Zucchini Bread with Lemon Curd Cream Cheese topping

It’s summer time and EVERYBODY in the Pacific Northwest has zucchini. So here is they way we enjoy it for months. Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups white sugar 3 cups grated zucchini (I used a huge zucchini from our garden) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup rolled […]

Berry Bread Pudding

My friend Dana posted a recipe today on Facebook that gave me an idea. I hurriedly (<–is that a word?)…. ok, I rushed to see what I had.

  • I used week old bread about six slices (9 grain)
  • a cup of mixed frozen mixed berries
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream + 1/2 coffee creamer (hee hee no milk here)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 stick of melted butter for sprinkle at top.

I whipped creams, eggs, cinnamon, salt sugar then add the cubed bread and let soak for a bit.

Pour onto a buttered pan, sprinkle butter over everything and bake for 45 minutes.

Doesn’t look as good as it tastes. It tastes great!

 

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Butternut Squash Spinach Cheese Tart

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This recipe was inspired by the book The Great British Farmhouse but I ended up making so many substitutions that it is now a warm delicious mess of wonderfulness replica.

Pressed for time and not wanting to convert grams into ….what ever it is that I had to convert it to and Celsius into Fahrenheit and blah blah blah.(insert lazy and ignorant here)  I went with, Oh screw it! I’ll make up my own!…… but of course using some or most of their instructions.

Conversions:

Sour cream/whipping cream combo instead of double cream: I used sour cream instead of double cream because I had no idea what the British mean by double cream. Whatever! My conversion turned out great. My brain said, Sour cream + whipping cream = double cream. voila!

Bought pie shells instead of their wholemeal pastry…(who has time?)

Here is what I did:

Ingredients:

  • shallot chopped in small pieces (their recipe calls for red onions cut into long pieces but I had a shallot so thus the substitute)
  • 1 half or as much as you want. Butternut squashed in small cubes
  • 2tbsps olive oil
  • 1.5 cup (a huge salad bowl full) Spinach from my garden (added the “from my garden to impress”.  Insert applause please)
  • 1.5 cup Shredded strong flavored cheese I used NO WOMAN BEECHER’S Cheese
  • 4 eggs (organic free range blah blah)
  • 1cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup of whipping cream whipped together
  • salt and pepper freshly ground
  • store bought pastry shell 9″ I used a regular pie dish as well

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl mix 1 tbsp of olive oil, squash, onions, salt and pepper. Spread on a lined cookie sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until done.

I baked the pastry for 8 minutes just to get is a bit cooked.

Meanwhile in a large skillet cook the spinach until welted, put in a strainer and squeeze the life and juice out of it. Set aside on paper towels. Image

Once squash and onions are out of the oven spread evenly over almost cooked pastry.

Add spinach spreading evenly.Image

add shredded cheese spreading evenly

In a separate bowl whip the eggs, whipping cream, sour cream and more salt and pepper or whatever else seasoning you like. I didn’t use garlic but I am sure it would be great too.

Pour egg mixture over the cheese and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. I just watched it until the entire thing looked brown and firm.Image

Serve warm. Store in fridge and serve the next day. We had it for breakfast (it has eggs right?) and it was even more fabulous.

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Enjoy!

For desert I made peach cobbler with rum cream sauce and used the second pastry. No waste!

“You truly bless me”

Whether you believe or not in God we all believe in love, happiness, joy, compassion, generosity and all the stuff that makes us good people. Right? If not then there is something seriously wrong with you, thus explaining why some are bombing and shooting innocent people. But I am not writing this because of the discovery of hate but the discovery of love in the aftermath of any tragedy.
The videos show so many heroes running towards the explosions to help. We saw people helping each other in so many ways. Some offered shelter, the shirt off their backs, water, juice, a hug, so many great acts of kindness caught on video. You can’t help but feel love and compassion for everyone involved.
When we heard the news of the bombings, how many of us actually stopped what we were doing and said a prayer for Boston? We say we are! We repost and retweet hashtags like #prayforBoston or #prayforNewton or any other tragedy stricken area. Do we ourselves actually stop and pray for these people? Did we mention them in our prayers last night? Are they really in our thoughts and “PRAYERS“?  Truly?

Yes, I raise my hand and say that I truly pray for people. I tend to pray before I actually tell someone I will pray for them. My thought behind this is that I am afraid something will interfere with my actual praying for them on time. What if I forget? So I just pray for them and then I tell them. That also goes for any hashtag I am professing about. It’s the least I can do.

