get them in once a day. Since I’m trying to be better about it, I’ve collected a bunch of veggie recipes. As you can see, I’ve only tried 3 out of the bunch, but collecting the recipes is the first step, right?

Apple, potato and onion gratin

Source: bonappetit.com via Judy on Pinterest

This was made for a potluck a few months back.  As we were eating, I heard two people in a discussion.

“Did you taste the potatoes?”

“Potatoes?  I thought they were apples?”

“No, I’m pretty sure they are potatoes.”

“Really?  Tastes like potatoes to me!”

I jumped in and let them know that they were both correct!  Apples and potatoes seems like an interesting combination, and it was pretty good.  I’m sure the success of this recipe hinges on the type of apple you use.  I personally wouldn’t want the super sweet variety, so a Granny Smith apple would be perfect here, while a Braeburn would be cloying.  This dish has so many possibilities, what with all of the apple varieties available.

Roasted cabbage wedges

Source: marthastewart.com via Judy on Pinterest

Cabbage is a funny veggie to cook.  Most of the time, it just tastes like dirt to me.  (Except for the time we got an enormous cabbage from the farm.  That one was VERY tasty!)  This recipe was an exception.  Most of my babes like it.  The toddler was less enthused, but I’m pretty sure that’s because he doesn’t have molars, and I can’t imagine that gumming a cabbage is a pleasant experience.  Anyway, the cabbage had a great flavor and it seriously took like 5 minutes to set it up, plus roasting time.  My kind of recipe!

Spinach burgers

Source: thevillagecook.com via Judy on Pinterest

Being vegetarian, it can be tricky to find good protein substitutes.  These burgers are really quite good.  My only complaint is that they don’t stick together very well, so it’s a pain to fry them up.  I might add more egg or something to help them hang together a bit better.  Otherwise, the flavor was very yummy.  Couple that with homemade burger buns and some fresh veggies . .. . yummy!



The summer of food October 23, 2010

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For some reason, this summer I decided that I would try out all sorts of new recipes.  Maybe it was the fact that DH had a garden that was producing all sorts of wonderfulness, or maybe I just wanted to get out of a rut.  Either way, we tried some yummy new dishes this summer.

First up, Black Bean Tacos.  I made this dish twice, and it turned out much better the second time.  I love that it’s super fast and easy.  Not really what I’d call toddler friendly, but they didnt’ seem to mind the fact that the tacos would totally fall apart on them=)

When I found the recipe for Scalloped Tomatoes, I thought it looked fantastic.  It was pretty good, but not as good as  I   would have thought.  It was pretty oily and the flavor just wasn’t as rich as I thought it should have been.  I’m not ready to dump this recipe out, though.  Even though it takes FOREVER to make, I still think it has promise.

Shells are a favorite around here, you just can’t seem to go wrong with them.  The last time I made them, they turned out especially delish . . . I sauteed mushrooms, onions and bell pepper,  and managed to find some ricotta that wasn’t fat free (READ: had any taste at all).

We were so hungry, we dug in before I got a chance to take a pic=)

Pasta, in general, makes a rather frequent appearance at our dinner table.  For one, it’s super easy, for two, it’s quite toddler friendly.  Pizza is another favorite because, well, it’s pizza.  Need I say more?  Sooo, when I found a recipe for Pasta Pizza in my Better Homes and Gardens Pasta cookbook, I was sold.  I’ll probably make a few changes to how the “crust” is made next time I make it, but it was definitely a fun recipe.  I’m looking forward to trying their Taco Spaghetti recipe later this week.

One of the more plentiful items from the garden was acorn squash.  We still have a bunch stashed under our hutch . . .saving them for winter stews, or something.  Anyway, I found this recipe for Orzo Stuffed Acorn Squash.  Certainly not TDF, but pretty good.  I think I would probably add more parmesan cheese, and maybe a few more spices to the orzo.  But, it was a nice variation on the brown sugar and butter treatment that squash usually gets.

Hands down, the best recipe from this summer was the Polenta and Black Bean Casserole. DH is not really a fan of polenta.  Okay, so he just plain old doesn’t like it.  Unless it’s in this form=)  This is good news for me because I quite like polenta, so now I get to make it for dinner more often.  As an added bonus, this recipe is crazy easy.  Thank you epicurious.com!

Homemade jam June 21, 2010

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June means one thing   ..  . .. LOTS and LOTS of berries!  For some reason, this year we have a bumper crop of berries.  I think maybe they are more accessible since DH has been cleaning up the train wreck that was/is the lot.  In any case, he has gone out every evening for about 10 days and harvest a good pound or two of black raspberries.  He also has harvested maybe 4-5 pounds of mulberries.  What to do with all of these berries?  So many options . . . but if you want the berries to last for a long time, homemade jams and jellies are the way to go.  As you can imagine, we have been busy canning homemade black raspberry jam.  (The mulberry jelly is being made as I type.)  It’s really pretty simple, but messy since berries stain like crazy!  Man, if you ever want to dye something, berry dye is the way to go!!

Anyhu, here are a few pics of the canning process. (NOTE:  this is probably not the correct way to do it with the pectin, it’s what I did and it mostly worked.)

First you mix the berries and a TON of sugar and some lemon juice, leaving it in the fridge for about 2 hours until the sugar is dissolved.

Before dissolving

After dissolving and smashing the berries

Then  I added the pectin and heated it up to boiling, and it almost boiled over!  I should have used a bigger pot!  Once it boiled, I let it boil for one minute, then removed it from the heat.

Then I poured it into the jars, leaving a wee bit of headspace, and the processed the jars in a giant pot with boiling water for 10 minutes.  Once done, the jars were removed and placed on a towel to cool for about 12 hours.

I think it still needs to set for another week or two, since it’s a wee bit runny, but that actually makes it really nice for spreading, and it makes a killer sauce for pancakes and especially icecream!  DELISH!