Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Home Food in Summer

Home made molasses granola, pressure cooked German potato Salad, egg salad, pressure-cooked chick peas, broccoli. We love these fast cold summer foods.

Whole-wheat Sourdough Waffles

Start this recipe the night before for morning waffles or in the morning if you'll be having them for dinner. Made with white whole-wheat flour, the batter is thick and elastic producing scrumptious and full-flavored waffles.. This method is based on Nancy Silverton's in Breads from La Brea Bakery and adapted by me over the years. For best results, use a sourdough starter that you've fed within the past three days. (The longer in advance the more tang the waffles will have.)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 7 waffles
Calories 375 kcal
Author Lynne Curry

1 1/2 cups sourdough starter "fed" within the past 3 days
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups milk whole or skim
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 1/3 cups stone-ground white whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup uncooked 8-grain cereal
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda


Whisk together the starter, butter, oil, milk, maple syrup, white whole-wheat flour and 8-grain cereal in a large mixing bowl until well-blended. Cover securely with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.

Uncover the batter, which will be thick and have bubbles broken all over the surface. Whisk in the eggs, salt and baking soda.

Heat an electric waffle maker to its highest setting. Ladle enough waffle batter onto the bottom plate to come within 1 inch of the edge. Close the top plate and cook the waffle until it stops steaming and the surface is nut-brown, 3-4 minutes.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 1 quart of batter. If there is extra batter, cook the waffles, cool and freeze them in a resealable plastic bag for up to 1 month. Reheat in a toaster or low oven until hot and crisp.

Bed of Baby Spinach

A bed of baby spinach with my homemade cold potato salad and artichoke hearts is to die for.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Eat Like a Horse

We love oats carrots and apples. We eat like horses!

One More

One more cabbage recipe

Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Own Baked Cabbage Rolls

I froze the cabbage head overnight and today I defrosted it peeling off the leaves. Reading about freezing rather than parboiling the cabbage is what inspired me to finally try making cabbage rolls.

I made a mixture of cooked leftover brown rice and kidney beans and two big chopped white onions. I used about a half of a cup of rice bean onion mixture in each cabbage leaf. After I rolled them I placed them in two greased Pyrex dishes.

Then I made an impromptu tomato sauce from 6 cloves of fresh garlic chopped and sauteed in generous amount of olive oil, crushed red pepper, oregano, basil, parsley, 1 can of Lindsay black olives (chopped), celery (4 ribs) chopped, teaspoon salt, teaspoon sugar, 1 large can of crushed tomatoes, 1 small can of tomato paste. I warmed it up to combine the ingredients (taste tested) and spooned it over the cabbage rolls.

I deliberately made the sauce intensely rich and flavorful since the cabbage, rice and beans were bland.

I placed the cabbage rolls in a preheated 350 degree oven to bake for 30 minutes.

We'll see how they come out. After they are baked I might sprinkle on Romano cheese.

Cabbage Burritos!


Cabbage Burritos
By Lena Abraham

Cabbage Burritos Are The Perfect Low-Carb Lunch
by Delish US

Prefer a smaller burrito? Use one leaf instead of two! (You'll get 8 smaller burritos instead of 4 big ones!)
Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 35 mins
8 large green cabbage leaves (from 1 head)
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-oz.) can black beans
1 1/2 c. chopped cherry tomatoes
1 c. corn, canned and drained or frozen
1 c. shredded Monterey Jack
1/2 c. shredded cheddar

Preheat oven to 350º and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large pot of boiling water, use tongs to dip cabbage leaves in water for 30 seconds to blanch. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to dry.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes, then stir in ground beef and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain excess fat, then season with taco seasoning mix, salt, and pepper. Stir in black beans, cherry tomatoes, and corn.
Lay 2 cabbage leaves side by side, overlapping slightly. Place a heaping spoon of ground beef mixer, then top with cheese. Fold short sides of cabbage leaves in first, then roll into a cylinder — like a burrito! Repeat with remaining beef mixture.
Place on baking sheet and bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Ruhbarb Apple Raspberry Compote

A neighbor gave me rhubarb and a bag of her frozen raspberries. I simmered them with some beat up apples I had kicking around. I added a little bit of sugar and it was a fabulous dessert with plain yogurt. It was just like pie but without the crust.

