All posts filed under: Garden delights

Broccoli beef 

Yep, I am a leftover queen……hey that should have been the name of my blog. I really dislike throwing food away so I come up with meals that do not taste like yesterday’s dinner. This was one of those recipes. Super easy, you just need to have all the stuff on hand. I served this with white rice, brown rice would work well too.     Left over steak, roast, venison, or buy a smaller lean steak and slice thin Broccoli washed and cut into larger than bit size pieces 1/2 small onion chopped finely Hoisin sauce 3 oz or half a 7 oz jar 2 tablespoons soy sauce aka bug juice 1 tablespoon corn starch 2 teaspoons fish sauce ( in oriental section of grocery store)  1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil ( you can omit this if you want)  Toasted Sesame seeds for garnish In a skillet heat vegetable oil up and place chopped onion in hot oil. Cook …

Greek style green beans

Now you have to understand we love vegetables, it is just John loves his cooked to death and I like my in the semi crunchy stage. When it comes to green beans there is no difference. John likes his the old fashion way….with bacon slices and onions cooked for an hour or more….more as in lots more is good for him. So I make mine separate from his. Fresh green beans are wonderful to eat and go with any meal. Try these added herbs and feel the flavors pop in your mouth. Fresh herbs are great but the dried ones work just as well A bunch of fresh green beans washed and ends cut off, cut in half Olive oil….about a tablespoon A teaspoon of crushed dried mint or a few leaves of fresh mint finely chopped A teaspoon of dried dill or about a teaspoon of fresh chopped very fine maybe a bit more 1 clove garlic smashed and chopped Some salt Heat oil in skillet, add prepared green beans and toss, cook about …

Apple butter

Watching some friends property for a few weeks while they were gone had a bonus attached to it. They treated us with local fresh apples from the area they were visiting. Now, when Cheryl stated they had apples for us we figured a dozen or sack full…..but NOOOOO….. It was a full bushel! Beautiful golden delicious apples from a friends farm. Of course apple pie and just eating apples the first few days was a must. I dehydrated at least 25 apples and had more left over. So I decided to make apple butter, an old favorite and something we rarely have. I cut the recipe in half just because I was not sure of the end results. Wish I had done the full batch now; Half recipe will yield about 6 pint jars. Apples cored and sliced……no need to peel…..I used about 12 apples for the half batch, recipe is a whole batch unless noted. 16 cups thick Apple pulp  1 cup Apple vinegar 8 cups sugar 4 teaspoon cinnamon ( I reduced this …

Creamy pumpkin pie

John really hates pumpkin pie that is loaded with spice….almost brown color. So I found this recipe about 1000 years ago and have been making this version for him ever since. It is light, and you can actually taste pumpkin! If you have fresh pumpkin it is even better. I will include a way to prepare that as well. Fresh pumpkin for your pie…. Heat oven to 350, carefully slice pumpkin in half, you hopefully did not buy the biggest one they had…..remove seeds and put flesh side down on a cookie sheet with edges. Put into the oven and add water to go up the sides about a half an inch. The oven does not have to be fully heated to do this….just when ever you are ready stick it in. Bake for an hour. Carefully remove cookie sheet, drain off liquid and flip the pumpkin over. Scoop out the flesh and measure it according to recipe directions.  You can even peel the pumpkin, cut into hunks, boil it until soft and drain it …

Sweet potatoes and their skins

It’s that time of year when sweet potatoes or yams make it to the dinner table more often. They should be eaten all year long because they have great nutrition to offer and they taste good. But it seems the next 60 days are sweet potatoes farmers money maker. Everyone has there favorite way to prepare…..but what about that skin? You peel it? Scoop out the meat? And the skin is left over to discard or compost. But wait! There is something to do with this lonely skin…… Make dog treats….yep, an easy and nutritional thing for your pets; Or you if you like that sort of thing for yourself. Maybe good for camping in the wilderness a light weight yummie treat for yourself and your pet.  Alright…..after the meat is scooped out, the more you leave in the longer this will take so I remove almost all of the flesh. Heat oven to 225, on a cookie sheet lay out the skins so they are opened up as best as possible. You can spray …

Spaghetti squash and what to do with this thing…..

