Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My Mayo Recipe

I have tried several mayo recipes and I have finally put together what I liked best about all of them. Here is the recipe I came up with for a creamy mayo that is not too lemony.


1 egg at room temperature
1 TBSP of lemon juice at room temperature
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup of light olive oil (you HAVE to use light or it will have an olive oil taste)*

*Macadamia nut oil or avocado oil works too, I have made it with expeller pressed avocado oil before with success)

I usually put the egg and lemon juice in my food processor and let it sit for about 30 minutes so it can come to room temperature.

Then I add in the mustards and salt. I get the oil in a cup ready to pour and then I turn on the processor and add the oil into the cup with the small hole in the bottom so it can slowly drizzle in. I usually only need to let it run for about a minute and then I have homemade mayo!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Weekly Meal Planner Using Produce from my Abundant Harvest Organics Box

The box arrived with a strong smell of fresh basil. Time to make some pesto! Pesto one of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh basil. I have been making this every time we get basil in the box. I have even been buying basil as an add-on some weeks just so I can make pesto. One of these days I need to get around to planting some of my own basil but for now I am going to keep on enjoying the fresh basil from Abundant Harvest Organics.

So what else came in the box this week?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Weekly Meal Planner Using Produce from my Abundant Harvest Organics Box

Summer has brought many yummy treasures in our Abundant Harvest Organics produce boxes! The boxes keep getting heavier every week as they are loaded down with fresh sweet corn, juicy stone fruits, delicious melons, and ripe tomatoes.

Ma must have really loved summer!

We don't eat much corn in our house since it is really just a starchy grain but when it comes in the box we do indulge. As you can see from the smile on little Jad's face he is a fan!

More corn is on its way this week along with the other usual summer goodies. I also ordered some irresistible extras this week.

So what is coming in the box this week?

I Lost a Dear Friend to Cancer

Angel Eddie
The past several months have been very emotional for me as I stood by and watched my friend die. He finally passed on June 12th but it has taken me this long to make here to write about this experience.

During the months he was sick I sacrificed everything I could to be there with him. When he finally did pass several weeks ago I had a lot of catching up to do at work and at home. Hence the reason the blog has gone silent for quite some time. I know I posted other reasons for the silence and while they were true the main force behind all the silence was me spending every second I could spare with my dear friend Eddie. I wasn't ready to talk about that yet though, talking about it would have made it too real and I could not handle that at the time.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekly Meal Planner Using Produce from my Abundant Harvest Organics Box

This lovely pie was made with last week's apriums. It tasted even better than is looks! It was a simple homemade grain-free nut crust filled with fresh cut apriums and sprinkled with palm sugar (more info on this at the bottom of the post). It is actually the first pie I have ever made from scratch! I am happy it was a success!

The Little House books describe many different home cooked pies, sweet and savory. The Little House Cookbook lists all of these in the index under pie: apple, blackbird, chicken, cream, custard, dried apple and raisin, green pumpkin, huckleberry, lemon, mince, pigeon, poor man's, pumpkin, and vinegar.

My favorite story of pie was Ma's green pumpkin pie from the book, The Long Winter. Pa took a bite and he thought it was apple pie and he wanted to know where in the world Ma got apples! I love this story about Ma, she was so creative with what she had on hand. Who says you can't make "apple" pie with green pumpkins? Ma did it and we can too. Get creative in your kitchen! Look at recipes as an invitation and then use what you have on hand to make something delicious.

On to what came in the box this week:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

100% "Real"-ly Good Chicken Nuggets!

These nuggets are so moist and tasty you will think you are at a upscale cafe with gourmet nuggets on the menu when you sit down to a plate of these bad boys!

More good news: these nuggets are grain and dairy free and best of all they are easy to make!

Ma never made chicken nuggets but she did make lot of nugget like foods: cornmeal fried cornmeal mush, johnny cakes, and corn dodgers.(pages 21-23 of The Little House Cookbook).

She was also said to have sat down to a plate of Codfish balls which definitely qualify in the nugget department. (pages 31-31 of The Little House Cookbook). This recipe could actually work with fish too but I have not tried that yet. Please let me know how it goes if you do.

My kids have always loved chicken nuggets, heck I have always loved chicken nuggets too! When we went gluten free in our house chicken nuggets were definitely off the menu.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Little Pots of Gold (Veggie Meatballs)

What is at the end of this rainbow of veggies? Delicious little meatballs! Ma would have never been able to make these little pots of gold but thanks to my amazing food processor I can!

This recipe was inspired by the recipe Garden Fresh Meatballs from Sarah of  Everyday Paleo.

Here is the rainbow of veggies I include in my version. There is a lot of green for extra luck and good health!

Roasted Red Peppers
Orange Carrots
Yellow Yams
Yellow/Green Artichoke Hearts
Green Zucchinis
Dark Green Kale
Deep Purple Cabbage