30 December 2009
from Herb Mixtures & Spicy Blends
Introduction by Maggie Oster
Yield: About 2/3 cup
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 Tablespoons chili powder
3 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
2 teaspoons dried hot pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons sea salt
Combine all ingredients. Shake well, or place in blender for a finer blend. For tacos, add 3 Tablespoons of this mix and 1/4 cup water to 1 pound browned hamburger. Cook for 15 minutes, adding more water if needed.
The original recipe calls for beef bouillon. I leave that out as well as the garlic and cornstarch. I use much less chili powder and more oregano.
Yesterday I had lunch with friends and used this recipe for taco meat to go on our baked potatoes. The potatoes were delicious. Mine was topped with the taco meat, sea salt and Earth Balance. Other toppings included sour cream, bacon, broccoli and salsa.
28 December 2009
1 pound ground beef
1 cup vegetable scraps such as carrot or sweet potato peels and a small amount of greens (Dogs should not be given onions.)
1 egg including shell
1 ripe banana, mashed
2-3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
fresh or dried herbs
Mix all ingredients together and spread on a baking sheet with edges.
Bake at 250 degrees for 1/2 hour and then at 200 degrees until done -approximately 4 hours.
After the treats cool cut them into bite size pieces and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
22 December 2009
19 December 2009
2 eggs or 2 teaspoons chia seeds
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1 cup hemp milk
1/2 cup plus 1-2 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Mix all ingredients together. If using chia seeds allow pie filling to sit for 15-20 minutes. Place in pie crust and bake for 60 to 70 minutes. With chia seeds the pie will not be as firm as usual. Take the pie out once the top has nicely browned.
My favorite pie crust recipe is in the apple pie post under the dessert label.
We had our family Christmas last night and there was little of this pie left.
18 December 2009
To make these peanut butter balls start with desired amount of natural peanut butter then add maple cream to taste. Form into balls and dip in melted chocolate chips. Place the balls on waxed paper and put in the refrigerator until hard then put in storage container. These are yummy!
note: If your peanut butter does not have a lot of oil then you will want to add some butter or Earthbalance.
10 December 2009
"Last night when we were sound asleep, the snow fell fast, the snow piled deep, when morning came and we looked out, the snow was lying all about. The wind was blowing high and low, and wrinkling up the pure white snow; and everywhere that we could see, we found that God made mystery."
~Marguerite Church Clark
30 November 2009
29 November 2009
Gluten Free Pizza Crust
From Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.
(half recipe - for 4 hot dogs or 1 pizza)
1 cup water
1/8 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic salt (we use sea salt)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Xanthan gum
1 cup Beechnut Baby Rice cereal
1 cup rice flour
Combine first three ingredients. Set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients, and add them to the oil mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Spread on sprayed pizza pan and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, add sauce and top as desired. Return to the oven and bake until light brown around the edges.
After baking, but before topping, the crust may be cooled and frozen for later use.
For hot dogs pat the dough between hands and form around hot dog. Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
This dough is sticky. It helps a little to put shortening on your hands.
25 November 2009
George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
(signed) G. Washington
15 November 2009
Then next day we added rice to the leftover chicken and vegetables along with a teriyaki sauce. Our favorite way to eat this is with potato chips. The sauce recipe is available at the following link www.cookusinterruptus.com/index.php?video_id=43 We used agave nectar rather than honey and left out the garlic.
This meal gets a thumb up from Matt and Ellie!
10 November 2009
The United States Marine Corps was founded at Tun Tavern on November 10th, 1775.
My Uncle Rene retired from the Marine Corps and my brother Matthew served four years as an active duty United States Marine.
Matthew wrote the following letter during that time.
Hello, I'm writing from my seat on a Boeing 767 as I start anther great adventure in my life, Operation Iraqi Freedom III. In approximately 15-20 hours I will be in Kuwait, and then on up to Falluja, Iraq where I, part of the greatest fighting force in the world, will begin 'peace' operations. I say 'peace' knowing that it is no more than all out war. Cowboys vs. Indians, it has been part of the world since sin entered, and it will go on until Jesus comes back with the greatest fighting force, which I already am a part of, as well as all of you. I am proud to be able to claim that in the hardest battle man can know, the battle for his soul, my father, mother, sister, brother and friends stand shoulder to shoulder with me. In the war that matters most, WE have already won.
Love to all, Cpl. Potter, Charles M., United States Marine Corps"
"There is no better friend and no worse enemy than a United States Marine."
Happy Birthday and thank you to all who have served in the USMC! Thank you to all veterans and those serving in all branches of the military including my Grandpa Joe and my Uncle Randy who served in the Army and my brother Jacob who served in the Air National Guard.
"When you go home, tell them for us and say: 'For your tomorrows, we gave our today.'"
Fifth Division Graveyard Sign, Iwo Jima
07 November 2009
2 cups brown rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup palm or coconut oil
1 cup organic whole cane sugar, plus more for sprinkling cookies
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup agave syrup
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Combine the brown rice flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size bowl. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the tahini, palm oil, organic whole cane sugar and vanilla until well mixed. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture a little at a time until well mixed, about 3 minutes. Add the agave syrup and mix until well combined.
3. Scoop the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets with an ice cream scoop, dipping the scoop into water to avoid sticking. Indent each cookie with a fork mark and sprinkle with organic whole cane sugar. Bake until firm to the touch, about 17 minutes.
My notes ~ I used a hand mixer and that worked fine. Another time I will probably mix them by hand. It definitely helps to use parchment paper even on non-stick baking sheets. Gluten free items almost always still stick.
31 October 2009
The Gluten Free Betty Crocker Cake Mix works well for these muffins. I find it amusing that Libby finds it necessary to print on the pumpkin can label "Naturally Gluten Free."
24 October 2009
Jacob, Matthew and Ricky went bow hunting then came in for dinner. We had beef stew, biscuits and apple pie.
Gluten Free Biscuits
2 cups brown rice flour
2 cups potato starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/2 cup butter (earth balance works well -chill in freezer for a short time before cutting in)
1 1/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 egg or substitute (I use 1 teaspoon chia seeds in 1/4 cup water)
up to 1 1/4 cup water
Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, add milk, egg, apple cider vinegar and mix well. Add water as needed. Drop onto baking tray. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 16 biscuits. For half recipe use whole egg or substitute for one egg.
21 October 2009
12 October 2009
1 - 2 pounds stewing beef
coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
4 cups hot water
2-4 tablespoons soy sauce (Bragg's amino acids)
1 teaspoon sugar
1-2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch mixed in small amount cold water
2 large onions, diced
4 bay leaves
thyme to taste
dash of chili powder
1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
sweet potatoes and white potatoes to fill up the pan, peeled and sliced
(approximately five of each)
Heat a large pan over medium high heat, add oil and let heat then add stew meat and brown. Add the hot water, 1 onion, salt, pepper, soy sauce, sugar, bay leaves, allspice, thyme and chili powder. Bring to boil then reduce heat, stir in arrowroot and water mixture and simmer for 1-2 hours. Add carrots, sweet potatoes, white potatoes and remaining onion and cook for another hour or until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.
Matthew calls one of my bunnies "Stew." However, despite the nickname she is not intended for eating!
03 October 2009
"There are peculiar joys attached to the implements of reading. When we collect books, we are collecting happiness. When we build up a little library, we are bolstering the delight of life."