Hearty Salad

Base:
1 cup finely cut green cabbage
1 cup finely cut red cabbage

1 cup chopped arugula
1 cup chopped kale
Mustard greens, parsley, beet greens, and others can be added when available.

Options to change it up: grapes, apples, dried cherries, tomatoes, peppers, olives, capers turkey, hardboiled egg.

Toppings: Feta cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, Olive oil and vinegar dressing.

Cabbage and kale can be cut up in advance because they hold up very well in the refrigerator for a week. Cabbage is nicest if cut on a mandolin so it is fine like sauerkraut.

Arugula and other greens don’t hold up as long so I keep them in a container separate container from cabbage that I plan to store for a while. I cut up enough cabbage and kale for the week and then add more perishable items when the salad will be eaten in a day or two. I don’t usually use lettuce because it doesn’t hold up as well as arugula.

Ginger Peach Scones

Kenine gave me some peaches and I am looking for ways to use them. This recipe is the first iteration so may be modified after I taste them. They should be done in about 20 minutes so we will see!

PS these were not so good (bland) so this recipe needs some work. Please post ideas/modifications.

3 cups almond meal
2 1/2  tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons 2% Fage yogurt (contains no starches)
1/2 cup pureed fresh peaches

Mix all ingredients well and spoon on to greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). If desired sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Test by sticking with knife. They are done when lightly browned and knife comes out clean. For best flavor cool before serving. Makes about 15 scones.

Sunflower Seed Crackers

1 Cup ground sunflower seeds
1/2 Cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 Cup sesame seeds
1 egg
1/4 Cup water
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon mixed peppercorns

Mix well and put on parchment on cookie sheet. Place wax paper over dough and roll out no more than 1/8th inch thick and score. Put in cold oven and set to 300 degrees bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Pork Chops

I have been trying flavor combinations from the book “The Flavor Bible” and they recommend tarragon and garlic to be paired with pork.

Pasture raised pork rubbed in olive oil with tarragon, dash of salt and pepper, and fresh garlic clove. Then bake. Yum!

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

3 cups almond meal
2 1/2 to 3 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup 2% Fage yogurt (contains no starches)
1/3 cup raisins

Mix all ingredients well and spoon on to greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). If desired sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or sugar. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Test by sticking with knife. They are done when lightly browned and knife comes out clean. For best flavor cool before serving. Makes about 15 scones.

JDV’s Turkey for Thanksgiving

The night before baking: 
Season the turkey and store in refrigerator until ready to bake.
Prepare the stuffing and store in bowl overnight.

Bake turkey at 325 degrees for about 6-8 hours or until internal temperature reaches 185 degrees. This is always the difficult part to get right so please make sure the stuffing is well cooked to prevent salmonella.

20 lb turkey – we got a fresh turkey from Farmer Mark at Emma Acres in Ann Arbor. It was the best ever.

Seasoning:
Whole head of garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Mince garlic and set aside for 10 minutes. Mix together salt, pepper, olive oil and rosemary. Blend in garlic until smooth with mortal and pestle. Coat turkey with the blend. Refrigerate covered overnight.

Stuffing:
5 small stalks celery
2 large cloves garlic minced finely, set aside for 10 minutes
1 lb ground pork cooked
1 (14 oz) bag Pepperidge Farm Stuffing breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups (or less) water or broth
1 large onion
1 medium fuji apple
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup homemade cranberry sauce

Sauté pork and set aside. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil 10 minutes. Add 3/4 cup water or broth, salt, chopped apple and celery. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add cooked pork and breadcrumbs; mix well. Add 1 cup water and mix. Then add cranberry sauce and stir gently. Add more water as necessary until bread crumbs are mostly moist (juices of the turkey will make stuffing more moist in cooking). Refriderate.

 

Creamy Greens and Coconut Linguini

Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 lb linguine
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno (ribs and seeds removed if less heat is preferred)

11⁄2 tbsp finely grated ginger

1 can coconut milk
1 bunch kale, stems removed, chopped

1 bunch spinach, chopped
1⁄4 cup (loosely packed) fresh mint leaves

salt

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, jalapeno and ginger; cook until garlic is soft, about a minute. Add coconut milk, cover and turn up heat to bring to a simmer.
  3. Add kale and spinach; cover and cook until just wilted and bright green (depending on the size of your pot, you may need to add it in bunches, letting a handful wilt then tossing in another handful).
  4. Add mint and remove from heat. Puree sauce using an immersion blender (or a regular stand blender – just puree in batches or the steam created can blow the lid off). Add salt in big pinches, tasting as you go, until the flavours pop – then it is properly seasoned.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, scoop out a cup of the pasta water before draining it. Toss the pasta with the sauce,adding splashes of pasta water if needed to thin out to desired consistency.
  6. Recipe by Foodess.com at http://foodess.com/2014/01/creamy-greens-coconut-linguine/

I Like Pie

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These are cherry pies that our family still talks about.  They were baked by my brother-in-law (who is an amazing cook) for our family reunion a few years ago. We came together in Michigan from all over the US including Oregon, Washington, and California. Everyone, children and adults, pitched in to help.  We all picked the sour cherries during an outing to a local cherry orchard, and then watched the amazing machine that pitted the cherries. We took them home, Stephan baked them and we ate them with vanilla ice cream after a BBQ dinner and games of croquet and badminton on the lawn. Food can be more than sustenance. It can foster memories that can last a lifetime.