Monday, January 16, 2012


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Under Construction!

Hey y'all I hope you are enjoying this holiday week, I have been a slug but loving every minute of it! I am working on a new site for my blog in hopes that it will be easier for us all of use. Wish me luck and thank you for all the support. I let you know when it's ready to access! B

Friday, December 9, 2011

Spicy Cranberry Pomegranate Jam

In the summer we get blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to enjoy for just a short time, and if your like me you made jam and shared with those you love. Well in winter we get cranberries and pomegranates for just a short time so I just had to whip up some jam to savor these beauties. I am planning on sharing some as gifts and the rest will help me out with all those parties we have to attend where we are required to bring something to share, I can't wait! I hope this recipe helps you out like it will be. Happy Holidays! ENJOY!

-Spicy Cranberry Pomegranate Jam- Makes 4 8oz jars

2 1/2 c. organic cranberries
1 c. organic pomegranate seeds
1 Fresno chili seeds and all, chopped (these add a sweet heat, if you want a spicier jam use a jalapeno)
1 1/2 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. pomegranate juice
2 tsp. pectin powder (I followed the directions from the Pomona's Universal Pectin that best suited my recipe, be sure to adjust for whatever Pectin you choose to use. This brand contain no sugar or preservatives.)
4 tsp. calcium water (same info for this as above with the pectin powder)


1. In a large pot on the stove add the pomegranate juice, lemon juice and calcium water. Turn on the heat to medium, bring to a boil.
2. When the juice mixture begins to boil add the cranberries and Fresno chili, let this mixture boil until most of the cranberries have popped. Stir the mixture just a bit during this time.
3. When most of the cranberries have popped add the sugar and pectin powder, stir until those two ingredients have dissolved.
4. Pull the pot of the heat and add pomegranate seeds and stir to combine. Let the mixture cool just a bit and then portion it into your jars. Let cool completely before you top with the lids. Will keep for a month in the refrigerator.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ricotta Cupcakes

These cupcakes are so good! They came to be because I had leftover ricotta from making homemade ravioli and I didn't want the ricotta to go to waste. So I did what I usually do, I started looking through some of my cookbooks looking for a special recipe to use my ricotta in, nothing came up. Next thought was to search some of the blogs I like to follow and just then I remembered that I was introduced to a new blog from a book we read in Slow Food Utah book club called 'A Homemade Life' by Molly Wiezenberg (I recently read this book in TWO days on a little getaway to Sundance with my sweetie). She has a blog called Orangette, so I did a search through her recipes and found this little gem of a recipe. I have made them twice in the last month- their that good. I posted the link above, I hope you'll try them. They are simple to make but big on gourmet flavor. Enjoy!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Chicken Soup- For What Ails You

Last year I made a recipe for Turkey Noodle Soup (recipe is on the blog) with all the turkey we had leftover from Thanksgiving and it was good but this recipe for Chicken Soup is great! I needed to whip up something to cure this nasty cold that Billy was so nice to share with me and since I had a little chicken from McDowell Family Farm in the freezer I thought why not whip up some chicken soup- it can't hurt! We don't eat a lot of meat, mostly just what I can get local but thanks to the McDowell family and their wonderful chicken I might just out smart what's ailing me! Enjoy!
Here's how to start:

In a large soup pot add-

1 whole chicken w/most of the skin removed (my chicken was local, organic and weighed under 3lbs)
1 large onion, quartered
2 large carrots, chopped in big pieces
4-5 stalks celery, cut in half
1 whole head of garlic, remove the outside skins
2 tsp. peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 gallon water

Simmer at medium heat for 1 hour. Turn off the heat, remove the chicken and place him or her on a plate to cool (when cool, pick off as much meat as you can, reserve for the soup). Strain the cooking liquid and the vegetables through a strainer- reserve the cooking liquid and the garlic. Set those two things aside and discard the rest.

-Chicken Soup-

4 carrots, diced
8 stalks of celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
herb bundle (1 medium sprig rosemary, thyme and sage. Tie together w/kitchen twine)
olive oil
salt and pepper
reserved cooking liquid
reserved garlic
chicken meat
*optional- cooked pasta of your choosing (Billy request tiny little pasta called Stellette)

1. In a large soup pot heat olive oil over medium heat, when you can smell the oil add the carrots, celery and onions. Saute until the veggies start to soften (about 10 minutes), season with salt and pepper. Next add the reserved garlic and stir to combine.

2. Next add the reserved cooking liquid, and the herb bundle. Turn the heat up just a bit. When the soup begins to boil turn heat back down to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. When the 30 minutes is up add the chicken meat and the fresh garlic, stir to combine. Check flavor to see if you need more salt and pepper. Take out the herb bundle and discard.

4. Serve hot just like it is or w/a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and if using, your pasta of choice.

Serve it Cordray style: 1/2 c. Stellette pasta, ladle over warm chicken soup, squeeze a slice of lemon over soup and pasta, top w/huge handful of arugula and sprinkle on some Pecorino Romano. VIOLA!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gluten Free and Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

 These are Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
These are Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

I have been making both of these cookies a lot lately, I don't have a gluten intolerance nor do we eat vegan all the time but I love having these in my arsenal of recipes for a healthier treat, or for the friends in our lives that have special needs in the food department. I got these recipes for Elana's Pantry, a food blog that I like to follow. Check her out! Enjoy!

Vegetable Minestrone

I LOVE SOUP! I think soup is the perfect meal for lunch, well really anytime but especially during the cold months when you need just a little hug of warm soup in the middle of the day. Last week I made Lentil Stew (recipe is on the blog) but this week I went for Vegetable Minestrone. I appreciate the protein coming from the white beans (that I made instead of buying canned... I swear their easy) and the abundance of vegetables, also bean and veggie soups are good to your waistline, at this time of year that's a blessing in my book. Enjoy!

-Vegetable Minestrone-

1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 carrots, diced
2 zucchini, diced
1/2 c. leafy celery tops, chopped
3-4 c. cooked white beans (you can use 2 14oz. cans of cannellini beans, making your own is an extra step but worth it)
1 jar of my canned tomatoes, crushed up with your hands (you can use 28oz can of whole tomatoes, I like the Eden brand)
1 bunch of kale, chopped
2-3 c. savoy cabbage, chopped (savoy cabbage is milder in flavor and texture than your traditional green cabbage)
1 quart veggie stock
1 1/2 c. water
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
*optional- Parmesan or Romano cheese rind


1. Start by heating some olive oil in a big soup pot over medium heat, when you can smell the oil add the onions and start to saute. Saute for just a few minutes and add the carrots, celery and garlic. Saute for just another few minutes (maybe 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.
2. Next add the zucchini and season well with salt and pepper, toss around and saute until the zucchini starts to soften just a bit, maybe another 5 minutes. Next add the tomatoes, broth, beans and rind if using, bring this mixture to a boil and reduce back to medium heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.
3. The last 5 minutes add the kale and cabbage, stir in until it starts to wilt, add the water and top with the lid and let simmer for those last few minutes. Remove the lid and taste for salt and pepper- add more if needed.
4. Serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil, grated cheese and a slice of bread, or divide into lunch containers for the week.