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Sauerkraut: Hate it? This Recipe Might Change Your Mind! ;-)

Bubbies SAUERKRAUT

I’ve always ♥ sauerkraut but I know it’s a “no-no” food for a lot of people.

Hopefully, if you’re one of those sauerkraut-haters, you’ll give the following recipe a try. It just might change your mind about the yummy goodness of ‘kraut! 😉

And if you’ve been looking for a good sauerkraut brand, stop by to read my full review of Bubbies brand, over at My Real Life Reviews.

German Sauerkraut Feast

Bring on Oktoberfest! Make this hearty and flavorful “feast” with minimal prep time and simple, pantry ingredients.

Serve with Beet and Fresh Dill Layered Salad (recipe also from the Groovy Green Kitchen) and with grainy mustard and/or sour cream on the side, for dipping sausages, if desired. Serves 6.

1 teas. butter or margarine for greasing slow-cooker liner

10 medium red potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 T. dill or caraway seeds, your choice. (caraway has a stronger, distinctive flavor; the dill is slightly milder. Either one works well. Don’t leave out!)

2 T. vegetable or olive oil

1 large onion, coarsely diced

4-6 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)

1 L. Bubbies or wine-type sauerkraut (use marinade too)

6 vegan beer-brat sausages, cut in 1” thick circles (I use Tofurky brand)

Thoroughly grease slow-cooker liner with butter or margarine and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine potatoes, dill or caraway seed and oil. Pour into slow-cooker, followed by layer of onions and then the minced garlic. Top with sauerkraut and marinade. Pour 1 C. water over all ingredients.

Cook on HIGH for 3 ½  hours or LOW for 7 hours or until potatoes are tender but not mushy adding sausages for last 15 minutes of cooking time on HIGH, layering on top of the sauerkraut.

Recipe also featured in:

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Happy Cooking!

Amazon Book “Breakthrough” on Black Friday :-)

Did you have a good time on Black Friday? Amazon sure made me smile yesterday! 😉

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Happy Reading, Shopping and Cooking too!🙂

My Poetic Path

I was over at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca yesterday morning, browsing; along with a gazillion other shoppers and to my surprise and delight, 2 of my books/eBooks were on 3 Top 100 PAID lists! 🙂

Here’s a screenshot from around 9AM on Black Friday, over atAmazon.comfrom the:

Top 100 Paid List for Vegetarian Cookbooks:

The Groovy Green Kitchen on Black Friday 2014 at 9 AM

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker was at #75. 

Not number 1 but heh on a Paid List, especially on Black Friday, I’ll take it. 😉

GGK COVER WITH MY PHOTO-FRONT COVER ONLY

It’s a rare honor/treat to end up on any Top 100 List at Amazon, especially the paid lists considering the millions of books that are available at Amazon. I wasn’t able to see if I moved up any further later in the day as I was out and about with a lot of errands to do, but it sure was a nice way…

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Handmade and Heartfelt Holiday Gifts!

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I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.

Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.

Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉

On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.

What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?

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From the kitchen:

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters

Slow Cooker Party Mix

The BEST Gingersnap Cookies

Spicy Honey Almonds

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Knit and Crochet:

52 Free Dishcloth Patterns 

Some Lovely Knit Shawls

Five Spring Knit Cowls

How to Knit Socks and an Easy Peasy Pattern

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 Giving of Your Time and Talents

(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂

-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.

-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.

-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.

-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.

Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.

-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.

-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.

-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.

Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

How About Organic Popcorn and a VERY Funny Movie? ;-)

If that sounds like a good plan for this week, you might want to check out my two latest reviews over at: My Real Life Reviews:

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Tout Naturel Organic Popping Corn (microwave)

is THE best microwave popcorn that I’ve ever tasted! Oh so yummy good and certified organic too. 😉

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And if you ♥ nostalgic movies based in the 60’s/70’s (like I do) you will ♥:

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Matinee

 starring John Goodman and a fabulous supporting cast.

This one has moved up into my TOP 10 fav comedy movies of all time.

LOL funny from start to finish! 😉

Hope you enjoy a “movie and popcorn night” soon with these two recommendations.

