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On the Menu Tonight! :-)

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I’ve got a  lot of typing to get through today so I needed something relatively fast to make for supper tonight. 

Haven’t had veggie burgers for a while so I’m making some of those (from the freezer) along with homemade:

Bread-Machine Rosemary Flax Buns (click for complete recipe)

to go with them.

That way, most of the work is done for me and not too much time in the kitchen required to complete these yummy buns. 😉

This is a popular recipe that was first featured in my cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians. My “go to” recipe, for all kinds of buns, not just for burgers. Easily adaptable for vegans too. Hope you enjoy some soon!

What’s on the menu at your place tonight? Do share!

Happy Cooking and Week! 🙂

Photo from Not Just for Vegetarians, taken by Patricia Holdsworth Photography. All rights reserved. 

Spiced Pumpkin Seed and Cashew Crunch

***Doesn’t these look like a yummy snack option?***

Thanks to Chef Julianna for this spiced nut-mix recipe.

I’m planning to make some later this week. Looks like a keeper! 😉

Happy Snacking.

Foodie On Board

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Everyone loves a party, right?  Especially in the bleak winter months of January and February when we all need a lift!  Well, when I heard that Angie over at The Novice Gardener was hosting a Friday night blog party called Fiesta Friday, I thought it would be fun to hang out with a bunch of like-minded bloggers and mix and mingle a bit. So, like I normally do when I’m going to a pot-luck, I hit my back issues of Bon Appétit magazine to search for some inspiration for my contribution.  When I saw this recipe I knew what I was bringing!  It’s perfect for a party and I could make a double batch as afternoon snacks for my husband and I. This is an awesome recipe! Let me tell you, we have been nibbling away at the bowl since yesterday and you guys…

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Looking For Something To Read This Weekend?

If you are, you might want to check out these recent reviews, over at:

 My Real Life Reviews (click to read all the reviews). 

Four of them are good, one is a stinker! Can you guess which one? 😉

With gardening season just around the corner, Modern Rustic is one that’s definitely worth a look, great book.

Ok, so that’s not the stinker!!!

Happy Weekend and Reading! 🙂

On the Menu Tonight! :-)

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Stick-To-Your-Ribs Black Bean Soup (slow cooker) with Hearty Potato Scones

Both recipes are from:

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker.

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I know a lot of you already have this cookbook and I hope you’ve enjoyed these particular recipes too! 

I had an abundance of peppers (this soup requires 2 large ones) and some leftover mashed potatoes (for the scones) in the fridge this morning, so this menu combo from the GGK came to mind.  Comfort food at it’s best.

Yummm…can’t wait!😉

What’s are you making for dinner tonight?

Happy Cooking. 

How I LOVE Beets, Let Me Count the Ways! ;-)

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beets sooooo much! 😉

I think beets are one of the most underrated vegetables in terms of versatility and taste.

Not to mention their health benefits, which are significant too and  in a number of ways. It’s not just vitamin C that you’re getting in a serving of beets! You can read about some of the many nutritional pluses of eating beets and beet greens here. 

Tonight I’m making a beet pesto with pasta recipe for the first time. Sounds and looks so yummy. It’s a recipe that I found recently in Alive MagazineI also make a variety of beet salads on a regular basis and of course, my fav soup of all time:

Veggie Beet Borscht (click for the recipe).

Do you like beets and what’s your fav recipe to make with them?

Happy Cooking! :)

My Heinz Beans “Horror” Story :-(

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If you buy/use any Heinz products, I hope you’ll stop by and read about a recent experience I had, over at: My Real Life Reviews.

Click to read: My Heinz Beans “Horror” Story.

And please DO share this post if you can on your FB, Twitter, blogs…

It’s an important warning/heads-up about Heinz, that I hope a lot of people find out about.

As I said in my post:

Buyer Beware!!!

I’m Baaack….and Some Pizza Too! ;-)

Homemade Zucchini, Onion and Artichoke Pizza

Well, I’m finally back online with a new computer and Windows 8 (fun, fun!!!) to learn. Why do they have to change these programs so much every time there’s an new edition? Makes no sense. 😦

Now I know first-hand why so many people are complaining about Windows 8.

Anyone else learning Windows 8 right now? If you have any quick tips to share, PLEASE DO!

Even simple things like minimizing a page etc…have changed. And I can’t figure out how to copy my photos from a USB drive, into the Photo app. on the start page.

I also have a gazillion emails and other things to catch up with.

But, I’ll get there, chipping away at the to-do pile, day by day.

I have missed blogging SO much!

  I hope to get around to visit all my fav blogs by this weekend. I read a LOT of blogs so it might take a while. 😉

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this pizza crust recipe from my first cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians. (see recipe below)

So easy to make and another thing I’m making ‘from scratch’ more and more these days.

