Jul 31, 2010

Fruit Smoothies

It's hot out! Perfect for fruit smoothies.
Go to the freezer and pull out whatever random fruit you’ve chopped up and put in there planning for the day you decide to make smoothies. Don’t worry if you can’t find all of it, the rest will be for another day.

Grab that half full container of peaches

The peach sauce that is just too sweet but perfect for something like this.

And yes, the not so good honey dew melon that nobody wanted to eat fresh. This is their come back.
vanilla ice cream, the last of it that no one finished and just isn’t exactly the way it was when the box was first opened
Next get out the blender, any blender works fine. If you’ve got an old school vita-mix that your mother begged from your grandmother that works too.

 I start with enough fruit juice to cover the blades

Spoon in some of the peach sauce

Throw in frozen peach and melon pieces while the blender is running. When it starts to sound like everything is freezing together add a few spoons of ice cream.

I like to put the strawberries in last that way it will be strawberries that are the little chunks if there are any. 

Now its time to open it and see what it tastes like

Sometimes it takes more than one spoonful to be sure it's ok

Now you're ready yo serve all the people who miraculously appeared about this time!

Whatever is left can be put in the freezer in in closed top containers or open. It's not like they are going to stay in the freezer for very long.

The Recipe
Whatever is in your freezer and fridge.
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Jul 24, 2010

Sweet pickle Chips

When you have so many cucumbers that everyone who comes to your door is told they must take some cucumbers you know it's time to make pickles

 wash a bunch of cucumbers

cut into 1/4-inch slices
For the Brining solution throw in vinegar, salt, mustard seeds and sugar 
In a large stock pot, mix cucumbers with all ingredients of brining solution.
 in another bowl for the canning syrup throw in white vinegar and sugar
Pickling spices
Quick, go check if the cucumbers changed color from bright to dull green
Drain cucumber slices
pack, while still hot, into canning jars
Cover with hot syrup
Process filled jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes
 And now you can give away pickles instead of cucumbers!

Sweet Pickle Chips
4 pounds pickling cucumbers (3-4 inches
long), cut into 1/4-inch slices
Brining solution:
I quart distilled white vinegar
3 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1/2 cup sugar
Canning syrup:
I 1/3 cups distilled white vinegar
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon whole allspice
2 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds

In a large stock pot, mix cucumbers with
all ingredients of brining solution. Cover
and simmer until cucumbers change color
from bright to dull green (about 7 minutes).
Meanwhile, heat canning syrup
ingredients to a boil. Drain cucumber
slices and pack, while still hot, into pint
canning jars. Cover with hot syrup. leaving
1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles,
wipe rims and adjust lid s. Process
filled jars in a boiling water bath for 10
minutes. Yield : 5 pints.
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Jul 2, 2010

Tomato pesto Pizza

One day I was reading Ree's recipe for Tomato Basil Pesto pizza, it looked so good I just had to try it.
If you haven't been to her website you'll want to: thepioneerwoman.com
 Let's make Pizza!
Slice mozzarella and tomatoes.
Spread a layer of pesto on the pizza dough. Next a layer of mozzarella. arrange the tomato slices.
Top with remaining mozzarella. If you have a very little bit of fresh basil sprinkle it on the top. Then top with Parmesan.
 Let cool a bit before serving.
Don't ask me how I know :)
• 1 whole Recipe Of Your Favorite Pizza Dough (homemade Or Store-bought Is Just Fine, Too)
• 1 jar Prepared Pesto or make your own
• Kosher Salt To Taste
• Fresh Mozzarella
• Roma Tomatoes
• Olive Oil
• Fresh Basil Leaves
• Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Preparation Instructions
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
Press the pizza dough into a sheet pan (you can also use a pizza stone or grill).
Smear the pesto over half of the pizza dough and sprinkle some kosher salt over it.
Slice the mozzarella thin enough to cover the pizza thoroughly. Next, lay thin slices of Roma tomatoes over the mozzarella.
Wash and dry the basil leaves and lay or mince them in a layer on top.
Go ahead top with more mozzarella if there’s any left.
Grate some fresh Parmesan cheese over the entire pizza.
Bake the pizza according to the crust directions.

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Fresh Basil Pesto

It's a great day for Basil!
Here is the approximate recipe for hand chopped fresh Pesto.
Pick as much Basil as you want. No matter how much I use it doesn't seem to be too much. Oh, and wash off the dirt if you like.

I like to chop the Walnuts first.

Mince two or more garlic cloves. it al depends on the freshness of your garlic and how much of a garlic flavor you want
I chop all of the basil that I've picked
 Mix well. add Salt to taste. pour in enough Olive oil to make it just a little soupy. I add a minor amount of Parmesan cheese after I add the olive oil. What you don't eat can be kept in the fridge for over a week.

1-2 cups of Basil
about a cup of Walnuts, Pecans, Pine nuts, or even almonds work too
2-4 cloves of Garlic
salt to taste
About 2 cups of olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
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