Saturday, September 16, 2017

My friend and Chef, Ellise Pierce, The Cowgirl Chef.

Red Rice, Black Beans and Green Chile

Years ago, beans and rice was my go-to dinner —  before I moved to France, before I learned about so many other flavors and techniques, and back when being vegan meant little more than this. I’d make a big batch and stuff it into a warmed up tortilla and call it done. Easy enough for when I was short on time and totally fast food.

My vegan days long behind me, I haven’t made this in ages. But I’m definitely leaning more vegetarian than not most of the time, so I thought about beans and rice again, but I wanted to make it less boring. I wanted delicious. (Beans and rice? Are you kidding me?)

And delicious it was. The red rice and the roasted Hatch green chile (fresh; not the canned or frozen stuff) take this to the next level, and as far as the chile goes, you can make this as mild or hot as you like (I’m totally mild). I always have black beans that I’ve made in the freezer, but you can use canned ones, too. No judgment.

It’s totally fast. The only thing you have to wait on is the rice and that’s a 45-minute deal that can be happening while you do something else. Or you can make the rice in advance and just scoop it out and add it to the beans and chiles and warm it through. Eat it in bowl with some avocado and salsa if you like or put it right into a tortilla, roll it up, and eat it while you watch the news. Some things are just fine as they are.

Red Rice, Black Beans and Green Chile
Makes 4 servings
  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups black beans
  • ⅓ cup roasted Hatch green chiles
  • tortillas for serving
  • salsa for serving
  • avocado for serving

1.Rinse the rice well in a colander.

2.Put the grapeseed oil and shallot in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until the shallot is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, rice, and a big pinch of sea salt. Stir until the rice begins to lose its color and become opaque, another 3 to 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stock, cover, and let come to a boil. When it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until done, about 45 minutes.

Save time: Make the rice in advance and keep in the fridge until ready to assemble.

3.Put the black beans, green chile, and 2 cups of the cooked rice in a large skillet. Warm through and serve either in a bowl or in tortillas with avocado and salsa.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Blueberry or Cherry Coffee Cake, a Vintage Family Recipe

Some of the best recipes come from family recipes. The older the recipe, the better. This one is a vintage Family Recipe.

This is the Blueberry Pecan.
Blueberry Pecan

Cherry Almond

I decided to post pictures of the recipe card.

In the ingredients it calls for Chopped Pecans, Anne just puts in a handful.
She added 1/2 tsp of Almond Extract to the Cherry filling, in addition to the Vanilla in the Batter.
She uses Slivered Almonds with the Cherry Filling and Pecans with the Blueberry Filling.

You could make Apple Pie Filling with Walnuts and a 1/2 tsp of Apple Pie Spice Mix.

It's simple and delicious.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Healthy Hippy Bites

Granola Bites in a Muffin Tin:

We buy Granola Bites at a local Market.
I think this recipe fits in well with the theme of this blog.

In the 60's & 70's we certainly ate  a lot of Granola. I've posted my Hippy Granola Recipe on the Blog.

This is simple and very close to the ones we buy.

1 1/2 C Quick Rolled Oats ( not instant )
1/2 C Almond Flour
1/2 C Flax Seeds
1/2 C Chopped Walnuts
1/4 C Sunflower Seeds
1/2 C Dried Blueberries
1/2 C Dried Cranberries
1/2 C Dried Coconut
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Clove
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Egg, beaten
2/3 C Honey
1/4 C Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Almond extract

In a large bowl, mix well:
The first 12 ingredients ( the dry ingredients )

In a separate bowl, mix well:
The next 5 ingredients ( the wet ingredients )

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients  until dry ingredients are completely moistened.

Divide among 12 cups of a regular size Muffin Tin

Press down with the bottom of a glass
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until they begin to brown slightly

Cool before releasing from the pan

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hippy Nuggets

These would be good for Breakfast or an Afternoon Snack served with a great cup of coffee. They're small but they have a lot of texture and taste. They're not too sweet and they're filled with yummy ingredients. They are the perfect Hippy in the Kitchen Snack. I have a collection of additional Hippy recipes that I've added at the end of this one.

Hippy Nuggets

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
A Sheet Pan lined with Parchment Paper
A 1 1/2" Cookie Scoop

3/4 C Wheat Flour
3/4 C All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 C Old Fashioned Oats
1 C Light Brown Sugar
8 TBS Butter, room temperature.
1/2 C Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/4 C Honey
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1 C Dried Cranberries
1/3 C Sunflower Seeds
1/2 C Chocolate Chips

In a Mixing Bowl: (Dry Ingredients)
Wheat Flour
All Purpose Flour
Baking Powder
Whisk well.

In a Large Mixing Bowl with a Hand Mixer:
Mix just until well combined. The texture will be grainy.

