Thursday, September 22, 2011

Arugula Rice With Chicken Sausage

I invented this tonight!  And so, it probably tasted even yummier to me because I was so proud of myself, but everyone else here liked it, too.

1 1/2 C. rice (I did half white, half brown)
2 C. chicken stock
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
12 oz. Chicken Sausage (I used sun-dried tomato and Asiago cheese variety), sliced thin
3 potatoes, cooked, cubed and salt/peppered to taste
1 large or 2 small bell peppers of any color, sliced
Handful of arugula

Cook the rice using the chicken stock as the liquid.

When the rice is almost done, saute garlic and onion and brown the sausage all together over med-high heat.  When the onions and garlic are soft and translucent, add in the cooked potatoes.  When the rice finishes cooking, open the lid and toss in the arugula and peppers, then cover again and let sit for a few minutes to wilt the arugula and soften the peppers.

To the sausage mixture, add some fresh basil, dried marjoram, dried oregano, and a dash of ground paprika.

Combine the two mixtures.  Stir really well to evenly distribute the arugula, as it tends to clump together.  If you don't like arugula, you could substitute spinach, but I loved the flavor the arugula added.  Lastly, I sprinkled some grated cheese similar to Parmesan, but from goat's milk.  However, I don't think it really needed this at all.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Zucchini: Use 142

I've come to realize that Zucchini is just one of those garden veges that is bountiful and somehow no matter if you have enough from your own seem to find more on your car after church from anonymous donors....0bviously, they simply don't know just how many uses there are.....

Zucchini French Fries

2-3 med to large size zucchini  (skins removed, seeds removed, and sliced into french fry shape.  This is very easy if you already have a french fry making tool....but even if you don't...its worth cutting them)

Put cut zucchini sticks into plastic bag.  Add 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, salt, pepper, and any other spice that you like....we added a variety of stuff.  Shake (with bag closed of course.....or if your in the mood to clean up, keep the bag open.)

Pour out on to a cookie sheet.  Place in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for around 25 min...(please check this because I don't know your oven personally, and it might have a slightly warmer personality then my oven does and it could cook those babies faster..or slower, don't blame me....I'm just sayin')

Anyhow, add Ketchup to a plate..and enjoy them.  I mean really enjoy them...they are not potatoes and they came out of your garden for goodness eat them knowing you are really doing your best to be a good steward of the harvest you've been given.

Um....okay....yeah, ...enjoy!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Mel's 1st place Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobler

Hi ya'll.  I won first place last week at our ward campout with my Blackberry cobbler.  So, here it is for all to enjoy..


3 cups blackberries.  (Mine were freshly picked, but I'm sure store bought is just a great.  They key here with fresh or store bought is to wash and freeze them individually on a cookie sheet.  The Frozen state of the blackberries is very important in the cooking process.)

1-2 white cake mixes (depends on how much of this stuff you if its just for the family use only one cake mix)

1 can Cream Soda

1 Stick butter

1/4 cup sugar  (um  yeah, it's's not really healthy, but it won FIRST PLACE!!!!)

Okay, take the stick of butter and grease the bottom and sides of the dutch oven.  Place frozen blackberries on the bottom of the oven.  Cover with dry cake mix.  Pour the can of cream soda over the cake mix(s).  Slice the remaining butter and put that over the cake mix in slices.  Sprinkle the sugar over the top.

Cover oven with lid. and cook with charcoal bouquets ( 8-10 on bottom and 12-14 on top...for my large dutch could vary by size so be careful and check often) until brown on top and bubbly. 

Really Yummy folks!.....and did I happen to mention it took FIRST PLACE?!!!!!  :)...I'm pretty proud of that.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Naan Bread

2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1 C. warm water
1/4 C. sugar
3 T. milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 C. bread flour (less if you use all-purpose, or whole wheat flour)
2 tsp. minced garlic (optional)
1/4 C. butter, melted

Dissolve yeast in the warm water, sprinkle sugar over and let sit for 10 min.  Stir in milk, egg, salt, and 3 C. flour.  Gradually add remaining flour, stopping when you have a soft dough.  Knead 6-8 minutes, until smooth.  Let rise in oiled bowl covered with a damp cloth for 1 hour, or until doubled.  Punch down and knead in garlic if desired.  Pinch golf ball-sized pieces of dough, roll into balls and place on a tray.  Cover with a towel and let rise 30 min, or until double..

Heat a grill to high heat.  At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle.  Lightly oil grill.  Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned.  Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over.  Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes.  Remove from grill and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.

I've been known to do half white, half whole wheat and they still turn out delicious.  Also, I always cook them on my George Foreman grill.  Way easier.  These are seriously SO yummy!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Refrigerator Pickles

3 C. cold water
1 C. vinegar
2 T. salt

1 sliced onion
2 T peppercorns
4 cloves garlic, sliced
Crushed red pepper, to taste
Dill, to taste
Small whole cucumbers, or sliced larger cucumbers

Stir brine to dissolve really well.  Layer the solids in 2-3 quart-size jars.  Pour brine over.  I combined a few recipes, so I don't know exactly how to do it.  I let them sit on the counter, loosely covered for several hours and then stuck them in the fridge.  They were way yummier and more flavorful the first time around, so I'd say go heavy on the seasonings and flavor.

Good luck!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Rice Vegetable Soup

10 C water
1 large onion, diced
4 carrots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 small white potatoes, diced
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium summer squash, sliced
1/2 C rice, long-grain
2 bay leaves
2 cans tomato sauce
2 TB beef boullion
1/4 tsp ground thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
2 tsp Italian seasoning

Place onion, garlic, carrots into pot.  Cook until onion is translucent.  Add water, beef boullion, potatoes, rice, bay leaves, tomato sauce, thyme, and Italian seasoning.  Simmer for 20 min. or until rice and vegetables are done.  Add zucchini and summer squash, cook for an additional 5-10 min.
I made this recipe up a few days ago when I needed to take dinner to someone.  (I know, I know, great time to make something up...but I didn't have may ingredients on hand, I refused to go shopping, and I needed to use my squash and zucchini from my garden.)  Cheryl helped me a bit with the recipe (thanks Cheryl!!)  And it ended up tasting so good that I thought I'd post it here.  I was thinking that the next time I made it, I might add celery and/or barley.  If you make it, let me know what you think-even if you don't like it.  Thanks!