What is your favorite pizza and do you make homemade too?

Happy Week and Happy Cooking! 🙂

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Homemade pizza is so much better than commercial and for so many reasons.

Obviously, not as expensive. Ingredients not questionable (many commercial crusts contain lard) and of course the varieties you can have fun making are endless. Healthier choices made easy for a ‘fast food’ that has stood the test of time. Pizza will be around forever I think. I certainly hope so. Enjoy!!!!

This dough recipe makes enough for 2- (14″-15″) regular crusts OR 3- (12″-13″) thin crusts (my preference).

 

HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH

Pizza dough doesn’t have to be complicated to make. This way, you can be sure what you are eating; many commercial pizza crusts contain lard. This one is from my brother Wendell’s collection of recipes and it is one of the best I’ve ever made or tasted. 

1 C. lukewarm (not hot) water

1 T. raw sugar or honey

2 T. dry Traditional yeast

¼ C. olive oil

½ teas. sea salt

2 ½-3 C. unbleached white flour

Optional: 1 T. mixed dried herbs of choice (oregano, thyme, savory etc…) 

In a large bowl, combine lukewarm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and stir just once. Cover and let dissolve in a warm place, about 10-15 minutes, yeast should be frothy.

Add oil and salt and then stir in just enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board and knead 100 times, adding more flour if required. Dough should be smooth and satiny but not dry. Note: Add dried herbs with the flour (opt.).

Grease mixing bowl and place kneaded ball of dough in it. Cover with a dampened tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until doubled.

Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease pizza pans.  

Divide dough in half (or 3 for thin crusts), spread out on prepared pans, forming a thin crust around edges. Hint: Wet your fingers slightly to help with this step.

Top crusts with a thin layer of tomato sauce ( go easy on this, too much means a soggy crust ) and toppings of choice.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, reduce heat to 400 F after first 10 minutes, if browning too fast.

Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.

No-Bake Energy Bar Recipe

**I made another batch of these Energy Bars the other night and thought I’d share the recipe here again.**

They make a great snack or breakfast on the go!

Happy Cooking and Week to All 🙂

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

 

 

With outdoor activities increasing for many of us now as the days warm up and the snow melts away,  I thought it would be a good idea to re-post this recipe for these easy to make and very yummy energy bars.

A sweet and satisfying treat!

 If you are a fan of  Eat-More or Cliff bars, you will love this recipe, a nutritious and delicious redo.

Very satisfying, one of these bars provides a lot of energy but not too filling. Vegan-friendly too.

♥♥

My apologies for the less than perfect photo. 😦  It’s the taste that counts, right? 😉

See page 2 for complete recipe.

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Raiding My Cookbook Stash! ;-)

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I  ♥ cookbooks!

I have a large collection of all kinds of cookbooks. Many of them supplied by publishers and authors over the years, as review copies. I spent one afternoon last week, going through some of my favs from the cookbook shelf and picked out some recipes from all of the ones shown here. And yes, two of those are mine. 😉

I made a new version of ratatouille last night from Alive Magazine, which was quite good and from the slow cooker, ♥ that too.

Today, I’m making: Dilly Potato Salad from the Sensational Salads cookbook. I’ve made that one before and it’s delish. Lots of dill and other yummy ingredients in this one.

Here’s a link to that recipe from a previous post, if you’d like to try it.

What’s on the menu for supper at your place tonight?

And do you have a favorite ‘go-to’ cookbook?

Happy Cooking! 🙂

HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKIE ROUND-UP!

***YUMMM….DON’T THESE LOOK YUMMY?***

I’M GOING TO TRY SOME OF THESE HEALTHIER, HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES. 

REBLOGGED FROM: SIFT, STIR & SAVOR. THANKS FOR SHARING!

HAPPY BAKING! :<)

Sift, Stir & Savour

Last year I was obsessed with eggnog. This year I’m obsessed with cookies.

Healthy Cookies

So when I was asked to be a part of a healthy christmas cookie round-up that Sandra from Candida Diet Plan was organizing, I was pretty excited! Sandra was able to organize 18 different bloggers, which means there are 18 scrumptious cookies to drool over. And these aren’t just any cookies, these are healthy cookies- virtually all of the recipes are gluten-free and loads of them are also grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free and vegan. So, what are you waiting for? Here are the links to all of the cookies:

Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies (Candida Free Candee)

Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies (Tessa the Domestic Diva)

Macadamia Coconut Cookies (Candida Diet Plan)

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No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies (Gluten-Free Cat)

Jungle Balls (Carrie on Vegan)

Raw Gingerbread Men (Om Nom Ally)

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Chocolate Orange Gogi Cookies (Coconut and Berries)

Spiced Orange Cookies

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