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Thursday

18

June 2015

1

COMMENTS

Blueberry Cobbler

Written by , Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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My husband, Tim, is the sweets person in our home. I can devour an entire tray of roasted summer squash, a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips, or a plate of bruschetta. But, when it comes to desserts I just don’t really need them all that often (except the lemon curd with strawberries and meringue that we had for dessert on my birthday… or the homemade vanilla mascarpone and chocolate swirl ice cream bon bons that Tim made for my birthday… I need those right now). So when Tim hollers from the other room that a sweet treat that I’ve made is really good, that’s when I know it’s something worth sharing.

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Since it’s tougher to experiment with baking than with regular cooking, I don’t do it all that often. There’s just too much room for error. But, I had success a few weeks ago when I made some whole wheat parsnip cookies, so I adapted those as a starting point for a blueberry cobbler.

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Any fruit could be used, depending on what’s in season. But, it’s berry season right now, and we’ve got about 6 pounds of blueberries in the fridge. Some might end up as jam, a few in desserts, but most will just be eaten raw. That’s usually my preferred method for consuming berries.

But, while raw is often best, this cobbler got super thick and syrupy. I might just eat the berry portion on their own if it weren’t for the yummy topping that I can’t get enough of. But, if there’s extra, may I suggest those berries over ice cream? And the cobbler topping, well if there’s extra (I had extra because I used a smaller pan), they make great cookies.

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That topping has veggies. Sorrynotsorry. Tim yelled that there were squash and carrots in his cobbler. They won’t make your cobbler taste like vegetables, don’t worry. But, my suggestion is that if you have picky family members who don’t like to see anything green at dessert, just stick to parsnips. They’re not as noticeable.

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Other items of note: I used a gluten-free flour blend (from Gluten-Free-Girl and The Chef). You can substitute whole wheat or all purpose if you prefer. I used maple syrup as the only sweetener. No refined white sugar here. I’ve been on a maple syrup kick as of late, using it to sweeten everything from yogurt to coffee. But, honey would be great too. Just remember that honey has a distinct taste and may be a bit sweeter than maple syrup, so adjust accordingly. I might go for half honey, half maple syrup to start.

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This is a perfect summer dessert for your next barbecue or picnic, but it can also be enjoyed for breakfast. Just add a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Happy Eating!

Blueberry Cobbler

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Blueberry Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C gluten-free flour
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/4 t baking powder, sifted
  • 1/4 t baking soda, sifted
  • 1/8 t cinnamon
  • pinch ginger
  • 1/4 C butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1 C combination of parsnips, carrots, and summer squash (for picky eaters: parsnips are the least visible), grated
  • 1 t lemon zest, chopped
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 T orange juice
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 C blueberries (strawberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, blackberries, apricots, apples, pears, or persimmons may also be used - chopped if larger fruit)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Place a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Whisk flour through ginger. Mix in butter with a pastry blender or fingers until chunks of butter are pea sized or smaller. Add oats through parsnips (if veggies weren't grated already, place butter mixture in the freezer while you grate).
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together maple syrup, egg, and 1 t vanilla extract. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet. Stir to combine. Set dough in the fridge while you do the next step.
  4. Whisk cornstarch through 1/4 t cinnamon. Toss with the fruit. Pour fruit in a greased 6x6 or 8x8 baking dish. Top with a large spoonfuls of dough*. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until topping is no longer gooey and fruit is bubbly and hot (baking time may vary depending on the size of the dish - I used a 6x6 dish). Let stand for 10-20 minutes before serving.

Notes

* Extra dough may be dropped onto an ungreased baking sheet and baked for 12 minutes, cooled for 5 min on the baking sheet, and then cooled on a cooling rack.

http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/blueberry-cobbler/

Friday

8

May 2015

0

COMMENTS

Whole Wheat Parsnip Cookies

Written by , Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Cookies, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Grains, Kid-Friendly, Quick and Easy, Snacks, Vegetarian

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I’m not much of a baker. It’s just not something that comes naturally to me. With baking it’s important to follow the recipe. There’s a reason that each ingredient is there. I can’t just add what I have on hand and substitute something if I feel like it. Because it’s all science.

