Category Archives: Cooking

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Today I have a recipe that defies the “gray area” of taste. In other words, people tend to either love it or hate it.  I happen to love it, and since I’m the cook, we eat it pretty often around here. It is super packed with vitamins A, D, even some C and and a few of the B’s. If made without the butter, it’s very low in fat and with sea salt, it’s not bad on sodium. It’s economical and easy to make. I’m talking about sweet potato soup.

Sweet Potato Soup can be made year round since sweet potatoes are found year round and can be grown in temperate areas year round, so that’s cool.

I’m giving you the “real” recipe first, the one that I first made and then my  “paisley” version, which is decidedly more spicy but is also more vitamin rich. I’d try it the first way then see if you’re wanting to branch out. I got the first recipe from The Homesick Texan. You could also add the extra veggies of the second recipe without adding the extra peppers. I hope you love it!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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Sporadic August and Potato Bread

Sporadic August and Potato Bread

It is possible that this will be a sporadic posting place for August. I’m ear deep in curriculum and lesson plans at the moment as well as trying to hold down the normal day to day around here. So, it looks to be a quick post type of article or nothing right now. So today it’s a recipe for potato bread.

I think I’m going to try to post one recipe with a picture each day for a while. I can do that without undo strain I think. In the meantime. Enjoy the dog days of summer and do something paisley!

Potato bread

Potato Bread Au Natural. I usually do not put my bread in loaf pans. I prefer rustic loaves.

From the Tassajara Bread Book…

  • Potato Bread
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dry east (2 packets)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup dry milk
  • 3 cups bread flour

II

  • 4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup flour for kneading
  1. Dissolve yeast in water
  2. Stir in honey and dry milk
  3. Stir in 4 cups of the flour mix until incoporated about 100 strokes
  4. Let rise 45 minutes
  5. Fold in salt and oil, and potatoes
  6. Fold in 3 cups of flour until bread comes away from the side of the bowl
  7. Knead on a bread board for 8 to 10 minutes
  8. Let rise 50-60 minutes or until doubled
  9. Punch down
  10. Let rise 40 minutes or until doubled
  11. Preheat oven to 350°
  12. Shape and if putting in pans do that now
  13. Let rise 20-25 minutes
  14. Brush with egg wash or butter
  15. Bake at 350° for 1 hour
This does make a pretty loaf though, if you choose to loaf it.

Potato loaf bread

One final note. There is a great article about being pursued by Goodness and Mercy on A Holy Experience.  To my believing friends, it’s worth your while to check out. To my non believing friends, I’m praying for you, because even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you. Have a great day!~KeriAnne

 

So Lemony It’ll Set Your Back Teeth On Edge

So Lemony It’ll Set Your Back Teeth On Edge

Here’s a post that is so lemony it’ll set your back teeth on edge.

So Lemony It'll Set Your Back Teeth On Edge

Lemony Goodness

This week lemons were on sale. I love home made lemonade. I keep it on hand year round. My middle son and I both like it hot in the winter.

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Oil and Vinegar

Oil and Vinegar

My herb bed is stunning this year! So, what shall we do with them? Oil and Vinegar anyone?

I cook with herbs every day or nearly every day, so this bed has been a much loved spot this summer.

Now, as summer is winding down, and other beds are slipping away, I am looking for ways to keep my herbs through the coming coolness of fall and winter. I’ve hit on four ideas I’m sharing with you this morning.

Oil and Vinegar

First up I’m making herb infusions of both oil and vinegar. I’ve collected several nice bottles and have begun the process of steeping the herbs with the oils and different vinegar types. I’m also trying a mix of oil and vinegar for the first time this year. We’ll see how that is.

I want some with clarity and sparkle and others with ruddy richness, so I’ve chosen white wine vinegar and a Japanese Saki vinegar as well as Apple cider and Rose vinegar. I’m using Rosemary, Red Rubin Basil, Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil, Dill-vierling and dukat, and garlic and thyme. I’ve put it all in 1quart jars to steep, no sense fiddling with the funnel for this part of the process.

