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Coffee Cake- Blueberry Almond Sour Cream

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Award Winning Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

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Soup- Homemade Tomato

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Recipes | Comments Off

Homemade Garden Fresh Tomato-Soup

Soup- Homemade Tomato
 
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Serves: 2 quarts
 
This is my favorite tomato soup recipe. When it calls for 2 cans of chopped tomatoes we use 4 to 5+ cups of fresh diced tomatoes from the garden. When we get a surplus of tomatoes we used to freeze them whole, but now I dice 5 cups, put them in a baggie and freeze them. Then in the middle of the winter we pull them out, thaw them, and make a batch of soup. You can make the soup ahead of time and freeze the soup also. Marginally it is as good as eating it freshly made but I would rather freeze the tomatoes and make the soup fresh.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 5 C fresh diced tomatoes or 2 cans (14- ½ ounces each) diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2 cans (10 ¾ ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 ½ C milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ to 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ to 1 tsp paprika
  • ⅛ to ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, soup, milk, sugar, basil, paprika and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream cheese until melted.

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Muffins- Lemon Raspberry Streusel regular or gluten free

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Recipes | Comments Off

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

 

Muffins- Lemon Raspberry Streusel regular or gluten free
 
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Ingredients
  • Batter:
  • ½ C Butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • zest from one lemon
  • ½ C half and half (milk may be substituted)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 C flour or
  • 2 C fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Streusel Topping:
  • ⅓ C Sugar
  • ¼ C All Purpose Flour
  • 2 T Butter
Instructions
  1. Cream with an electric mixer butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs.
  3. Then add lemon extract, zest, and half and half.
  4. Mix in baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Briefly beat in flour just until mixed.
  6. Hand fold in raspberries.
  7. Use regular size muffin tins. You can spray the tin and put batter directly into the tin or spray the top area of the tin and use paper lined cups for the wells (The latter works the best.)
  8. Fill cups so they are crowned a little over the top, makes 11 good size muffins.
  9. Mix the sugar and flour together for the streusel topping, then cut in butter to make crumbles. Divide mixture between the 11 muffins and sprinkle on top.
  10. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Serve hot with butter.
Notes
For gluten free, I use McArthur Gluten Free Flour. You might have to add an additional ¼ cup flour to the 2 cups of flour to thicken it up for a whole batch. What is even better, use the regular amount of flour and add 1 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum. It is a thickener. You can find it in the specialty foods area of your grocery store. They turned out wonderful using this. Gluten free has a tendency to be crumbly, even more so if you are adding more flour. This took care of that and if you hadn't told me they were gluten free, I wouldn't have been able to tell!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10-12

 

1/2 batch of Gluten Free Lemon Raspberry Steusel Muffins

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Soup- Vegan, Vegetable and Peanut Butter

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Recipes | 2 comments

Soup- Vegan, Vegetable and Peanut Butter
 
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My sister Lisa Janke of Chicago made this at Christmas for a light main course.  As strange as it sounds putting peanut butter in a soup; it was delicious. Lisa’s Notes: 1. These are veggies I like and that I think hold up well in this soup. I’ve also used green beans and pea pods; try any veggies that you like and omit the ones you don’t! 2. I really like the little “zing” from red pepper flakes. If some of you don’t like any heat, you can make the soup without the flakes, and then serve the soup with some bottled hot sauce on the side for people who do like a little heat. They can add as much as they want. 3. No small pasta? Do without or break up spaghetti into 1 to 2-inch pieces. 4. I like Traci’s idea of coconut milk and may give that a try to replace some of the vegetable broth.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or put through a garlic press
  • 1 inch (more or less) of fresh grated or minced ginger root
  • ¼ tsp (more or less to taste) dried red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large-ish sweet potato, peeled and chopped in ¾ inch dice
  • 3 or 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • Up to half a head of cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 1 cup or more cauliflower florets
  • 1 small-medium red or yellow bell pepper, cored and chopped in ¾ inch dice
  • ½ to 1-cup small pasta
  • 2 cups firm tofu, optional, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach leaves (any tough stems removed) rough chopped
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
  • ¼ to ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes and broth; increase heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Add sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower and bell pepper; bring back to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add pasta and return to a simmer for about 10 more minutes.
  7. Veggies should be tender.
  8. Add the tofu, spinach, cilantro/parsley and peanut butter, stirring to “melt” and distribute the peanut butter.
  9. Simmer gently until the tofu is heated and the spinach is wilted.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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Soup- Chicken, Vegetable, Peanut Butter

