Sunday, February 12, 2017

Granola, Plain and Simple

I don't want coconut or nuts or fruit bits in my granola. Even if I did, I'd add them later. 

Preheat oven to 300 or 325 depending on whether you like your granola a bit toasty.

Whisk well:
3 T. brown sugar
1 t. kosher salt
1/3 c. brown rice syrup or honey or maple syrup (or any combination)
1/4 c. vegetable or olive oil (or combination)
1 t. vanilla
dash of cinnamon (optional)
1 egg white (optional)

Add and stir well:
3 c. old fashioned rolled oats (not quick, not steel cut)

Spread onto a parchment-lined pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, checking often and stirring a bit halfway through. Remove when it's golden brown. Let cool. Break up chunks and store in an airtight container at room temperature. 


Put this on veggie cubanos or Italian subs or empanadas. Your life will be bueno.

1 c. (packed) flat-leaf parsley, trimmed, washed, spun dry

1/4 c. (packed) cilantro trimmed, washed, spun dry
3 or 4 cloves garlic
2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/4 t. red pepper flakes or more to taste
fresh ground pepper
1/3 c. olive oil
2 T. red wine vinegar

Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chickpea & Quinoa Stew

Kim made this for her triumphant return to Book Group after living in London for three years. It's adapted and converted from Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward

Original recipe or

How I made it:

1 1/2 lbs butternut squash or sweet potato, peeled, trimmed and cubed in 1-inch cubes

3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 t. ground turmeric (original recipe calls for 3 t. but I found that a bit much.)
1 t. ground coriander
1 t. chili powder
1 t. ground of fresh ginger
1/2 t. Aleppo pepper
1 14 oz can lite coconut milk
1 T. tomato paste
1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1 1/4 c. boiling water
1 14 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 bag pre-washed spinach (7-8 oz., more if you like)
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Roast butternut squash on a sheet pan lined with parchment, drizzled with olive oil and salt, for approximately 30 minutes or until just tender.
2. In a large dutch oven, add garlic, turmeric, coriander, chili powder, Aleppo pepper, ginger, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Heat through and add butternut squash.
3. Add the rinsed quinoa and boiling water. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
4. Add chickpeas. Simmer on low for 15 more minutes or until quinoa is fully cooked and plumped. 
5. Add spinach and simmer on low until wilted, about 5-10 minutes.
6. Season to taste. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt and naan. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vegan Babies

aka Banana-Chocolate Brownie Bites

My continued search for vegan brownies for my vegan girl took a turn for the better this week when I hit on these delish brownies. This recipe is a mish-mash of several things I've tried or seen online.

Pulverize in a food processor or blender, until very, very smooth:
1 15-oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
3 T. vegetable oil
1 T. ground flax seed whisked with 2 T. water
4 T. cocoa
1 ripe banana
1/2 c. sugar (I used Turbinado)
1 t. vanilla
1 t. instant coffee granules (optional but adds nice flavor)

Scrape into a bowl and fold in:
1/2 cup flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

3/4 cup chocolate chips (mini preferred)

Scoop into mini muffin tins that are well greased.
Bake for 23 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool for 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely.

Makes 24 minis.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blueberry Cake with Lemon and Brown Sugar

Ready for the oven with the brown sugar on top


Grandma Pizza from ATK

I am completely, 100% addicted to the America's Test Kitchen Radio podcast and have tried several of the recipes in the last year as I've worked my way from the debut episode through the most recent season.

The "grandma pizza" recipe (and pan pizza concept in general) is practically life-chaging for a pizza stone devotee. The pickiest children may prefer that you puree the tomatoes a bit more, or put the cheese on top, instead of under, the cheese. I used Pomi crushed tomatoes. Here's the recipe. I promise to add a photo next time I make it.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Easiest Sticky Cinnamon Rolls Ever

Charlie gets the credit for discovering these which are from the book Teens Cook which, if you're looking for a good tween/teen cookbook, I definitely recommend. The best thing is that they are a no-rise dough so you can have them on the table in an hour. I have only modified the recipe slightly, with the addition of some salt to the dough and a reduction in the butter.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

The Dough

1 c. cottage cheese
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
2 T. baking powder
4 1/4 c. all-purpose flour plus some for dusting

Put the cottage cheese in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, oil, milk, and salt and puree until smooth.

Put the mixture in a large bowl and stir in the baking powder. Add 3 1/2 cups of the flour and stir until it forms a dough. Using your hands, add the remaining dough a little at time until the dough is smooth and not too sticky. This is not so much kneading as a "smush and fold" technique. 
Spread some flour on a clean, flat surface and roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 16x20 inches.

The Filling
2 c. brown sugar
3 T. cinnamon
6 T. butter
1/4-1/2 c. honey

Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Melt the butter.

Assembly & Baking
Melt the butter and brush over the entire surface of the dough. Brush the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking pan. (If you wanted more of a classic sticky bun situation, you could sprinkle nuts in the pan at this point.)
Drizzle the honey over the buttered dough. Now I admit, I didn't measure out the honey at all. I just squeezed it right out of that little bear in sort of a loose grid pattern. Seemed like maybe 1/4 cup total but the recipe calls for 1/2 cup if you want to do it their way.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the dough. Roll the dough, as tightly as you can, the long way.
Using a serrated bread knife, cut the roll into 1 inch slices. Arrange them into the pan, right up next to each other, and sprinkle with any remaining butter and cinnamon sugar.
Bake for 35-45 minutes or until done.

Remove from the pan and turn out onto a platter.

Eat while warm.