First find a squash that is in good shape….you know a nice stem, not too dried out. Next heat oven to 350, take squash and cut lengthwise. It could be kind of tough….so use a sharp knife and lots of pressure. Remove seeds…if you have a garden save them for next year and plant. Take a cookie sheet that has some lips….well edges….place the squash upside down or flesh side down, put in oven add about 2 cups water to the cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour. This is perfect timing to prep anything you want to use the squash for. When the squash is done, carefully remove from oven…pour off water….flip over so flesh is up. Now…take a folk and scrap the meat towards you, yes this is how it works….keep scraping. The flesh comes out like spaghetti. Now you can use it for many dishes if you are on a diet, gluten free or just want healthy good eats.  Some things to try with this great veggie Spaghetti of course Beef stroganoff …

Sweet potatoes with chipotle and honey

I just love it when I try something new and it turns out really, really good. so….here is another one and I think it is pretty healthy too. sweet potato (depending on how many folks are eating) honey chipolte powder 1 tablespoon melted butter for two potatoes cookie sheet lined with foil Several ways you can do this….oven or microwave the potatoes(s), then oven or in a pan. I try hard now a days not to “nuke” anything, so I cooked the potato at 350 for an hour.                            Nuke until the potato is just getting soft. Let cool a little otherwise you can burn your hands. Oven method: Melt butter, slice sweet potato long ways into two halves. place on cookie sheet, with a small sharp knife cut slices in the flesh, not too deep. Slowly drizzle butter over the potatoes so it falls into the slots, try not to over spill too much. If you need to make a few pricks …

Parsnips and potato au gratin

  This dish takes a little time to prep and cook. But there is enough to feed a tribe or have lots of leftovers. Allow yourself twenty minutes to prep and one and a half hours to cook.  1 to 1/2 pounds of parsnips……or one bag  1 to 1/2 pounds of potatoes…. I used 6 Yukon golds medium size Gouda cheese….. I used half smoked half regular about two cups grated 1 can chicken or vegetable broth 1 medium size onion 2 tablespoons butter or some olive oil Salt and pepper  Heat oven to 400. Peel parsnips and the grate coursely, place them in a sauce pan with water a boil for two minutes. Drain and set aside. Chop onion, on a stove top use a dish that is oven safe, not too deep put will hold everything. Use cooking spray on the edges if needed. Heat this pan and add oil or butter, cook onions for a few minutes…until they start to turn clear. While this is going on peel potatoes and set aside.  When …

Chicken cacciatore

Just like the vegan cacciatore only adding chicken to make a complete meal makes this dish flavorful.   1 whole chicken cut into your favorite eating pieces 1 each yellow, green, red, and orange peppers cut into bit size hunks 1 can of tomato sauce 1 can diced tomatoes 1/2 onion diced  Olive oil 1/2 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon oregano 1 package mushrooms…… I like to slice these myself Salt to taste In a braising pan heat oil and cook chicken pieces until outside skin is brown, I put a lid on it for about five minutes on each side……the entire pieces of chicken do not have to be cooked through, you will finish cooking thoroughly later. After chicken has some brown on it remove from pan, add peppers, mushrooms and onions. Stir for a few minutes then add diced tomatoes and sauce. Add seasonings.  Cook for about ten minutes, add chicken pieces back put a lid on it and simmer for 30 minutes or more. Until chicken is cooked and tender. Serve with white of …

Vegan cacciatore 

Why not? Who says you have to make it with chicken…..I love veggies and sometimes a meatless dish is the way to go. The amounts make enough for two and lunch the next day. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 large onion chopped into hunks 1 of each: green, yellow, orange and red peppers chopped into hunks. A small package of mushrooms sliced…I like to slice my own 1 teaspoon oregano ……maybe a little less 1/2 teaspoon thyme……..not a heaping teaspoon a level one Salt to taste Garlic salt…about a teaspoon as well. Or garlic powder 1 normal can tomato sauce I am thinking 7 oz 1 normal can tomatoes hunked, diced, or whatever the can says….no salt is the best Heat oil in the pan add all the vegetables and sautee, for a few minutes. Add herbs and salt, the add tomato products. Stir and put a lid on it for about 15 to 20 minutes on a simmer.  Serve with rice or some good sour dough bread.  As always we hope you enjoy.   …