Sunday, June 29, 2008

strawberry banana waffles

In blender combine waffle mix:

1 c thick whole oats
½ c spelt flour
1 ½ c almond milk
¼ c almond butter
2 eggs
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
¼ baking soda
2 tbs butter
5 frozen strawberries
½ banana

notes: pour batter to almost fill waffle pan
ours were a bit spongy…best to cook a bit longer than normal waffles

Friday, June 6, 2008


Another fabulous recipe by Valine Quinn (Camille's mom) :)

1 ½ cups water
1 cup coarsely ground bulgur
(Bulgur is whole wheat that has been parboiled and crushed into fine, medium, or coarse partials.)
¼ cup silvered almonds, toasted
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon juiced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
5 sprigs mint leaves roughly chopped
10 sprigs flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
4 scallions thinly sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, quartered

In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil and stir in the bulgur. Cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. While the bulgur is cooking, toast the almonds: Spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for 4-5 minutes. When the bulgur is done, remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

Whish together the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix in the mint, parsley, scallions and tomatoes. Mix in the bulgur. Sprinkle with the almonds. Serves 5.

Per Serving (3/4 cup)
220 calories
12 g total fat
1.5 g Sat. fat
5 g protein
210 mg sodium
26 g carbohydrates
7 g fiber

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

cheesey biscuits

Using America's Test Kitchen, i have found a fabulous new biscuit recipe:
2 c spelt flour
1 c rolled oats
1/2 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4" cubes
1/2 c parmesean cheese, 1/4" cubes
3/4 c almond milk
1/3 c sour cream
2 tbs butter, softened or melted
1 egg
Combine dry ingredients into mixer and stir till mixed. Add rest of ingredients and mix.
Cook in oven 10 minutes at 425 degrees. yummy!

Monday, June 2, 2008


So I've been tagged again. Though probably not the same, it looks familiar...
For a similar tagged post i've done,
click here

For this edition of the game I am to share 8 random facts/habits about myself. So for a twist i have decided to focus on 8 things to do with cooking/food. Can you tell i am 1 week away from happy salad/veggie eating?

***Though i am not a gourmet cook, nor ever expect to be, i do enjoy eating like one, and if there is a way to simplify some of the great recipes out there, i am on a quest to find out how!***

1. Our Kitchen - we spend a lot of time in the kitchen: cooking, cleaning, art and craft projects, preschool... It's a rather large kitchen, and though we don't need all of the cupboard space, or the two ovens, or trash compactor, it's fabulous for parties and activities of various sorts. The kiddos do most of their creating in our kitchen/dining area. For an article i've written about our art area & supplies, click here. As for me, I also use the kitchen to do my creating and painting. I've even got all of my paint supplies stashed in a couple of the cupboards:

yup, that's our elaborate collection of china on the top shelf :)

2. Counters - So Carl grew up in a house where the kitchen counters were basically only used for cooking/preparation. Not me. Mine is probably 1 1/2 times smaller and our counters were always full of cooking items, recipe boxes, cd's, pen/pencil holders, toaster... So when we were first married we met one of our first differences over how our kitchen should look/be organized. I had started to set it up and soon found that it was considered a "cluttered" kitchen. News to me...i tried to bend until it came to my KitchenAid Mixer. That was where i broke down. I loved my new, beautiful "artisan pistachio mixer" that i'd received at my bridal shower, and thought it was a symbol of pure domesticity. (I was working full time back then and rarely used it). In the end, mostly everything was "put away," but my mixer has remained on the counter. Since then there are a few other acceptable items, including these canisters below for beans, rice, flour...(i have twice as many on another counter).

The beloved pistachio mixer...if i could do it again, i think i'd buy a Bosch. But the kids and i use this nearly everyday. And it looks fabulous on the counter!

3. Spices/Herbs - I have a fetish for spices and herbs. If I am at the grocery store/World Market/Williams Sonoma etc., and i feel like splurging, I buy a new spice or herb...:) Pictured below are my all time favorites (yes, they do vary, but these are the most constant):

parsley, oregano, chili pepper, garlic, Thai seasoning, ginger, curry, cumin, and rosemary

I really don't know if i could live without any of these. I prefer the Spice Hunter, but there are lots of great spice peeps out there.

Along with other great features in the kitchen, there is this handy dandy spice cupboard (with a deep corner cupboard behind it). I think anyone who likes spices should definitely have one of these beauties. Or maybe a couple (i have another spice rack that sits on the counter, as well as a Tupperware box filled with spices...these are the ones i use most frequently, and no, i can't reach half of them without my step stool). I hope to have one of these in our next home as well.

4. Cooking must haves - Pictured below are some more cooking items that i don't think i could do without:

coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, capers, chili paste, olive oil, almond milk, almond butter, fish sauce, Real Salt, and i forgot to include in the photo: coconut milk.