I was never great at science in school. I do wonder if I might have done a little better if there had been experiments that involved cooking. You know, let us make cookies with whatever we wanted to. See what works and what doesn’t. Then learn about why. Since that class wasn’t offered at my school, I’m learning now, slowly…ParsnipCookies-1

I think that my first substitution attempt when baking might have been when I figured that using the same amount of honey in place of granulated sugar would be fine. Wrong. I ended up with a burned outside and still liquid inside banana bread. That was disappointing. But, I learned from my mistake. Freedom to fail.

So this time I played it safe. I figured out what I thought would make up a good cookie. I think I know what the dough should be like, so it seemed like a good place to start.

I still wasn’t expecting them to turn out, but I was gonna do my best.

I wanted to incorporate parsnips. Parsnips are wonderful when roasted and dipped into a creamy sauce. But, what about something sweet, almost like what you’d do with carrots in a carrot cake? I figured it was worth a try.

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I don’t make very many cookies. I’m just not a sweets person. But, I think normally recipes will have you cream the butter and sugar together. I went for more of a scone technique, where the butter was cold and added to the already combined dry ingredients.

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The parsnips, apple, and some lemon zest were added to the butter-flour mixture. I figured they might do well when coated with flour. And then once the wet ingredients were whisked together, they were added too. To make what looked like cookie batter to me!

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When I used to make cookies with my mom as a kid, we’d use two spoons to scoop the dough out. You could also just use your hands and roll a ball of dough between your palms. Whatever works. The spoons keep the hands clean and you don’t waste the batter that covers them.

I like fluffy, puffy, soft cookies over thin crispy ones. So I didn’t press them down.

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I thought about trying to make these vegan, but decided against it since making a cookie recipe was already enough of a risk. But, here are some ways that you could adapt it, if you wanted to (at your own risk 😉 ).

Carrots or summer squash instead of parsnips.

Orange zest instead of lemon zest.

Coconut oil instead of butter (treat it the same way – make sure it’s cold, then work very quickly).

Flax seeds and water instead of egg.

Maple syrup instead of honey.

Just keep in mind that it’s science and your changes may result in cookies slightly different from mine. But, we’re free to fail, free to learn from our mistakes, free to keep on trying. If I’d stopped at ruined banana bread, I’d never have known the loveliness of these cookies. They may be my new favorite. Not too sweet, super soft, and made with whole wheat flour and honey, so I feel fine about the three that I’ve eaten this afternoon.

Happy Eating!

Whole Wheat Parsnip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 19-20 cookies

Whole Wheat Parsnip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder, sifted
  • 1/2 t baking soda, sifted
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • pinch all spice
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 C oats
  • 1 t lemon zest (or orange zest), chopped
  • 1/3 C apples, grated and chopped
  • 1 C parsnips (or carrots or summer squash), grated, and chopped
  • 1/2 C butter, cold, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Place a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or silpat mats).
  2. Whisk together flour through nutmeg. Mix in butter with a pastry blender or hands until pea sized chunks remain. Stir in oats, lemon zest, apples, and parsnips.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together honey through vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop batter using two tablespoons, or hands and drop onto prepared baking sheets (do not flatten). Bake for 12 minutes, or until cookies are mostly set and golden around the edges (they will keep cooking for a bit as they cool). Cool on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before serving.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/whole-wheat-parsnip-cookies/

Thursday

16

April 2015

3

COMMENTS

Bacon and Feta Frittatas

Written by , Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Condiments, Dinner, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Potatoes, Vegetables

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Many of my favorite foods are those loaded with veggies and a little something else. I do this with pasta, soups, and stir fry. In this case, it was with bacon, eggs, and a little bit of feta cheese.

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This is a use what’s in season type of meal. I had asparagus, turnip, kohlrabi, carrot, and collard greens on hand. But, you could use bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, radishes, and any other greens that sound good to you.

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I cooked the bacon and when it was done and resting on a plate, I added some olive oil to the bacon grease in the skillet. If you want to wipe out the skillet after the bacon is done, that’s cool too. Add some butter or extra olive oil instead of the bacon grease. Don’t want to use bacon at all? That’s fine. I like the crunch that it adds to the frittata, but it’s not absolutely essential.

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While the veggies cook, whisk together some of your favorite eggs with a bit of milk. I needed just three eggs, since there were so many veggies. You can adjust the recipe according to your needs, keeping in mind that the cooking time may change depending on the number of eggs used.

