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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Homemade butter in 10 minutes!

Yes, you read that right.  10 minutes is all it takes to make homemade butter! This is not a sponsored post - it is just my own way of doing things, and it works great.

All you need is:


  • a clean jar with a leak-proof lid
  • heavy whipping cream
Seriously that's it.

All you do is pour the whipping cream into the jar - I did about 1/2 cup at a time.  Then you close the jar tightly and start shaking it.  I just alternated arms when I got tired, but within 9 minutes, the buttermilk separates from the milk fat (which is butter!).  Simpy pour the buttermilk out of the jar, and you can use that for whatever people use buttermilk for.  Then I put the butter into a covered bowl for the fridge.  If you leave it out on the counter for a few days (like I do), it'll sour.  So refrigerate! :)

Step 1.  Pour the milk into the jar.


Step 2. Shake - shake - shake!


3 Minutes later, we have whipped cream (without the sugar)


 After about 6 minutes, we start to see separation.


After 9 minutes, we have completely separated the buttermilk from the milkfat.


Just pour the buttermilk out (into a bowl or whatever) and then you have butter!


I used the butter immediately to make an egg for breakfast.  It tastes just like the unsalted butter I normally buy, but haven't in a while because the prices have gone up so much.  

Let me know if you try it!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Creamy basil & tomato salsa

Hi guys,

Remember me?  I used to record all of my most favorite recipes here, both as a way of saving them, and of sharing my love of FOOD!

Well, I still love food, but my blogging habit was effectively squashed for quite some time.  I am (still) a full time college student, have one kid going into his senior year of high school, and 2 more at home that I homeschool.  When I began this blog 9(!!!) years ago, I didn't even have one of those kids yet!  It is amazing to me how much time (and food) has passed through these pages, and I am hoping to try and post here more often.

In the intervening years since I've posted last, we moved to East Tennessee.  The NSSO (not so significant other) decided not to dig in a garden this year, so I have had to supplement my love of fresh tomatoes and basil with offerings from the markets.  Fortunately, most markets carry local produce in the summer, so those farm-fresh tomatoes are still available to me.  I have been nurturing a single basil plant on my window sill for months now, and somehow, it has survived!  Today, however, was the first real time that I raided it for it's tender and fragrant offerings, and raid it I did!

I initially found the idea for this salsa from here.  However, I then added to it to make it my own, and it really was delicious served on top of some grilled turkey burgers!  Such a fresh taste. Perfect for this hot, summer day.

Creamy Basil & Tomato salsa

2 cups chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar (infused with garlic)
salt, pepper to taste

You simply combine all the ingredients!  The mayonnaise can be increased, depending on your taste for it.  The same for the vinegar.  I tried it both ways and liked it with just a splash of vinegar.

I would love to hear how you liked this recipe!  Please leave me a comment to let me know :)

Thanks!

Dawn

Monday, October 29, 2012

Souper Easy Potato Soup (see what I did there?) (no dairy)

Hurricane Sandy was barrelling up the coast and I was glued to the weather channel for hours upon hours.  Someone on my facebook feed mentioned they'd made soup, and I suddenly thought "omg, we need soup too!".  We were under threat of losing electricity and since we heat and cook with electric, that means huge impact for us.  I figured if I made soup, I'd forget about the scary weather!  Ha.

Here's what I did.  You can adjust according to your own tastes, of course.

  • 8(ish) cups chicken broth - I used 1 pod of Knorr's new chicken bouillon that I've mentioned before to 3-1/2 cups of water - then another 4 cups of water mixed with 2 packages of goya brand vegetable seasoning/broth. 
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 5-7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. oil
  • 5-6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 good sized stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves


Optional:  bacon (I used real bacon pieces that you use on salads), cheddar cheese, green onion

  1. Lightly brown garlic in oil.  
  2. Add onion and celery and saute until soft.
  3. Add broth and potatoes.
  4. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
  5. Strain 3/4 of the potatoes out and mash.  You could do them all if you wanted, but I like chunky.
  6. Re-add mashed potatoes to soup.
  7. Add a couple of bay leaves.  I waited until this point so that the bay seasoning would not overtake the whole soup.
  8. Stir well - this should thicken your soup.  
If it's not thick enough, you could always add a couple of tablespoons of flour to some cold water (cold is important) - mix it until it's dissolved and then add to the soup, until it's to your liking.

I added bacon and cheddar to my own bowl, and it's absolutely delicious!

Potato soup garnished with cheddar cheese and bacon bits.



Friday, October 12, 2012

How to roast a pumpkin

Whenever I need to use pumpkin for a recipe, I always roast my pumpkins.  It's so much fresher tasting than using a canned pumpkin, and of course, there are no preservatives.

Roasting a pumpkin is simple.  This is for a pumpkin that is roughly 1-2 pounds (typically called a pie pumpkin).  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Spray the foil with cooking spray or, as I did this time, drizzle a small amount of (almond) oil.

Split the pumpkin in half. Scoop the seeds and other gunk out and set aside (roasted pumpkin seeds are awesome!).  Place the pumpkin halves open side down on the baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees (f) for 1 hour or until you can pierce the pumpkin easily with a fork.



Allow the pumpkin to cool for a few minutes before attempting to scoop out the "meat".  Once it's out, you're ready to add it to your soup or make that yummy pumpkin bread!  Enjoy!