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Recipes | 1 comment

Soup- Chicken, Vegetable, Peanut Butter
 
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My sister Lisa made this at Christmas for a light main course. As strange as it sounds putting peanut butter in a soup; it was delicious. You can leave out the chicken and make it vegan. I posted that recipe under Soup- Vegan, Vegetable and Peanut Butter.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or put through a garlic press
  • 1 inch (more or less) of fresh grated or minced ginger root
  • ¼ tsp (more or less to taste) dried red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth (or 4 c broth + 4 c water)
  • 1 large-ish sweet potato, peeled and chopped in ¾ inch dice
  • 3 or 4 carrots, sliced
  • Up to half a head of cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 1 cup or more cauliflower florets
  • 1 small-medium red or yellow bell pepper, cored and chopped in ¾ inch dice
  • ½ to 1-cup small pasta
  • 2 cups (more or less) cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach leaves (any tough stems removed) rough chopped
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
  • ¼ to ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, broth and water; increase heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Add sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower and bell pepper; bring back to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add pasta and return to a simmer for about 10 more minutes. Veggies should be tender.
  7. Add the chicken, spinach, cilantro/parsley and peanut butter, stirring to “melt” and distribute the peanut butter.
  8. Simmer gently until the chicken is heated and the spinach is wilted.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
  10. Lisa’s Notes:
  11. I usually use 4 cups chicken broth, 4 cups water
  12. These are veggies I like and that I think hold up well in this soup. I’ve also used green beans and pea pods; try any veggies that you like and omit the ones you don’t!
  13. You can make this soup vegetarian. Replace chicken broth with vegetable broth. Either omit the solid protein entirely, or replace the chicken with firm tofu, cut into ½ inch cubes.
  14. I really like the little “zing” from red pepper flakes. If some of you don’t like any heat, you can make the soup without the flakes, and then serve the soup with some bottled hot sauce on the side for people who do like a little heat. They can add as much as they want.
  15. No small pasta? Do without or break up spaghetti into 1 to 2-inch pieces.
  16. I like Traci’s idea of coconut milk and may give that a try to replace some of the chicken broth.
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Dip- Hummus (aka Chick Pea/Garbanzo Bean Dip!)

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011 in Recipes | 2 comments

Dip- Hummus (aka Chick Pea/Garbanzo Bean Dip!)
 
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I am not a particular fan of GARBANZO BEANS, so when my sis told me at Christmas that she was going to whip up some dip with garbanzo beans in it I was less than thrilled.  Hmmm, I had never tried hummus.  Suffice to say, I am now a fan of this dip. (She no longer pulls my hair but does occasionally push the envelope! Actually, I don't know that she ever pulled my hair, I was twice as big...) Enjoy eating healthy! Lisa's Notes: 1. Hummus can certainly be made ahead and stored in fridge. I suggest bringing to room temp for serving. 2. I use both tahini and peanut butter when I make hummus; about 1 T of each.
Ingredients
  • 1 15-oz to 19-oz can garbanzo beans drained, but reserve the liquid
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (or more, to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp tahini OR 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin (or more, to taste)
  • 2 or 3 Tbsp olive oil, as needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add drained beans, garlic, lemon juice, tahini/peanut butter and cumin to food processor.
  2. Process.
  3. While machine is running, slowly add up to half of the reserved bean canning liquid.
  4. Stop machine and scrape down sides.
  5. Start machine again and slowly add olive oil to desired consistency.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with pita bread or pita chips, and with vegetable crudites, e.g. carrot & celery sticks, bell peppers, cauliflower & broccoli florets, zucchini & cucumber slices, etc.
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