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The eggs and veggies are combined and some feta is added. Like pretty much everything else in this recipe, you can change up the cheese if you want. Gouda would be a yummy choice, if you’re not using feta.

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Once the frittatas are done (I like to use a food thermometer to take the guesswork out of it), they get to stand around and rest for about 10 minutes. In that time, you can whisk up a lemony dressing that will be drizzled over the top.

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And then finally, it’s time for a bite. With that crunchy bacon, delicious veggies, and flecks of feta, it’s as delicious as I’d hoped it would be.

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Frittatas are perfect any time of the day, any day of the week. They’re especially good when shared with a loved one. But, if you’re having a meal by yourself, the second frittata can be refrigerated (or frozen and thawed in the fridge over night) and reheated another day.

Happy Eating!

Bacon and Feta Frittatas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 43 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Yield: 2

Bacon and Feta Frittatas

Ingredients

  • 4-5 slices bacon
  • bacon grease (or 1 T butter)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3/4 C kohlrabi (or potatoes, fennel bulb, or mushrooms), chopped
  • 3/4 C turnip (or radish), chopped
  • 1 1/2 C onion, chopped
  • 3/4 C carrot, chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/2 t dried thyme (or 1/2 T fresh)
  • 1/2 t dried basil (or 1/2 T fresh)
  • 1 C asparagus (or peas), stems snapped off and discarded, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 C greens, chopped
  • 1 T fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 T fresh dill, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 C milk
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/2 C feta, crumbled
  • Dressing: 1/2 t honey
  • 1 t dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 1 t fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 t fresh dill, chopped
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2 T olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Place two greased 5" (diameter) by 2" (tall) ramekins or oven safe dishes on a baking sheet and into the oven while it preheats.
  2. Cook bacon to desired crispness. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. Crumble when cool enough to handle.
  3. Heat bacon skillet. Add olive oil (and butter if you've wiped it out and discarded the bacon grease). When it's hot, add the kohlrabi through basil (if you're using dried herbs). Cook covered over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add asparagus through dill (adding basil and thyme if you're using fresh) and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  4. Whisk eggs with milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in veggies and feta. Pour into the hot, greased ramekins (still on the baking sheet). Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the eggs are set and have come to 160F. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. While frittatas rest, whisk together dressing ingredients, streaming in the olive oil last, while you whisk. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  6. Serve frittatas topped with bacon and dressing.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/bacon-and-feta-frittatas/

Monday

5

January 2015

0

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Spaghetti Squash au Gratin

Written by , Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Dinner, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Pork, Potlucks, Roasting, Sauces, Sides, Vegetables

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Haaaaappy New Year!

We’re right smack in the middle of winter squash season. I find that in the middle of a season, I have to get a bit more creative with how to use things. As much as I love Spaghetti Soup or Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, we don’t want to eat it every week. Someone posted on social media that they were enjoying some Spaghetti Squash au Gratin. I knew I needed to come up with a recipe for that. It sounded amazing.

It ended up tasting a little bit like what I think it would taste like if you took grated hash browns and smothered them with cheese sauce.

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It all starts with some squash roasting in the oven for about an hour. I had three squash sitting on my kitchen island. Since I knew we’d be getting another in this week’s Abundant Harvest Organics box, I figured that I should just roast them. That way, even if I didn’t use it all in this dish, I could just freeze what was leftover. Then I remembered that some friends of ours, who just had a baby, might enjoy this too. So all the squash was perfect.

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While the squash roasts, a quick roux is made up. I used butter and olive oil and then added the same amount of all purpose flour (if you’re making a gluten-free version, skip the flour, and whisk 1 T cornstarch with 1/4 C cold water, and whisk it in later on when the milk mixture is really hot).

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To the roux I whisked in some whole milk. A little bit at a time.

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Once the milk mixture thickens, add ons go in. I chose chopped ham (but you could use chicken, beef, turkey… or omit the meat all-together), some dijon mustard, Greek yogurt, and cheese. If you had some leftover cooked veggies (like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower etc…) you could add those now too.

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I added the cheese a little bit at a time, whisking until smooth-ish between additions. Then everything else hops in.

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You know, if you wanted to double the recipe, you could use half for mac and cheese, pour some over roasted broccoli or cauliflower, or dip some crusty bread in it (it’s practically fondue).

