Saturday, January 27, 2018

Rotisserie Chicken

The hubby bought a whole chicken today, so I decided to finally use the Rotisserie option on my Countertop Convection Oven with Rotisserie. Some things turn out to be super simple and easy if you just try. In this episode, I learned how to truss and prepare a chicken for the rotisserie. Not sure why I haven't already been doing this for years. It will take about 2 hours and I think will pair nicely with broccoli/cheese/rice and sweet potatoes. I particularly liked this recipe because it uses avocado oil. I love this oven overall because it takes less energy and heat for just 2 people like us; perfect for a small cabin in the mountains too (which I'm hoping we opt for in the near future). ;)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

I've been on a baking hiatus, so when I found this recipe, I was so excited. This is probably one of the easiest, tastiest "bangs for your buck" that you can find. I was actually looking for a German Chocolate poke cake, but nothing compares to this one. It's a great one to bake for company and serve hot with ice cream after dinner. I used lard to grease the pan. Next time, though, I'll use a piping bag for the cream cheese mixture so it doesn't come out in clumps using just a spatula.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sausage, Potato and Sauerkraut Soup (Instant Pot)

I think we're averaging one (ground) sausage recipe per week. I definitely need to keep finding good German Sausage recipes. I loosely based my soup on this recipe. First, I sauted the sausage in the instant pot then added the rest of the ingredients. We still have potatoes from our garden and I used a jar of my homemade sauerkraut. I also added carrots. The bay leaf and caraway seed made it taste amazing. The hubby also added sour cream and cheese at the end. Using the instant pot, I was able to get all cooked in under 30 minutes!  Delish!

Red Quinoa Salad

My aunt gave me the gift of red quinoa for Christmas with this recipe. It was yummy, like a Mediterranean salad. It was perfect timing on the ingredients too since the hubby has been buying too many cucumbers and tomatoes lately. He doesn't like mint, so I would opt for parsley instead. I also added red onion instead of shallots (since it's what I had on hand). I didn't think the red wine vinegar amount was enough, so I ended up adding fresh squeezed lemon juice--perfect! One trick I read after the fact suggested using chicken broth instead of water for the quinoa soak. Overall, a very healthy and delicious dish!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Potatoes Savoyarde: A Classic Gratin (for 2)

This Christmas was just me and the hubby so I looked up dinner for 2 recipes. He asked for scalloped potatoes and so I made this one extra special. I found some smoked gruyere at Sprouts and topped it with crushed ritz crackers. Knowing he would want leftovers, I doubled the recipe. I'm so happy that we still have potatoes from our garden. It turned out great and was a nice side for the ham steak (with a pineapple, maple, dijon mustard and brown sugar glaze); we also had creamed peas with pearl onions and fresh corn (cut off the cob). The hubby doesn't eat sweets during the day, so we'll dig into the cherry pie and Christmas Gl├╝hwein  later tonight.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Blueberry Ginger Kombucha

It only took me 6 months to overcome my fear of making Kombucha. Initially, I got a scoby from a generous neighbor, but kept putting off creating the final product. I even made a few new batches before finally knuckling down and following through. The hubby's body has been wanting Kombucha for a while now and so I decided it was time to stop paying $4/bottle at the store. I'm so happy I found this as the first recipe on Pinterest. The hubby loves blueberry and ginger combined with the probiotic value of Kombucha is a winner! I loved the flavor. So excited to keep this ball rolling. Currently the recipe only makes 1 gallon, and in this elevation, it takes about 2 weeks to get the perfect flavor. I think the hubby will probably drink all of this in less than a week, so I'll probably make 2-3 gallons in the future. I used passion fruit black tea for that extra berry flavor and in the next batch, I used mango black tea. Really excited for another recipe to try. Kombucha really is the miracle cure for intestinal health.

The finished product is in the quart jars and the new batch is in the gallon jar.

Here's the recipe that I followed for: 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Cabbage Rolls with Pomegranate Reduction (AIP)

We've been overdoing the sugars and fats, so we're trying to get back on the healthy path. Since we have an abundance of sausage, I'm now always looking for healthier dishes particular to pork. This recipe suggests lamb but German Sausage worked just as well. Also, I didn't want to mess with cutting up pomegranate, so I left out the seed in the stuffing and used pomegranate juice for the reduction. It tasted very asian with the ginger and cabbage. The sauce was a "sweet and sour" flavor that we absolutely loved. I would definitely make this one again for guests.