Meatless Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These meatless cabbage rolls, made in the slow cooker, feature beans and brown rice instead of the typical ground beef filling.
Better Homes and Gardens

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 6 hrs Low or High 3 hours

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

1/2 cup instant brown rice
1 large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds)
1 15 ounce can black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1 26 ounce jar chunky tomato pasta sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup water to boiling. Stir in uncooked rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat; set aside.
Meanwhile, remove 8 large outer leaves from the cabbage. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook cabbage leaves, covered, in boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes or just until leaves are limp. Drain cabbage leaves. Trim the thick rib in the center of each leaf. Set leaves aside. Shred 4 cups of the remaining cabbage; place shredded cabbage in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. (Wrap and chill remaining cabbage for another use.)
In a medium bowl combine beans, cooked rice, onion, and 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce. Evenly divide the bean mixture among the 8 cabbage leaves, using about 1/3 cup per leaf. Fold sides of leaf over filling and roll up. Pour about half of the remaining pasta sauce over shredded cabbage in cooker. Stir to mix. Place cabbage rolls on the shredded cabbage. Top with remaining pasta sauce.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Carefully remove the cooked cabbage rolls and serve with the shredded cabbage mixture. If desired, sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Makes 4 servings.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bikini Brownies

A recipe for fat free Brownies!

1 cup sugar
3⁄4 cup flour
1⁄2 cup cocoa
2 egg whites (this is for cake like brownies and is optional)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2⁄3 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt (a 6 oz. container, Dannon works best)
nonstick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix all dry ingredients.
Add yogurt and mix well.
Batter will be very thick.
Spray an 8x8 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread batter evenly.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove and cool.
Dip a knife in warm water and cut into 16 squares.

Iced Fudgicle Beverage

Cocoa Milk Summer Swim Workout Recovery Beverage
1⁄4 cup water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3/4 tablespoon of raw sugar
pinch of kosher salt
2 cups of 1% percent milk

Place 1/4 cup of water, Tbs cocoa and 3/4 tablespoon of sugar and pinch of kosher salt in the microwave to heat up. Then stir well to dissolve. Add iced cubes and lots of 1 percent milk. Stir and enjoy immediately. Vary the amounts of cocoa sugar and milk to your satisfaction.

Impromptu Rice Salad

This morning I noticed we have very little food in the house so I pressure cooked 2 cups of brown rice. When it was cooked (17 minutes) I cooled it in the fridge. Then spontaneously I added my leftover homemade buttermilk dressing from my coleslaw that I was saving for some unknown reason. It was fabulous!

The Coleslaw and Rice Salad Dressing:
Hellman's mayo
lowfat buttermilk
Guiden's mustard
red wine vinegar
pickle juice
Cholula hot sauce

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pressure Cooker Class

I copied everything down as I remember it.
Have fun!

Hard-boiled Egg(s)

Place eggs in the PC add an inch of water.
Add sprinkle of salt.

Pressure cook for 7 minutes quick release. Place eggs in cold water to cool. Drain and then refrigerate. So easy to peel!


1C rinsed rice and 1 1/4 C water
or 1 cup dry rice and 1 and 1/2 C water
brown rice (+ salt) 17 minutes
white rice (+ salt) 6 minutes natural release

Presto German Potato Salad Adapted to Emily's Potato Salad

rinse and cube potatoes (red or yellow) 4 medium-large potatoes
water 1/4 to 1/2 cup
I make it with an equal measure of olive oil and red wine vinegar (1/4 cup each)
Guilden's mustard 2 teaspoons or 1 Tablespoon
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1-2 teaspoons sugar
Cholula Hot Sauce

Mix up the dressing with a fork and taste it. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Pour over the potatoes. Seal the cooker and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Use quick release and then refrigerate the potatoes with the liquid. The taste will develop as it cools. Liquid has a lot of flavor!

Vegetarian Lentil Chili

1 cup dried lentils
3 cups water
1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz can)
3 ribs celery chopped
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt (less if regular salt)
1 teaspoon cumin
1-2 teaspoons oregano
1-2 teaspoons parsley
1-2 teaspoons basil
Cholula hot sauce

Pressure cook for 15 minutes natural release or 17 minutes quick release. Serve over rice!

Sunday, June 3, 2018