 Monday in the middle of the horrific news from Boston I received a thank you card from a friend. One thing that stood out at that very moment was that my friend said, “You truly bless me.” I know God blesses, I know we wish people to be blessed by God. What I never actually looked at is how another person would indeed bless us. How does someone like me, a sinner, someone very new to Jesus and his word and someone with so many unshakeable flaws have the capability to bless someone?
So I went in search of what it means to truly bless someone. I wanted to see how I and others impact each other by blessing them or making them feel blessed. I looked at the definition of the word and found that definitions online are varied and some don’t make sense in the context that my friend used it (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bless).  I knew exactly what my friend meant as I too feel that certain people make me feel blessed but I never thought of them actually blessing me. Not many people make us feel blessed, in fact, most make us feel quite the opposite.
Here’s what I came up with all on my own. God blesses us and our gratitude is always to him (for those who believe), because we know for sure that he is indeed the one that is blessing us. He is love, compassion, understanding, wise, merciful, etc, etc, all the good stuff. That’s not to say that people that all people that don’t believe in him are bad. I have friends and family who do NOT believe in God but are wonderful, kind, loving and authentic people nonetheless. I feel they bless me although they don’t believe in a higher power. They are just good stock.
People that bless me make me feel powerful, brave, self assured, confident and I just want to be a better person and never let them down. Although I am far from ever being an angel, I do believe there are angels among us and I am blessed with many around me.
The bible teaches us to be Godlike. He is kind, he is love, he is wise, he is good, he is merciful, generous and so much more good stuff that I want to be and that I want around me (Daniel 2:20, Psalm 145:7 , Psalm 111:5).
In honor of all the victims of the hateful evil people with guns, bombs and awful tongues, I  vow to be a better person. I will truly try to be the person who when others hear my name they instantly know I am in their life blessing them.
My wish is that everyone that reads this will commit to do that same. Join me and let’s go out and bless people and stop all the hate and horrible feelings that we fall for in times of trouble.
Let’s truly pray for each other and if you don’t believe in prayer at least believe in love and spread it.
#prayforBoston #justpray #Godblessusall

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Heat panini pan or  oven ready skillet to a med heat. While it’s heating construct your sandwich.
Rub the outside of the bread lightly with butter or mayo (good quality)

  • set on pan until slightly golden brown on each side of sandwich.
  • if you need to heat a bit more stick sandwich for a few minutes in the oven
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Halibut with potatoes and peppers (EASY)

 

  • 1 lb of small red potatoes quartered
  • 1 red or yellow onion sliced
  • 1/2 lb of sweet peppers sliced in half
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 fillets of fresh halibut (I only us wild)
  • Pinch of Italian seasonings or thyme or rosemary or anything you like on your fish. If using a rub use just a sprinkle. Let the peppers be the stars of this dish. Sweet & slightly spicy.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • slice of lemon (opt)

Heat oven at 400*

On a large cookie sheet spread cut potatoes, onion slices and peppers.

Drizzle with Olive oil.

Bake for 27 minutes.

Take out of oven.

Immediately nest fish fillets on top, sprinkle with Italian seasoning..

Put back in oven and bake another 12 minutes or until fish is done but not over cooked.

Onions should be caramelized and potatoes should be perfect.

Take out and serve with a salad or soup or by itself with a great big glass of Chardonnay or iced tea.

 

 

Easy Spicy Chilaquiles

What to do with stale tortilla chips that have lost their crunch? Well, the possibilities are limitless but my favorite is Chilaquiles or Entomatadas.

2 tsps olive oil

Leftover Tortilla Chips or just a 1/4 bag of tortilla chips

1 can of Enchilada Sauce or 2 cans of tomato sauce

1/2 cup of shredded Mexican Cheese (from a bag)

4 or 5 eggs scrambled

Salt and Pepper to taste.

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Heat oil, add chips stir a bit just to coat with oil and heat up a bit. Add the sauce slowly to coat chips…so use as much or as little as you want. Just don’t use too much or it will be soupy.

When hot add the scrambled eggs. Stir a bit almost like folding.

Add salt and pepper to taste and cover with cheese.

leave heat on for a minute or so covered and let stand for about five minutes before serving.

You can serve with sour cream or shredded lettuce or nothing at all.

One of my favorite dishes. So quick and easy to make in a pinch.

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