Zucchini Bread

Zippidity Do Dah, Zippidity Yea, My oh My what a wonderful day! One of my favorite cheerful songs. Ever feel as if your day is way too busy? No matter what you do everything seems to be frustrating and overwhelming? You are just stuck in a bad mood, no particular reason why.
Sittu, my grandmother, had a cure for those type of days.” You can’t have a bad day when you are baking a cake for someone else.” Yes, zucchini bread falls in this category. Cupcakes, muffins, cookies, and even pies have the same results. It is a matter of – do I want to stay stuck in the bad mood, or do something to change it.
Many of my neighbors grow zucchini, and they are generous about sharing their harvest, so I am always looking for new ways to change up how to serve it. The first time I made zucchini bread I did not drain the grated zucchini. You guessed it, the mushy blob that came out of the oven- what a mess. Adjustments were made, several more batches were made, even a few trips to the store as  I had run out of flour and eggs. Yes, determined to bake a cake the mission was finally complete! I brought a loaf over to my neighbors, we sat, giggled, ate and enjoyed the warm summer evening. Oh, and I had forgotten all about my “bad mood” – Bonus!!

This recipe is under Breakfast.

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Summer Strawberry Shortcake

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IMG_20160624_12065220160624_000202Grandma’s biscuits get a patriotic make over. This 4th of July, add some sparkle to your shortcake. 

Make the biscuits, by crumbling in cold butter. Add milk, shape into 2 rounds. Then on one of the shortcakes, press cookie cutter 3/4 of the way down. Do not remove, bake them first. After cool for ten minutes, take the star shape out of the shortcake. Assemble, and enjoy.

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Making Friends with Herbs

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Healthy Food Trends 2016,  Meet “Adaptogens”  !! superherbs that help your body adapt to specific needs. Headaches, leg cramps, stress-relief, getting to know your herbs and which foods to pair them with.
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Use the heal of your knife to chop fresh herbs. This recipe is 2Bean Salad, full recipe is under Salads.

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Here is a list of our favorite Herbs;
Oregano  ” joy of the mountain ”
Potent Taste & Aroma
Bold
Use on salads, veggies, soups
Rosemary  ” dew of the sea ”
Aromatic & Pungent
Strong
Use on lamb, garlic, potatoes
Parsley  ” work horse of the herbs ”
Grassy & Sweet
Mellow
Use in butters, cream sauces, fish, lemon
Mint
Sweet or Savory dishes, Drinks, fruit…hello mint juleps!
Thyme
plays well with other herbs!  duck, turkey, eggs…look out omelets!
Dill
Vitality, protects from negativity, Sharp flavor…dill pickles!

Storing Tips:
Rinse with cold water. When…

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Scalloped Potatoes

 

These creamy and delicious potatoes please everyone at the table!

Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of heavy cream over the layers of potatoes, onions, tomatoes. Add 6 tabs of butter. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, then the Gruyere cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Check that the potatoes are tender, all the way through – some ovens are temperamental, IF additional baking time is needed be sure there is still enough liquid. Do Not add cold milk or cream, instead stir a Tablespoon of cornstarch into 1/2 cup of warm milk or cream and pour evenly over the casserole. Enjoy!

Hearty & Healthy Frittata

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Hearty, Healthy, and Simple! I love to throw together a dish like this, nothing fancy, yet when you take that first bite…you feel like ” Oh, Captain Crunch, I’m not trading cereal in completely …..but this is to good to pass up !”

Very much like my grandmother, Sittu, she would never pass up the chance to cook & tell stories. Especially when I’d come home with the boys after being out to a football or hockey game. As for the boys they jumped at the chance to get to drop me home safe and sound because they knew something good was going on in the kitchen. We would try to stay out later than my grandfather, only I think he was able to sneak a nap in the afternoon allowing him to play cards til the wee hours!
As we teenagers sat about the table, Sittu set us to task, like chopping onions. The aroma units begin to fill the air as she begins the interrogation; “where are you from, who’s your people” You see, for her it was important that you know where you come from, who you belong to, that way you know where you are going, and what your made of.
Whether she was putting a plate of meatballs in front of you, or a plate of eggs, she filled your soul with a comfort and a sense of belonging.
This recipe is really as easy as;
8 eggs, whisk in a bowl
2 Tablespoons of oil in a skillet
Add 1 cup of veggies ( onion, potato, spinach, broccoli ) ( bacon is optional )
Sauté veggies 5 minutes, add eggs, salt & pepper
Stir gently about 3 to 5 minutes
Place in oven at 350 for about 8 -10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Churros Cups with Lime Cilantro Ice Cream

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Eggplant Caponata

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A classic way to keep healthy eating in your routine. Eggplant, peppers, couscous & chicken sausage!

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Step 1. Slice peppers & onion, heat olive oil in a skillet with crushed red pepper, oregano, salt & pepper. Add peppers and cook 3 – 5 minutes.

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Step 2, Add the cubed eggplant, simmer for 15 minutes ( add water or beef broth if needed ) After the eggplant is tender, add crushed tomatoes, let simmer,

Serve over pasta, rice, or couscous. Enjoy !