• Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Slow Cooker Quiche

    I wasn’t sure what to call this dish. It’s sort of quiche, sort of a strata, and kind of like a savory bread pudding. I settled on quiche, and although there’s no pastry involved, the bread is placed at the bottom of the dish. When I’ve made this sort of recipe in a slow cooker, the bread has often turned out floppy and gummy, so after some brainstorming I found a way to make it firmer. The key is to keep the bread in slices and toast it before it’s added to the slow cooker. Another thing I’ve learned is to sauté any vegetables you use. Final tip, dairy products…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Speedy Mediterranean Salad

    When the weather’s hot the last thing you want to do is spend extra time in the kitchen. Pasta salads often come to my rescue. One tip to save time is to make a big batch of pasta and keep it in the fridge for week long dining. For this recipe I used penne, and I’d also cooked some elbow marconi and combined the two. Last week, Roma tomatoes were on sale for 99 cents a pound and as soon as I saw them I knew exactly how I’d use them. Slow roasted in the oven with salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil. After that it’s just finding a recipe…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-Quick Summer Meal

    Summer officially arrives tomorrow and I’m way behind on planting vegetables this year. However, I hope to get some tomatoes, peppers, and cucumber plants into the ground this weekend if the weather permits. Quick Summer Meal Speaking of weather, we’ve had some hot and humid days and one thing I hate doing is heating up the kitchen or eating something hot. My favorite quick meal of the week has been homemade pita bread, homemade hummus, sliced cucumbers, chopped olives, some sun dried tomatoes, and a good drizzle of olive oil poured over everything. Grocery Store Woes What do you do when your local grocery store changes hands? That’s a dilemma…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Black Bean and Pineapple Tostados

    I’ve always wanted to try a black bean and pineapple combo and finally got around to pairing these two ingredients in this recipe. The filling will work in just about anything from tacos to enchiladas, but I thought this was a fun way to try out the mixture. Best of all, black beans and pineapple are often on sale. Pair these with rice and you have a Meatless Monday supper. 9 corn tortillas Oil Parmesan cheese (optional) 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained rinsed 1 15 ounce can pineapple chunks (you’ll only need about half the can of the pineapple but reserve the juice) 1 small onion, chopped 1…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-Speedy Pot Pie

    Speedy Summer Recipe Summer often means quick and easy meals. I have some old favorites I rely on but this week I added another one to the line-up, chicken pot pie using leftovers…actually I made mine with Quorn Chik’n Tenders, but leftover chicken would work just as well. You need about two cups, chopped. Two cups of leftover veggies, cut into bite size pieces, (I used green beans and carrots) 1 can broccoli/cheese soup, 1 cup milk, 1 sheet puff pastry. Combine the chicken, veggies, can of soup and milk in a large bowl and mix everything. Place the mixture into a 9 inch pie dish. Roll out the puff…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Vegan Meatloaf

    I’ve tried lots of different vegetarian meatloaf recipes from a variety of sources. While they’re all good, most of them use two common ingredients, cheese and eggs, which I think makes them more a cheese and egg loaf than a fake meat one. Another favored ingredient is breadcrumbs which gives it an almost bread pudding like texture that can be heavy. Last week I thought I’d attempt to come up with my own recipe, making this one vegan so as to get around the whole dairy overload issue. In place of the breadcrumbs as a binding agent, I used refried beans. One common problem I’ve found with fake meatloaves and…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round-Up-BBQ Potatoes

    June already and I haven’t even got my vegetable plants in the ground, but I hope to this weekend. Also, on my list of to do’s. Make the first batch of strawberry jam. I have five containers of strawberries that were on sale so now it’s just finding time. And Meyer lemons were on sale. My first thought was homemade ginger lemonade but now I think I might make some lemon curd. The Case of Look Before You Buy I make things like pizza crust, pita bread, bread, pastry crusts…you name it, from scratch and it means I go through lots of flour each week. I thought I’d buy it…

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    June Savings

    Georgine offers tips on what to look for in June- June! Fun in the sun, no more school, Father’s Day, these are just a few of the highlights. There are some shining stars in stores too so be on the lookout for bathing suit and lingerie sales (Victoria’s Secret has their semi-annual sale this month). Father’s Day means manly merchandise such as tools, outdoor garden equipment, as well as shirts and ties; these will be discounted early in the month. The first week of June is National Fishing Month which means in most states you can fish for free without a license (takemefishing.org). June is also wedding month. Look for…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cold Minted Pea Soup

    I’m a fan of soups and when the weather turns warm I begin to miss this comfort food. I’ve been experimenting with a few cold versions and here’s one I tested last week. This one uses peas and mint, a combination that can’t be beat when it gets hot outside. While I was cooking this it reminded me of helping my grandmother shell fresh peas and her slipping some fresh mint into the saucepan while they cooked. I opted for frozen peas for this one. It’s easy to make, nice to your budget, and I think served warm; the soup would be just as good. I used leek instead of…