Fresh Fruit Gummies

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup fresh fruit ( we used rasberries) 1/4 cup water Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 1/2 tbsp honey 2 1/2 tbsp gelatin DIRECTIONS: In a blender, puree the 1 cup fresh fruit and 1/4 cup water.   Strain out the seeds. Add lemon juice and honey.   Transfer to the stovetop and cook on low…

Beef Stew

When I took my first bite I thought, wow, did I make this?  I’ve never made a good beef stew.  Well, leave it to a recipe with little to no instruction to create the best beef stew I’ve eaten.  Here it goes: Ingredients: 2 pounds stew meat 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, sliced 2 cups…

Panzanella Salad

Well I’m a little late to the game in discovering Panzanella, but I have to post the recipe in case you’ve been in the dark like me.  This makes a great refreshing summer salad, but since we made it in the winter, we’d say its good for any time of year. Ingredients 2 large baguettes,…

Nana’s Zucchini Casserole

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 block unsalted butter 1/2 onion diced 1/4 bell pepper diced 3 medium zucchini – cubed 2 small squash – cubed 1 tomato – cubed breadcrumbs Creole Seasoning Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Mozzarella Cheese DIRECTIONS Saute onion and bell pepper until onion is clear. Add the zucchini and squash and cost with butter.  Cook…

Nana’s Green Beans

These green beans are sure to sooth your soul.  Nothing like a good comfort food side on these cold winter days… INGREDIENTS: 1 packet uncured cubed ham 2 bags frozen cut green beans 1 onion 2 tbsp minced garlic 1 cup water 3 tbsp butter DIRECTIONS: Fry ham in 1 tbsp butter. Add diced onion…

Butternut Squash Soup

2 cups vegetable stock 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced 1 medium (uncooked) butternut squash*, peeled, seeded and diced 1 sprig fresh sage 1 white onion, diced 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, or more to taste 1/8…

Pinterest Fails

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”  William Hickson (quotivation.org) Sometimes recipes don’t work out.  Case in point, the photo to the left.  I took a stab at soap making the other day, and needless to say it didn’t turn out good.  The bright side of things is I kept trying, and…

Sweet Potato Hash

I was trying to eliminate wheat from my morning routine, and in order to have a complex carb involved still I turned to sweet potatoes.  This hash recipe has been helpful in spicing up an otherwise boring plain sweet potato breakfast. Ingredients: 2 Sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes) 2 cloves garlic…

Green Smoothie

Your new favorite green smoothie recipe for early mornings! 2 cups water 1 head Romaine lettuce 1 cup spinach 1 apple (cored & chopped) 1 pear (cored & chopped) 1 banana Juice 1/2 lemon 1 cup ice Combine all the ingredients and blend (I usually blend on the Frappe setting so it comes out smooth)….

Garlic Onion Tomato Bruschetta

This is a great appetizer that is super easy to make, increase ingredients for larger parties – this recipes serves 3-4. INGREDIENTS: 2 Medium-Large Tomatoes 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 5 shakes Minced Dried Garlic 1/2 White Onion 1/2 tbsp Basil Salt and Pepper to Taste Crostinis (see below instructions) DIRECTIONS: Dice…