Peanut Butter
Mix until completely combined.

Dry ingredients.
Sunflower Seeds.
Mix on Low Speed just until combined. Do not over beat.

Use the Cookie Scoop and drop dough onto the Sheet Pan.
Bake 18 - 20 minutes.

Remove Pan to a Rack to Cool for 5 minutes.
Transfer Nuggets to a Rack to cool completely.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Stovetop Roasted Cauliflower with Herbs and Fresh Parmesan Cheese.

You can use a Cast Iron Skillet or a Griddle on the Stove.

Thyme Leaves

Fresh Chopped Parsley

Fresh Chopped Rosemary

3 TBS Olive Oil
1 Small Head of Cauliflower ( trimmed and cut into small florets.
Fresh Shaved Parmesan Cheese
2 TBS Fresh Chopped Parsley
2 TBS Fresh Thyme Leaves
2 TBS Fresh finely Chopped Rosemary
Pepper to taste

In the Skillet on Medium High Heat:
Oil, until Hot.
Pan Roast, stirring often for 15 minutes until Golden Brown.
Stir well to keep it from burning.

After 15 minutes:
Reduce Heat to Low.
Continue heating for 5 minutes.
Stir to combine well.

Transfer to a Large Serving Bowl.

Fresh Shaved Parmesan, to taste.
Pepper, to taste
Mix well.

Serve Hot.
Top individual servings with additional Parmesan Cheese.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

White Chili con Queso

I live in Texas and we eat a lot of Chili con Queso at home and in restaurants.
It originated in the Northern Mexican State of Chihuahua. It's a smooth, creamy sauce made from melted cheeses, cream and chili peppers.
It's traditionally served with Tortilla Chips and also used as a topping for Fajitas, Tacos and Migas.
I have many other favorite Chili con Queso recipes on the Blog.

I serve our Chili con Queso in this hand forged Mocajete. It was made by our local Blacksmith.
The interesting aspect about it is that it can be heated in the oven to serve hot Queso ,
it can also be frozen to serve Ice Cream. 

Diced Fresh Jalapeño Pepper.

I have many Cast Iron Skillets that are virtually non-stick. I keep them in pristine condition.
You can make this recipe in the Skillet and serve it from the Skillet.

Here's what you'll need:
A Large Cast Iron Skillet
An Oven Broiler

3/4 lb. of White American Cheese, cubed into small pieces. Divided
1/4 lb. of Queso Quesadilla, cubed into small pieces.
1 1/4 C Half and Half
3 TBS Diced Fresh Jalapeño.
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Chili Powder

In the Cast Iron Skillet on Low heat:
American Cheese
1/2 C Half and Half
Stirring until melted and creamy smooth.

Remaining American and Queso Quesadilla Cheese.
Remaining Half and Half.
Continue cooking and stirring until melted and creamy smooth.

Mix to combine well.

Black Pepper
Red Pepper
Chili Powder
Stir to combine well.

Transfer to the Broiler until Golden Brown.

Serve Hot accompanied by Tortilla Chips for Dipping.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ritz Cracker topped Yellow Squash Casserole with Diced Green Chiles

I love Yellow Squash Recipes in a variety of ways. I think I like it as much as I like Corn Recipes.

Baked and ready to serve!

Ready to Bake

Ritz Cracker topped Yellow Squash Casserole with Diced Green Chiles

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
An 8" X 8" Baking Baking Dish sprayed with a Vegetable Cooking Spray.
A Potato Masher

2 pounds of Yellow Squash, cut into 1/4" slices.
3 TBS Butter, divided.
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 - 4 oz. can of Diced Green Chiles, undrained.
1 tsp Adobo Seasoning
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 C Shredded Mexican Style 4 Cheese Blend
1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1 C Finely Crushed Ritz Crackers
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a Large Skillet or Large Saucepan with a Lid, on Medium High Heat:
1 TBS Oil
1 TBS Butter
Until hot.

Salt and Pepper to Taste.
Cook, uncovered, stirring often for 10 minutes.
Cover and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
Remove from Heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Mash with a Potato Masher.

Diced Green Chiles
Adobo Seasoning
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese
Stir well until completely blended.

Spoon into the Pan.
Top with Crackers.
Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan Cheese.
Drizzle with remaining 2 TBS of Butter, melted.
Cover with Foil.

Bake 35 minutes.
Remove Foil, continue Baking for 5 - 10 minutes, just until Golden Brown.

Serve Hot.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Apple Bars

How have I missed posting this recipe? I have so many Apple recipes that I'm going to consolidate all of them into 1 Apple Recipe Post.