Vinegar and Oil

It starts in a Mason Jar…

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Ground Cherry Central

Ground Cherry Central

It is hot in East Texas!

Heat and health have kept me indoors this summer that’s for sure.

In the lack of vigilance it has become increasingly important that plants in my garden have enough charisma to survive without pampering. Enter the Ground Cherry!

Ground Cherry

Happy Ground Cherries

The Ground Cherries have taken all the neglect completely in stride. The cucumbers are droopy, the eggplants lethargic, the melons are looking for a way to vine in and strangle me. The ground cherries are completely happy. Good on them!

Ground Cherry

This one is Aunt Mollie

I know I have given a recipe for Ground Cherry tarts so today I want to give you one for chutney.

It’s Ground Cherry Central around here…

Let’s make some chutney!

Ground Cherry chutney

Ground Cherry Chutney

Ground Cherry Chutney

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup ground cherries
  • 1 cup sultanas (Golden raisins)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Caramelize a cup of sugar by cooking it with two tablespoons water. When it gets syrupy, add the sliced onion, garlic and apple cider. Let the mix boil for a few minutes, then add the ground cherries and sultanas. Let the fruit cook through, add salt and pepper, let the chutney cool, then keep it refrigerated. Once you’ve made the basic recipe, try adding various herbs from your garden, a bit of lemon, lime or orange juice, crushed ginger, etc.

For shelf storage Prepare a water bath. Process for 15 minutes.

We like this with chicken and pork, with peanut butter as a sandwich, and just on toast or an English muffin.

Have a great weekend!~KeriAnne

Cooking With Refogado

Cooking With Refogado

Earlier this week I told you about making up Sofrito or Refogado. Today I want to give you a recipe to use with your Refogado and the rest of the Friday menu. Enjoy!

Cooking With Refogado

Cooking with Refogado is a great way to add depth of flavor without adding any more fat or salt.

So today on Feed Me Friday, we’re cooking with Refogado!

The Menu is…

Chicken Refogado

Tortilla Roll Ups

Mango Salsa

No Bake Lemon Pie 

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Sofrito or Refogado Either Way It’s What’s Cooking

Sofrito or Refogado Either Way It’s What’s Cooking

Sofrito or Refogado is a mixture of aromatic ingredients sauted with oil as a base for cooking many Latin or Portuguese dishes.  Keep a container in your fridge to add to rice, pasta, chicken or any time you want to add that Latin flair to a meal. It’s super easy and makes even the most ordinary of suppers, something special.

It’s in the pot…

 

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Feed Them Salad on Friday, Or, It’s Too Hot To Cook

Feed Them Salad on Friday, Or, It’s Too Hot To Cook

Today is Friday and it’s time to feed you. But, it’s too hot to cook at my house, so you’re getting salad! Healthy, quick and something for everyone, salads are a great solution when it’s too hot to cook!

It’s Too Hot to Cook!

The Feed Me Friday Menu is as follows:

Asian Chicken Salad Sandwiches

 Chickpea Salad with Herbs

Kiwi Fruit Salad with Lemon and Honey

Watermelon Sorbet

White Punch Sangria or Family Punch 

 

Let’s start off with a family favorite. Asian Chicken Salad Sandwiches. This is a healthy option as it has plenty of vitamins and no mayo, using instead a vinegrette dressing that is delicious. Here’s what you’ll need:

It's Too Hot to Cook

Asian Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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Hot-Hot-Hot Friday Menu

Hot-Hot-Hot Friday Menu

It’s Hot-Hot-Hot here in Texas! Although not nearly as hot as last year, and 100% more moisture, so there’s that! I have a Friday Menu that is sure to please for a summer day.

So, what’s on the menu? Something to cool us down is a good idea I think. Also, I have a treat for you, I’m giving you all of the recipes instead of just one today. = ) (That KeriAnne is so paisley and sweet!)

Hot-Hot-Hot Friday Menu 

Black Bean Lasagna

Pico De Gallo

Corn Dip

Basil Lime Sorbet

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