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The squash is scraped out of it’s skin and placed in an oven-proof baking dish. The ham and cheese sauce is stirred in.

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Then it’s all topped with a bit more cheeeeeeese!

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It will bake for a little while (which is really optional – you could just top your squash and go!), then stand for a few minutes, if you can handle waiting to dig in!

Happy Eating!

Spaghetti Squash au Gratin

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8 as a side, 4-5 as a main dish.

Spaghetti Squash au Gratin

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T all purpose flour
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 1 t dijon mustard
  • 1 C greek yogurt
  • to taste salt
  • 6 oz. chopped ham (or chicken, beef, or turkey… or omit the meat all-together)
  • 2 C cheese (combo of any of these: cheddar, gruyere, monterey jack, or mozzarella), grated, 1/2 C reserved
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 t paprika

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Drizzle squash with 1 t olive oil and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Roast for about 1 hour, or until flesh is tender.
  2. Heat a pan and add 1 T olive oil and butter. When it's hot, whisk in the flour. Cook for about 30 seconds. Whisk in milk, a little bit at a time, whisking until mostly smooth between additions. Bring to a simmer (but do not boil). Reduce heat to low and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in dijon, yogurt, and salt. Back on low heat, slowly add cheese, a bit at at time, whisking between additions until fairly smooth. Stir in ham. Continue to stir over low heat for about 2 minutes. Stir in cayenne and 3/4 t paprika. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  4. Scrape squash from skin. Mash together in a greased 9x13 oven-proof baking dish. Stir in sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and 1/4 t paprika.
  5. Place baking dish on a baking sheet (in case it bubbles over). Bake on a rack in the upper portion of the oven for 15 minutes. Increase heat to 375F and bake for 15 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
http://www.de-ma-cuisine.com/spaghetti-squash-au-gratin/

Monday

10

November 2014

0

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Apple Rosemary Flatbread

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Cheese, Fruit, Herbs, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Pizza, Quick and Easy, Sides, Snacks, Vegetarian

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I love when it’s apple season. I think I say that every season about something. I love the changing of the seasons and the promise of something new that comes with it.

I especially love fall.

There are things to love and things to be ready to be done with no matter what season we’re in. But, after a long summer, today’s cool breeze and cloudy sky is a literal breath of fresh air. Combine that with an apple or pear, eaten out of hand, while at my desk editing photos, and that makes for quite a nice fall day.

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The day I made this flatbread it was still hot and sunny. Today I want to eat all the soup.

This flatbread would go nicely with soup. Apples pair nicely with winter squash, so this might be delicious alongside a Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, a Browned Butter and Four Cheese Broccoli Soup, or a Leek and Potato Soup. I always want bread with my soup. Often it’s some sliced homemade baguettes with salted butter. But, sometimes I want bread with a little bit more. This flatbread meets that requirement.

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Apples are usually just eaten raw at our house. We love them as a snack. They’re full of fiber and are a great way to tide me over when I’m already starving and it’s not nearly time for the next meal.

In this case though, they’re thinly sliced and then chopped.

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They’re going to top this lavash (you could also use whole wheat or regular tortillas, or a par-baked pizza crust). But first, some olive oil.

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Then a good handful of cheddar. Cheddar is probably my favorite cheese to pair with apples. And to eat with some crackers after a good workout… or any time of the day or night.

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The cheese is topped with rosemary, salt, and pepper, then baked for a little bit, just to get things started.

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Raisins are added about two minutes before the end of the baking time. They get just a bit soft and warm.

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And that’s it. Easy, peasy, apple peel… I dunno.

Happy Eating!

Apple Rosemary Flatbread
Recipe Type: Appetizer, Side, Bread, Snack
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 12 mins
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 flatbread or large whole wheat tortilla (I used lavash, you could also use a par-baked pizza crust)
  • 1 t olive oil
  • to taste salt
  • 1 small apple, thinly sliced and chopped
  • to taste pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 t dried (or 1 t fresh) rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 C cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1-2 T raisins
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Top lavash with olive oil and brush over surface. Sprinkle with salt. Top with apple, rosemary, pepper, and cheese. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has mostly melted.
  3. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with raisins. Return to the oven and bake for 2 minutes more.
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