Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rhubarb Cookies

Too Much Rhubarb!!! These cookies are great for using up a bounty of rhubarb and they freeze well so you can enjoy them after your patch has gone to seed. 1C chopped rhubarb 1C brown sugar Set aside for up to 12 hours, let it get all juicy. Pour off juice and save for later. Then add 1/2 C butter (melted and cooled) 1 egg beaten Sift together and hold: 2 C flour 1 C rolled oats 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder Take rhubarb and mix in dry ingredients. Add enough of the juice to make a moist cookie dough. (if your oats are old, they can be really dry and you may need more juice, add some, mix, add some more until you have a moist (but not soupy) batter. (the consistency of banana bread) If you want: 1 c. craisins 1 c. nuts (optional) 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Aunt "Raine's" Pumpkin Bread

This is the real old time MOIST pumpkin bread. NOT a cake like version and not fancy. Great to make a freeze ahead - great to make in smaller loaves too. Serve with cream cheese.

Oven 350
Makes 2 standard loaves or 6 -7 smaller loaves.

Combine and put aside
4 eggs - beaten
2/3C water
1C Canola or Corn Oil
1 Can Pumpkin

3 1/2C Flour
3C Sugar
2t baking soda
1 1/2t salt
1t cinnamon
1t nutmeg
Pinch of cloves

*1C walnuts (optional)
*1C raisins (optional)

Put dry ingredients with egg mixture and mix together.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tuna Crostini's

This is so easy!

Tuna Crostini's

1 baguette or italian bread
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a mixing bowl:
2 (6-ounce) cans white meat tuna packed in olive oil
1/4 cup capers, drained
1 large shallot, chopped (or a leak)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 C watercress (chop it if you have it)
2 T chopped fresh parsley leaves
15 to 20 grinds of black pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Slice baguette (or italian bread) into slices and place on a baking sheet. Bake until toasted and LITE golden, then pull out and sprinkle parm over each piece and put back into oven.

Put back into oven and cook until cheese is melted.
This all takes less than 10 minutes.

Put all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix up - most of the time I do this with my hands so I don't crush the tuna, I just toss it together.

Put tuna mixture on top of each toasted baguette slice and some people like chopped bermuda onion as a garnish.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Salsa, Salsa, Salsa - This one is FRESH!

Because it is always a crap shoot with my garden - fresh herbs or the tomatoes I scam from friends or from the farmers market, I vary with what my real ingredients will be, tho this is my base recipe:


* Onions, scallions or leeks
* Garlic - crush, fresh only not the jar kind
* Ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeds removed, chopped into chunks
* Chile peppers, fresh ones- Serrano or Jalapeno, finely chopped, remove the seeds (wear gloves if you need them)
* Red Pepper Flakes (if you like extra spice)
* Cilantro - fresh if you have it, Parsley if you don't
* Lime juice
* Lemon Juice
* Salt
* Ground Pepper

Chop onion and garlic - set aside

Combine onions and garlic with chopped tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, lime & lemon juice salt and ground pepper.

*If you are interested in adding more sweet to this recipe - try adding mangos or peaches - but strain off the juice so it doesn't become to watery.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Deadliest Catch Season - it is "what's for dinn-ah!"

2 large tomatoes cut in half - allow to get to room temp if you have in fridge. This is low carb friendly...

1- 1 1/2 C crabmeat fresh
1/2 cup almonds
1 C monterey jack cheese - shredded (I love pepper jack)
1/2 c leeks or shallots
1/2 c fresh parsley
1 clove garlic smashed
1/2t oregano (dried) 1T fresh
1/2t basil (dried) 5 large leaves - fresh chopped
1/4C capers (optional)

Half and core tomatoes coat with olive oil

Roll the tomato cut side down in almonds
Put on cookie sheet


The rest of the ingredients and mix well (gently) place on top of tomatoes and bake for 15 minutes until bubbling. Save a little grated jack (or if you like some parmesan) cheese for the top and if you want to get fancy, just put a little on the top 3 minutes before done and flick on the broiler. But watch closely, you don't want it to burn!!

Garnish with paprika or cayenne - tabasco (if you dare!)

Saturday, March 27, 2010


This recipe was adapted from 2 recipes on and then I added my twist!

2 med. cucumbers
1 t soy sauce
1 Leek
1 T white vinegar or rice vinegar
1 t sugar
2 t sesame oil
2 T Tabasco * (for your taste)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 slices fresh ginger, finely chopped or slivered
1 T toasted sesame seeds

Peel skin off cucumbers and ends. Remove seeds (if you like) Slice cucumbers lengthwise in thin ribbon like slices.

Slice leek in a similar way- lengthwise and thin slices.

Marinate in mixture of remaining ingredients. Chill in the marinade an hour or longer (even overnight). Occasionally toss the cucumbers to make sure it covers them.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

What can you do with a Hanger Steak?

I get hanger steaks from my farmers market. I love the guy I get meat from there and seriously he can sell me anything I will buy it. I know the meat will be good, just half the time, when I get home, I have NO idea what to do with it - I dont want to destroy it. But hanger steak is tricky I have learned and if you buy if from an organic meat guy, it isnt all that cheap , so the pressure is on to make it right!

This cut of meat is NOT for anyone that wants well done or anything more done than medium rare OR you will chew your face off and any flavor just goes away.

The Hanger Steak is a thick strip of meat from the underside. It hangs between the rib and the loin. It is a bit stringy.

1 3-4# hanger steak

Tenderize with fork or a meat tenderizer on both sides.

Mix together:
2 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
salt and pepper to taste

Combine 2 cups of balsamic vinegar with Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix until the sugar is dissolved.

Put hanger steaks in a ziplock bag. Pour marinade over steaks, seal bag and turn to coat. Marinade hanger steaks for at least 3 to 4 hours up to 6 will work.

Take the 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by half. Set side and allow to cool. Vinegar will continue to thicken as it cools.

Get out the cast iron and make it good and hot. Sear both sides for about a minute.

Brush with the thickened balsamic and put underneath the broiler for NO MORE than 3 minutes per side. Brush each side with the thickened balsamic after you turn them - and when you are done.

I made this in the winter and usually this is a grill thing, but not tonight, so the broiler works just as well this time of year.