Apple Bars

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" X 13" Casserole Dish brushed with Pan Release Mix:

Equal parts of:
Vegetable Oil

Mix together well and store in a Mason jar.
Make as much as you want. 1C of each, 2C of each, 3C of each, you get the idea!
It keeps "forever" in the refrigerator!
It never has enough time to last forever in our refrigerator!
I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

3 C Flour
4 Apples, I use Jonagold or Fuji. Peeled, Cored and Diced small.
2 C Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 C Fresh Orange Juice
2 Eggs
1 C Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Salt

In a Large Mixing Bowl with a Wooden Spoon:
Baking Soda
Mix well by Hand.

Spoon into the Casserole Dish.
Bake for 45 minutes, until Golden Brown.

Cut into Squares to Serve.

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Christmas Cookie Cutter Chocolate Peppermint Treats

Here's a great Holiday Treat to give as gifts or for Stocking Stuffers.

This is my Double Boiler

You can create your own Bain Marie like this.

Christmas Cookie Cutter Treats

Here's what you'll need:

A Sheet Pan lined with Silpat or Parchment Paper.

A Double Boiler or Bain Marie.
White or Dark Chocolate Chips.  (5 Cookie Cutters will need approximately 8 oz. of Chocolate)
Peppermint Chips (either crushed Candy Canes or Purchased Peppermint Chips)
A Variety of Holiday Cookie Cutters.
Silpat or Parchment Paper.
Decorative Holiday Cellophane Gift Bags and Ties.


Prepare Melted Chocolate in a Double Boiler or Bain Marie.

Arrange the Cookie Cutters on the Sheet Pan that has been lined with either
Silpat or Parchment Paper.

Fill each Cookie Cutter about 1/2 full.
Tap gently across the top of the cookie cutter with a wooden spoon to smooth out the chocolate.
Sprinkle with Peppermint Chips.

Allow to Cool completely.

To Release:
Gently tap  on a Hard Surface and Pop the Chocolate out with your Thumb.

Wash the Cookie Cutter, dry completely and reuse or hang on your Christmas Tree.

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Manicotti Casserole

Here's a simple Italian Casserole.

Manicotti Casserole

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 11" X 17" Casserole Dish
A Pastry Bag to Fill the Manicotti Shells

5 1/2 oz. of Manicotti, cook according to package directions.
1 Pint of Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3/4 C Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided.
2 Large Eggs
1 tsp Dried Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 - 20 oz. Jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce

In a Large Bowl:
1/2 C Parmesan
Salt and Pepper
Stir to combine well.
Transfer the filling to a Pastry Bag to fill the Manicotti.

In the Casserole Dish:
1/2 of the Pasta Sauce

Pipe each of the Manicotti Shells with Filling.
Place them in the Dish on the Pasta Sauce.
Top with remaining Sauce.
Sprinkle evenly with remaining Parmesan Cheese.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Serve Hot.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Tex - Mex Fritos Corn Chip Salad

I live in Texas, Tex - Mex Country. We love our cuisine. It's the one thing we miss when we travel. It's never the same as home. We have the best Tex - Mex and Mexican food here.
Here's a very popular Tex - Mex Salad. I have other recipes using Fritos Corn Chips. They add crunch and flavor to many recipes.

Tex - Mex Fritos Corn Chip Salad

A Large Serving Bowl.

You'll combine all of the ingredients in the Bowl except the Fritos Corn Chips.
They'll be added at the end, just prior to serving.
This keeps them from getting soggy from sitting in the Salad.

You can also add them to individual servings.

2 cans of Corn, drained well.
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced.
1/2 Green Bell Bell Pepper, diced.
1 small Red Onion, diced.
1 - 4 oz. can of Diced Green Chiles, drained.
2/3 C Mayonnaise
2 tsp Chile Powder, your choice.
1 1/2 C Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Small Bags of Fritos Corn Chips (more if you like them) The amount you add is your preference.
There are a variety of flavors you can use based on how much spice you like.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Amish Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Cookies

We have a lot of Amish neighbors in our town in Colorado. Every Wednesday there's a Market downtown. Several Amish families have tables with their homemade baked goods. We bought some cookies that were delicious but they wouldn't share the recipe. I came home and had to replicate the
taste. They're delicious.  I just took these out of the oven to share with our friends at the Quilt Shop today.

Amish Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Cookies:

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
A Sheet Pan lined with Parchment Paper.
A 1 1/2" Cookie Scoop.

2/3 C Old Fashioned Oats
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 C Brown Sugar
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg, beaten
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C Creamy Peanut Butter, Chunky does not work.
2 TBS Honey

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Baking Soda
Mix well by hand.

In a Medium Mixing Bowl:
Peanut Butter
Mix to combine well by hand.

Wet ingredients to Dry ingredients.
Mix well, just until combined.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Use the Cookie Scoop and drop dough onto the Sheet Pan, 2" apart.

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
Remove Pan to a Rack to cool 10 minutes.
Transfer Cookies to the Rack to cool completely.

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