For most of these items i am not picky, but others i prefer certain brands:

Real Salt - So many think that salt is "bad" for you, but i believe that "bad salt" is bad for you :). Real Salt contains more than 50 trace minerals, is found near Redmond, Utah (which is minutes from where my father grew up in Sanpete, County, Utah), my next door neighbor's brother is the owner, and you can buy it on Amazon. There's more to say...if you're interested click here.

Almond Breeze - by Blue Diamond Growers. For various reasons, we don't buy cow's milk anymore. We use almond milk on our cereal, to drink, and i cook with it. It comes in various flavors (vanilla, unsweetened, and chocolate), though we mostly use the unsweetened. I just love it.

5. Cookbooks - When i really want to splurge, i have an itch to buy a new cookbook. (no, i'm still not very good at sticking to the recipes, but the beautiful pictures help me at least try) Here are my latest favs:

Cooking Light's Slow Cooker - I haven't been able to successfully Slow Cook for the past 8 1/2 months, the smell the encompasses the house makes me throw up, or i can't eat it once it's finished. I even tried hiding it in the back bathroom and cooking in the garage, but the smells still found their way in... So i'm excited to get back into the Slow Cooking thing. This is a great book with all kinds of flavors and healthy ideas. One of our favs is the Vegetable and Chickpea Curry. Yum!

The Herb Bible by Jennie Harding - a great little resource.

America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook - when i just need a bit of guidance in trying something new, this book usually hits the spot.

How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson - another great shower gift from the lovely Nancy Wishart in my home ward. I've received a lot of inspiration from this one.

Mary Engelbreit's Dining Out Cookbook - a great shower gift from my roomies: Jenn, Nance, & Amos. It has all kinds of dishes for you to eat outdoors. One of my favorite recipes comes from there, a spicy cilantro pesto covered shrimp pasta dish...yummy

James McNair Cooks Southeast Asian - My favorite in this one so far is a Thai stuffed Eggplant dish. Usually for inspiration...these recipes are complex and require many ingredients, so simplification without losing the taste, is the goal here.

Yes, one of our cupboards is dedicated to cookbooks, magazines with gr8 recipes, and cutouts i've collected or printed off the Internet. I am in the process of reorganizing this...:)

6. Cooking Sites - When i need inspiration cooking-wise, i usually turn to:

  1. Martha Stewart's Everyday Food

  2. Better Homes & Garden's Recipes

  3. All Recipes

  4. Delicious Living

Some favorite cooking blogs:

  1. Delightfully Gluten Free - my sister-in-law's sister in law, Cassandra's brain child of a blog :)

  2. Smitten Kitchen - some delicious food adventures

  3. Gluten Free Girl - even has her own cookbook on Amazon

  4. Lee Lou Ann - just darn inspiring

7. Our One Day Kitchen -

Just pulling ideas together, but Carl and I both love this kitchen, or at least most of see more photos and why we're so in love with the Yestertec designed kitchen click here.

8. Current Cooking Goals - Some of my latest desires are to improve/learn more about:

  1. wheat free bread making

  2. more food storage in my daily ingredients

  3. homemade pesto

  4. homemade granola

  5. homemade almond butter

  6. grinding my own grains

  7. wheat free cookies that stay together :) (been working on this one forever)

So if for some reason, you're still with me...i'm not going to tag anyone in particular. If you'd like to participate here are the rules that i pretty much broke (sorry, not too good at following recipes or rules):

The Rules: 1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.2. People that are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules.3. At the end of your post tag 8 people and include their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment on their blog to tell them they've been tagged, and to comment back and read your blog for the whole story.

My rules: write on 8 things about you if you want: fashion, laundry secrets, why you think the Lakers should win/lose the championship, guilty pleasures,...whatever!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Basil Pesto

One of my favorite things to cook with is Pesto! I use it to spice up pasta, and our daily lunch menu, whether it is quesadillas or a grilled cheese sandwiches...pesto makes everything better :). One of my latest cooking goals is to learn to make and cook with more homemade pesto.

The photo shows a basic basil pesto from cooking blog, Salt and Pepper. Here is the recipe:
Young basil leaves - 1 cup packed.
Garlic- 2 cloves
Pine nuts - 2 tbsp
Parmesan cheese freshly grated- 1/4 cup
Good quality extra virgin olive oil- 2 tbsp

For mincing, you will need a sharp mezzaluna, but I replaced it with a
crinkle cutter.

There is only one step. Mince till you get a fine mince of the ingredients. Heidi recommends starting with the garlic and 1/3 rd basil. Keep adding the ingredients in parts till everything is minced. Start with garlic, then basil, followed by pine nuts and cheese.
Once mincing is done, transfer the pesto into a bowl and add the olive oil.
At this point I kept it in the refrigerator.
For a very similar recipe that i found in a new favorite resource, The Herb Bible, by Jennie Harding:
scant 3/4 c fresh basil leaves, bruised
3 garlic cloves, crushed
6 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tbs pine nuts
Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz up to a fine puree. (you could also use your food processor)