Let me know if you enjoy them and have a great week! 🙂

Brown Betty

This oh-so yummy photo of Apple Brown Betty stopped me in my WP tracks this morning. 😉 I want some right now.

I make a similar dessert but definitely not with that much butter or sugar. 😦 The photo did inspire me to make some soon though. 🙂 Do you have a fav Brown Betty recipe?

Have a fabulous late autumn weekend. It’s still nice and warm, here in BC. 🙂

Artsy Wanderer

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Brown Betty is a traditional American dessert made from fruit (usually apple) and sweetened bread crumbs. It is similar to a cobbler or apple crisp, and the fruit is baked.  It is an old dessert, first mentioned in print in 1864.  Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House.  They served Apple Brown Betty at my elementary school cafeteria and I loved it.  They served real food back in the sixties and seventies!

Recipe for Apple Brown Betty from Pioneer Woman here!

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Have You Ever Made Rye Bread from Scratch?

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I’m making scratch rye bread this afternoon, after finding this yummy-sounding (and easy) recipe over at:

The Hungry Mouse

(click to see full recipe with how-to photos).

I’ve printed out the recipe and have all the ingredients on hand, so I’m ready to go!

I love making scratch breads. Such fun and a good arm workout too. 😉

Speaking of printing the recipe, if you copy it  from The Hungry Mouse, you’ll just get the text when you paste, which suited me fine. I didn’t want to have to delete all the photos before printing. 😉 The photo above is actually from Flickr. 

For any of you who have tried rye bread making before, you’ll probably already know that a lot of these recipes are complicated and take a lot of time. This one doesn’t. 

I’ll let you know how mine turns out.

It’s a perfect day for baking here in BC, rather chilly and rainy. 

How is your weather?

We are having a cool start to summer here but that’s just fine by me.

Happy Baking. 🙂

Bread photo courtesy of : Flickr

If You Love Black Olives…

….like I do, you will ♥ this easy tapenade recipe. 🙂

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Black Olive Tapenade

1 1/2 C. black olives (I use Kalamata)

1/4-1/2 C. chopped fresh basil (to taste)

1-2 T. fresh rosemary  (to taste)

1-2 cloves garlic   (to taste)

2 T. fresh lemon juice

Blend in a food processor to a chunky consistency. Allow to cool in the fridge at least an hour to blend flavors. Keeps well in a sealed container or jar, in the fridge for about a week. 

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Although I’ve been making an ongoing effort in the past few years to REALLY cut back on sodium in all kinds of foods, olives are still something I splurge on occasionally, in this regard.

I do wish they used less salt when curing them though. I have yet to taste any olives that weren’t extremely salty. And as I’ve cut down on salt, everything tastes saltier too. 

But when it comes to this tapenade, a little goes a long way.

I like to spread it on crackers, wraps or in a sandwich. Yummmm! 🙂

Happy Snacking! 

On the Menu Tonight: Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice

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Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Fragrant Orange Basmati Rice

This is a popular recipe from my cookbook:

The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Click here for the full recipe.

What are you making for dinner tonight? 😉

Happy Cooking and Weekend! 

On the Menu This Weekend ;-)


 I REALLY ♥ to cook, but sometimes it’s nice to have a day off from the kitchen, completely.

That’s where Joe comes in. 😉

When he’s home more on the weekends, he usually makes at least one supper and also a “mean” fry-up (yummm….) for Sunday morning breakfast.

I just sit back with my knitting needles on the couch and wait for my plate to arrive! 😉

This weekend, he’s going to be making Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lasagna from one of my fav cookbooks:

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The Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Judith Finlayson

Click the link above to read my review of this book. And  for the yummy Sweet Potato Lasagna recipe, courtesy of the author and publisher of this book. 

It’s a very easy lasagna recipe to make with an intriguing blend of flavors.

And as with all slow-cooker recipes, it’s great to just “set it and forget it” until it’s time to chow-down!!! Gotta ♥ that too. 

Happy Cooking and Weekend!

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

Pumpkin Seed and Cashew Crunch Pumpkin Seed and Cashew Crunch

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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