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Easiest Thanksgiving Staple … Ever.

If you’re freaked out on making foods for thanksgiving Thursday, offer to bring the sauce, not sodas. Easily, the easiest foodstuff to make. Water, sugar, bag of berries and tada! Tweak it as you wish, liqueur, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice, zest, nuts, etc.

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Cranberry Sauce

1 c water
1 c sugar
12 oz cranberries

Bring sugar & water to a boil. Add cranberries (frozen or not but don’t thaw frozen berries) bring back to a boil. Lower to simmer and cover. Cook 10 minutes until berries pop. Cool & store up to a week.

Feel free to mix it up with the aforementioned add-ins. Have a happy Thanksgiving too!

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White as Rice

Some people are whiter than rice, which is easier when it is brown rice than well, white rice. Like these people, some of my favorite white people ever. Speaking of which, their show is back on 10/10. WHOOHOO second season.

White Folk is White

But while we are still discussing white rice and not some of my favorite white people ever I should post the How-To. Oooh, Robertsons’…

White Long Grain Rice

 

1 c white rice

1 1/2 cup water

salt

fine mesh strainer

 

Rinse rice off in a strainer, until runoff is no longer off color. Add water and rice in a pot and bring to a boil without covering at medium high. Once at a boil, cover partially and turn down on low. Cook for 2-4 minutes. You will see cavities forming where water has cooked down. Simmer on low for 15 minutes. Fluff n’ serve.

Now, a few more aetv.com photos of my favorite white people…

Where is Phil?

Jep done hid good.

 

A Si-nap

 

Brothers really do not know how well they like each other.

 

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Tater Salad with Vinegar

Mmm… best picnic side dish is definitely potato salad, not Polk salad (because I’m not Annie) but potato.
I tried a new potato salad out on my  guinea pigs, er, coworkers. I adapted from All Recipes

Red White & Blue Potato Salad

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1 lb red potatoes
1 lb purple fingerling potatoes
1 lb white fingerling potatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt, pepper to taste
½ purple onion, chopped
2 tsps celery seed
1 TBSP granulated garlic
2 TBSPS dill weed
2 spicy dill pickles diced
2 TBSPS Dijon mustard
1 c sour cream
⅓ c mayonnaise
1 tsp white vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Chop potatoes into bite size wedges (about the size of your thumb) skins on. Lay 1 layer deep on a foiled baking sheet with a rim. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, salt & pepper. Cook for 30 minutes until just roasted.

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2. Mix onion through vinegar in a large bowl until well blended & smooth.

3. Cool potatoes slightly.

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4. Thoroughly blend potatoes & sauce. Coat well & refrigerate for at least three hours. Add more salt & pepper to taste.

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I got to say, it was pretty great, a lighter feeling & spicier kicking salad. Definitely a fan.

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Recipe Collection

I’ve been quiet lately but been a little busy, Sickish even. But I was cleaning off & dusting my desk when I ran across my recipe box gift. I was collecting recipes to make a box for a wedding gift. But I never gave it; whoops! But I have another wedding or two coming up so I’m going to get it wrap it up.

Recipes? I need them in the five major categories: main dishes, sides, desserts, sauces/condiments, & breads/salads.

So…help!

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My 5 Minute Bread Experiment

So there’s this recipe…

Called Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day, in a cookbook by the name name by two people, Jeff Hertzberg & Zoë François (got to be legit artisanal bread with a French woman as a co-author!). I finally stumbled upon it in my local library’s displace of the month: cooking. I said heck you say! Easy & tasty fancy looking bread? Let me at it! So I tried it out, as you can tell in the following photos.  Basic Boule Recipe

 

Step one plus flour:

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Step two Lightly lidded:

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Step three pulled out into my permanent fridge storage container with WET hands:

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Step four my ACTUAL loaf of deliciously cooked French Boule:

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You think you want to try it yourself? Do it! It’s so easy you can hardly screw up the basic master recipe! It alone can be free shaped into a dozen breads! Freezes well & you can do a partial bake to take other places! I seriously suggest in investing in their book(s)!!

Have you ever baked bread before? Success? Failure? Difficulty?

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Potato Soup Ala Mother’s Day

This wasn’t the funnest Mother’s Day, not with every family member sickened with upper respiratories. But as the good & healthy child I set forth to make something they could eat. I thought of warm potato soup & searched the interwebs for just the right one; bacon, cheese, creamy goodness as required. I stumbled upon (pun!) Chunky Cheesy Potato Soup on Food network. I had to edit, but here’s the dish:

1/2 lb Bacon (no precooked junk)
1/2 large white onion diced
4 potatoes unblemished, chopped
1/2 head garlic diced
1 Qt heavy cream
2 c grated cheddar (I like sharp)
1 Tsp flour
2 green onions chopped
Salt & pepper

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Cook bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven until crispy, do not drain drippings, but remove bacon to cool; crumble pieces.

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I semi peeled my potatoes; I like a little skin for flavor. I also soaked them in 1 clove garlic diced & water while the bacon cooked.

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Drain potatoes, add potatoes,onions, & garlic to drippings. Cook on med-hi for about 15 minutes, until onion is transparent, stir consistently.

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Add cream, salt pepper to taste.

Dredge (add flour to cheese & toss for good coating) cheese.

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Add slowly to the pot, stirring to melt. Add a few green onions.

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Add bacon,stir and simmer until thoroughly heated. Serve with a garnish of green onions.

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Food News!

I’ve been asked by a local nonprofit (fine, I volunteered) to create some basic foods recipes & some great how-to’s like how to cook real rice, not that instant stuff, beans from scratch & some basic spices that can encourage healthier eating!
I’m excited to help & I’m asking for your thoughts! If you’ve been strapped for cash before, what’s an easy, filling, affordable recipe that you have used?

One I’ll be including is my chili cornbread casserole; that recipe has fed & kept me full in-between servings & its cheap.

Please share your favorite spice, recipe or affordable & healthy foods. Thanks!

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